Tips on how to make your home a place you’ll love to be all winter
Candles and Edison bulbs
After the holidays it’s easy to go through a little drought of inspiration for decor. I think we’ve all just decorated and undecorated and we’re done. But here’s the thing, wintertime (after the holidays) is probably when we spend the most time indoors, at home. So I have a few ideas to make your home a place you can’t wait to go home to every night. Little changes that make a big difference. The most important thing about making a cozy home is light. It’s the first chapter in The Little Book of Hygge and to me, that makes perfect sense. The first thing I do when I wake up is light a scented candle in the kitchen. When it begins to get dark, I light several unscented candles. And by several I mean at least 10, but lighting is more than candlelight. The largest watt lightbulb in our house is maybe 40 watts and I can assure you it’s on a dimmer. I prefer Edison bulbs for softer, warmer light. I never use overhead light; I prefer a triangle of light from lamps in the room.
Plants, branches & fresh flowers
I add some plants and branches and a few fresh flowers. I tend to go with more branches because they last for weeks and are generally pretty cheap. (Not the quince branches, those are more expensive, but the minute those are in the shop, I have to have a bundle).
As soon as the late afternoon winter light begins to fade, I start lighting candles. I have them on old silver trays, new galvanized metal trays like I used here, saucers from plant pots and mismatched china plates from our favorite flea markets.
Add sheepskins for an extra layer of cozy
This year I added a sheepskin on each of my dining room chairs. I’ve always thought about doing this in the winter and then when I saw them in the bar area at Gray Barns, I had to copy! It does make it look and feel pretty cozy. Six for less than $200 at Ikea. And of course while I was at Ikea I stocked up on candles.
Even after 30 years of marriage I strive to make sure our home is cozy, uncluttered and peaceful by evening. As a blogger I’m constantly making a mess in every room of the house, but my nightfall it’s back to cozy in no time.
Candles, dim lights, a fire, a beautiful throw, a warm cozy drink after dinner are all just a few of the Danish secrets to happy living.