Winter is coming...
Everyone has their favorite season, but there is no denying that this time of year is filled with a special kind of excitement at the promise of holiday festivities and family gatherings to come. Winter is indeed coming, and even if you are not a Game of Thrones fan, it's hard not be thrilled at spotting the first snowflakes, layering up with woolly scarves and warm sweaters, and planning gifts and parties. British poet Edith Sitwell could not have said it better: “Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”
Even if it may be too early to put out the tree, there are still plenty of other decorating touches that will give your house that cozy winter feel. Here are a few ideas:
A faux fur throw or pillow will add warmth and opulent texture. Less is more though: limit yourself to one or two pieces, you don't want your house to look like you're prepping an expedition to the north pole.
Speaking of texture: this is a key decorating element to consider, especially in the winter. Make sure there's a variety of soft textures by layering rugs, pillows and throws. Rustic, unfinished wood surfaces and other natural materials such as wicker and rattan are the perfect complement.
Think seasonal greenery: not just pine, spruce and holly, but bunches of eucalyptus (smells great), magnolia leaves, bay leaves and boxwood. These will add a fresh and fragrant winter touch to your home without feeling too christmassy.
For those among us lucky enough to have a working fireplace, here's a a tip I just learned. Use dried orange (or lemon) peels as kindling. The oil in the skin fuels the fires and in the process they release less creosote than traditional paper. It will keep your chimneys cleaner in the process and leave your home smelling like roasted oranges, delicious! I personally “fake” a fireplace aroma with my favorite scented pine and cedar candles.
T'is the season for plaid, and this pattern isn't only available on your favorite shirt. Mix and match differently scaled plaids and checks within a tonal palette for a fresh take on this decorating classic.
As we spend more time indoors, make sure your living and family rooms are well-stocked with books, magazines, and board games. Getting bored is not allowed!
There is no better way to make sure your home tops the list of favorite hang-outs than keeping a well-stocked bar...
… and a well-stocked pantry. After all, who can resist the enticing aroma of hot cider and fresh-baked pastries? Enjoy!