It’s January and most of the country is settling in for a long winter. Have you thought about winterizing your home? No I don’t mean wrapping the pipes and putting away the lawn furniture. Although those are very good ideas I am not talking about the outside of your home.
In the winter we dress in layers. Layers help us stay warm. Try dressing your home in layers. Blankets, throws, quilts and lots of throw pillows will add a whole new layer of comfort to your home. I have throws on the back of the kitchen chairs, quilts stacked up next to the fire-place. I have blankets on every bed and on the sofa. I have even left a quilt out on the patio for those days when the thermometer is near freezing but the sun is shining…and I want to sit outside for a bit. Having blankets handy for you and your family to snuggle up in will actually save you money…you will be less tempted to turn up the heat when a blanket is within reach.
You can add a layer of warmth to your home by adding a little whimsy to your decorating style. Adding a pop of color to your bookcases is as simple as using scrapbook paper, a vintage album cover or coffee table book as the background on your shelf. Restyle your bookcases by moving things around and mixing it up. Add dimension and texture by adding pictures, mirrors, $store silver trays and collectibles in with the books. Remember your bookshelves should show off your personality…you don’t live in a library. Do you?
Speaking of books, I love a good book. I have books in every room of our home. Yes, even the bathroom. TMI? There is no better time of year to catch up on your reading than when the temperature outside is hovering around freezing. I suggest taking a trip to your local used book seller. Pick up a latte on the way and spend the next several hours scouring the shelves for a few good reads. When you get home stack your new to you books next to your favorite chair. Make sure they are within easy reach…so you can enjoy them whenever you have a few minutes to leaf through or read a page or two. I especially love “picture books” or “coffee table” books for leafing through when I only have time for tea…
Spring is a long way off for most of us, but the retailers are already pushing the new spring and summer colors, patterns and fabrics. The clearance racks will be full of quilts, chenille blankets and faux fur throws. Look for down filled pillows covered in soft fabrics. Don’t be afraid to go with a bright color a whimsical print. You might even pickup a cozy pair of slippers and a new coffee mug from the clearance racks…keep your eyes open, you never know what you might find. Have you been to HomeGoods Store? It’s my new favorite home decor store…
One of the easiest ways to warm up your home is to add fragrance. Find a candle fragrance that smells like your favorite dessert is baking in the oven. I love Circle E candles. They are multi wick, burn evenly and smell delicious. My favorite for this time of year is “Fresh Cake”. If you are uncomfortable with having lit candles in your home, you can pick up a candle warmer. It will slowly melt the candle releasing the wonderful aroma without a flame.
There you have it…a warm cozy welcoming space to greet you when you come in from the cold… and all we did was winterize our home. Now snuggle up with a blanket and a cup of hot tea and a something sweet.