The leaves change, the air turns crisp, and pumpkin flavored everything appears; it’s autumn. We’re also contending with a global pandemic that urges us to stay at home. This year, when you’re transitioning your closet, consider a home décor makeover by adding these touches, making it a cozy, cuddly winter retreat.
Pillows & Blankets
There is nothing more cozy and cuddly than wrapping yourself up in a mound of pillows and blankets; make sure you have plenty of both around during your hibernation. To save on space, and cost, consider pillow shams; they fold flat for easy storage and they are typically less expensive then pillows. The pillows and throws can match your existing décor, or you can use them as seasonal accent décor and switch them out frequently. Just remember, the softer and plusher, the better.
Bears aren’t the only hibernators on our planet. Although we don’t truly hibernate, the human race does tend to pick up our ursine friend’s traits and during the winter, more time is spent at home and our hobbies lean toward low energy. If you’re more of a binger, make sure you’ve invested in those pillows and blankets above and keep your remote close. But many like to catch up on their reading; a cushy reading nook will have you blazing through the pages. If you’re lucky enough to have a built-in bench or deep windowsills, a reading nook can come naturally. If it’s hard topped, take some measurements and head to your local craft store for high density foam and fabric. YouTube has plenty of videos on easy “sewing” to quickly wrap the foam. Add pillows, blankets, a side table, hot cocoa and viola! If you don’t have a built-in, an oversized chair, especially one with an ottoman, will work great as well.
Video Chat Area
We know everyone was over Zoom calls several months ago, but get ready to dive back in. For most around the country, winter does not allow for open air meet ups. However, most may want to keep the social frequency so we must turn back to video calls. The thing is, this time doesn’t have to be an uncomfortable, awkward undertaking like this guy; can you image how your arms would feel after ten minutes? Prepare a comfy chair with some sort of cell phone holder adjacent; phone tripods can be floor or table mounted and are relatively inexpensive. Some table space for your drink and snacks will allow for your virtual dates to last into the night. Make sure your wall behind has got some jealously inducing décor and you are good to go.
Cards, Games, & Puzzles Area
Whether you live by yourself or with others, a table and chairs are a must for activities you need room to spread out. Think about it, how long are you going to spend on a game or puzzle if you are hunched over a coffee table or sitting on a hard floor? Instead, add or upgrade your kitchen or dining room table and chairs; or if you have room in your living room, add them there, just make sure there is good lighting in the area. The table does not need to be huge, a two to four-person size will suffice. Make sure the chairs are well padded and super comfortable. Add fun drink coasters for loads of hot beverages and don't forget leave room for some yummy snacks.
So many love to bake during the winter, who wouldn’t want to make their home warm and smell delicious? But sometimes a lack of space and tools can make baking less of a fun activity and more of a chore. Counter space is of the utmost importance. If you do not want to do a remodel to expand, consider adding a kitchen cart; they provide more counter space and lots of storage underneath. And most are on wheels which makes them work for you where you need them at the time. If you don’t have room to add a cart, but do have table space, consider a counter-height table to save your back. Most baking does not require a lot of fancy gadgets but make sure you have measuring cups and spoons, baking sheets, cooling racks, and oven mitts. Kitchen linens, including oven mitts, are another spot in your home to match to your existing décor or rotate during the changing seasons.