Decorate for Winter: Hoosier Cabinet

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Many people have asked why my blog name is Hoosier Homemade. Well..mostly because I’m a Hoosier, from Indiana but also because I absolutely ADORE my Hoosier Cabinet! So what is a Hoosier Cabinet? It’s simply a cabinet with three parts, and they were originally founded by the Hoosier Manufacturing Company.

But enough of all that, you want to see how I decorated the Hoosier for Winter…don’t you?

My original thought was to add lots of my white vases, pots and dishes and then just scatter in a few snowmen, but that didn’t turn out so well. So then I tried mostly snowmen, with a few added dishes for interest…that was much better.

I’ll have to say, I think the top is my favorite part. I REALLY loved how the Chalkboard turned out on the Winter Mantel, and I had this small Chalkboard hanging in the kitchen, that quite honestly was neglected most of the time. I started with some grey wool fabric {leftover from the Winter Mantel} and added a string of white lights. For some height, I added a framed snowman on the right side, and then the tall vase on the left. But it needed a little something…Doug to the rescue…out to the yard he went with his clippers.

I filled the bottom of the vase with floral foam, then added the sticks. I used a variety of sizes and textures of snowflakes and a few icicles too. A couple of them are paper snowflakes that I cut by hand, in an attempt to make them for the Dining Room window. You can see more of them under the Snowflake Cupcakes, but needless to say, I didn’t get enough cut for the window. Stop back on Friday though, and I’ll show you what I ended up making.

Then the rest of the top was filled in with a vase, a carafe, snowman, an aqua mason jar filled with small snowball candles and a large snowball candle sits on top of a pedestal plate {small plate added to a candle stick}

Lots of snowmen gathered together in the middle, with a few snowball candles, a white pitcher and another aqua mason jar.

Then another fun area…the Hot Cocoa Station is ready to warm us all up! More aqua mason jars, this time filled with hot cocoa mix and mini marshmallows. Some of my snowman mugs and a cool tea pot we found at the thrift store last Fall.

And on the front, some vintage black skates and old mittens to add a little whimsy.

I love how it similar to the Winter Mantel {see it in the background?}, but yet, it’s different. Now while this is on my Hoosier Cabinet, you could certainly apply these ideas to any area in your home.

Have you been decorating for Winter? Share with us what you have been doing!

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  1. I just stumbled up on your blog..Love it. I’m from Arkansas but I love the Hoosier cabinets. I bought mine from a antique shop, but I had mine painted all white.. It sits where you come into the house and I try to always have it decorated for the holidays or seasons. right now it is decorated for the Razorbacks or home team…

  2. Aside from Christmas and my flower shop. I’ve never truly considered decorating for the seasons at home. thanks for sharing your ideas.

  3. Gina Blank says:

    I love your Hoosier cabinet decorated for winter. I have one too and it’s my favorite piece in the house. I am from Brownsburg, IN.

  4. Cute! You are so creative… I also decorate with snowman but your decorations are so much better than mine. Thanks for inspiring me!

  5. Looks awesome, Liz! I am a former Hoosier myself. Grew up in Winamac, IN. I grew up around Hoosier cabinets…yet my Mom didn’t own one. 🙁 I am dying to know…where did you get the cute chunky wooden snowman face with the gingham eyes and mouth? I love that!!!! – Karen

    1. Hi Karen, I bought that snowman years ago at a craft show. Winamac isn’t too far from us, a couple hours.

  6. You gotta love a blog named after a piece of vintage furniture!

    I would have call it a pie safe.
    Is that the original purpose, by chance?

    1. Some Hoosier cabinets have an area for pies, but not all of them. But a lot of the tops {work surface} are for pie crust rolling.

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