6 Steps to a Cozy Winter Home

Get my six steps that will lead you to a comfortable and cozy winter home. Begin with decor and lighting, move on to ideas for keeping a tidy space, and end with a simple mind-set that will make the winter months enjoyable and easy. 

white roses in pitcher on round table

The winter months can be a challenge…no matter where you live, or what stage in life you happen to find yourself. The holidays are over, and life returns to “normal.” Spring seems very far away, and there isn’t much to look forward to. Now is the time to settle in, and make sure our homes are comfortable, nurturing, and peaceful. Some of us are homebodies, and some are not…but either way, our homes should definitely answer our needs, and provide a haven from the world. Read on for some tips to use over the winter months that will help make your homes the haven you deserve. 

fresh flowers on table in cozy winter home 1

Lighting for a Cozy Winter Home

Light makes all the difference in the world. Lack of light in our lives can literally affect our health, so it’s vital that we keep our spaces bright. No matter what the time of day, if it’s even the least bit dark, turn on your lamps. To make everything feel cozy and snug, skip the overhead or can lights, and concentrate on table lamps, floor lamps, task lighting, and candles. There have been times recently when every lamp in our living room is turned on by 2:00 in the afternoon! Another idea is to lighten your lamp shades. If you have dark shades, the light from the lamp will in turn be shadowed. A light lamp shade will allow brighter, clearer light. One last tip: take advantage of natural light during the day by opening the blinds and curtains. 

family picture in living room of cozy winter home

Easy Winter Decor

When the Christmas decorations have been taken down and stored, sometimes our homes feel bare and cold. Now is the time to bring out your family photos, and favorite things. Surrounding yourself with pictures of those you love will help you feel cozy and connected. Display your collections so you can see and enjoy them. Gather your favorite books, and feature them on your coffee table or book shelf. It’s important that when we look around our rooms, we feel at home. Displaying our personal possessions and treasured items are the perfect way to do that. 

Decorating with Collections

cozy winter home tips throw blanket on chair

Layers of Pillows and Throw Blankets

One of the coziest feelings ever is snuggling next to a fluffy pillow, covered with a warm blanket. Keep pillows on the ends of your sofa where they are easily accessible. Place throw blankets on the backs of chairs, layered in baskets, or on the lower shelves of coffee tables or end tables. When I was growing up, there was always an afghan, each one handmade by my grandmother, beside every chair, and on the end of the sofa. If you collect quilts, winter is the perfect time to get them out of the closet and use them. 

baskets with lids beside neutral chair

Tidy Your Space

A tidy space not only makes us more comfortable and at ease, it helps us relax…and in my book, cozy goes hand-in-hand with relaxation! Clear out the mail and magazines. Use baskets to store pet toys, remotes, and other necessities. Place a lidded basket beside your favorite chair so everything you need is close, but organized and disguised at the same time. 

vintage finds on shelf in cozy winter home

Flowers and Natural Elements

Adding something fresh and green to your spaces during the winter months will remind you that spring is ahead…and it will bring life to your spaces. Treat yourself to a bunch of tulips, or bring home a plant from the grocery. Fresh eucalyptus not only smells lovely, but it will dry naturally, and remain beautiful for weeks. Just one small living thing will make a difference and put a smile on your face. I can’t think of anything cozier than that!

How to Decorate Shelves for Winter 

Source & Shop

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linen pillow cover | ball fringe throw blanket | ivory tufted chair | round 3-piece table set | large lidded baskets | tasseled pillow cover (similar) | the small pitcher & bowl set are a vintage eBay find.

Our ivory table lamps are no longer available. Here are some similar options. Safavieh ivory lamp | tasseled ivory lampAshley double gourd ivory lamp | transitional ribbed ivory lamp.

basket with lid beside chair

Seek the Simple Life

Although not directly related to making your home cozy for the winter months, seeking and appreciating a simpler life brings peace, and therefore, contentment at home. All we really need are our hearts, our hands, our families, and our faith. The “extras” are nice, but on the other hand, they can sometimes get in the way. We all need different things to make us happy…the key is finding those things, appreciating them, and letting go of everything else. It’s definitely not always easy, but in the end, it’s so worth it.

Wishing you all a lovely week. Until next time…

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  1. Bennie Cecilia from Georgia says:

    Your soft neutrals are so calming. I love the blanket with pompom fringe….just ordered one via your link and they are on sale! Win win! Best wishes for a healthy and happy new year!

  2. Jacqueline says:

    I always enjoy reading your blog posts. I like the simplicity of the site and its easy ability to move through it. keep posting for inspiration.

  3. Christine says:

    Hi Ann, thank you so much for your beautiful tips, i downloaded the lemon poppyseed muffin recipe, can never resist them! Have a wonderful 2021!

  4. Carol@BlueskyatHome says:

    Lovely winter scenes and lots of good advice, Ann.

  5. Beautiful thoughts, ideas, and words of encouragement. Thank you, Ann. You are so right. Rewarding advice. Have a lovely Sunday.

  6. There is so much energy that comes from your neutrals. I could sit and stare at your living room pictures all day long…sorta like the yule burning log at the holidays. It is so inviting and welcoming. Keep the wonderful posts coming.

  7. Wonder about the amount of salt? Is that correct?

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Sandi…were you referring to a recipe? Can you tell me which one?

  8. While you are sitting there and enjoying all the comforts in the home you have created, try thinking about spring and what lies ahead. We have already been thinking about a few things we are going to look forward to doing. When the spring bird migration starts we plan on visiting a national refuge about a 20 mile drive from us – we are going to take our lunch with us and walk their nature trails. A simple pleasure, but one sure to make us relax and enjoy nature. Always think ahead and don’t look back.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      The best advice ever. Thank you so much!

  9. I’m gradually moving to a more neutral decor with just a few pops of color – I still love the bright colors but they can overwhelm a small living space. Your tips on decorating with neutrals are always helpful. Like you I crave light in the winter, but it isn’t always practical when you’re trying to keep your utility bills down. I’ve been gradually switching all my light bulbs in the overheads and table lamps to LED bulbs. It’s a bigger up front cost but it does save in the long run on utility bills. I also have some pretty solar powered lanterns I set near sunny windows during the day to recharge, and then turn on in the evenings for extra light.

    1. Kittyluvr says:

      Agree with the bigger upfront costs but I have not replaced ANY led bulb that I have switched out in the last 2 years…but using regular bulbs, I was replacing them regularly and always a stash in the closet in case I needed one quickly…so yeah for LED bulbs and their durability.

  10. Ann – May I ask where you got your round end table? Thanks!

    1. Kathy Menold says:

      Ann , Love your Winter decor ideas. I find my white dishes just perfect for January and they can easily be mixed with other colors for spring. I have been on a major decluttering binge and the minimalist decor is just what I need right now. Of course I have plenty of candles, throws and pillows to keep the cozy vibe but they are a bit more organized!!

    2. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Carol! I got them online at Wayfair. There is a link in the post to the set of two tables and the coffee table. They are out of stock right now, but will be available in about 6 weeks. You can sign up to be notified on the Wayfair site.

  11. 5 stars
    Lovely post. Here lately as far as the simple life goes, I find I must also accept it as well as appreciate it.

  12. Thank you for the beautiful winter decor ideas! Could you make a post of several ideas for the “wall space above the sofa space” of various displays of what to hang there? Mirror, artwork, etc.–I’m in the same rut of just putting a large mirror over our sofa, and the rest of the walls in the living room. New ideas are needed! :)

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Deb…I can try, but my sofa sits in front of a huge window. I don’t have any experience, so it’s not something I can really advise on. Let me think about it!

  13. Where do you buy lamp shades?

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Diane! I have found very nice lampshades at HomeGoods or TJMaxx. Target also has a great line of lamp shades that are in the store and also online. Pottery Barn has beautiful shades, but they are a little more expensive. The PB lamp shades that I have are very old, but look like new. I hope this helps!

  14. Always inspiring and I always look forward to my Sunday email from you

    I’m just so anxious for spring. Need ideas to keep me going.
    I’m thinking about planting herbs and putting on my kitchen window so I can see something grow.