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by Cassity Kmetzsch

Cassity Kmetzsch, an interior designer with a love of remodeling, shares tons of decorating ideas and problem-solving tips on her popular blog, Remodelaholic. A Remodelaholic through and through, both Cassity and her husband Justin have remodeled four homes together. One of the things that she loves the most? Reinventing and recycling pieces or building leftovers that she already has on hand. Cassity has two young daughters that she hopes to teach her remodeling ways just as soon as they are able to!

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  • When January rolls around, I feel a little bit of relief that the hectic holiday season is over…and then a whole lot of emptiness from all of the holiday cheer and decorating being over! I don't decorate for Valentine's Day or St. Patrick's Day they way I do for Christmas. Instead, I like to have winter decor that I can add smaller holiday pieces to for each of those holidays. Here are some of my favorite non-holiday-specific ways to decorate in winter:
  • Vintage Winter Items

    Ice skates, weathered wooden sleds, thick knitted scarves—they just don't make them like they used to! Something about the cold of winter gives worn and vintage items even more charm. Tie evergreen branches to a sled with ribbon or prop antique skis up at your front door. Search your attic or flea markets for these adorable finds!
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  • White Ceramics

    White ceramics and milk glass are beautiful any time of year, but they especially call to me during the winter as they make a great backdrop to other seasonal colors. Purple carnations, witch hazel stems, or winter jasmine will perk up any mantel or tabletop display.
  • Lanterns

    When darkness sets in early, we all have to compensate with the lights in our home. Whether you put a flameless candle in a lantern or leave it decorative, it's a charming wintry accent.
  • Snow

    Snowflakes, snowmen, or plain old snow! Epsom salt makes a great faux snow for decorating. Create a winter wonderland scene in vases and jars. Hand-cut paper snowflakes are a fun family activity, especially when you're snowed in.
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  • Typography

    We made our DIY ampersand the centerpiece of our winter mantel last year, but any kind of typography adds a modern and personal touch to your decor. I love that our ampersand works on its own or as part of a phrase. A chalkboard is a quick and easy way to add typography and letters to your decor—and you can change it up whenever the mood strikes!
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