From pumpkins to pine, how to transform your home for winter

Halloween’s come and gone, Bedlam is behind us (sorry, Sooners), and now some folks (maybe even you) might be rushing right into Christmas mode. But hold your mistletoe, because there’s still plenty of fall left in Central Oklahoma. Today after church, we grilled burgers in sunny 75º weather, so it’s clear that fall isn’t over just yet.

Now, I know Starbucks has made their overnight transition from pumpkin spice lattes to everything gingerbread and peppermint. But remember, there will come a time when we’re all sipping those minty mochas, and it’ll feel a bit odd if our surroundings are still screaming “pumpkin season.” Those pumpkins, gourds, and earthy decorations will need to make way for the pine-scented garlands and Mariah Carey. Like it or not, winter is coming, and for the rest of us, it usually starts right after Thanksgiving.

So what can you do to cozy up your home for winter?

First things first, trade in that autumn-leaf wreath for one with winter greenery. Think evergreens, eucalyptus, and pine, and add a ribbon with cool shades like white, blue, or silver to set the wintery mood. Or, if you’re feeling rustic, go for a minimalistic pine cone wreath.

And those adorable jack-o-lanterns you carved in October? Well, they’ll start looking a little funky and scowly as they age. It’s a perfect time to bid them farewell and replace them with more wintry items like big metal lanterns or mini faux frosted trees in white planters.

Now, when it comes to winter, lights are your best friend. Whether you’re aiming to outdo your neighbors with holiday displays or just want a cozy glow to come home to, string lights and projectors are your allies.

If you have trees with low branches or shrubs in your front yard, get creative by hanging ornaments and lights on them. For added oomph, shine a spotlight at the base to illuminate the branches and decorations. And, let’s be honest, no one’s judging if you decide your display needs an inflatable snowman or a herd of reindeer. Decorate with your heart!

But it’s not all about the outdoors.
Inside your cozy abode, turn off harsh overhead lights and embrace the softer glow of table lamps for some intimate vibes. Or go a step further and set up electric or wax candles of all shapes and sizes for a comfy and cozy feeling. You can also sprinkle fairy lights around banisters and across mantels to keep the holiday magic alive indoors.

Winter is the season for maximalism. The more layers, the better insulation from the cold. Play around with smaller rugs on top of larger ones, stock up on blankets and throws in winter textures like chunky boucle, faux fur, and wool. They’ll keep you warm and create a comfy space that begs for you to snuggle up with a good book or a cup of peppermint tea.

And when it comes to the bedrooms, don’t be shy about showing off thick quilts and bedding that might feel too heavy in other seasons. Whether it’s a sentimental heirloom or a modern pattern that brings you joy, they’re elegant solutions for a winter bedroom makeover.

Now, let’s talk about smell.
Our most dominant sense also triggers emotions and memories. So bring in those comforting winter scents like peppermint, vanilla, cinnamon and pine using candles or plug-in air fresheners. Your home will be a cozy haven all season long.

Lastly, let’s not forget about garlands. They’re the quintessential winter decor. Lush and fragrant, they bring a touch of the outdoors inside. Deck them out with pine cones, red berries, lights, and artificial snow, and watch your home transform into a Winter Wonderland. Enjoy the season, and remember, it’s not just about Christmas—it’s about embracing the whole cozy, wintry holiday season that speaks to you and yours. 🎄❄️