Valentine’s is almost here, but I’m not quite ready (yet) to switch out my décor from winter. Let’s take a look at how to combine winter and Valentine’s décor in a small kitchen.
Here in ‘sunny’ So Cal, we are having a rainy season like we haven’t seen in years. Frankly, I LOVE it, and so does most of my family! This morning, my son and his family actually experienced 27 degrees in their neck of the woods! Now that’s cold for So Cal!
With this chilly weather, I’m still enjoying the winter touches in my home. The cozy pillows, throws, and vignettes just don’t want to be put away… yet. What about you? Are you still enjoying the winter in your neighborhood?
WINTER VALENTINE’S DECOR IN A SMALL KITCHEN
However, I’m also hearing the sweet sounds of Valentine’s Day calling to me. Without going overboard, I enjoy a little nod to the “season of sappy-ness”. Even being single, giving my home a little splash of red sparks a joy in my heart that I think even Ms. Kondo could relate to. 😉
Adding special décor touches makes a small home even cozier, and makes a rental home or apartment feel like your own. So, let me show you how I transition my tiny rental kitchen from winter to a bit of Valentine’s Day and still keep the coziness going.
If you want to get a jump-start for spring decor, you can take a look at this Spring Tour.
Keep It Simple
As the décor at My Wee Abode goes through the seasons, there is a realization that keeping it simple really does go a long way.
The open shelving and counters have a base of my everyday dishes, white soup tureens, pieces of white ironstone (pitchers and bowls), and miniature leaded glass windows.
Remember these tips for keeping your foundation décor simple:
- neutral color palette (white is a wonderful catalyst for other pops of color)
- practical items (such as everyday dishes) lend a ‘grounding’ to décor… keeps your home ‘real’
- basic décor items that can be added to or moved around (white soup tureens can be used in so many ways, as well as ironstone bowls/pitchers)
- basic items to set behind other items (such as the leaded glass windows or wood platters)
Add Seasonal Accessories That Can Easily Be Changed
Another aspect of keeping it simple is to use items that are elements of the season, but not “holiday-ish”. As my friend, Yvonne from Stonegable says, you don’t want any ‘cross-holidation’ going on! 😉
Winter décor can consist of:
- greenery (faux and real, but I mostly use ‘good’ faux)
- berries (rose gold, to stay away from cross-holidation)
- cotton stems
- warm colored votives or white pillar candles (again, not red)
- little ceramic pine trees
- dishes that may add another color (I always love blue for winter)
- pine cones (start using them in fall and they go through winter!)
Transition to Valentine’s by Replacing with Similar Items
It doesn’t matter if you have a small or large kitchen, own a home or rent an apartment, these tips are the same! You don’t have to go crazy and change EVERYTHING out (unless you want to). 😉 Just change out a few of the smaller items for some holiday-type decor!
For Valentine’s Day:
- leave the pine cones and greenery, but replace the rose-gold berries with red berries. I know what you’re thinking, but we ARE decorating for the ‘sappy’ holiday, so red berries look great!
- take out the (navy) dishes and replace with some red ‘rustic’ hearts
- change out the white/warm colored candles for red candles
- remove the little white trees (or any elements you want to remove)
- judiciously add additional elements of Valentine’s Day
You can see how I added touches of fall to my tiny kitchen HERE.
Finished Winter Valentine’s Décor in a Small Kitchen
When you keep it simple and just exchange a few decor items, transitioning from winter to Valentine’s Day can take all of 15 minutes!
Winter elements with rose gold beads, ceramic trees, and amber candles.
Switched out berries and candles for Valentine’s!
An ironstone bowl is home to greenery, pine cones, gold berries and a white candle for winter.
And some navy blue dishes are nestled there, too!
For Valentine’s, the blue dishes, ceramic tree, gold berries, and white candle were replaced…
With some rustic hearts and linen bow (Hobby Lobby find, but I replaced the bow), red berries, and a red candle.
More red berries were exchanged out of the cotton stems, red candles were placed in votive cups and…
This sweet little find from Walmart…
“Chippy” is not usually my ‘thing’… but, don’t you think this is adorable for six bucks???
That keyhole, though!
I’m definitely loving this bit of ‘love’ in my tiny kitchen.
So much you can do to make a small apartment a special home! (Oh, and see those marble-look countertops… you’ll never guess what material they are …Find out the secret HERE.)
Do you add touches of Valentine’s Day to your home? I’d love to hear how you do it! Your comments and ideas inspire me, just as I hope My Wee Abode inspires YOU!
PIN IT FOR LATER!