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Cotton Everywhere: Transitional Winter Decor

Give me all the cotton. That's how I've been feeling lately. I love cotton clothes, cotton upholstery, cotton pillows, cotton everything. So it's natural I would like actual cotton as a decoration, right?

While I love our Christmas decorations, and while I try to keep them pretty neutral to carry us through the entire winter season, I was ready for something different toward the end of January. But I still wanted to keep our home wintery and relevant to the weather outside. While searching online for faux evergreen sprigs for our closet, I came across cotton branches. And I fell in love. So I started to Google cotton branches as decor, and apparently it's a thing right now. Despite the fact that it's a little trendy in the world of rustic decor, it was new to me, and I went for it. I love how it's neutral, natural and clean - perfect for this time of the year as we transition from Christmas into a cozy winter season. And so now, my friends, I have cotton everywhere.

Starting with our entryway, I bought tall stems for this oversized pitcher I've had for years. Up against the plank sign we have on our console table, they totally shine in all their fuzzy glory.

In our living room, I filled a small pitcher with medium cotton stems, and ordered this windowpane mirror from Etsy. I'd been struggling on what to put up there and when I saw this, my heart skipped a beat and I had to wipe drool from my mouth (slight exaggeration). Having a mirror on the mantel makes such a huge difference - the extra light it brings to the room is perfect. To keep everything more wintery, but still neutral, I added some cedar and juniper berry stems I got on clearance online, a small tuscan urn and pinecones.

In the same room, I spruced up our pillows a bit, keeping some of the ones we had out for Christmas, reusing some of our summer ones, and I may have also purchased a couple of new ones. My absolute favorite pillow covers are the Basketweave* ones from Pottery Barn. They're 100% cotton, so they're soft and durable, but they're also machine washable, provide a simple layer of texture and come in all different colors. I had a couple of the white ones already, but they recently came out with a light blue-ish gray that I had to have. And I justified it because they'll be so perfect for the spring season, too. Mixed in with white, a taupe faux fur, a cute little snow owl and a gray buffalo check, I got a lovely mix of natural wintery goodness that's still very cozy.

Finally, I added some small cotton stem to our kitchen window sill, officially flooding our house with cotton.

Details on everything mentioned:
Medium and tall cotton stems: CraftOutlet here and here
Small cotton stems: TheWreathShed on Etsy
Windowpane Mirror: ABWFrames on Etsy
Pillow Covers*: Faux FurCotton Basketweave in Smoke. Owl & Buffalo Check no longer available.
Tuscan Urn*: Pottery Barn
Everything else is old that we've had for a while, or no longer available online.

*I work for the Williams-Sonoma brand, and received a discount on these items.


  1. I LOVE IT!!! Great taste!

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