Winter White in January

After the holidays and the fullness of the decorations from the past few months, I like to clean things up for January.  For many years, I have preferred a simple and mostly white decor to start the new year.  On the veranda, I replaced the red poinsettia blooms with white ones in the birdcage.

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On the coffee table, the Snowflake Table Runner forms the base to display a bone china leaf dish and a Fenton candy dish.  See the link for the tutorial for the runner.  The white cover on the Milk Street cookbook is perfect.

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No dinner parties this month, so I put a lace runner on the table, topped with Depression Glass Fostoria candlesticks and matching bowl.  White painted pine cones fill the bowl.

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The book by Victoria Magazine called At Home with White is a lovely book of using white in decorating.  Of course, the cover makes it the perfect choice for the library side table.

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On the mini quilt stand is my Victorian style White on White Mini Quilt.  See the link for the tutorial with complete instructions.  This year it is placed next to a pair of Depression Glass candlesticks with white candles, and a white wax pine cone with sparkles.

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The kitchen countertop has a pair of white chickens with a white marble mortar and pestle.  The candle is Yankee Candle scent Winter Garden and there is a snowflake votive holder in front. A French Vanilla Candle would do nicely too if you like that scent better.

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On the pub table, a white tablescape starts with white hardanger and embroidered place mats.

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In the center, a milk glass footed bowl holds an arrangement of greenery with white snowflake picks.

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Around the bottom, white glass beads are topped with white mittens and silver snowflakes, and a few white painted tiny pine cones.

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The silver and white snowflake salad plates sit on our white stoneware.  Silver chargers are the base.

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Completing the setting is our silverplate flatware, coffee cups and drink glasses, with white rolled napkins held with clear rings.

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Fresh and clean for the new year, it brings to mind the icy white of the Frozen Waterfalls we hiked to last year.

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I added some tiny white snowflake scatters and large pearls from a box of vase fillers received from a friend for Christmas to the center to complete the snowflake theme.

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Do you like to decorate for winter?

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31 thoughts on “Winter White in January

  1. Donna Weeks

    A small snowman theme replaces my Christmas decor. Nothing big, just something lighthearted, especially since we live in Florida.

  2. That is gorgeous, I love the cut work place mats and table runner, just lovely! As you know I am not much of a decorator, but I do love a thorough cleaning to start the new year. Yesterday I did some of the heat grates, and will continue working on them until all are clean. Still more to do on the list, but by the end of the month I think I will have gone through everything I want to for the new year. Some things just have to wait for spring when the windows can be opened. (We put plastic over every window for the winter to help with the heat.)

  3. Sylvia E Anderson

    Carole, your winter white décor is so lovely and soothing. We have just enough moisture on the ground to make our 31 degree temperature quite slippery. We have not seen the sun in over a week, and am looking forward to tomorrow when they are predicting a bright sunny day. Maybe!

  4. Love your winter whites. I managed to get all of my Christmas put up. I need to go through my quilts and pick out some winter looking ones. I don’t have much white like you do.

  5. Same here!!! After I take down all the Christmas decor this Sunday I will go very neutral…I need a break from all the color immersion for a while. I won’t bring color back in until it starts to feel like spring is around the corner…then I’ll bring in some color again, I’ll be ready for it by then!

  6. Sharon Schipper

    Gorgeous. I love the white. My “space” is sunshine yellow walls to warm up the basement apartment, and burgundy leather sofa. The rest is currently a hodge podge of memorabilia, japanese items, my house collection and blue and white! I think I started out with americana colors, but burgundy, navy and off white, oh well! with my studio and living space being together, no way it sticks to a color scheme! and my penchant for my old antiques and craigslist stuff! I should take the not so valuable craigslist hardgoods and paint them all white!
    Cold here, not enough snow, and of course I’m having a flat tire… turns out it’s the rim, so new tires and rims, ouch. Stay safe and warm!

  7. Brenda Ackerman

    Hello Carole, Your beautiful white decorations are so soothing after all of the business of the Christmas Decorations everywhere. I especially love your white poinsettias surrounded by the greenery in the bird cage outside. Such a perfect way to greet your guests and yourself before going indoors to more calming beautiful décor! Thank you for sharing all of your special decorating knowledge with us. You have such a talent, hey this idea just struck…if you ever want to just for fun or a few extra bucks, you could go into decorating peoples rooms/tables/homes for special events or holidays! I would hire you in a heart beat, of course, I do not know that we would get any decorating done from all the talking and quilting stuff we would have to be doing also. LOL. You are the best Carole! Have a Fantastic New Year!!!!

  8. I just love the tablescape. The centerpiece is just darling and so simple. Love the snowflakes and little mittens. Such fun details that come together for a very inviting table. Gotta get into the studio quick to do some w-o-w stitching!

  9. Donna

    White is so clean and fresh. I really like your mini white on white quilt. I looked at your tutorial and thought about making one of those. I thought maybe for Valentine’s Day.
    As usual, your blog is amazing.

  10. Joy B

    I love the clean crispness of the white decor! I usually do a pale blue and white tablescape in January, as I have snowflake patterned plates with those colors. What a great idea to use the pretty mittens as part of the table decorations. I might borrow that idea! Happy New Year to you and yours.

  11. Felicia Hamlin

    I envy your decorating flair! Not everybody can decorate and pull things together like that. Gorgeous! I am not crazy about white, but you have done something great. By the way, I think that your Hardanger pieces are Battenberg, I dabble a little in the former and it isn’t like that.

  12. The white is a lovely change from all the colour of Christmas. It is a good way to settle and relax after all the craziness of the season.

  13. Phyllis Smith

    Hello there,

    My computer has been out of sorts for a few days so I’m behind things a bit.

    Love the snowflake décor. I use snowmen and tie in the cardinal in a lot of my settings so this e-mail is close to my heart, will be copying some of your ideas for sure. Have a lot to catch up on so bye for now.

    Phyllis Smith

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