Warm up with these ideas for making the cooler months even more comfy-cozy, from your home to your travel destinations
Aislyn Greene, Elaine Johnson, Joanna Linberg, and Jessica Mordo
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Light a fire
Of course, one sure way to make a room feel cozy is to literally turn up the heat. Something about a fire crackling signals it’s time to settle in for a while. If you don’t have a fireplace, group candles in several places in a room and light them for a similar glow.
Brighten beds with fiery flowers for a warm look all season. Plant torch lily beside a red cordyline to make its orange flower clusters really pop. Fill in around both with low mounding grasses, such as Carex glauca, and perennials like Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’. Add a row of Stipa gigantea, like the ones behind the wall, as a backdrop; if possible, position these grasses where the sun can backlight them for part of the day.
The luxurious high pile of faux sheepskin is a cold-weather must. Place small skins on dining room chairs, larger ones one the floor, and either size as a throw over sofa arms. IKEA is an inexpensive source.
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Break out the dutch oven and get ready to slowly simmer an inexpensive cut of meat until a fork slides right in.
Amaranth's velvety flowers come in richly saturated harvest hues, and they hold their colors and shapes even when dry. Snag some from your garden, florist, or local farmers’ market to add a dash of passion to a seasonal bouquet.
Two-story cabins with stone fireplaces, hazelnut risotto, a fire-side pool game—there’s lots of coziness to savor at the Emerald Lake Lodge in Field, B.C. Tucked onto a 13-acre peninsula jutting out into its eponymous lake, the lodge is refreshingly wifi-and-TV-free, leaving you lots of time to soak in the Candian Rockies after a day of playing (or skiing) in the deep, soft snow.
Just like with sheepskin, the more texture a rug has, the more cozy it will feel underfoot. Try something shaggy layered on top of summer’s jute rug.
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Plot your escape
The best way to stay cozy this winter? Trade the winter wonderland for a warming winter vacation, like, say, kicking back in an ocean-front hammock in Mexico, or soaking up the iron-red rocks of Sedona, Arizona.
The perfect ending to a dinner party? Brew some dark hot chocolate and serve it on a tray with add-your-own nut liqueurs and gourmet marshmallows. Our favorite combo: E. Guittard Grand Cacao Drinking Chocolate ($9) with Nocino della Cristina walnut liqueur (about $30).