5 easy easy to make your house cozy, relaxing, and inviting all winter long.
Good morning friends, how are you?
Today I am joining Kim and Juliet for weekend meanderings, our weekly series of things that caught our eye, piqued our interest. Adventures, style, life and so much more.
It is cold this morning, it is dark and gray. I am sitting in bed reading and sipping a hot chocolate pondering my day. There are a few things to do around the house and walking date with a friend and I still have to organize my Christmas boxes. They are still stacked in the living room but I have yet to muster the energy to take them to the garage.
The news this week was pretty bleak, the passing of Lisa Maris Presley, all of the “bombshells” from The Spare and of course the seeming endless rain in California and tornados across Alabama, George and Kentucky.
Were you affected by the bad weather? Have you read The Spare? I’ll be honest, I have not read it and don’t plan too.
Last night we watched Elvis, wow! What a movie and what a life. I had no idea he was basically a prisoner to his contract. So sad.
Ok let’s meander!
Winter can be a long, lonely, gloomy few months and it is definitely a time to enjoy the little things. This month I am savoring the cold, gray days, they are the perfect excuse to relax, read, watch movies and eat comfort food. The beauty of the sun after a few days of rain. Fresh baked bread on Sunday morning. The antics of my pups who keep me on my toes and always put a smile on my face. Long calls with my siblings and parents on Sunday afternoon sitting in my cozy house.
5 ways to make your house warm and cozy all winter long
The dictionary definition of cozy is: giving a feeling of comfort, warmth, and relaxation.
That is my aim all year long but particularly in the winter. I want to feel comfort on a cold day and I want people who visit to feel the same. So today I am sharing 5 easy ways to make your house cozy during the dark days of winter.
Is there anything better than the glow of a candle? It makes everything feel warm, romantic, and cozy, also a little like days gone by. Sometimes I light lots of candles or turn on the electric candles and read by the glow of the light, it is a peaceful way to start the day.
We have lots of candles, especially in the fall and winter. Balsam fir, Fraser Fir, winter woods and citrus and spice. The scents are as calm, cozy and relaxing as the warm glow. Not only that they create the perfect hygge home. If you do not know what hygge is you can read all about it here.
Turn off the tv, get away from the “noise” of life and let yourself relax with music. Make a playlist on your phone, use Alexa or access to over 2 million songs with your Prime membership.
I love all kinds of music, my dad was a fan of traditional country music, my mom loved John Denver and Pavarotti. In high school ABBA, Styx, REO, Journey and my brothers’ alternative music was blaring from the radio or his LP records.
My first love is classical, opera and early music, add a Gregorian chant to the playlist and I can listen for hours. In fact I took up the violin at 28, I wasn’t very good but I still enjoy listening to and attending concerts by my favorite artists.
Let the cares of the day fall away as you sing along or simply listen to your favorite music.
As you can tell by the name of this blog I love natural elements, especially pinecones and acorns. Pinecones, acorns, seed pods, antlers, cotton and other found treasures are wonderful frugal finds from nature to decorate your house inside and out
The good news is that all you have to do is go out and find them.Take a bag with you when you go for your daily walk and when you come across something you like take it home and add it to your decor.
You can pile pinecones into a vintage dough bowl or a favorite basket, add a few leaves or springs of pine or holly and you have an easy seasonal arrangement. Or place cuttings from your trees, wildflowers or weeds in a vintage pitcher or vase for a seasonal arrangement.
If you don’t have the time to forage, Trader Joe’s or your local grocery store always has seasonal berries and greens.
Remember pinecones need to be cleaned, here are some easy tips for cleaning pinecones.
Bath Salts, Fluffy Towels and Self Care Items for the Bathrooms
Stock your bathroom with your favorite candles, bath salts, Epsom salts, bubble bath and fluffy towels. After a day out hiking, skiing, or playing in the snow a warm bath is the perfect way to warm up. It is alway a great way to wind down after a long day and drying off with a large plush towel definitely makes you feel more cosy and warm.
Get out your favorite pajamas and robe and keep them stored in the bathroom so that when you get out of the tub after a long relaxing soak all of your things are there. Add candles, a few touches of seasonal decor and your bathroom will be as cosy and comfortable as the other rooms in your house.
Get into the kitchen
The kitchen in the heart of the home, it is where you create memories while sharing your favorite comfort foods and drinks.
A pot of soup simmering on the stove or steaming chocolate; the scents of the season are the easiest and most delicious ways to cozy up your home. They bring you together with the people you love most and filly your belly and nurture your soul.
These are just 5 ways to make your house warm and cosy this winter there are so many more.
IN OTHER NEWS
If you are organizing your house this month you might want to add this to your drawer for baggies.
Love this DIY oversize Greenery Branch idea from Lucy
Read this! Turning People into Trees
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
On the blog this week I shared, Lost And Found in Paris which apparently many of you love as you have messaged me that you have read it! Paris seemed to be my book theme this month because I also read The Last Restaurant in Paris and The Red Notebook.
Cranberries aren’t just for your Thanksgiving table! Use them to make this delicious Cranberry Bundt Cake!
Friday Favorites was filled with comfort food including a chocolate snack cake, chocolate hummus and a scrumptious recipe for chicken tiki masala fried rice! As well as interesting articles, finds and more. Love this cable knit sweater and the pop of color.
I hope that you enjoyed meandering today and that when you leave here you pop over to see all of the things that Kim and Juliet have discovered this week.
If you missed any of the previous Weekend Meandering posts you can find them all here
Have a wonderful and safe weekend!