How to Make Your Home Merry Even After the Holidays

There’s nothing worse than taking down Holiday decorations, and it can leave your house looking empty and bleak. But taking down old decor doesn’t mean you can’t put up new ones. Try out these replacements for your favorite Holiday displays. (Nostalgic Christmas music optional.)

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This living room has warmth and greenery, even without Holiday decorations
Photo: Damask & Dentelle

The important thing to remember is to treat each season as if it is a holiday.

While winter is taken care of, the other 3 seasons are usually lacking in the festive department. An easy thing to do is to keep some key pieces, but switch up the colors. Spring calls for light, pastel colors like pink, while Summer calls for bold bright ones, like a magenta. Fall calls for a neutral palette and welcomes patterns, such as plaid. Throw blankets and pillows are easiest to change (#6), and some faux flowers add texture (#1).

1. Replace the wreath with… seasonal flowers. The best place to put them? On these trending circle chandeliers.

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Spring | Photo: mygreyskyehome

Wide, round black chandeliers look great on their own, but adding greenery is a simple, but breathtaking way, to raise style without breaking the bank. Check out how lifestyle Instagram blogger Tiffany Jorge does hers for each season.

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Summer | Photo: mygreyskyehome
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Fall | Photo: mygreyskyehome
Photo: mygreyskyehome
Winter | Photo: mygreyskyehome

2. Replace the Christmas tree… with greenery.

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Photo: Pinterest

What’s the best thing to replace a big tree with? A smaller one that sheds less. Hard-to-kill plants, like Ficus and cast-iron plants, add life (literally) and beauty to your home. Best of all, they require minimum upkeep.

3. Replace the Christmas lights with… globe lights.

Photo: Pinterest
Photo: Pinterest

These industrial-looking lights add sophistication to your home, and can be used as the spotlight of the room or to highlight other areas.

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Photo: Pinterest

Stringing the lights around windows or across the ceiling bring some magic into your home.

4. Replace the ornaments with… these picture frames.

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Photo: Urban Outfitters

Most ornaments have a story behind them, and so do every picture. Keep your friends and family close to your heart with some of your favorite photos. Any picture frame will do, but these ones from Urban Outfitters act as snow globes, with the subtle sparkle you get from ornaments. These are specifically made for polaroids, but you can cut any picture to size (or cut out a certain someone who fits the song “Last Christmas”…).

5. Replace the mistletoe with… an unconventional vase and faux flowers.

Photo: Pinterest
Photo: Pinterest

Almost every person has received a sarcastic coffee mug once for Christmas. The best way to use some of them? As a makeshift flower vase.

6. Replace the chestnuts roasting on an open fire with… cozy accessories.

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Photo: Pinterest

Throw blankets and pillows can update any room, and you can change them seasonally. Plus, it’ll come in handy those nights when you binge-watch Grey’s Anatomy and need something to cling onto.

Watch this living room transforms with the seasons with simple accessories.

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Spring | Photo: brittanyork (Puppy & bunny not included)

 

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Fall | Photo: brittanyork

7. Replace the gifts under the tree with… stacks of books.

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Photo: Pinterest

A book is one of the best gifts anyone could receive and they deserve to be displayed year round. Not saying that we’re judging books by their covers, but beautiful covers and spines should be on top of the heap. They add pops of color, while showcasing your intelligence. A great conversation starter, this can remind you to finally finish reading that book you put down a couple of months ago.

The Holidays may be over, but that doesn’t mean you have to pack away the spirit that comes with it.