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Keeping the Winter Blues Out of Your Home

Practical tips and tricks for keeping the winter blues out of your home during the cold and dark months.

Yesterday, another snow storm hit, and I was so happy I didn’t have to leave the house. This winter, we’ve had more than our fair share of snow, which means cold temperatures and gloomy days- YUCK! To make it even worse, I’m one of those people who’s cold most of the time (in the literal sense). It takes forever to warm up.

Thankfully, a snow-covered ground eventually leads to intensely sunny days, making it feel like spring is just around the corner (cue happy dance!). For those other dreary days, when the “winter blues” are most likely to set in, I have my own personal bag of tricks to ensure they never have a chance…


Starting in January, I treat myself to potted bulbs and other small plants in bright colours to place around the house. Usually, I pick these up at the grocery store since they only cost a few dollars each, but last for several weeks. Most times, I simply plop the unattractive plastic pot in a ceramic one and top with a bit of moss. Easy peasy!

Potted Purple Hyacinth

When I’m ahead of the game, I start several pots of indoor bulbs early in the year so I can enjoy a bit of colour and green indoors until the weather turns warm.


For Christmas, my husband bought me an ultrasonic nebulizer from Saje. It’s a heat-free essential oil diffuser that purifies the air and releases moisture. Basically, it makes the air better to breathe and gives off an amazing aroma.

Aromaom Nebulizer From Saje

So far, my favourite diffuser blend is liquid sunshine which smells citrus-y and reminds me of chewable vitamin C. It’s part of the “Happiness” collection, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I’m drawn to that particular scent at the moment.

Saje Liquid Sunshine Diffuser Blend

Home Decor

Changing out darker pillows with light, bright cheery ones, or adding a vase or two can be enough to lift the mood in a room on a dreary day. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, pink and red sweetheart shades are perfect!

Sweetheart Shade Pillows
Sweetheart Shades Pillows - Joss & Main

Joss and Main

Rearranging What I Have

Moving furniture or accessories from one room to another or, simply, one shelf to another can breathe new life into a space. I like change things up several times a year, putting some items away and bringing others out (even though I’m the only one who notices for days!). It’s the little things that make a big difference.

Styled Coffee Table with Stack of Books and Glass Bottle

Styling by Tara Ballantyne via Style at Home | Photo by Donna Griffith

What do you do to keep the winter blues out of your home? I’d love to have a few more tricks up my sleeve.

Looking for more ideas for beating the winter blues? Check out my winter survival kit, which is filled with items to help keep your body, mind and spirit going strong over the harsh winter months!

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Thanks for stopping by! 

Shauna at Satori Design for Living Blog - Home Decor, DIY, Vintage Finds, Recipes


  1. That nebulizer looks very cool! I’m not a big fan of cold weather, but then I remember the triple digit heat index we have in August and September. It snaps me out of my cold weather funk immediately!

    1. We never experience that around here, but I guess it would be similar in the opposite way. Can’t recall too many times when I thought it was too hot, but it’s too cold around here for me 8 months of the year!

  2. That’s funny you posted this today- just today I’m getting a serious case of Spring fever! Which we probably won’t have until at least late April here in Minnesota… over the weekend I added some pops of color in my Valentine’s mantle and that is helping with the winter blues! I’ll have to bring in more flowers into my home too :)

  3. Hello Shauna –

    I too love to purchase potted plants – Tulips are my favorite. Ok – who am I kidding I will take any type of plant this time of year!

  4. Thanks for posting this! I’m just like you–always cold. And I hate winter and I def have cabin fever/winter blues! I love the flower idea and the aroma therapy. what a nifty little device, I’ve never heard of those!! Thanks for sharing :) 

  5. I love the hits of red and pink in your pillows- and great tip about the aromatherapy. I am always so excited when I see them put the primulas out at the local stores- because it is a little hint that spring isn’t so far away after all!!

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