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.
Use plenty of cuddly blankets, soft throws, and comfy pillows.
Adding blankets, throws, and pillows to your decor is both beautiful and useful. The textures and colors can add interest and warmth.
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.
Chunky knit wool blankets and throws are all the rage! How perfectly cozy!
Monograms are always on point! I have been thinking of getting some personalized throws to give as Christmas gifts this year.
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 Soundproofliving.com noise-canceling headphones for a long winter’s nap!
“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.
Using a mix of pillows and blankets in a variety of textiles, colors and patterns can also create a very cozy feeling.
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.
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.
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.
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!
via Totally Tartan
There are lots of cute DIY draft stopper tutorials on Pinterest too.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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