Winter in Michigan is awesome! Ya just gotta love getting in a freezing car, scraping windows, driving on ice, trudging through slush, biting cold wind, and wearing five layers just to leave the house. No? Well, I guess those probably aren’t my favorite reasons for loving winter in Michigan, either. But, seriously, I do love it. And probably one of my favorite reasons is because I am a homebody, and I love to stay home. I don’t mind staying home on a Friday night, doing nothing but sitting in front of a fire and reading a good book.
Winter is the best time to relax and enjoy a slower pace if you live in a northern climate. As much as I love spring flowers and gardening and summer beach days, they also come with a lot of extra work. Work that I love, but sometimes I miss actually sitting on the couch in the summer because I hate to spend one minute of nice weather inside. Weird, I know! But that’s what is so great about a Michigan winter! I don’t have all of that outdoor yard work, I don’t feel guilty about sitting inside on a nice day (because it usually isn’t nice out), and it makes me appreciate the warmth and beauty of our nice weather even more! Plus, nothing is prettier than a fresh snowfall.
So as long as I’m going to be inside a lot, I might as well make my home cozy. It’s easy to make it cozy before Christmas, but a little more challenging after the holidays are over. This year I left a lot of greenery out because it’s warm and inviting, and green! And admit it…in Michigan it seems a little silly to put up non-evergreen greenery just yet! Just think of it as a rustic, cozy, ski-lodge look. Or Scandinavian. Or you can just think I’m goofy…which is fine, too, and most likely true. Either way, I hope you find some inspiration to keep your home cozy for just a little while longer.
I left the string lighting up for a little while in my sunroom, too. It’s just nice to enjoy white lights when it gets dark at 5:00! And my new (old) crock looks great decked out in greens.
Everything looks less cluttered and fresh than the Christmas décor, but still homey and unbare (not a word…but bear with me!).
And lastly, you have to have a great candle! My favorite candle this time of year is Bath and Body Works’ Winter candle. It smells woodsy and a little smoky, and I like it a lot!
So pile up pillows and throws, throw in some faux evergreens and bottlebrush trees, and don’t forget a candle or two. Light a fire, grab a book, and enjoy your comfy cozy surroundings guilt free! And don’t worry…gardening and ball season are just around the corner, so enjoy it while it lasts!
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