It's hard to imagine that we're solidly into January already. The days already seem to be getting longer. The chickens want to hang around the backyard and horse pen until after 5 PM when they were tucked in for the night by 4 PM just a couple of weeks ago.
So, also our interior environments must evolve. It's time to take down all the interior Christmas decorations and clean. It was nice not to dust the mantels for a month--just wait until you see what's accumulated!
Then, once the decorations are removed--oh how lifeless the house seems...
So, my proposal to avoid the shock of non-glitzy mantels and bare tabletops is...just push into the next season and keep the lights going!
Just swap out your evergreen garland for some floral or vine-y silks and your faux plants with live ones!
Here's an example of my living room fireplace, now re-done post Christmas. The little white lights (from the Christmas clearance racks) replaced colored lights, floral garland replaced pine garland.
And here's an example of the centerpiece on the porch's breakfast table...from faux holly to a potted floral plant. See the before and after below. The flowering house plant, Kalanchoe, was a gift from a friend in October. I moved it to the side of the soaking tub in the bathroom during the holiday season. And now it's back as a centerpiece--African violets or cyclamen would also be a pretty choice.
So, while the house may initially seem barren when the Christmas decorations get put away, quickly dust and replace with a new season of fresh-and-home-y.