Rustic winter decorating with black, white and wood

Wooden vintage windows, buffalo checked winter trees and a snowflake pillow in a winter living room. Rustic winter decorating with black, white and wood. Full tour on funkyjunkinteriors.net

To winter decorate or not to winter decorate…

That was a real question for a while. Traditionally, once Christmas is a wrap, I like to take everything down and pull the decorating back to bare bones to enjoy the empty sparce look for a spell.

Taking down the neutral Christmas ornaments and twig wreath and tree. Part of Rustic winter decorating with black, white and wood. Full tour on funkyjunkinteriors.net

However, once I started undecorating the Christmas tree, I stopped.

“Nooo… you wouldn’t….”

“Oh yes I would!”

So I did the unthinkable. I removed the Christmas touches from the room, winterized the mantel…

…and left up the tree.

You read that right.

Winter lit tree and snowy fireplace mantel. Part of Rustic winter decorating with black, white and wood. Full tour on funkyjunkinteriors.net

Winter tree in an antiques crate. Part of Rustic winter decorating with black, white and wood. Full tour on funkyjunkinteriors.net

After taking all the ornaments off from the original Christmas tree HERE, I thought the tree looked like a forest tree. 

We have plants indoors, why not trees? Why just for Christmas? Why not for winter too?

I am my own therapy class right here, folks.

Rather gutsy move, but it’s not like my cats will have an issue with it…

Winter rock fireplace mantel with mini trees, firewood, snow and a reclaimed wood deer head. Part of Rustic winter decorating with black, white and wood. Full tour on funkyjunkinteriors.net

As for the Christmas mantel (original HERE), the branches had to go as they were crispy dry. So chiming in with the forest theme once again, some faux trees, firewood and spray snow helped to play up winter well.

Winter rock fireplace mantel with mini trees, firewood, snow and a reclaimed wood deer head. Part of Rustic winter decorating with black, white and wood. Full tour on funkyjunkinteriors.net

I like how the muted tones play off the fireplace rock.

Winter rock fireplace mantel with mini trees, firewood, snow and antique lantern. Part of Rustic winter decorating with black, white and wood. Full tour on funkyjunkinteriors.net

Tiny mini lights were strung through the trees and behind the lantern having it appear to be lit.

Winter rock fireplace mantel with mini trees, firewood, snow and wooden snowflake. Part of Rustic winter decorating with black, white and wood. Full tour on funkyjunkinteriors.net

I’ll admit though, it was the spray snow that made it all work.

The wooden snowflake was a gift from my dear blogging friend My Altered State with her tutorial HERE. 

Tutorial for the deer head is HERE

Wooden vintage windows, buffalo checked winter trees and a snowflake pillow in a winter living room. Part of Rustic winter decorating with black, white and wood. Full tour on funkyjunkinteriors.net

The Christmas front window changed a little. Any greens were removed, with crisp black, white and wood sealing the wintery details.

Black and white snowflake pillow made with Winter Graphics from Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils and Ikea pillow. Part of Rustic winter decorating with black, white and wood. Full tour on funkyjunkinteriors.net

I am SO glad I brought this chair inside. It’s a great place to take in the birds each morning along with two chattering cats.

The snowflake pillow (tutorial HERE) was made with the Winter Graphics stencil.

Black and white Buffalo Checked winter trees in a crate tree skirt made by thelittlegreenbean.com \ Part of winter decorating with black, wood and white. Full tour on funkyjunkinteriors.net

I even have something new to show you!

My dear friend Missy from The Little Green Bean (store HERE) did her magic with the Buffalo Check and Plaid Shirt stencils on her wonderful wooden trees, and sells them ready made in her store.

Aren’t they perfection?!

Black and white Buffalo Checked winter trees in a crate tree skirt made by thelittlegreenbean.com made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils \ Part of winter decorating with black, wood and white. Full tour on funkyjunkinteriors.net Shop The Little Green Bean HERE
What I ADORE about Missy’s store items are the fact that they’re seasonal. There is always ALWAYS something different!

Black and white Buffalo Checked winter trees in a crate tree skirt made by thelittlegreenbean.com made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils \ Part of winter decorating with black, wood and white. Full tour on funkyjunkinteriors.net

She sent me both trees as a gift! Goodness… I adore them so much.

So I placed them inside a two-sided vintage crate to act as a tree skirt of sorts, and screwed them into place.

Black and white Buffalo Checked winter trees in a crate tree skirt made by thelittlegreenbean.com made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils \ Part of winter decorating with black, wood and white. Full tour on funkyjunkinteriors.net

DARLING. Thank-you Missy, I adore them!

I also love her rustic stencil technique. They truly have such a vintage feel to them.

Black and white Buffalo Checked winter trees in a crate tree skirt made by thelittlegreenbean.com with vintage wooden windows, fur and reclaimed wood bench \ Part of rustic winter decorating with black, white and wood. Full tour on funkyjunkinteriors.net

I love this little spot so much.

Pallet wood and vintage crate TV media stand \ Part of winter decorating with black, wood and white. Full tour on funkyjunkinteriors.net

Playing up the wood and black theme, I swapped out one green lettered vintage crate for one with black lettering. I’ll have to keep my eyes open for another for the right side. Or make one.

Happy to report, this crazy little pallet TV stand is still going strong.

Rustic wooden tray on top of a vintage trunk coffee table \ Part of winter decorating with black, wood and white. Full tour on funkyjunkinteriors.net

The little wooden tray on the trunk coffee table got a new woodsy touch too.

Rustic wooden tray on top of a vintage trunk coffee table \ Part of winter decorating with black, wood and white. Full tour on funkyjunkinteriors.net

Antlers are so simple, but the starkness of them just seems to work.

I’m pretty pleased with the small winter changes. I think it has the room looking fresh without being overdone.

Now the real question is… can I get away with leaving the tree up for spring too? We may have to start calling it a plant pretty quick…

Have you make some winter changes yourself?

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  1. I did the same thing this year. I purposely decorated with ” winter themes” and touches of Christmas , so when Christmas was over I still had winter decorations in place. My son enjoys his tree with no decorations on it , just lights. I enjoy your ideas! Peggy

    • I really think winter decorating is the way to go! And agree with the lights, I always miss the evening ambiance once the tree is tucked away once again. This has proven to be a very fun move!

  2. Oh Donna how pretty the winter decor looks. I would say your “stark” tree works just great. I put away all my Christmas and pulled out my Valentine’s Day stuff. I also did some purging of the unused Christmas items and filled five very large moving boxes for donation to Salvation Army. I looked at items that I still thought were cute, but decided that since I hadn’t used them in years, it was time to send them on to another home where they would be loved just as much if not more! LOL! Today it’s on to my workshop area and there’s an empty box with Habitat for Humanity’s name on it to fill up! It does feel good to declutter!!!!

  3. I live on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We keep our trees up and change the decorations to purple, green and gold for Mardi Gras season.

  4. Donna,

    Your re-decorating turned out beautiful. Also, love the plaid trees and there is nothing wrong with leaving a tree up year around. I have had my tree up year around for many years and change out the decorations as you did. I like the snowflake too. Wish I had seen your post several days ago because I just threw some perfect wood out while cleaning the garage.

  5. This year I bought my first artificial tree – a bare-branch fake white birch tree, prelit. (Target store) I LOVE it! And I’m keeping it up as a winter tree! After the holidays, I removed the Christmas-y ornaments, leaving only white/silver paper origami balls, a paper chain I made from scrapbooking papers and sheet music, and a flock of white & silver paper birds I made a few years ago. In February, I will remove the white ornaments – perhaps keeping the white “lovebirds” – and turn it into my Valentine tree loaded with hearts!

  6. i love what you did, Donna! man, i miss those cold PNW days. here in so cal, it’s not cold and there’s no snow or ‘winter’ (tho it is raining today! YAY!) so i couldn’t justify using the flocked white fir tree, wreath, and branches that i have!

    after the holiday decor was packed up, i pulled out some crystal resin + glass snowflake ornaments to add to the dining table centerpiece, and wrapped some thrifted glass vases in sweater remnants for a warm look. i added some copper touches (kitchen pieces, a few glass copper ornaments, spray painted a few things) to my neutral palette, along with more clear glass accessories… resulting in a ‘crisp’ and ‘clean’ mood rather than typical ‘winter’.

    • Sounds beautiful, Deb! And so perfect for where you are.

      I can only imagine how my decor would likely change if I lived in a warm region. Christmas Palm Trees, sand snowmen… the more I think of it, the more I like that challenge… 😀

  7. Just stick in some pussy willow and forsythia branches among the pine boughs about March and you’ll be ready for spring! I still have my winter decor up that I put up before Christmas but I make sure each year it’s just that…winter, not specifically Christmas…so I can do that. I’ll probably start tinkering with it for Valentine’s Day. After all that work I’m not going to take it down right away.

  8. You can decorate with pink hearts for Valentines day, hanging Easter eggs for Easter, spring fling for spring!

  9. Oh Donna, I am so excited. We got our computer fixed and now I can write and my fingers can keep up with my brain. I love typing. I enjoyed your most recent post. Missy gave you a really craft in regards to the buffalo check trees. They are awesome. A pair of them in a larger size would look nice on a front porch for winter. Thank you for keeping the wonderful posts coming. You inspire me so much. And I am trying to learn to do so many things. I even received a dremmel for Christmas. And I learned I am really good at stripping screws and some wood is soooo hard that I have to predrill to get a nail to go through. Editing is also important. And wanted to tell you that your fireplace looks really nice. Take care and have a good and again thanks.