22 ways to make the cool season cozier
Warm up with these ideas for making the cooler months even more comfy-cozy, from your home to your travel destinations
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.
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.
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Warm and creamy with a brandy or Kahlúa kick, this drink tastes special enough for dessert. But since it comes together in only five minutes, you can treat yourself on a rainy afternoon, too.
Recipe: Keoke Coffee
Orange-striped blades of grass, apricot-tinged leaves with purple undersides, and matching gold containers add a burst of warmth to an entryway, garden, or an indoor living space.
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If you have any secret stash of wooden candlesticks, objets, or bowls, now is the time to pepper them throughout your home. Their natural tones and organic grain will bring an instant warm-up.
If it’s in your garden or the yard, it’s fair game to use as accents in your decorating. Try branches in a vase, pumpkins marching down the table, and pinecones scattered around.
Throw blankets are a given on sofas, but try layering one over a headboard or a railing for even more texture.
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.
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.
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