Cozy Your Home
The holidays may be behind us, but winter is still here, and we all want to feel comfortable and warm at home while the trees are bare and weather is cold. Even without the Christmas lights and festivity, you can cozy your space for the new year.
6 Elements to Increase the Comfort of Your Living Space
1. Add firelight.
Lucky you if you have a fireplace or woodburning stove. Enjoy them! But you can have the warmth of a fire in any home – just add candles. I like a row of plain ivory pillar candles down the center of the dining table. On the sideboard, I place tapers in brass candlesticks hand-forged by my grandfather. Tealight candles twinkle and glow in glass holders.
2. Add vintage.
The nostalgia and warmth of an older piece can't be denied. Whether it's heirloom furniture, a photo album on the coffee table, or maybe an old painting or Grandma's quilt, something preserved and used through the years will add instant coziness.
3. Add texture.
Soft, nubby feels are especially inviting, so try a small sheepskin throw over a bench, a knitted blanket, a pretty area rug, flannel sheets on your bed, or velvety throw pillows. If your windows are simply covered with sheer curtains or blinds, consider adding a luxurious panel with a thermal lining. It will keep more heat in as well as adding more softness to your room.
4. Add the outdoors.
A bowl of foraged pinecones, a vase of eucalyptus branches, or an evergreen wreath – these aren't just for Christmas, but add freshness and rustic homeyness all winter.
5. Add entertainment.
I'm not talking about the TV – in fact, its bluish light is the opposite of cozy. Instead, place favorite board games near at hand, perhaps setting up a wooden chess or checker set on the coffee table. If you have musical instruments, play them and display them. Add a small bookshelf, and choose longtime favorites as well as a few new books (they can be from the library) to tempt you to spend time reading. (Again, an e-reader just doesn't have the coziness factor.)
6. Add scent.
Fragrant stew or chili bubbling on the stove, chicken roasting or cookies baking in the oven – these scents will make your house smell amazing and cozy with no additional effort. Forget those fake, chemically scented candles. If you aren't doing any home cooking today, no problem. Use your slow cooker to simmer a few grocery items for a fresh, spicy fragrance you'll love.
Cozy Slow Cooker Potpourri
You will need:
- 2 oranges or tangerines, sliced thick
- 1 apple, cut in half
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 2 teaspoons whole cloves
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary (optional, but wonderful)
- 8 cups water
Make your home a haven of comfort, and you'll always look forward to being there!
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