Design Talk: Everything We’re Loving This Winter
One of my favorite parts about the change of seasons is modifying my home decor. I recently chatted with the editors of four of Glam’s top design, DIY, and decorating blogs about all the fabulous, festive design trends they’re loving for winter. From lots of sparkle (Jillian of Catch My Party’s young daughter is in a “bling” phase!) to fresh greenery, here are my favorite pieces of winter home-design advice from Catch My Party, Spearmint Baby, The Party Dress, and Modern Day Moms.
Cara Chronis, Glam editor: What’s your favorite part about decorating for the winter months?
Jillian Tohber Leslie, Catch My Party: Making my house feel warm and cozy. I love wool blankets, the smell of cinnamon, a toasty fire, and twinkle lights. Winter decorating for me is all about family!
Jessica Lynn, Modern Day Moms: Swapping out the colorful, summer throws and pillows for seasonal, earthy colors is a great way to prepare for the holidays. Do you have a specific color that you use for the holidays? If you want to avoid patterns such as plaid, you can opt for simple solid colors.
Kelly Lydon, The Party Dress: I love adding a touch of shimmer to my home to make everything look extra special in winter. I add in mercury glass accessories, tiny twinkle lights during the holiday months, and rich brocade fabric pillows on my couches.
Shari Lott, Spearmint Baby: Definitely my favorite thing is Christmas decorating. It brings out the whimsical, childlike side in me.
Kelly Lydon, The Party Dress: I also love incorporating fresh greenery into my winter and holiday decor. I love both the look and aroma of fresh boxwood, magnolia leaves, or pine.
Jillian Tohber Leslie, Catch My Party: This year I think I’m going to do lots of white and silver accents. I usually lean more toward earth tones, but I want to add a little more sparkle. I think it’s because I have a 5-year-old daughter and she’s all about the “bling.”
Cara Chronis, Glam editor: Are there any winter-theme projects or products you can’t wait to get your hands on this season?
Jillian Tohber Leslie, Catch My Party: I’m going to try felting. Last year I strung felt balls together as garland for my Christmas tree. This year I want to make my own felted garland with little hearts. I think it will look so pretty.
Shari Lott, Spearmint Baby: Yes, I plan on painting ornaments in neon colors. I also plan to collect lots of branches, spray-paint them white, and hang the neon ornaments on them.
Jessica Lynn, Modern Day Moms: DIY felt Christmas trees and fun sugar cookie recipes.
Kelly Lydon, The Party Dress: I am hoping to create a new mantel display focusing on fresh boxwood, burlap, and candles. The Energizer Flameless Candles are the perfect addition, and I won’t need to worry about them during a party or around children.
Cara Chronis, Glam editor: What are your favorite decorating tips or ideas for winter?
Jillian Tohber Leslie, Catch My Party: I’m all about mixing old and new, rough and smooth, and hard and soft. I like a lot of clean lines, but I don’t like things to be too stark, so I always try to add something homemade or unexpected into my decor. I also like to add touches of whimsy so things don’t look too “done.” For example, last year I framed one of my daughter’s funny drawings and put it out with my fanciest silver just to add some humor to my decor.
Kelly Lydon, The Party Dress: I try to incorporate a lot of live plants into my home, especially after the holiday season. I force bulbs in glass vases or large bowls to create a gorgeous centerpiece for my kitchen table. Tulips or paper whites always work well.
Shari Lott, Spearmint Baby: I think there’s nothing cozier than a fluffy Icelandic sheepskin on the floor. I will have one beside my bed and also in front of the fireplace.
Jillian Tohber Leslie, Catch My Party: My other recommendation is to decorate with free party printables. We give away over a hundred collections on our site, Catch My Party, and we have every major holiday you can image. Party printables are downloadable files you print out, cut out, and decorate with. The best part is they give a level of polish to your party without much work. I promise you don’t need to be “crafty” to use them.
Jessica Lynn, Modern Day Moms: Go branch hunting outside. Spray-paint the branches silver or gold, pop them in a vase, and voilà—elegant holiday decor. Take it a step further and dangle some ornaments on them or tie a few bows.