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How To Make Your Home Feel Cozy This Winter

Great tips for making your home feel cozy, warm and welcoming during the winter months

Winter is coming! As the fall temperatures drop and the first frosts appear, it’s time to start thinking of ways to make our homes cozy and warm for the long, cold months ahead.  Here are some ideas for cozying up your home for late fall winter.  This post contains affiliate links.


DIY ladder with plaid blankets and quilts and gallery wall -

via Golden Boys and Me


Use plenty of cuddly blankets, soft throws, and comfy pillows.


Ideas for creating a cozy home this winter and how to winterize your home


Adding blankets, throws, and pillows to your decor is both beautiful and useful. The textures and colors can add interest and warmth.

I would totally put a basket like this in my basement



Drape them over a chair or sofa  or store them in pretty baskets and they will be close at hand for snuggling up for a long winter’s nap.


The ArtizenHome Large Chunky Knit Throw is just the right size for cuddling up on a rainy (or snowy) day with a book. Especially if you really aren't into the book and need a nap, because this throw will wrap you in warmth and softness, and the next thing you know, you have had the best nap of your life. Not that this has ever happened to me. Just don't take it to work or use it when cramming for finals. There isn't enough espresso in the world to make you want to leave this blanket. For our decorators, it is a very versatile piece. It goes well at the foot of a bed for extra color and texture. It also works great thrown over the back of a sofa or love seat. The large stitches draw the eye because of the proportion, but the simple pattern keeps the effect from being jarring.


Chunky knit wool blankets and throws are all the rage! How perfectly cozy!


This personalized throw is the perfect way to make your home cozy and stylish!


Monograms are always on point! I have been thinking of getting some personalized throws to give as Christmas gifts this year.


Buffalo Check Bedroom

via Hymns and Verses

This cozy bedroom just looks so inviting piled high with pillows and blankets. I am also loving that farmhouse sign! All you need here is some cozy winter socks, warm flannel PJ’s noise-canceling headphones  for a long winter’s nap!


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“Baby It’s Cold Outside” Pillow Farmhouse Chalkboard Style


Anything chalkboard or buffalo check is still super trendy too. The neutral black and white can be beautiful mixed in with red and green for a warm and cozy farmhouse Christmas.


cozy + affordable fall home accessories



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100% Cotton Buffalo Check Throw for Indoor/Outdoor Use Camping 


Using a mix of pillows and blankets in a variety of textiles, colors and patterns can also create a very cozy feeling.

Ideas for creating a cozy home this winter and how to winterize your home



Add Some Cozy Area Rugs

Whether you have carpeting or hardwood, a plush area rug can add coziness and style to your home. It will even provide an extra layer of warmth underfoot and give family and guests extra places to sit during holiday gatherings.


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This will be our first winter having a rug in our living room! I love the warmth and beauty of our jute area rug, and I am even thinking of layering a smaller rug on top for more coziness and style this winter.


Love the tips on choosing area rugs for a home. When layering rugs the best trick is pulling out the neutral tone of the antique layered piece for your large-area rug so that there's a relationship between the two.


Stop The Draft!

Even newer homes with air tight windows and doors can still get drafty from time to time. A simple door draft stopper (a.k.a. “door snake” or “draught excluder”) can really help keep warm air in and cold air out during the winter. There are actually some stunning draught excluders that can add a decorative element too.


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McAlister Heritage Plush Plaid Unfilled Decorative Door & Window Draft Stopper | 36″ Natural Cream Beige Tan | Rustic Farmhouse Decor Cabin Accent


I love the idea of making a draft stopper using tartan or plaid fabric. Since our house was built in 1921 (and I am #madforplaiddecor) I think we could definitely use a couple of these!


Draught Excluders

via Totally Tartan

There are lots of cute DIY draft stopper tutorials on Pinterest too.


DIY Boxy Door Draft Blocker by

Via So Much Better With Age


Use a draft snake to stop cold air from creeping through windowsills by filling a tube of fabric (like an old knee sock) with dry rice, or buy online. Shown: Window and door draft stopper, about $10; Improvements

via This Old House


General Winter Home Maintenance

Now is the time to prepare your home for ice, snow, sleet, hail and freezing temperatures. Be sure to winterize windows and doors by applying window film, weather stripping or caulking.  It is also a good idea to make sure your HVAC is in perfect working order. There is nothing worse than having a furnace go out in January (been there, done that!) Be sure to have the name and number of a fast and reliable 24 hour air conditioning service  as a precautionary measure.


#sponsored post Well now that it’s pretty much officially winter, there’s  a couple home maintenance tasks you’ll need to cross off your list. Here are some tips and tricks to follow to winterize your home… 1. Watch for Drafty Doors and Windows Make sure the weatherstripping on your doors is in place and you’re not …


Upgrading the insulation in your home is a good idea if this is something that’s currently lacking. Find insulation contractors who can get the job done in a timely manner so you can ensure that your home is warm and cozy for winter.

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Duck Brand Heavy-Duty Self Adhesive Weatherstrip Seal


Don’t forget the exterior of your home! Be sure to fix the tiles on your roof to avoid any leaks that may result from all the heavy rain and snow of winter.  If the weather is still mild enough you might consider painting the outside of your home to give it an added layer of protection against the rain. It’s important that you use good quality exterior paint that creates a strong seal, and add a few layers. Paint can help to waterproof your siding which means you’ll be less likely to have problems with damp seeping in from the outside.

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 If you have vinyl siding you can contact JD Hostetter’s expert siding replacement to have them fix any cracked or broken panels. If you keep your siding in good condition and replace panels when they break, it will easily be able to withstand heavy rain and snow. Oh, and don’t forget to keep the gutters cleaned out!


Great tips for making your home feel cozy, warm and welcoming during the winter months

Well friends, I certainly hope you are still enjoying some beautiful and sunny fall weather while it lasts! This week my husband is going to start working on winterizing our basement windows since we have already had our first frost. After working on this post I am inspired to make a couple of draft stoppers for our doors too.



Loving this winter weather! Cozied up in our living room with my favorite home decor. Our chunky knit rug is from Restoration Hardware, the tassel throw blanket is from Anthropologie last year and pillows are from my shop. The same …

via Lindsay Marcella

I love fall most of all, but I do enjoy the stillness, comfort and warmth of a cozy winter home. I will definitely be using some of these ideas to make our home feel cozy this winter.  Has winter already started in your neck of the woods? I love hearing from you, dear readers!


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  • Reply [email protected] Stroll Thru Life

    Such pretty rooms that truly feel cozy and inviting.

    October 31, 2018 at 6:34 pm
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