My Three-Step Recipe For A Cozy Winter Home

I have a three-step recipe for creating a very cozy home especially during these winter months!Recipe For A Cozy Winter Home graphic.

Well…the Christmas holidays are over and all of the decorations are put away – now what???  My home looked so barren and cold to me once all of my Christmas decorations were put away.  All of the rooms felt sparse and my home wasn’t welcoming at all!

There’s a part of me that enjoys not being surrounded by so much stuff.  A fresh clean slate feels like a new beginning!  I guess it is, in a way.  But, even though the clean slate has an appeal all its own, I still want (and need) my home to reflect a warm,  cozy and welcoming personality.  How do I accomplish that?  Let me share my easy three step recipe with you!

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ADD AND LAYER TEXTILES

The first thing that I do is to make sure to generously layer homespun textiles throughout each room.  Things like throws, pillows, rugs, draperies, fabric poufs – basically anything made with some kind of fabric or rug material.

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INCLUDE LOTS OF TEXTURE

I can’t emphasize this one enough!  Every room that I’ve ever seen, whether monochromatic or full of color, falls flat without the inclusion of textural items.  Things like baskets, trays, nubby fabrics, fur throws or pillows, wreaths, plants and on and on.  Even things like shelves and artwork add texture.  Texture = Dimension = Good!  You get what I mean – right?

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LOOK OUTSIDE YOUR WINDOWS

Take a look at what’s outside this time of year.  If you take your cues for indoors from what you see outdoors, you can’t go wrong!  In my neck of the woods this time of year, the colors of winter are gray skies, barren brown tree branches, brown pinecones, white snow (if we’re lucky!) and the green of pine boughs and cedar trees.  So, I make sure to tuck in lots of faux pine branches and pinecones in all sorts of places, throughout every room.

Dining Room Centerpiece

I’ll give you a little peek-a-boo of the current centerpiece on my kitchen table.  You’ll see that I’ve incorporated all of the elements – brown in the dough bowl, faux pine and cedar greenery and white candles with paper cutout snowflakes scattered throughout.  (I’ll be sharing more of this super easy centerpiece soon!)

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See – easy right?  And not quite so hard after all!

TEXTILES + TEXTURE + NATURE = ONE COZY HOME!

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  1. suzy, your home is a true source of inspiration….simply beautiful! i especially need help at this time, when all the christmas items are put away and my house looks uninviting-thank you!

  2. I like all the nature elements you brought in. I need to add some layers to my family room as it is looking a bit bare after the holiday decor. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. I just made a similar arrangement for my kitchen island. I used my dough bowl too. I added real pine and pine cones from the preserve behind my backyard. I used two frameless white candles and embellished them by wrapping a piece of burlap around the center and added a piece of pine and tied it with some jute. I then used three large faux sparkling snowballs that tied it all together. It turned out pretty cute!

  4. I find that many of my “Christmas” decorations can easily transition into “winter” — especially those that are snow-crusted or contain winter greenery. January and February are such dark days here in the north (western PA), that we still need some “cheer” in our decor! Love the layered textures, as well! Cozy up, everyone!

  5. I feel the same way when all decorations are down and also try to incorporate winter colors with a lot of nature inspiration…love your mantel.

  6. So needed this inspiration as all the Christmas decorations are put away, now to add greenery back with pinecones and snowflakes!

  7. I feel the same way about needing a clean slate as well as the house feeling empty. That is why I leave my snowmen, a little greenery and snowflakes on display in January. It keeps me happy!!

  8. YOUR OPINION PLEEEZE. IM THINKING OF PAINTING MY DINNING ROOM SAGEBROOK SAGE , TO LOOK LIKE YOUR DINNING ROOM WITH THE ROSE RUG. PROBLEM!! IM THINKING OF CARRYING THE GREEN INTO THE LIVING ROOM ALSO. THE DINNING ROOM HAS A WHITE BEADBOARD CHAIR RAIL. WHITE HUTCH AND TABLE WITH STAINED TOP. LIVING ROOM HAS WHITE SOFA AND CHAIRS. DO YOU THINK ITS TO MUCH GREEN. IM AFRAID OF COLOR. I STICK WITH PASTEL , BUT WANT TO BRANCH OUT WITH OUT BEING GARRISH. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE

    1. Hi Kay. Without seeing some pictures of your space and knowing exactly what color Sagebrook Sage is, it’s hard for me to say for sure, but it sounds like you have a lot of white that would break all of the green up, so you should be fine. I would lean toward a soft green rather than a bright/intense green. I assume that the beadboard in your dining room covers about 1/2 of the wall, so you would only have green on the top half of the walls in that room. If the two rooms are open to one another, I think using the green in both rooms would be fine.

      1. thank you so much for the quick response. my rooms are seperated by only about 2 ft wall on each side. and yes on the 1/2 up beadboard. saybrook sage is a med.soft green. im going for it. lol i can always paint again in the spring. again thanks , and i love your page kay

  9. I love using fresh greenery from outside. We have some marvelous evergreens with blue berries that smell delicious and stay looking gorgeous when I put them in water. I have them almost in every room right now. Love your blog and great ideas.

  10. STILL unpacking from our move 2 weeks ago. Learning how to decorate in the southwest. While I don’t have cedar trees, I do have citrus trees and will do some cuttings and bring that indoors !

  11. I look forward to your posts each day. I have brought the outdoors in. I have an ironstone white pitcher which I filled with shrubbery greens and red berry stems. I then have a red/green plaid bow on the handle. I also kept my 3 Christmas lanterns and kept the pine trees, faux snow, pine cones, etc. inside them.

  12. I know what you mean by kind of enjoying not having so much stuff around. It seems like from Thanksgiving through the New Year my house is packed to the gills with decorations. And food! We were given so many cookies this year that I had no place to put them all!
    Putting everything away has left me with a feeling of calm, but I am loving your centerpiece. And as always, your fireplace is gorgeous.

  13. I like to put out bowls of green and red pears (now in season where I live), and beautiful oranges for a wonderful pop of color on the kitchen island or dining table. I fill in with a few pine clippings to add a lovely fresh scent as well, Another idea is bowls of citrus or pine scented pot pourri placed in unexpected places, i.e., on the fireplace hearth, a book shelf, or on a side tables in one of the main rooms. Scented candles lit for a short time to lend just a hint of pine or citrus scent is very nice for the senses as well during bleak, gray days of winter..

  14. I could not agree more on your thoughts about our rooms needing different types of textiles. I feel like it is important to decorate all your rooms, not leaving any of them untreated. I love your blog & all y wonderful ideas. Thanks!

  15. Thanks for your great suggestions!
    Moving away from Christmas decor into winter is truly challenging because we are soooo ready for the next season and yet many months away from it. I really appreciate your advice to keep things warm and cozy.

  16. Your blog today was just what I needed to warm up our home after putting Christmas away. I have a new terrarium so I must get to work decorating it for winter. Thanks for your input.

  17. Great post! My living room is very bare and sad looking right now. I am going to have to take your tips and bring in some greens and browns. Thanks!

  18. Wow! You are SOOO talented!! I am inspired to design some vignettes for winter now. No way will they be anything like yours but I guess as long as I’m in that direction… 😉

  19. Have always loved your blog.

    Taking my cue from looking outside my windows, this is the most colorful and best time of the year! The bougainvillea are in spectacular bloom, the light is brighter than ever and the skies are cloudless and brilliant blue!
    Can you guess where I live?
    Clue: today we were the only snow-free state out of all 50. No, it isn’t Hawaii, even they had snow-capped mountains today. Guess!

  20. Thanks for showing us your table centerpiece. Fall is very exciting and starts the decorating season that goes into Christmas making us feel good. January always seems bare until spring comes maybe because there is no occasion to decorate for like Valentine’s Day or St. Patrick’s Day into Easter.

  21. Thanks so much for the great ideas. The house does look so bare after the hilodays. Your home always looks so warm and inviting.

  22. Hi Suzy! I love all your cozy ideas! They look so warm and inviting! Although, when I look out my windows, I see lots of tropical since I live in sunny South Florida! LOL! But I do try to incorporate white, silver, and gold so that I can keep some things out for January and New Years. Thanks for sharing these tips!