7 Essentials for the Coziest Winter Home

7 Essentials for the Coziest Winter Home

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Just because the Christmas decor is put away and the festive mood of the holidays is over doesn’t mean we have to stop creating a snug and cozy home. It’s a good time to embrace winter Hygge! If you aren’t familiar with Hygge, it’s a Danish word for feeling content and cozy.

Here are seven ways to bring more cozy Hygge style comfort to your home, even during the dreariest winter month of the year!

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Layered lights

Even if you feel like you’re lacking in the cozy department, simply addressing your lighting will make a huge difference. Layers of lighting make every room feel more welcoming. In the daytime, natural light is ideal. But for evenings, it’s nice to add a cozy glow. A good rule of thumb is to try to have a least three light sources in every room. Use a mix of table lamps, floor lamps, task lamps, and overhead lighting. Consider using warmer lightbulbs for the coziest ambience.

One of my favorite winter evening rituals is going around the whole house turning on all the lamps, lighting up the dark corners, and turning down the dimmers. It really sets the tone for a cozy evening!

Comforting moments

Your home will offer a sense of comfort when you incorporate some favorite photos of loved ones, treasured hand-me-downs, antiques or flea-market finds, eye-catching conversation starters, art that inspires you, special mementos, or simply things that make you smile.

7 Essentials for the Coziest Winter Home

An inviting aroma

What aroma feels ‘cozy’ to you? Set the tone for your home by filling it up with winter scents that inspire you.

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Touchable textures

The coziest homes contain a variety different textures that delight the eye. Incorporate different touch-worthy materials through pillows, drapery, throw blankets, rugs, lamps, and furniture. The fabric possibilities are endless: velvet, woven, knit, embroidered, grain sack, faux fur, tweed, etc. You can also consider creating contrast with varying materials like metal, wood, glass, rattan, mirrored, painted, and more.

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A place to curl up

Make yourself a special cozy place to relax. A reading chair will be extra cozy with some good books nearby in a basket, a lamp, a footstool, a side table to set a cup of tea, and a soft blanket you can curl up in.

A bit of warmth

Every home can benefit from warmth. No matter what your color scheme, you can add warmth through natural tones like wood, leather, jute, warm metals, etc.

7 Essentials for the Coziest Winter Home

Something living

A room comes to life when an organic element is incorporated into the decor. Every room can benefit from having at least one plant, bouquet of flowers, or even a sprig of greenery like eucalyptus to remind us that spring is on its way.
7 Essentials for the Coziest Winter Home
Shop cozy winter finds with the arrows below!
7 Essentials for the Coziest Winter Home

What are some other ways you like to make your home cozy in the winter?

Garage Studio Space Inspiration & The Upcoming Year

Garage Studio Space Inspiration & The Upcoming Year House and Home – Garage Studio Inspiration

One thing we liked about our house when we were house hunting in Seattle was that it offered us a lot of flexibility. Even though it is a fairly modest house (1500 square feet of main floor living space), when you add in the basement level, the attached garage and even the good sized backyard, it really expands the potential!

We have always visualized a number of ways we could use our lower level in future years (besides everyday family activity) including as a place to expand our business, a rental opportunity or even as a place for my parents to live with us if they wanted to! All of those options are still on the table.

My office and business space as well as our laundry room are currently downstairs (and all the stuff we aren’t sure what to do with at the moment ends up down there, too. Anyone else have a basement like that? Hahah). So, while we feel quite settled in many ways, we still have plenty of things to work on this year.

Depending on other needs for space, we have even considered converting and organizing our garage (which we do not use for a car) into a studio space for our business.

Garage Studio Space Inspiration & The Upcoming Year

Garage Studio Space Inspiration & The Upcoming Year

Garage Studio Space Inspiration & The Upcoming Year

Our Garage (when we moved in!)

I can imagine all sorts of potential in here. I have already started my inspiration file of possibilities (I’ll show you a few in today’s post!).

This week I’m working on a post to bring everyone up to date on our progress in this house so far (with before and afters), as well as our plans and goals for the upcoming year! :)

What are some other topics and subjects you’d like to read about this year?

Enjoy this inspiration for converted garage studio spaces!

Garage Studio Space Inspiration & The Upcoming YearHouse and Home – Garage Studio Inspiration

Garage Studio Space Inspiration & The Upcoming YearApartment Therapy – Sabrina Soto from HGTV

Garage Studio Space Inspiration & The Upcoming YearApartment Therapy – Sabrina Soto from HGTV

Garage Studio Space Inspiration & The Upcoming YearDetached Garage – Southern Living

Garage Studio Space Inspiration & The Upcoming YearBHG

Garage Studio Space Inspiration & The Upcoming YearBHG

Garage Studio Space Inspiration & The Upcoming YearBHG

What are you working on this year? What would you love to see and read about on The Inspired Room in 2018? :-D

 

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