Have you ever suffered from the post-holiday blues? You know, when the holiday decorations and lights have been packed away but the weather is still cold and the daylight hours still don’t seem nearly long enough…?

If you know what I’m talking about, then it might just be time to perk up your surroundings a bit. Remember that just because the holiday season is over, that doesn’t mean that you have to take all the fun and whimsy out of decorating! Swap out all of that bright red and green with more muted tones and shades of winter white, and look for new ways to make unique use of natural materials. Here are some great tips we’ve collected from around the web to get you started:

Sweater Vases, Under The Table And Dreaming by Stephanie Lynn
100_2911Okay, seriously – How adorable is this idea? Take old cable knit sweaters and recycle them to cover flower vases, candle holders, and hurricanes. The result is a beautiful embellishment to your tabletop décor reminiscent of that warm, snuggly feeling you get from your favorite winter sweater. Find the full step-by-step instructions (with pictures!) right here.

Bare Branches, Vintage Finds
autumn-mantel-white-mirror-with-branch_thumbOne of the easiest and most elegant ways to decorate during the winter is by adding clusters of bare branches to strategic places – on book shelves, in large standing vases, or carefully entwined around window treatments or railings. Use branches that have fallen in your own backyard for a look that is both carefree and cost-free! Check out this blog for inspiration.

Geometric Winter Decorations, Minieco.Co.Uk
geometric-decorations-xmas-3Minieco is such a wonderful source for DIY templates and print-outs; anyone who likes to make their own decorations should definitely check it out. We’re currently loving these templates for chic black-and-white paper ornaments. In particular, the one with snowflakes manages to be seasonal without straying into holiday-themed territory. On that note, remember that snowflakes on anything are still totally acceptable as winter décor post-holidays!

Winter White Florals, Cupcakes and Cashmere
white-flowersEmily of Cupcakes and Cashmere reminds us here once again that sometimes, simple is best. If you’re at a loss for what to do with your space after the holiday decorations have been put away, consider simply stocking up on fresh white flowers. Artfully arranged in vases strategically placed throughout your home, the blooms will mirror the wintry landscape outside without feeling gimmicky or over-the-top.

Other Natural Materials, Savvy Deets Bridal
LisaandSteven__Purrington_Photography_14_lowRemember that you don’t need to stop at flowers and branches; keep the natural theme going with other materials within your wintry palate of muted hues: Feathers (as seen here) are a lovely touch; as would be clusters of river stones, or geodes or gem stones. Feel free to use your imagination!

Twinkling Lights, Apartment Therapy
bhg8_rect540Just because the holidays are over, that doesn’t mean you have to do away with the strings of lights! Keep it from looking holiday-themed by sticking to small, white lights – and try using them in unexpected ways. Apartment Therapy has some fantastic ideas to get you started.

… And now, we’d love to hear back from all of you – Are you doing anything special to keep your home looking cheery through the post-holiday winter season? If so, we’d love to hear your tips and ideas! Please share them with us in the “comments” section below, and be automatically entered to win a free gift from MyChelle!*

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By Liana Orenstein