With their thick, fleshy leaves, succulents give a more modern edge to decorating for winter. Karin Jeffcoat of Cote Designs upcycled old cable-knit sweaters to make cute, versatile container covers that balance that modern feel with a cozy warmth needed to get through a long winter indoors. This foursome could be a coffee table vignette, or you could make more to run down a dining table, interspersed with pinecones and dried pomegranates.
Pinecones and dried pomegranates can help decor last well beyond the holidays. Karin Jeffcoat of Cote Designs used glass cylinders to hold small succulents, by using a filler and then inserting a smaller pot with the succulent so it would peek over the top. She covered the cylinders with pieces of sweaters.
Usher in the winter season with texture. Dig through your cabinets or scout thrift shops for patterned vases and bowls, which can be filled with pinecones and bulbs, like these paperwhites selected by Karin Jeffcoat of Cote Designs in South Carolina. Instead of matching pieces, use different components, finishes and designs to give the tabletop an informal, eclectic look.
The family room at the lake house can be enjoyed all year long. Designer Nancy Snyder and her team put together two looks for the living space: one for winter and one for summer. Decor such as the snowman pillow and a basket of fuzzy blankets by the fireplace make for a cozy winter look.
Add natural sophistication to any room with the addition of a rustic twig-covered mirror. A few twigs gathered outdoors, white paint, a glue gun and an old mirror is all you need to add a wintry touch to your holiday decor.
For a quick, easy winter centerpiece use hot glue or super glue to attach evergreens to an assortment of glass canning jars. Fill the jars with candles, Christmas lights, or both and let the light twinkle through the greenery.
Longing for that summertime feel during the winter months? Bring the beach right to your table. This sea-inspired centerpiece is easy to make and can be used all year round. "A rustic wooden tray provides the base for the rectangular glass vase filled with sand, candles and a variety of seashells," Katrina Giles of Seaside Interiors says. Add vibrant shells and starfish for an extra boost of summer hues.
A white palette with glitter accents creates a beautiful winter decor without giving in to the traditional red and green of Christmas. Simple boxes can work as a lovely Christmas card display and ornaments can add decorative touches to more than just a tree.
Bright whites and simple natural elements dress up this winter mantel display . Terra-cotta pots painted in metallic colors add shine, as do the glitter highlights on pine cones gathered from the woods. Candles and lanterns provide a warm glow, great for cold winter nights.
Glittery pinecones and greenery can take your winter decor into the new year in a fresh and festive way. Georgia interior designer Melanie Robinson updated these pinecones by covering them with a spray adhesive, placing them in a ziplock bag and tossing in clear glitter. She doubled up on bowls to add weight to the coffee table vignette and then brought in fresh greenery from her yard to add height to a brass vase she picked up at a thrift shop.
Aged vessels in a variety of shapes and sizes complement traditional decor like pinecones and are a great way to accommodate unique, curious little flora like the scabiosa pod flower or fragrant evergreen clippings.