Home Tour: Coastal Winter Kitchen Decor

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Southern lifestyle blogger Stephanie Ziajka shares coastal kitchen decorating ideas for winter on Diary of a Debutante

Even though Christmas has passed, I love celebrating seasonality. I read in a book (can’t remember which one) that seasonal decor is a great way to keep your home feeling fresh and exciting, and I’ve leaned into that mindset wholeheartedly. It makes sense, too, right? I mean, it’s a simple way to avoid things looking (and feeling) stagnant and monotonous, especially during the coldest months of the year. It’s also a fun way to get creative and deviate from your basic year-round decor, which tends to be a challenge for me. We live in an older home with a very small kitchen, so the name of the game has always been efficiency and organization. I never really even brainstormed any kitchen decorating ideas (let alone coastal kitchen decorating ideas) until this past Christmas!

So, that being said, my original intention was just to decorate for Christmas and then pack it all up in the new year. After thinking about that book, though, I made some tweaks and am excited to keep this coastal kitchen decor up all season long. Keep reading for five of my favorite coastal kitchen decorating ideas for winter!

Coastal Kitchen Decorating Ideas for Winter

Southern lifestyle blogger Stephanie Ziajka shares her coastal Christmas kitchen decor on Diary of a Debutante

1. Keep your wreaths and garlands on display.

Nothing brightens up a space like greenery. It doesn’t need to be real either– faux wreaths and garlands do the trick just fine. Plus, there’s the added bonus of wreaths and garlands already being used to decorate for Christmas, so if you feel like repurposing them for winter, too (after stripping them of frilly ornaments, adding natural elements like pine cones and winter berries, etc), there’s a good chance they’ll look great right where they are. 

I used clear Command hooks to hang these mini boxwood wreaths and this faux boxwood garland in our kitchen, and I wish I could leave everything up year-round. Still, if I’m being honest, I’m slightly partial to real plants, so I also ordered 25 feet of real mixed pine and cedar garland from Sam’s Club for our living and dining room, and y’all… it’s gorgeous. I was pleasantly surprised by the price, too! 

2. Highlight rattan and other natural textures.

Rattan is a staple in any modern coastal home. We usually keep these woven display boxes on our dining room bookshelves, but I moved them to the kitchen to add some natural texture to the space. If you don’t like the look of rattan, wicker, seagrass, and light natural wood are great (and equally neutral) coastal textures, too.

Southern lifestyle blogger Stephanie Ziajka shares a home tour of her winter coastal kitchen on Diary of a Debutante

3. Incorporate lots of blues and greens.

Nothing says coastal like blue and white, and nothing says winter like a dark rich green. They’re both cool albeit versatile colors that create an air of freshness and natural serenity, especially when they’re paired together.

I’ll admit that I do traditionally consider blue and green summer colors, but I think that changes depending on the shade(s) you use. For example, the darker green tones in pine, cedar, and boxwood greenery (piggy-backing on tip #1 here) are perfect for breathing life into your kitchen while staying true to the season. You can also supplement your greenery with natural seasonal elements like pine cones and winter berries to give them more of a wintertime vibe. 

4. Repurpose chinoiserie-inspired vases and ginger jars.

I’ve never been shy about my love for chinoiserie (see here, here, and here). To me its style brings sophistication and movement to literally any space, and its cerulean blue and white color palette fits perfectly in both year-round and seasonal coastal kitchen decor. More importantly, though, the color combo reminds me of the ocean, which is a welcome distraction from all the ice and snow we get in Missouri this time of year.

To give our kitchen some pops of color, I arranged a few of my favorite ginger jars and chinoiserie vases on top of the kitchen cabinetry and then ordered these adorable mini ginger jar ornaments to help frame the boxwood garland. I didn’t have the space due thanks to a low ceiling, but you could also fill your vases with faux white winter flowers and greenery sprigs, like these from Hearth & Hand.

Southern lifestyle blogger Stephanie Ziajka decorates her kitchen with mini ginger jar ornaments from Amazon on Diary of a Debutante

5. Put a velvet bow on it. 

I know bows are traditionally associated with Christmas (and gift wrapping), but velvet bows look vintage and chic year-round. They can also add elements of warmth and coziness throughout otherwise cold spaces. To add some extra layers of color and texture to our space, I used this French blue velvet ribbon to make my own velvet bows (watch a quick tutorial here!). Then, I attached them to the boxwood wreaths and garland with floral wire so they’d stay put and not rotate.

Southern lifestyle blogger Stephanie Ziajka shows how to make velvet bows for faux mini boxwood wreaths on Diary of a Debutante

Oh, and here’s another fun tip! When it’s time to put the coastal kitchen decor away, swap the floral wire for a hair tie and repurpose these as hair bows. I thought it might look a little too Disney princess for my taste (and age!), but I got so many compliments!

Blue velvet bow on a boxwood wreath on Diary of a Debutante

Y’all, I’m telling you… these velvet bows are so easy to make, and the French blue color is so darling for winter! Click play on the Instagram Reel below for a step-by-step velvet bow tutorial. 


That’s all I’ve got for y’all today! What are some of your favorite coastal kitchen decorating ideas? Anything I left out and could do differently next year? I’d love to know your thoughts!

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