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5 Ways To Add More Cozy to Your Home

5 Ways To Add More Cozy to Your Home

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.

5 Ways To Add More Cozy to Your Home

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!

5 Ways To Add More Cozy to Your Home

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.

5 Ways To Add More Cozy to Your Home

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!)

5 Ways To Add More Cozy to Your Home

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.

5 Ways To Add More Cozy to Your Home

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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5 Ways To Add More Cozy to Your Home

5 Ways To Add More Cozy to Your Home

Bloggers’ Inspired Rooms {Part 3}

Bloggers' Inspired Rooms {Part 3}
Julie Blanner

The last three weeks have been so exciting for me! I completed my work on The Inspired Room book many months ago, so it is like Christmas came early to see it show up in people’s photos and homes through Facebook, Instagram and blog posts. I just appreciate all the support so much.

Today I’m thrilled to be sharing another round of bloggers’ homes! My friends online have so kindly been sharing their inspired rooms to help celebrate my book launch (see Part One and Part Two if you missed them)! It’s been so fun to get a peek into which room in their home they love the most! I love reading each post to get a little bit of the backstory. Julie Blanner’s living room (above) is so peaceful and soothing, I just love it. Her diamond paned window in her living room is so amazing, too, go see her favorite room!

Bloggers' Inspired Rooms {Part 3}Emily A. Clark

My friend Emily Clark shared her super cute dining room turned library. It’s one of my favorite rooms, too. It’s always been my dream to have a dining room library and this one is inspiring!

Bloggers' Inspired Rooms {Part 3}
The Lettered Cottage

This room by my friend Layla has also always been one of my favorites. Every little detail of this room is perfect! Enjoy checking it out over in Layla’s post.

Bloggers' Inspired Rooms {Part 3}The House of Silver Lining

This lovely room is from my new friend Shauna. We met in person back in September when we both attended an event in NYC. She’s absolutely precious, I’m so happy to have her as a friend! She shared her brand new office and now I’m totally inspired to get to work on mine! Go see her darling room and tell Shauna I said hi! :)

Bloggers' Inspired Rooms {Part 3}
My Sweet Savannah

My friend Melaine shared her daughter Savannah’s room and it is so cute! I love all of the personal touches that were included, and her bed is like a dream! Go see it here!

Bloggers' Inspired Rooms {Part 3}Beneath My Heart

I’ve known Traci for years so I’m absolutely thrilled for her and her family as they are adopting a little girl! Traci shared her little girl’s new room and it is SO sweet, go see it and read their story. She’s going to be so happy in her new room, I cant wait to see her in it very soon!

Bloggers' Inspired Rooms {Part 3}At Home In Love

I just loved reading this post from my friend Aileen because she shares how she pulled together this cute living room using what she already had! Those are always my favorite rooms. Enjoy her post and see more of her inspired room here.

Bloggers' Inspired Rooms {Part 3}Restoration House

My friend Kennesha shared a peek of her small cottage living room and dining room space and it all looks so inviting and welcoming! Go see it here!

It’s such an honor to have such great friends joining in the tour and sharing their favorite inspired rooms. Thanks again to everyone who has shared so far, I’ll be back again soon with another round up!

Bloggers' Inspired Rooms {Part 3}

Below is the list of all the wonderful bloggers joining me in ‘The Inspired Room Tour’!