5 Ways To Add More Cozy to Your Home

5 Ways to Add More Cozy to Your Home - The Inspired Room blog

Whether you are already decorating for Christmas or still just looking forward to Thanksgiving and savoring the last lingering days of fall, it’s that time of year when we really want to be inside nesting and getting cozy around the house.

Here are five simple ways to bring some cozy into your home right now and through the winter! Even if it is still 90 degrees where you are, I hope these ideas might give you a little bit of inspiration to do a little nesting this week.

A Welcoming Front Door and Entry - Simple Christmas Decorating

Cozy Up the Entry

Take a look at your entry and front door. What could you add (or remove!) to make it more welcoming and cozy for the season? I love my hanging basket on the front door because it’s the perfect size for gathering fresh greenery (or a mix of fresh and faux!). A furry blanket warms up the staircase or furniture, too!

Christmas Kitchen Shelves by The Inspired Room

Set up a Winter Baking Center

Do you do a lot of cooking or baking around the holidays? I don’t bake a lot these days, but I do love a good meal and seasonal treats. I always find having a baking station set up ready to go helps inspire me! When I’m surrounded by my winter cookbooks and baking essentials, I’m much more likely to get in the mood to bake an old favorite or try something new. We set up a special baking station in each of our old kitchens and it is always one of my favorite spots in the house.

 You don’t have to have a big or remodeled kitchen to enjoy a baking center, you can designate any cabinet or even a free standing piece as your baking center. I’m hosting Thanksgiving for our family in our new house and even though our kitchen isn’t remodeled, I cannot wait to cook and bake some holiday favorites. It’s just a cozy tradition to be in the kitchen baking and cooking together.

The Inspired Room Dining Room - Simple Christmas Decorating

Layer Up Your Table!

Last year I fell in love with using these velvet table runners or fur blankets to add a really warm texture to our dining room. Dining rooms can feel kind of cold in the winter, so dress up your table with some extra layers. You can add appropriately scaled pillows and throws to your chairs, too, for a little extra cozy. (I got my velvet table runners at HomeGoods last year!)

Candelight - Simple Winter Decorating

Evening Candlelight

Simply lighting candles (or using battery-operated candles) throughout the house makes a home feel magical this time of year! We have battery operated candles that are on a timer so we can enjoy the glow of candles every evening.

Simple Christmas Decorating - White Ruffle Trees and Cozy Blankets

Gather blankets

I started collecting cute cozy blankets a couple of years ago and I’m so glad I did! It’s been so chilly around here I’ve been layering my beds and sofa with extra blankets so there is always one or two handy. I love to curl up in bed or on our couch and easily grab a blanket to keep warm in the evenings.

How are you adding cozy to your house?

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Decorating Your House {Simply} Through the Seasons

Decorating Your Home Simply Through the Seasons - The Inspired Room Coffee Station

I love decorating my house through the seasons. As you’ve probably gathered if you hang out here much, I don’t really use a lot of themed decor. But I do love making my house warm and cozy this time of year and then lighting things up for the spring and summer. It helps to have a neutral backdrop with the foundational items around the house, such as paint colors and rugs, so the accessories can be the transitional pieces. I definitely keep things simple year round, but it is fun to have the opportunity to mix things up a bit every season.

Most of the time I use what I have, pull in some seasonal greenery and move things around until I get a new look that just feels more seasonally appropriate and inspiring!

Let’s take a peek at my coffee station in my kitchen through several seasons! You’ll see how several of the items are repeated or styled in different ways through each season (such as cutting boards and the mug holder) and a few seasonal elements are brought in (such as different colored books, greenery or accessories I made or have for the season).

I truly do try to use what I have and don’t feel the need to buy all new holiday decor each year. You’ll see below that I used my simple DIY Peace Banner on the same shelf a couple of Christmases!

Coffee station christmas

Coffee Station

Summer-Kitchen-Display-from-The-Inspired-Room

Coffee Station - The Inspired Room blog
Coffee station kitchen - The Inspired Room

I’ll share other areas of my home dressed up for the different seasons in upcoming posts. Courtney and I have been working on something else kind of fun for you guys, too. Those of you who made it to the end of this post can get a sneak peek!

For years I’ve had an online shop for The Inspired Room, but over the past couple of months I’ve been getting it prettier and better organized. Because my shop of favorite furniture, lighting, and decor from my home was getting kind of full, we started creating smaller themed shops that should be easier to navigate. We are excited to finally be better organized! We had so much fun window shopping online at a variety of sources to round up collections of some of our favorite things. Check out our new shops here!

We’ve also started to create several helpful gift guides this year of my most favorite gifts for the season because if you are anything like me, sometimes you just want to shop online in your jammies and slippers :). Check out our first few gift guides here!

Happy shopping!

Organic Thanksgiving Tablescape {and video!}

Organic Fall Tablescape - Place Setting and Centerpiece Ideas - The Inspired Room blog

Happy November! Welcome to the Thanksgiving Tablescape edition of the Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours! I was so honored to be invited to join up with these fine ladies to show our Thanksgiving tables.

At first, I’ll admit, I was a little sad because we moved in our new house and I don’t have a pretty dining room to share yet. I MISS MY OLD DINING ROOM! But after a moment of sorrow, I realized how silly I was being. We have a table and I can set it. If we can’t invite friends over until we have everything done or all perfect, we are focused on all the wrong things.

So, WELCOME, friends! :) Come in. Our room is pretty bare but my table is NOT! :) I had fun with it. We made you a little video so you can feel a bit more like you got to see the table in real life. Just hit play or you can click on it on You Tube and watch it bigger if you want to! :)

I really like to mix unexpected things together to create a unique tablescape. It’s just more fun for me to try something a little different. We decided to go with an organic rustic casual vibe for our Thanksgiving table, with a little splash of gold to jazz it up.

Autumn Tablescape - by The Inspired Room

Fall Tablescape Ideas - The Inspired Room

Autumn Table - The Inspired Room blog

We already had plum cloth napkins, a green runner, a set of blue Denby salad plates and a set of gold rimmed dinner plates, so we thought we’d just use what we had to start out. It was a random mix, but we thought it would be fun to pull all the colors and textures together with organic elements, so we just went for it!

The Inspired Room Fall Tablescape

We wouldn’t have thought to use those salad plates with the gold ones, but with the plum napkins, it worked because of the plum edge to the plates! We layered the deep green runner across a Turkish towel (that happens to have green stripes). The criss cross layering of the linens brought some great textures and softness as well as setting a more informal look to the table.

Organic Fall Tablescape - by The Inspired Room

For the centerpiece, we picked up an assortment of fall vegetables and flowers in our color scheme of plum, green, white and from our local market, plus a couple of things we had around the house like pine cones, antlers, plush pumpkins and birch candlesticks to make the table feel lush, festive, lively and mostly organic.

Fall Tablescape - The Inspired Room blog

Once the Thanksgiving dinner is ready, the serving dishes could be passed and then set on a console table behind the dining table so there would be plenty of room on the main table for the place settings and the centerpieces.

Our kitchen is so small that extra people around the stove makes cooking challenging, so
we thought providing some appetizers right at the table would draw guests to gather around the table rather than right in the kitchen, while Thanksgiving dinner is being prepared and served just steps away so the chef can still participate in conversation.

Fall Table Ideas - The Inspired Room

We decided that in addition to the organic centerpieces that would decorate the table, we would let the appetizer plates be part of the experience, too. So yeah, I guess you could say we are those people who pick our menu based on the color scheme of our table. But, it works out. The blocks of colorful cheese, the crusty round bread loaf, the pumpkin seed crackers, the olives, peppers and jelly were so pretty on the table, besides being tasty.

It makes a visual feast, as well as a tasty one!

Organic Fall Tablescape - The Inspired Room

My husband has been known to grab a big artichoke or cabbage up from the table and put it on his plate (even though he knows it is just a part of the centerpiece). You know, just to make everyone feel awkward and embarrassed for him, assuming he didn’t know it was the centerpiece. :)

Fall Tablescape - Place Settings - The Inspired Room

Fall Tablescape Ideas - The Inspired Room blog

Fall Tablescape - Organic Decorating - The Inspired Room

The Inspired Room Fall Table - Organic Autumn Tablescape
velvet plush pumpkins from Love Feast Shop

Fall Place Settings - The Inspired Room

Plum napkins / Gold Name Plates / Marble Board / Birch Bark Candle / Flatware /  Napkin Rings / Amber Glasses / Crackle Wine Glasses / Terrarium Candleholder

Organic Thanksgiving Fall Tablescape - The Inspired Room blog

Thanks again to all of your who have been so supportive of The Inspired Room book, I’m so excited that as of TODAY it has officially been published and launched into the world! You should be able to find it at your local Barnes & Noble, too! Let me know if you see it in a store near you?

If you have a copy of the book, I would love to see it on your coffee table or bookshelf! Please tag me on Instagram and use the hashtag #theinspiredroom so I can see it. I am inviting everyone to share their own inspired room (you don’t have to have a blog!) and enter a $300 Anthropologie giveaway. You can find out details on how to share and the giveaway here.

The Inspired Room Giveaway - Anthropologie Gift Card
For those of you who are saying tablescape smablescape that’s all great but when are you going to tell me what is going on with the painter’s tape around the door in the dining room? :) I’ll be back with the tale of the dining room this week, I promise. :) The mystery will soon be revealed.

**Before you go, make sure you’ve check out Lindsay’s beautiful Thanksgiving table at The White Buffalo Styling Co (our hostess for the tour) and then you can head on over to the next LOVELY table on our Blogger Stylin’ Tours, via a new to me blog UK blog called Swoon Worthy! And then follow along at The White Buffalo Styling Co. the rest of the week to check out all the links to all the participants. Enjoy!**

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