Decorating with nature in the winter

I’m hard at work again today on issue #3 of Joie,  Constança Cabral from the blog Saidos da Concha is steping in for me.

By  guest contributor Constança Cabral

Having a bit of the outdoors inside your home is a good thing: it refreshes your decoration and connects you with nature. But how do you do this during Winter without spending a fortune at your local florist? Easy – just get out of the house (don’t forget your coat, gloves and secateurs) and look around you.

There are no flowers this time of year – but take a moment to notice all the bare trees. Aren’t they gorgeous with their branches trying to reach for the sky? No-one will resent you if you cut some twigs and bring them home. Put them in a jug of water and place it on the mantel, the hallway table or even the kitchen windowsill. Some branches are beginning to show buds, which means that in a few weeks they may burst open and reveal some leaves or even some delicate flowers.

Another way to use those twigs is by bending or plaiting them to make a curved shape – and in a few minutes you’ll have a lovely wreath to hang on your front door.

You can also resort to evergreens – a quick browse in your garden or the woods will reveal some shrubs and trees covered in furry or glossy leaves. Go ahead: snip some foliage and make use of it!

Finally, if you really can’t live without flowers, force some bulbs. Buy some paperwhite narcissi or hyacinths – or if you started the process of forcing them in the Autumn, simply bring them indoors to a warm room. In no time,  your home will be filled with the most exquisite scent and you’ll be able to face the remaining Winter months in a much better mood.

About the contributor: Constança Cabral is a 28-year-old Portuguese living in the UK. She and her husband moved to a lovely brick house in rural England 4 months ago. After living in Lisbon, Portugal, in a small apartment; their only neighbours now are cows, pheasants, rabbits and lots and lots of birds. Constança studied Law and History in university; however, 4 years ago she started sewing and hasen’t stopped since. She now works full-time making bags and other handmade goods and blogs almost everyday at You can see what she makes (and sells) in her Etsy shop at

One Comment on “Decorating with nature in the winter”

  1. I love the simple twig wreath, although the one beneath it is lovely as well- I have had the same wreath on my door for ages now, and would love to replace it with this harbinger of spring!!

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