Christmas can stay put until the Epiphany but then it's time to remove anything green and red, holly or bough, bells, ornaments, wrapping and more. It all gets safely stored in color coded bins for next year.
Between Christmas and Easter, I relish stripping the house down to nothing and giving it a good scrub in preparation for some neutral touches and a refreshing palette.
This time of year I love bulbs, and Paperwhites are my favorite. There is something so relaxing about the creamy white blossoms and heavenly scent. Planted in simple pots, anything green gives a nod of what's to come.
Large baskets that once held firewood, boxwood and wrapped presents are emptied and left to stand alone. I find that there is something unexpected about a vacant basket sitting in a room and the texture reminds me of the bare branches just outside the windows.
Bowls of fresh fruit, especially in rooms other than the kitchen, add the perfect touch of color.
The fireplace gets cleaned out and scrubbed down and the windows get a fresh washing (we need every bit of light during these short, grey Seattle days).
This change out is done quickly...no dilly dallying for me! I want to make sure I have ample time to sit in one of these cozy corners with a good book or a pile of magazines and enjoy the winter quiet....this is home - this is as good as it gets!
Until next time,
la chasse au bonheur