Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Cozy Winter Home Tour

Hi friends, 
Welcome to the Cozy Winter Home Tour hosted by our sweet Amber of Follow The Yellow Brick Home. 
She is an amazing hostess and has the cutest vintage home. 
If you are coming from Welch House, welcome. I love the warm pastels that she uses in her stunning Victorian home. 

I may be in the minority but I love winter!
It gives us in Texas a break from the heat. 
We can have 70 degree days but we also can dip into freezing temperatures. 
Last Friday we had temps in the 70s, tornados in the evening and snow the next morning. 
By Sunday afternoon, I was puttering in my greenhouse where I have Kolanchos about to bloom. 

I take the opportunity in winter to add twinkle, cozy textures and pops of color to our grays, blues, black and white.  Sweater pillows are perfect for adding warm texture to our sofas and chairs. 

I've added faux paperwhites, snowdrops, white tulips and crocus. 
I've already been seeing paperwhites in the neighborhood landscape. 
Some of the other early bloomers won't be far behind. 

This is one of my favorite winter mantels. I love the galvanized metal pots with all the white. 

Orange is my pop of color this winter. It looks so good with our copper accents in the kitchen. 
A simmering mix in a thrifted pot provides a warm and cozy scent on these winter days.

A mix of orange peel, cloves and cinnamon sticks smells amazing. 

The oranges in a vintage Pyrex bowl are faux. I made some real clove studded oranges in December but they were mushy and gross in three days. I don't know if it's just too hot or humid in Texas. 
My solution was to make a clove studded faux orange. They all came from Hobby Lobby. 

More faux oranges rest in a cake stand up above the cabinets. 

We had some warm days so I packed our Friendly Village dishes away for the year. 
I pulled out a few Currier and Ives plates but Denmark by Franciscan is being used daily. 

This pattern gives a perfect Scandinavian winter vibe. 
I love the serene blue with the black and white. 

The reds of Christmas needed to be packed away. That included the curtains in the pie safe. Red and white ticking was swapped for blue and white. I love that it looks almost gray behind the wire mesh screen. 

That is about it for now.

Be sure to see all of the other links on the tour. 


  1. I enjoyed seeing your home decorated for winter. It looks both pretty and cozy for enjoying cool winter days and nights.

  2. I love all the extra special touches you've added to your home to make it feel so warm and inviting this winter season. They're all so pretty. While winter in Florida doent's feel too different from spring or fall, it always feels like an invitation to slow down and unwind after a busy holiday season. Hope your winter is fabulous. Hugs, CoCo

  3. So pretty. I love the different architectural features of your home and I adore your kitchen. Beautiful transition to winter.

  4. I actually love winter too. Well the temps anyway. Not the cloudy days. Love your winter decor too. It's so bright and cheery in your home which is exactly what we need this time of year. Pinned!

  5. Love your cozy winter decor Katie. Nice and bright and cheerful. Love the sweater pillows.

  6. Living in Texas, I'm sure it's nice to have a break from the heat and some milder temperatures. Katie, your faux flowers had me fooled! You've really created a bright and cheery home.

  7. Your home looks beautiful decorated for winter. You have created so many pretty vignettes, and I love your kitchen! It has been so much fun being on the tour with you!

  8. Katie, your mantel is darling & I would have never known that your oranges or paperwhites were faux! I haven't had snow or tornadoes here in the Texas Hill Country, but the cedar pollen is miserable! Stay cozy, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  9. I just LOVE the blue and white china, Katie. It's so pretty! And your "knit" pillow cover and that wreath on the window frame. So many lovely touches that give the winter vibe. It's very calming!

  10. Your mantel looks perfect. I love the paperwhites. I'm seeing those more often and really want to add them to my decor. The simmering pot looks like it smells delicious, too. Happy to hop with you!

  11. so love your mantel and wintery decor, Katie. you know I love me some Paperwhites, stinky and all, but I haven't planted any in years. I have to rely on faux ones now, much easier and didn't you mention they smelled like dirty feet? haha so true. looks beautiful, tho.

  12. I love what you did with your mantel, Katie-so fresh! And I love your stairway; I've never seen this view of your house before!

  13. You've done a beautiful job making your home cozy and inviting for winter! I love the paperwhites and all your pretty vignettes. Great to hop with you!

  14. Well your faux paperwhites caught my eye first thing! They look so real! I also loved your blue and white patterned china! So pretty I have a similar pattern and now will be looking for yours to mix with mine! Such cozy Winter vibes!

  15. Hi Katie, I'm enjoying your winter decorating like having oranges on the counter in a big bowl. I never would have guessed those were not real. Love your lovely blue and white Scandinavian dishes too.

  16. Hi Katie, it is all winter wonderful! I love the faux oranges. You fooled me, I thought they were real. Everything looks so crisp and fresh. You know me, this red loving girl had to leave a little out. :)
    Happy winter,

  17. Katie your home looks so beautiful and cozy for winter. I love your winter pillows and coffee table vignette.

    My gardening-loving heart loves the garden style elements on your winter mantel, so pretty! The little birds are precious! Your faux paperwhites are fabulous, I wouldn't have known they were faux.

    My cloved studded oranges usually last for weeks and typically they are supposed to last for several week. Hmm. I am curious as to why that would happen to yours. Maybe something was up with the particular oranges. I also have a couple of faux cloved studded oranges that I put out around Thanksgiving and keep out through after Christmas with no worries about them rotting, so you found a great solution!

    I just went to the store and had a "grr" moment when I realized I forgot lemons for my simmer but I did buy oranges so I will make a simmer like yours with the orange peels instead.

    I love all the little touches of blue you always use. I am totally crushing on blue right now, not just because it's the "color of the year" but just because it's so beautiful and vintage. Your home is lovely with the bits of blue and charming vintage finds!

    So glad your were able to join the winter home tours!

  18. Katie, I love the tour of your home. It is so cozy for the winter season. Love the hearth and how you have it decorated. Everything looks so nice.