Workin’ It Wednesday: A Cozy Home

I’m linking up with Shay this month to share how I try to make my home cozy.  And considering we had frost Monday night, the timing is perfect!

The biggest, most noticeable change I make is to put flannel sheets on the beds.  It makes such a huge difference to crawl into a bed with cozy, warm sheets.  I like the 5 oz flannel from The Company Store.  They stay soft and don’t pill.  I’m slowly switching all of our beds to these sheets.

I also tend to burn candles more in the fall and winter.  The soft glow and seasonal scents are so calming.  I don’t like a strong scent, just a hint.  I especially like to burn them in the kitchen and bathroom, where I turn the lights off in the evening so you see a warm glow.  I also feel safer burning candles where there is little activity and a lot of heat resistant surface.

I trade out the light weight summer throws for down, fleece, and fur throws.  I got this fur throw from Target for the living room,

and this down throw from Eddie Bauer for the addition.  Scout chewed holes in the old ones.

I bought this fleece blanket at JCPenney last year for the family room.

One more thing I have started doing is using table lamps instead of the overhead lights.  I have always had table and floor lamps in the living room, family room, and bedroom, but we rarely had them on.  I really like how they add a warm glow, like the candles.  This one is on almost every night now.

And nothing says cozy like a fire, but the truth is, we don’t have them very often because we have a wood burning fireplace and it takes a commitment.  Gary has put a large pile of wood in the garage to dry out because he is determined to have more fires this year.  This always happens when I suggest we install a gas insert.  We’ll see how it goes.

So nothing groundbreaking here, but it’s definitely a different vibe from our warm weather home.  What are your special touches for cozy-ing up your home?


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