I love fresh starts! The holidays are wonderful, but I just love the beginning of a new year and the perception of a clean slate. It signals several things to me and these are the things that inform my design style for January. With those in mind, I’ve gathered some visuals of what’s inspiring me right now. You will see the fruits of these influences in the upcoming weeks and I’ve grouped them below into some loose conceptual categories.
(These photos are from Instagram with the account owner’s names attached. I encourage you to visit their galleries.)
1. Chunky cable knits – in throws, pillows and other accessories, ever present in various shades of whites or neutrals. There are fishermen’s knits, classic cables, seed stitches and everything in between, in divergent yarns from rugged to refined.
2. Faux fur – from rugs to bedding to pillows and more, the soft and fluffy texture of faux fur is everywhere. This lush look is delightful this time of year, as it whispers to us to cuddle up. From velvet fuzz to sumptuous long hairs, wrapping your home in fur is the perfect antidote to winter’s chill.
3. White flowers – the arrival of winter is not enough to crush one’s love of florals, but after the riotous color of December, it’s refreshing to surround ourselves with soft whites. Whether real or faux, white flowers with crisp greenery give a zen-like feel to any room.
4. Hot coffee, natural branches and candlelight – winter imagery can come in the form of bark covered candles, bare branches or steaming coffee in snowy white cups. What ties them together is the warmth they hint at, as an escape from the frost.
5. Spa influences – when temperatures dip, the desire to be pampered is strong. Combined with the renewed attention to health so many of us resolve to focus on at the start of the year, and the general urge to purge, the clean fresh lines of the spa are a powerful inspiration in January.
These concepts comprise my January decor inspiration. I invite you to stop back later in the week to get a first glimpse at these ideas in practice. I’ll be meditating until then…
To see how I’ve applied these ideas and for some winter shopping tips, you might enjoy these posts:
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