I have to tell you, one of the things I’ve come to love so much about IBC is that I don’t really have a specific focus. Over the years I’ve struggled with trying to put this blog in a particular category. Is it a decorating blog? Is it a baking blog? Cooking? DIY? However, as time has gone by, I’ve come to embrace that IBC is a little bit of everything. Clearly, it wasn’t designed to fit in any box. I’m totally cool with that, and I hope you all are, too.

I make that point because I’ve been posting a lot of recipes lately. Sometimes when my brain is cluttered or overwhelmed, I turn to sharing recipes because it’s a task / post that has a clear beginning and end. Plus, there’s usually some sort of base recipe involved somewhere, making it a bit easier to follow along. Anyway, I’m not sure why I’m telling you all of this, but there you have it.

Colorful Winter Decor Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Today, I just wanted to share a quick post to talk about some minor changes happening around my house. As with much of the country, we’ve been hammered with snow here in central PA, so I’m doing my best to infuse some cheer in my interior surrounds. My method is a few quick touches that add a pop of color and a bit of fun.

Colorful Winter Decor Ideas | Inspired by Charm

A couple weeks ago someone asked what I put on my dining room table this time of year. I had planned to show various options, but have yet to do that. So I figured I’d just show you what was there now. It’s pretty simple and a little random, but it works for me.

Colorful Winter Decor Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Inexpensive flowers are a must for me during the winter. I’m not sure what this particular variety is, but I can get a bouquet of them at the store for $5, and they seem to last forever. I also like using trays on my dining room table because they keep things organized and grounded. Plus, when I need the table, removing the tray of decorations is super simple. In case you were wondering, the runner is from HomeGoods, the copper accessories are from H&M’s home line, and the plates are from Target.

Colorful Winter Decor Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Colorful Winter Decor Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Colorful Winter Decor Ideas | Inspired by Charm

I finally got some of my vacation / cruise pictures printed out, and I used a few of them in my entryway for a fun burst of color. I should note that these pictures where taken with my iPhone, which I think is just amazing. I get my pictures printed via the online 1-hour service from Walmart, and the quality is typically pretty fantastic and true to what I’m seeing on my computer. Even getting these iPhone images printed on an 8×10, the quality is still pretty great.

Colorful Winter Decor Ideas | Inspired by Charm

I’ve also been buying orchids (here and here, too). I can’t get them to re-bloom to save my life, but investing $10-12 for a plant / flower that typically lasts two months seems like a pretty good deal to me. Nothing beats a live orchid.

Colorful Winter Decor Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Colorful Winter Decor Ideas | Inspired by Charm

Colorful Winter Decor Ideas | Inspired by Charm

I gave my living room gallery wall a quick update with two new pictures. You may remember that when I first hung these frames, I incorporated two prints that weren’t mine. I call this my wanderlust gallery wall, and the goal is to only use photographs from my travels.

I was fortunate enough to visit two tropical destinations toward the end of last year, so I used those photos to make this collection 100% my work. This was definitely one of my favor projects. I love traveling, and the gallery wall allows me to relive those memories. Plus, I can easily update the pictures when new or better ones come along.

Colorful Winter Decor Ideas | Inspired by Charm

I hope you enjoyed these little updates and found some inspiration along the way. I’ll meet you back here tomorrow.

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Comments

  • Elle at

    I’m coveting that white peanut container:)

  • Maralyn Woods at

    I love that your posts are so eclectic – I never know what I’m going to find but it’s always charming, like the name implies. I’m swooning over your vacation pictures. One of them reminded me of my wonderful Key West years.

  • Karin at

    Michael, I love your blog! And especially the fact that it has a little bit of everything! Your house is so fresh and charming, something I can only dream of in my own home, where boots, back packs, jackets on the floor and stray socks everywhere seem to be impossible to get rid of. I am the only girl in our house… But then I can look at your interiors and dream. I also love the idea of using our own photographs as art. I’ve been doing that for a while and it makes me feel good every time I look at them! And just like you, I cannot get orchids to rebloom, go figure! Keep up the good work!

  • Nancy Carr at

    Michael, the color in your home really makes me forget you are in a winter white area. You are a very creative and warm being whose home I always love to visit online. I enjoy your diverse skills and talents and love seeing what you post. I am proud of your home, your life and your success. (I probably sound like your mother.) Blessings

  • LyndaS at

    I love your photos in this post.

    Regarding orchids – how long are you keeping them? Mine seem to bloom about every 6 months. It takes time. πŸ™‚

    • Toni at

      Lynda, I wish you could post some tips…lol. I have two that I have had for at least two years. Get new leaves but never any new blooms. Michael, I believe those flowers might be alstroemeria. Love your blog!

  • Vanessa at

    I just posted on your IG….”winter haters unite!” So thank you for this post, I live for flowers in the winter…so I don’t have to look outside. πŸ˜‰ Nice post and I love the trays and accessories.

    FYI-my mom always watered orchids by using a few ice cubes!

  • Alice at

    Hi Michael,

    I always enjoy your blogs. Your recipes (especially those yummy drinks) are usually just a little different from the others that I see. I don’t travel too far from home – PA to NJ shore and back, so I truly enjoy the travel pics from the places you go.

    I’m happy every single time that I see your blog in my email inbox. Thanks for many hours of enjoyment in these snowy winter months.

    Sincerely,
    ag

    PS: Have a Happy Valentines Day next week

  • Kathy at

    Hi Michael, I love your posts! Like you I have days I want to jazz up my home and there are days when I need to be in the kitchen and cook up a storm. I’ve enjoyed a few of your recipes and your cherry vodka with cranberry cocktail has become one of my goto drinks!!
    BTW I think your flowers are alstroemerias πŸ™‚
    Kathy

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks for the flower name! That’s it!! And I still love the cocktail recipe too. It will forever be a favorite.

      xo Michael

  • Mary at

    I love the black dining room chairs. I’ve been looking for low profile dining chairs for my small dining room. Can you tell me where you found them?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      They are from Overstock. They are called a wishbone chair. I love them!

      xo Michael

  • Susan at

    Hi Michael,

    I loved this post. I’m always looking for simple centerpieces for my dining room table and this one is really charming. I also have my own photos up on one wall and I love looking at what other people are doing. I like that you keep things relatively simple and not too hard to find too. Keep up the great work!

    Susan

  • Patty at

    I love how everything looks light, fun & colorful! I’m also wondering where you found your tray!?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Ooo! Thanks for asking. I forgot to mention that. It’s from Target.

      xo Michael

  • Janet Zaritsky at

    Hi Michael!
    I always enjoy your posts. It’s like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get until you bite in! πŸ˜‰ Could you tell me about your wonderful dining table? I love that it’s rustic and refined at the same time. The turned legs and the saw marks on the top give it such character. I would love to know the dimensions and where you got it…. Or plans if you had it made. Thanks so much!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks Janet! It’s the Sumner Dining Table from Pottery Barn. I really LOVE the style of the table however, the wood is very soft. The top tends to nick easily.

      xo Michael

      • Janet at

        Thank you for your honest feedback. With 3 grandsons, that could be more distressed than I want!!! πŸ™‚ Maybe I need to print out a picture and have one made! Be well!

  • Linda at

    Michael, I just found your blog – well written and full of information. Are the three wooden dowel “stars” on the dining room wall a DYI project?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Linda, no there weren’t a DIY. They were from the Nate Berkus Line at Target. They are metal, but you could easily DIY them with dowels and gold spray paint. πŸ™‚

      xo Michael

  • Emily Kate at

    Ahhhhh! Where did you get the couch pillow with the red spotty diamonds?? I love it!

    Also, you may have just inspired me to buy an orchid…

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      It’s from West Elm. πŸ™‚ And yes, pick up an orchid too!

      xo Michael

  • Lisa at

    Michael, I so enjoy your blog and all that it has to offer. So many of your recipes have become my go to recipes for entertaining. Today you inspired me because I have been at a loss on a room redo and even though I have seen pictures of your dining room many, many times, it just hit me today, the wall color is what I have been looking for! I’m pretty sure the walls are a Benjamin Moore paint but I cannot remember the color. Could you please share that with me?

  • Charleen at

    Michael, I always love seeing your styling/decor/diy/new furniture updates. You have a great sense of style and it all looks so effortless. Great job once again.

    Btw: Where did you find the cute salt and pepper shakers?

  • Pam Williams at

    Thanks for the post of the centerpiece idea, I was just not finding anything to work in this season after Christmas before Spring colors. I love the navy and copper! I am going to do similar on my table now that you have inspired me like you always do!!

  • Allie | Baking a Moment at

    I love that your blog covers so many different topics, but my favorite posts are always the ones where you share images of your beautiful home. I’m just so head over heels for your colorful, eclectic style!

  • Kristen at

    How fun to finally be able to finish your wanderlust wall with all your own pictures! In my area (DC suburbs) we’ve been so lucky with the snow this year– it’s usually just warm enough that we get rain, a wintry mix, or a few inches that melt over the next two days. I have a lot of family in the area you live in and I just couldn’t deal with the long winters!

  • Dee at

    Love posts like this. Is the blue candle Volcano from Anthropologie? My all time favorite candle! I can never get orchids to re-bloom either.

  • Lori H at

    Michael, your home manages to be both fun and elegant! I enjoyed this post very much πŸ™‚

  • Robyn at

    The orchid in the gold container is perfection.

  • Theresa Rayner at

    I love that you share home and food stuff! I don’t think you were designed to fit in a box, I mean I don’t personally know you, but from following your blog and social media you seem vivacious and eclectic. I’m glad your blog doesn’t fit in a box, it just wouldn’t suit you! I really like the picture of the window on the pink building you took!

  • Lacy at

    paint color on the walls???

  • Kelly Todd at

    I absolutely love the blue-gray color of your living room! Do you recall what company and color it is?

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