Organizing and Decorating in the New Year

As an interior designer, I often get asked how to decorate in the months between Christmas and spring.  Clients are ready to take down the holiday decor, but they're not quite ready to decorate for the warm spring months. Here are nine tips for decorating and organizing your home for the rest of winter.


Take down all the red and Christmas-ey decor, like the santas, nutcrackers, Merry Christmas signs, etc. But leave some of the winter elements like small pine trees, garland and pinecones. Your home will still reflect the winter season, but without it looking like a Hallmark movie set.

Decorate with neutral colors like ivory, tan, and add a pop of black, dark green, or both. The best way to bring in these colors is with throw pillows, blankets, and small accessories like candlesticks, trays, vases, and greenery.

Layer in warm, textured materials with accessories like leather poufs or pillows, boucle or faux fur, warm wood tones, and wool blankets. This will soften your space plus keep you warm in the chilly winter months.

Next, it's time to purge!  When we're clearing away the holiday decor, we spend some time throwing away any items that are cluttering up our spaces, like unopened mail, old magazines, expired food, and any broken items. Then we box up any home decor and clothes we don't love anymore and donate them to local charities.

Then, it's time to organize!  We love using trays to corral odds and ends like candles, books, plants, soaps and lotions. Plus, they add a touch of texture and design to your space. We use them in every room of the house!

Have domed cake platters in your pantry? Place them out on your kitchen counter or shelves to store baked goods.

Replace your stock salt and pepper grinders with decorative ones like we do in our Hillside Hideout collection.

Use refillable and decorative glass or plastic soap and lotion pumps on a tray next to the kitchen sink.  We love the items from the Polished Jar. 

Jars and baskets are also a great way to bring in some decorative touches to your home, and they work double duty as storage. Consider using them in kitchens and pantries to hold food staples, in the office or playroom to hold markers, crayons, and toys, in the family room to hold remotes and odds and ends, and in the bathroom to organize cotton products, bath salts and soaps (bonus if you also use a tray to organize the jars - like we did in the Desert Oasis collection).

 Any questions specific to your own home?  Shoot us an email  We're happy to chat with you!  Happy new year!