Your home will be a cozy cocoon in no time with these tips. It's cold outside, and my landlord has barely turned on the heat. But that's OK: there are plenty of ways to add a little warmth to your home without touching the thermostat.
1. Pile afghans everywhere: at the foot of your bed, over the arms of living room chairs, on the back of your couch. These super-soft sherpa throws are perfect, and a steal at $30!
Change your drapes in winter to warm things up.3. Swap out your sheer curtains for heavier ones to keep out chilly drafts. Adding fabric to the walls (for example, hanging a pretty quilt) also keeps things toasty.
4. Switch up your decor: put away whites in favor of richer colors, set candles and hurricane lamps anywhere and everywhere, and add throw rugs to hardwood floors.
5. Try creating a gorgeous table centerpiece from seasonal items like pinecones, apples, or chestnuts. Remember: if you're incorporating candles into your centerpiece, make sure they're safely tucked away inside glass sleeves.
6. Pile pillows everywhere, and if the pillows on your bed are not-so-comfy, consider investing in some delicious down ones.
7. Warm yourself from the inside out: fill a pretty decanter with some whiskey or try my recipe for mulled wine (which has the added bonus of making your house smell incredible).
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Lowering lights makes for a cozy feeling.8. There are some activities - board games, knitting, baking - that just scream cozy; now's the time to hunker down with that book you've been meaning to get to all summer.
9. Think low lighting: it's totally easy and affordable (about $20) to install a dimmer yourself. I did this in our bedroom last winter, and it made a huge difference.
10. Invest in a towel warmer. Sure, they can be expensive…but really, is there anything better than a warm towel on a cold day? And if that's out of your price range, a really great robe is key.
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