The warm cozy over-abundance of Christmas becomes annoying and I just need a little sparseness...for awhile anyway.
So, here is how it all breaks down around here after all the shiny balls and garlands are packed away:
My kitchen window with clean, bare IKEA bottles all in a row.
My winter mantle with candles, twigs, and pine cones:
And my coffee table with everything removed from it but a platter of candles I shopped the house for. Nested in a mess of pebbles, they look clean:
They cozy things up when they are lit at night!
Isn't that a cozy shot?
Oh, and if we're keeping it real...I want to show you the pre-cropped version of the mantle photo. Yes, my kids' Christmas gifts are still piled up in the family room: