Stylist Spotlight: How to Decorate after Christmas

decorate after Christmas

Welcome to that weird season between the holidays and the beginning of spring. The Christmas decorations are gone, but it’s still going to be cold for a few months. It’s not time for spring decorating so it can be easy to let your décor get ‘blah’ during this time of year (it is kind of a blah time of year!).

Here at Homemakers, we like to keep the style going all year round! We partnered with a local photographer and influencer to help us come up with ways to keep a dining room decorated for winter, even after the tree is gone and the lights are down. Janice Derflinger has a keen eye for all things stylish. You can find her on Instagram @sweetsnsnaps where she shares home décor inspiration, recipes and insight into her life with two little boys. Bonus: she shared a family recipe for gingerbread cookies with us!

Read on to find out how Janice got her dining room ready for winter!

How to Decorate after Christmas with Janice Derflinger

decorate after Christmas

Janice’s dining room is a fantastic study in transitioning your décor from Christmas to winter without leaving the season behind.

Like the dining room set? Janice has several pieces from the Samuel Lawrence Prospect Hill collection: the upholstered side chair and the trestle table. This versatile farmhouse-inspired dining set can be dressed up or down for any holiday or season. And Janice has done just that!

decorating after Christmas
greenery + marble + bronze

The secret to decorating after Christmas? Don't be afraid to keep wintery accents like pine boughs and winter white accents. Janice nails it perfectly with a centerpiece of greenery that extends all the way down her table. Evergreens are not just for Christmas!

We also love her mixing of burnished accents with candlesticks, mini cake stands and even matching silverware and chargers. Metals continue to endure as a design trend in 2019! The white oven in the center perfectly pulls together the neutral color palette.

decorate after Christmas

Red and black buffalo plaid is a staple in Christmas decorations and something we always have in our Christmas marketplace. But what about after the holiday?

There is no reason to pack it away! Just choose a different color pattern if black and red is just a little reminiscent of Christmas for you. We love that Janice went with blue and white plaid. It's light and adds a little color to an otherwise neutral tablescape. It also contrasts beautifully with the metal finish on her chargers and silverware. Tres chic! 

decorate after Christmas
Who said gingerbread was only for the holidays?

If you've been eyeing those fresh gingerbread cookies in every picture, don't worry! You are not alone. Gingerbread is not a holiday-only treat.  Janice shared her recipe for gingerbread cookies on Instagram and we're happy to share it again here!

decorate after Christmas
Janice's Gingerbread Cookie Recipe


1 cup salted butter 
1 cup granulated white sugar
1 egg
1 cup light molasses
2 tablespoons white vinegar
5 cups flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Cream butter & sugar.
Beat in egg, molasses, and vinegar.
Mix dry ingredients together and then add to mixture.

Divide the dough into two even pieces, wrap each piece of dough in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 to 90 minutes.

When the dough is done chilling, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Working in sections, roll the dough to 1/2″ thick on a floured surface; cut into desired shapes. Place shapes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a baking mat.

Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the pan for 5 minutes and then move to a cooling rack.


decorate after Christmas

Ready to shop Janice's style? Click the buttons below to check out the Samuel Lawrence dining furniture you see above!

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Feeling inspired?

If you love Janice's style, you can find more of her on Instagram! Head over to @sweetsnsnaps to catch more recipes, design inspiration and insight into her life as a mom, photographer and nurse.

All photos were provided by Janice Derflinger. This post is part of a paid collaboration between Homemakers Furniture and Janice Derflinger.

For more inspiration from real-life stylists, influencers and designers, check out our Stylist Spotlight series.

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