Home Decor Remedies for Winter Blues

With the glitz and charm of holiday cheer now just a distant memory from 2015, coupled by freezing temps and light snow flurries, it is only natural to have the January blues creep in. While a trip to warmer climes may be the best remedy for Chicago winter doldrums, revamping your home decor is another fun way to feel inspired and shake off any residual seasonal grumpiness. Check out a few ideas below to help reinvent your mental state with home design this season.

Get Organized

Along the same lines as last week's post on Closet Cleanup, sometimes a quick refresh of home decor can make all the difference. If you find yourself frustrated, scatterbrained, forever in search of your keys, or all three! A quick cleanse will not only get your house looking spiffy and fresh but also help declutter your headspace. Toss the unnecessary and straighten what is left.

Lemon Pop

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A pop of color, especially vibrant lemon, will not only brighten a dull room but is sure to lift your spirits too. While subdued and minimal hues have their place on the Pantone color wheel, yellow is sure to be the quick and snappy pick-me-up your mood is in need of! Try tulips or lemons to get your home decor ripe and ready.

Aromatize Your Life

After your sense of sight has been addressed, do not forget the all important sense of smell either. To give your nose an optimistic boost try a bit of aromatherapy. We love these tin candles from Paddywax with their duo scents and tin container, reusable long after the wick has burned down. There is no way to avoid feeling spring's excitement with these floral and herbaceous scents. Check out our online store here for more candle options too!

Get Creative

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Image via @kathrinsmirke

Another way to get your head in the right frame of mind is - for us creative types at least - to get a little crafty. Whether it is finally putting paint to canvas or paper to pen, get working on that craft or project you set aside during the holiday crunch. There is no better feeling than accomplishment and tapping into your inspired side, especially when it comes to home decor projects. Stuck inside over the weekend with chilly temperatures and freezing rain? No problem when there is a task - albeit, a fun one we hope! - in need of completion.

Make a Plan

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Image via @marissaaross

Similar to step one, an organized desk and planner will get you ready for the year ahead. A desk calendar or even one mapped on your fridge will not only keep you steering towards your 2016 goals and resolutions but can also add a utilitarian feel to your household. Awe guests with your full schedule or take pride in never missing an appointment. Either way, with a glass of wine to help get your ducks in a row, all at-home offices need an organized calendar at their helm!

Embrace It

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And if worse comes to worse, there is absolutely nothing wrong with taking a knee and letting your cold weather grumpiness run full force. No better a time to wrap up in a wool sweater, grab some tea or coffee and get under the covers. Seriously, no shame in sleeping in, watching a Netflix or two and being a bit grouchy. It is nature's cycle after all!

Stay warm and 'til next time!


Tips to Winterize Home Decor

Whelp, it is most certainly winter. A bitter chill in the air paired with the season's signature overcast skies may have your commute to and from work all the more dreary but have no fear, a few quick and easy tips to winterize your home will make those lazy days spent indoors all the more comfy. 

Consider Your Palette

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One way to make your interior more winter-friendly is to consider the palette. Though most tend to run for rustic brown and orange hues to warm up inside decor, we love a twist on the traditional. Try crisp grey and blue tones to give your home a minimal edge. Just be sure to add swaths of fur or a houseplant for a pop of color and texture.

Natural Accents

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Nothing quite says winter/holiday decor more than dried pinecones, dried acorns or the the occasional wreath. Less upkeep than summer's bouquets, gather a few natural accents i.e  cattails, birch clippings or even a Christmas cactus to bring a touch of the outdoors in.

Plush It Up

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Image via @zgallerie

The true way to be cozy this time of year is the perfect throw blanket. Strategically placed over the arm of a couch or tossed on the end of your bed, winter is all about the wrap up. Try a faux fur option to feel decadent or a simple plush coverup for those who prefer to be a touch more understated. Either way, no one will complain about an extra layer. That is for certain!

Burn Baby, Burn

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Image via @jaysonhome

For those lucky enough to have a working fireplace - whether wood-burning or gas - a bundle of firewood evokes earlier times and an old school cool. We love the idea of tying together a few bundles with thick twine and laying them near the fireplace or front entryway to give a little extra rustic charm to any home. Bonus points for the luscious, mustard leather chair...

Stock the Bar

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With all this time spent indoors, one area in need of a little extra attention may be the bar cart. Having a few additional goodies- antique glassware or that special bourbon splurge - will only make a holiday movie marathon all the more inviting. 

OSB's Home/Holiday Decor

Not only is it fun to winterize your home but decor items like ornaments, stringed lights and candles make the perfect stocking stuffer or host gift. Check out OSB's website and shop for cute winter-friendly gift ideas. And don't forget to treat yourself too!

Antler Ornament

'Til next time!


Copper Lights

Balsam & Fir Candle

Stylish Layers for Fall & Winter

Sweater weather is here, along with hats and scarves, boots and best of all cozy comfort. But don't be fooled, layering up is an art. A little thought and preparation can go a long way when it comes to wearing your entire closet. Layers are warm and visually interesting but extra bulk is not so we rounded up a few of our favorite layered, cozy weather styles to get some inspiration rolling for this time of year.

Boots, Boots, Boots!

With how much rain Chicago has seen in the past few days, a sturdy pair of rain boots are an absolute necessity. We love the bright accent color paired with a mostly black ensemble via Alexandra from Lovely Pepa. These Hunter boots steal the show with their unique hue and help keep feet dry. Layer up with tights or chunky knee socks to keep everything from your toes to your knees nice and toasty.

Peekaboo Texture

It's easy to dress monochromatically this time of year: just throw on some black and you are good to go. But with layers always try to keep texture in mind to spice up the dark hues and give a little visual interest to any plain black look. The statement hat and veil with a peekaboo fringed skirt pump up the drama for this look via Blair Eadie of Atlantic // Pacific.

Belted Neutrals

Image via  Finch&Fawn

Image via Finch&Fawn

If you're worried about swimming in your layers or getting lost beneath all the fabric, a cinched waist helps keep your shape intact as well as add a prim and proper appeal to the look. The color play between Kiana of Finch&Fawn's neutral maxi skirt and leather belt and boots creates the perfect fall palette, and really, who doesn't love stripes on top?

Image via  Finch&Fawn

Image via Finch&Fawn

Leather and Lengths

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Image via ChiCityFashion

An often forgotten aspect to a great layered look is length. You never want all your hemlines to fall at the same length or be too short or too long. This is why we love ChiCityFashion creator Jena Gambaccini's leather jacket and flowy tank combo. The different hemlines keep her look streamlined and sleek but oh so warm on those tricky sunny yet chilly November days.

Image via  ChiCityFashion

Image via ChiCityFashion

Fall Classic

Image via  The Golden Girl

Image via The Golden Girl

This look from Jess of The Golden Girl encapsulates what this season's layered style is all about. A jean jacket with a statement scarf, an autumnal hued suede skirt and eye-catching boots all play nicely together to create the perfect Saturday shopping, Sunday morning brunching, fall leaf collecting, pumpkin carving ensemble. This look is versatile while a touch preppy and a true exemplifier of classic comfort for chillier weather.

Image via  The Golden Girl

Image via The Golden Girl

Tights, Tights, Tights!

If you get cold, don't forget about tights. These slinky bad boys were made for this type of weather. Megan from Sparkles and Sprinkles shows off her gams in a garnet pair for the added hint of color beneath her cobalt blue look. With all the different tights available, whether patterned, sheer or opaque, this fall necessity can really alter the look and feel of any outfit.

Don't Forget About Your Jewels

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Image via Who What Wear

One trend we are loving over at OSB - not seasonally restricted but whateves - is the layered jewelry vibe. Try it with different length necklaces to draw attention to your face and neck or throw on a cuff with bangles and bracelets of different hues. Either way, this is a surefire way to give any look, whether monochromatic or bohemian inspired, an added point of interest and street style glam.

Image via  The Golden Girl

Image via The Golden Girl

For a few of our favorite layering accessories, check out the online shop or stop by OSB's brick and mortar store.

'Til next time!