simple pleasures and small rituals~
below zero wind chills, yes, icy sidewalks, yes, snow drifts, yes, dagger-sized icicles, yes, power outages, yes,.........
new hampshire winter gives us all an excuse to slow down, stay put, and enjoy the hibernation period in our warm & cozy homes,...
~5 cozy elements to add to your winter interiors~
#1-- pillows: my winter requirement (we are not talking bed pillows here, ok?) comfy, touchable (like you have to touch it) and attractive...
love a few warm, furry mongolian pillows, these from west elm
...or these knitted pillows just like grandma's-- similar here
...kilim pillows are strong and soft-to-the touch from PB~
...moroccan wedding blanket pillows (here)~
...sumptuous velvet also does the trick from Pier1
pillow tips: where to find: shop the above stores, yet your local homegoods has an amazing selection of affordable, down-filled preferably for the squish-factor, larger than 18 sq'' for lying on, warm touchable material, stash in a basket and/or stack them nearby for quick access,...
#2-- throw blankets: pile them on, drape them casually over a sofa arm,.......
...you get the idea-- same pillow rituals also apply to throws~
...do you change out pillows & throws seasonally?
#3-- sheepskin rugs draped over chairs, stools, benches, poufs, invite..........
..a fun romantic dinner in front of the fire, why not switch-up the routine?
...a sheepskin throw is also an ingenious way the ramp-up an inexpensive & not-so-comfy chair~
...black & white simple elegance~
...they do come in assorted colors (no neon please!)~
.. .already upholstered x-stools~
...a beanbag, any one (note: knitted stool for xtra coziness)?
...linking several skins together creates a semblance of one luxe large carpet!(btw: love the unique gnarled, coffee table base, don't you?)~
~i do pack them up for the humid summer months-- just for winter use, here~
#4-- wood & books, a perfect pairing, always speak warm to me.............
...more sheepskin throws, pillows, tiled-cowhide rug~
...books stacked neatly~
...tone-on-tone wood color~
...how creative is this nook?
...without the focal wood-paneled wall, this bath--although beautiful--would feel cold, add books, please~
...OR you could just haul in the tree from the backyard!!!
#5-- fire light, if you are so fortunate to have.........
...abigail ahern a british designer, love her aesthetic~
...a handled basket is handy~
...wood, wood, wood; books, books, books, clean minimal fireplace~
...candles everywhere (just be mindful,...)~
...lanterns, all the time~
...string lites mounted casually for romantic ambient light~
...drape & cascade them to highlight a beautiful architectural piece~
...contain them under a cloche~
~don't pack up those christmas lites, just yet-- i use them all year 'round~
#bonus-- warm the soul........
...with hot cocoa in your favorite mug~
...with your cuddly warm furry best friend (note: herringbone!)~
...with your besties~
.....polar vortex-- bring it on!