We’ve been busy trying to stay warm and get back to routine over here. I shared on Instagram last week that I always struggle with getting back to regular life after the holidays. We’ve just spent so many days cozied up with our little family and then to see them all spread out in their separate directions again is tough. It won’t be long before we’re stretched thin again and running around in every direction and I don’t like that. Paul said its because its been easy to do the good stuff of life- to slow down, get a good night’s sleep, to read a book, to love our kids well, have great and deep conversations, play games and laugh together. We’ve been anticipating and then celebrating God with us. We’ve been giving gifts and receiving gifts with love and thankfulness. We’ve been easily enjoying the very best and most important parts of life lately and now we have to go back to fighting for them.
I love how he put that because it reminds me to fight for those things. To not just go back to the sometimes status quo of busy-ness and endless activity filled days. To continue to fight for rest, laughter, joy.
So for these south Texans, these last few icy days have been just what we’ve needed: to huddle up and stay in for a while. To sit around the fire under some blankets. I’m not quite ready to jump back in to real life and am happy to enjoy the warmth of the fire a little while longer.
While I did already put away the Christmas decorations, I’ve left up our greenery on the bookshelves. It adds a little winter coziness and I always love bringing the outdoors in. They are totally crispy and dry, but up so high that no one is bumping into them or causing needles to fall.
I found the blanket you see above at Target. Its actually meant for a twin size bed- which means much bigger and cozier than your average throw. Perfect for afternoon napping and movie-watching cuddling. I’m keeping books and magazines out in hopes that we’ll all keep reaching for them, and then I still have my morning spot that I love so much.
A comfy place to sit, lots of layers & textures, a big cozy blanket, and good books to read: that’s a recipe for a great winter living room in my opinion.
So that’s our winter living room. Not a huge change, but just little ways I cozy it up to encourage continued rest and togetherness after the holidays are over.
Here’s a list of the sources in my living room:
Coffee Table: West Elm
Sectional: Unavailable, but find similar ones here.
Rug: Rugs USA
Pillows: Target & Pottery Barn & Etsy
Shelves behind couch: Ikea Hemnes
Paint Color: Olympic Willow Springs
Shades: Select Blinds
Curtains: Ikea Ritva
Do you change up your living room in the winter, after the Christmas decor comes down? Do you struggle with going back to routine like I do?
Happy New Year! Stay warm, my friends!