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Creating a Snug Sanctuary: 10 Styling Tips for a Cozy Winter Home

The days are growing shorter, the air is crisp, and we’re feeling the urge to transform our homes into cozy refuges from the dark and cold outside. In this post, we’re rounding up our favorite winter home styling tips to infuse your space with warmth and texture. From the tactile pleasure of curling up with a soft throw blanket to the warm glow of ambient lighting, we’ll guide you through easy, yet impactful ways to create a welcoming and comforting atmosphere in your home. We’re all about embracing the winter season by making little tweaks to our styling and decor that will bring joy and calm on gloomy days and frigid night.

Winter Nesting Tip #1: Fill Your Decorative Bowls with Fruit

styling your home for winter with a bowl of pears on a table with a tan linen napkin and a fern
A vintage bowl filled with brown pairs on the table in our Glenwood eat-in kitchen

A bowl of bright, fresh fruit is more than just a healthy snack option when we inevitably feel the need for a mood and/or blood sugar boost.; it doubles as a vibrant, natural decor piece. Citrus fruits, in particular, can brighten up a kitchen or dining table and bring a fresh aroma to your home.

Winter Nesting Tip #2: Add Texture and Patina with Leather-Bound Books & Antique Silver Pieces

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The office shelves in our Glenwood new build styled with vintage books and silver objects

Leather bound books and antique silver pieces, like bowls and candlesticks, bring a sense of nostalgia and elegance. The rich texture of leather and the subtle shimmer of aged silver create a sophisticated vibe that’s perfect for winter. Cluster a few on your coffee table or mantle for an instant upgrade. Embrace their patina – it’s part of the beauty!

The built-in buffet at our Echo Valley new build styled with a collection of vintage barware

Winter Nesting Tip #3: Display Your Wood Trays & Accessories

a vintage wood tray with white bowls on a marble look Caesartone counter
A vintage wooden tray corales small objects on the counter in our Glenwood new build kitchen

A must-have for any season, wood trays in winter bring an extra layer of warmth. Use them to organize your coffee table essentials or as a base for a candle display to add a rustic touch. Not only do they add an organic element  to any space, but they’re great for corralling small items on a countertop or coffee table! Wood boxes also work well on shelves and table tops, and wooden cutting boards are perfect for styling the kitchen.

walk-in pantry open shelve styled with glassware and vintage pottery
The open shelving in our Brentwood pantry styled with wooded bowls, cutting boards, pottery, and glassware
traditional white kitchen with sconce by range hood styled with wood cutting boards against a subway tile backsplash
Wood cutting boards leaning against the backsplash add warmth in our Brentwood kitchen

Winter Nesting Tip #4: Load Up on the Fuzzy Blankets and Baskets

Styling with cozy throw blankets and woven baskets in the Glenwood nursery

There’s nothing like snuggling up under a soft blanket on a cold evening. Storing them in stylish baskets keeps them handy and adds an element of texture to your living spaces. Blankets are easy to find at all price points, but we recommend splurging on a cashmere or alpaca version. Choose a colorful option in your favorite hue to brighten up your living room or bedroom and pop against neutral upholstery.

a traditional living room vignette with blue accents, beige, ivory
A soft robin's egg blue throw graces the neutral sofa in our Brentwood living room

Winter Nesting Tip #5: Warm Up Your Lighting with Candles, Candlesticks, and Candelabras

transitional dining room painted worldly gray with a black pedestal table style with branches and candlesticks
White tapers in iron candlestick holders grace the dining table at our Oak Tree renovation

The soft glow of candlelight is quintessential for creating a cozy atmosphere. Mix and match heights and styles to create a warm and inviting ambiance. Speaking of fire, we both love our living room fireplaces and run them non-stop as soon as the average temperature dips below 50 degrees. There’s nothing quite like watching a favorite holiday movie curled up under a cozy throw with a warm cup of cocoa or tea and a fire blazing to make the most out of a chilly evening.

a cocktail table styled with pink lilies, a candle, and books
A pillar candle in a marble and glass hurricane styles the table in our Brentwood living rom

Winter Nesting Tip #6: Swap Out Your Throw Pillow Covers.

A bottle green velvet pillow on a built-in window seat

Changing out pillow covers is an easy and effective way to transition your decor. Start with your existing color palette, but deepen the hues. For example, a light blue becomes navy and a sage green becomes emerald or forest. Opt for materials like velvet or wool in rich, deep tones for an added sense of warmth, and swap out your cottons and linens for woven or textured fabrics like knits or corduroy.

There are so many great throw pillows available at a variety of price points, that this is such an easy tip to implement. Of course, we love designing custom pillows, but we also source widely from Etsy and mass market retailers so we can accommodate varying budgets.

Winter Nesting Tip #7: Set up a Coffee or Cocoa Prep Station

coffee bar with gray blue cabinetry and black countertops, brass hardware
The coffee bar at our Brentwood renovation

A dedicated space for hot beverages is both practical and charming. It’s a delightful way to welcome guests and indulge in a little self-care. We’re seldom without a warm drink during the dark and chilly months, and we enjoy a variety of beverages from espresso to pour-over coffee to teas and cocoa. 

Click here to read all about our tips for creating a dedicated coffee station in your new build or renovated kitchen.

Winter Nesting Tip #7: Accessorize with Knitted Throws

cozy neutral living room styled for autumn with cozy knitted throw blankets
Our Glenwood living room styled with cozy knitted throw blankets

A chunky knitted throw is the perfect addition to any home during the chilly season. Not only does it add an extra layer of warmth to your living space, but it’s perfect for those frigid evenings when all you want to do is curl up with a good book and a warm cup of tea.

Soft knitted textures in a variety of weights can add little touch of quiet luxury and elegance to your furniture. By draping them over your neutral or plan chairs or sofas,  you can bring depth and dimension into your decor.

Best of all, this type of throw blanket is available in a wide array of styles and colors, so we’re confident that you’ll be able to find one that matches your home decor perfectly.

Winter Nesting Tip #8: Make Use of Your Vintage Collections

The home bar at our Glenwood new build styled with vintage barware

Elevate your evenings with classic glassware that makes each sip feel special. A well-curated bar is not only functional but can be styled beautifully too. The feeling of enjoying a cocktail (or mocktail) from a solid crystal glass elevates a routine experience into a special treat.

a traditional white kitchen with a glass front cabinet filled with white dishes
The glass front cabinet in our Brentwood kitchen is filled with our clients' collection of white china. A trio of antique serving pieces on a wood tray creates a charming vignette in the corner.

Old books in warm tones can create an inviting and intellectual atmosphere. Stack them up or line them on shelves for a touch of vintage charm. Collect and display beautiful volumes of your favorite classics.

white built-in bookcases styled with vintage books
The library built-ins at our Brentwood project styled with an assortment of vintage books

Winter Nesting Tip #10: Embrace the Beauty of Hand-Glazed and Vintage Pottery

Open shelves in our Echo Valley kitchen styled with vintage pottery in warm hues

Vintage pottery pieces can be versatile in adding color and texture. Whether it’s a muted glaze or a bright pop of color, pottery can enliven any surface. Pottery pieces can be stacked on tables, tucked inside glass front cabinets, or styled on open shelves. The glaze and surface detail of vintage pottery brings in patina and depth. The unique forms and finish of each piece remind us of the beauty that can be found in handmade objects that were crafted with love long ago.

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The custom designed cocktail table at our Oak Tree project styled with stacks of books, dark pottery, and an arrangement of branches

As we embrace the beauty of winter, these elements help us create spaces that are not only visually appealing but also provide comfort and joy. It’s all about creating a haven that reflects the warmth and richness of the season.

In closing, remember that styling your home for winter is more than just a seasonal change; it’s about creating a space where memories are made and cherished. Whether it’s through the soft glow of candlelight, the comfort of a plush throw, or the rustic charm of wood and leather, each element contributes to making your home a sanctuary during these colder months.

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