Decorating, to me, is less about creating a certain look and more about creating a feeling. During the winter, I want my home to be a space that isn’t just pretty, but cozy and inviting, too. With friends and family visiting more around the holidays, it’s important to have a space where loved ones can unwind and find a cozy escape. I am here today from the blog House of Five to show you how I transformed my home into a cozy scene and winter escape with a few of my favorite finds.
Step 1: Start with a tree that reflects the wintry season
We celebrate Christmas in our house so as soon as winter starts to show her face; usually, our tree is the first thing to go up. This year, I wanted to try a new look to our tree and use pastel and pink tones. A flocked faux tree needs a great tree skirt, so I added this new faux fur trimmed tree skirt to anchor the tree stylishly.
My favorite ornaments are these pink glass swirl orbs and 12-point star ornaments. They bring the perfect sparkle to the tree. I’ve added the Happy Holidays Garland to my tree and it was the perfect addition. (The garland would also be beautiful draped across a mirror or mantel.)
When using pastels and soft colors like pink, silver and gold, I suggest offsetting these tones with something more bold, like this black and white ticking stripe ribbon. I cut my pieces into 2- to 3-foot pieces and cascade it down the tree in different sections, tucking the ends into the tree.
Step 2: Makeover the mantel.
After the tree is up, I start decorating the mantel. For this look, I used pink mercury glass votive candleholders and votive candles. Adding candles to any space will make it warm and inviting.
To fill in the space around the votives, I placed these white glitter trees on either side. These sparkly trees are just the right height for any mantel or console table, and they bring that wintry glitz to any holiday vignette.
The stockings are hung early each year as a reminder that Saint Nick will be arriving soon. These faux fur gray and white stockings add texture and interest to the fireplace.
Step 3: Up the cozy factor with a roaring fire and a comfy reading chair
The coziest spot in the house is near a roaring fire, so having a comfy chair by the fireplace to sit and read is my favorite furniture item. To add an extra bit of texture and comfort to this area, I added this blush flokati stool. It’s a statement piece and ties in all the pink tones found in the tree and on the mantel.
My favorite feature of our hammered metal coffee table is the storage inside. We store plenty of cozy blankets inside during the winter for movie nights by the fire. I place candles on the coffee table for added warmth, along with a cup of my favorite warm milk chocolate cocoa (in these pretty steel barrel mugs).
I like to think that this cozy space is where my guests can come in, take their mittens off, slip on a blanket, and relax by the fire—it’s the perfect relaxing, wintry scene. If a space feels like home to anyone that enters, I feel like I’ve done my job well.
The final look is a warm, winter-perfect, inviting space to invite loved ones for long chats by the fire, with a warm drink in hand. I hope you have found inspiration today and I wish you a happy holidays!
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