Wednesday, January 14, 2015

paperwhites and Winter decor at home

I FINALLY finished taking down our Christmas decorations yesterday! 

Yes, I know . . . it's mid- January; but I just wasn't ready to take everything down and put it away yet. 

I'm not sure what took me so long this year. 

Perhaps it was because we only recently returned from home from our trip, or maybe it was because I really enjoyed all the twinkling Christmas lights this year (even more than years past). 

There's something comforting about their warm glow that I love during the long Winter days and nights, especially when it's cold and rainy outside.

My pretty paperwhites are helping to fill the void though (smile).

I planted several paperwhite bulbs in mid-December, so that I would have flowers to enjoy in January . . . and I'm so glad that I did; because these pretty, petite flowers are bringing extra sunshine to these Winter days.


I planted them in several small clay pots (and in a few pewter bowls) so that I could display them in different rooms in our home.

It's my first year having so many, and I love it! They're so pretty that I could actually see planting more next year. I find their beauty quite refreshing in the absence of Christmas decorations. 

Do you decorate AFTER Christmas?

I decorate our home with simple Winter accents through January . . . 

.     .     .     .     .     .     .    
French bread boards
white wool pom poms
lemon cypress trees
hot cocoa bar
lots of cozy blankets
twinkling tea lights
warm charcoal grays and linen
.     .     .     .     .     .     .  


Oh! We (adopted and) welcomed this little guy to our home about 4 weeks ago.  
      We named him Hans . . . and have been enjoying him immensely! He's a great addition to our little crew.

Wishing you warmth . . . 
during these calm & peaceful Winter days.

LET'S STAY in touch!


  1. Your pictures are always so pretty! I love seeing how you change things up for winter around your house. I planted some paperwhites too. They have such a pleasant scent.

  2. So you adopted a cat:) He's cute.

  3. Hi Suzanne,

    Your blog is so inspiring! Just wanted you to know that I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Please accept only if you want to as I will not be offended if you don't have the time. The details are on my blog. Also, your paperwhites are beautiful!

    Happy January...


  4. I've never heard of paperwhites. They're so pretty and make it look like spring is right around the corner!

  5. Those paperwhites are exactly what you said--refreshing! I usually feel like January is so anti-climatic after taking down all the holiday decor, but your post shed a new light on this month as cozy and, again, refreshing. I love those snowballs too. And HANS! What a cutie.

  6. Don't feel bad I just took down out holiday too, it seemed like I just got it up and wanted to watch the lights twinkle. The paperwhites are so pretty. The photo of the food looks scrumptious. Hans is adorable!

  7. I've never planted paperwhites but I think I want to. Everything you've pictured here is so calming, even Hans! Reading the post and looking at your pictures was my Calgon moment, very calming.

  8. Gorgeous photos, Suzanne! I potted some paperwhites for the first time this year (albeit a little late)-and I can't wait for them to bloom! Thank you so much for sharing at The Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop!

  9. Lovely winter décor and photos! Would especially like a bowl of that delicious looking chili! We always leave our Christmas décor up until mid January for the very reasons you mentioned as well as it is so nice to enjoy them without the hustle and bustle associated with the holidays.

  10. Very pretty. It's fairly simple around here in January...a break from the fall and Christmas colors.

    Lots of pretty photos but you've got me craving cookies now :)

  11. White + wood tones are just my favorite! Beautiful :) And Hans is adorable!!

  12. Suzanne,
    I enjoy the different textures in your design. The soft whimsy of the Paper Whites next to the time worn wood of the cutting boards complimented with the sparkle of snowballs. It is a crisp look to a beautiful home ready for a Winter day.
    Happy Creating,
    Karen Marie

  13. I love the idea of having a permanent hot cocoa bar set up. These flowers are simply beautiful. I'll have to plant some and add a touch of that simplicity to my home.

  14. I just thought about how to decorate my home for winter and .. tadaaaa... found your blog. Happy!
    You gave me a lot of ideas how I can get a winterly, cozy touch inside my home.
    I can't wait doing it!
    Greetings from Germany
    my blog:

  15. I had never heard of paperwhites! They are soo beautiful! Your blog is always so inspiring Suzanne! Thanks for sharing at our link party on Thursdays... featuring you this week! Have a lovely week!
    Kendra @

  16. I have some paperwhites blooming too. so nice to see them this time of year. Your pictures are so lovely.

  17. Suzanne your photos are stunning!! I love paperwhites...yours look so pretty!

  18. I totally agree with Martina!

  19. Beautiful photos! I love growing bulbs indoors during the winter. Thanks for sharing :)

  20. I'm mad for paperwhites, too!! My favorite planting of them was the year I filled a large antique copper boiler with them. What a wow!! I'm always trying to time them to enjoy the flowers during Christmas...I need to plan to have some bloom after Christmas next year. ;)

    Thanks so much for linking up with us at Project Inspire{d} sweet friend!

  21. Hi Suzanne - I love your paper whites. They are a breath of fresh air to look at in the winter. Great photography.
    Mary @ Orphans With Makeup


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