As the temperatures drop and the snow and ice descend, we all wind up spending more time at home. So, we came up with some ideas to help take the chill out of winter.
1. Everyone loves their decks and patios, but using them in the off-season isn’t usually possible. Unless, of course, you have an outdoor fireplace, fire pit, or chiminea! With one of these, you can entertain outside even when it’s chilly.
2. Curl up with a good book in a reading nook! Create a mini library for yourself with a comfy chair or some nice bookshelves. Whatever you do, make it warm and peaceful.
3. Embrace comfort food! Cook up a pot of your favorite cold-weather soups and stews. Dive into a pan of mac & cheese or lasagna. Make yourself hot cocoa from scratch.
4. Your workout schedule can take a hit during the winter months when bad weather makes getting to the gym a hassle. Create a mini gym in your home to make working out a breeze – even if it there’s a blizzard outside!
5. Upgrade your fireplace with a new surround or mantel, or maybe some wainscoting or built-ins. Then, light a fire and actually relax in front of it!
6. Deeper, darker colors – reds, deep greens, dark blues and chocolatey browns – can make any space cozier. Change up your throw pillows & blankets with velvet covers or fuzzy fleece in these colors.
7. Whether it’s real or faux, furry accent rugs and blankets are covering floors, walls and beds!
8. Shorter days and little sunlight affect everyone after a while. Beat back the dark days of winter with some sunshine and landscape lighting! Open the blinds/curtains during the day to let the sun’s radiational heat warm up your home. And when the sun sets, turn on the lights. Whether it’s simple strings of lawn lights or accent lights against the house, create a bright spot in your winter landscape.
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