So, how are you feeling now that the holidays are over, the twinkling lights and Christmas music have all been put away, and the bleak, white, winter days march by, one by one? If you are anything like me, this is a difficult time of year. There is the ever-present threat of the latest strain of influenza, coughs, colds, sore throats, ear aches, and sinus infections. When the snow drifts down, or when it whips around the corner of the house, when it settles there is a fresh, clean, white covering on everything. But when it begins to melt, everything outside my window turns brown and muddy, sloppy and messy. That’s when I retreat into the security of my home. Except right now my home doesn’t feel very “cozy” or “comfy.” That’s because I haven’t been feeling great and I haven’t had the energy to get things back to normal after the holidays.
As I was looking for a few ideas that might inspire me to get moving again, I knew that I wasn’t looking for anything too fussy, fancy, or expensive. After all, it can be challenging to follow all of the seasonal trends all while attempting to accomplish the latest and greatest trend of “minimalism.” It’s a toss up . . . do I want everything in my home to be all white, sterile, empty, and “simple,” or is there a way to have things simplified and still have a few inspirational home decor items without trading “cozy” for “cluttered”?
One of the trends that has been quite popular over the past several years is having everything in your house all in shades of white. At first, that is appealing. It feels light, airy, clean, and orderly. But I have wondered if, at some point in time, people might feel that having everything in their homes painted or decorated in white might make a home feel more like a hospital. How about a dash of color or even some neutrals splashed around that all white kitchen?
On the other hand, once upon a time, the trend was to have odds and ends, knick-knacks, and other “stuff” sitting on every available flat surface. That gets old, too, especially when you get tired of dusting all of that “stuff.” Let’s find a happy place in between, where there is a sense of peaceful simplicity along with a few touches of colorful, cozy accents. I hope that my journey to find a bit of inspiration this week will help me regain my usual focus on creativity and energy. These white winter days have me cuddled up with a fuzzy blanket, a cup of cocoa, and a good book. But I really need to get a few other things accomplished with my days.
How about you? Are you feeling the “blues” when the days are short and the nights are long, dark, and cold? What ideas do you have for beating those “winter blues”? I’m listening . . . .