6 Ways to Create a Cozy Winter Home

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Today I am sharing 6 ways to create a cozy winter home with decor that you probably already own. You'll have a cozy winter home in no time!

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Welcome to the Cozy Winter Homes blog hop hosted by my friend, Amber, from Follow the Yellow Brick Home.

Thanks for stopping by from Decore to Adore. What a gorgeous winter kitchen!

6 Ways to Create a Cozy Winter Home

When I think of cozy, the colder months come to mind. There is just something about chilly weather when more time is spent indoors that warrants a cozy home.

I have had the CHEERS banner up since New Year's Eve! It's elegant and festive. I picked it up at Marshall's years ago.

I took photos with it and without it. I finally took it down over the weekend.

I'll leave the winter look up until close to the end of February. I'll then start thinking about spring!

Throw Blankets and Fabrics

Adding a warm blanket or two to your space is one of the easiest ways to add coziness in winter. I am constantly cold so this is a must for me. I like to soften the space in our family room with cozy throws in various textures and fabrics. Fleece, plaid, faux fur, and sweater knit are favorites. I also keep an electric blanket in a basket in 3 of our rooms. Nothing takes the chill off of me like an electric throw blanket.

green pillow and blanket

Heavier fabrics with warm textures for throw pillows help to make a house cozy for colder temperatures. Think deeper darker colors, plaids, and velvets for the season. I particularly love velvet fabrics for winter.

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These velvet pillow covers come in several colors and easily cover existing pillows.

String Lights and Twinkle Lights

I love the warm glow of string and twinkle lights during the holidays. It always makes me a bit sad to pack them away. This year I decided to leave out a few strands of string and twinkle lights. I am so glad that we did. It makes our home feel warm with all the cozy vibes.

I left the strand of string lights on the mantel in the family room.

I also left fairy lights over the secretary.

They are romantic looking around the mirror.

Greenery and Pinecones

To keep with the winter look, I decided to leave out the garland on our mantel and a few of my greenery pics for containers.

Greenery paired with pinecones is lovely in bowls and urns scattered about your home.


I left two of the deer that I use for Christmas out after the festive decor was packed away. They do not scream Christmas. I love the neutral, dark look that they have with the grays, blacks, and brown finish. They are perfect on the mantel with the faux green garland. Remove any holiday colors or sparkles so it feels like a real green backdrop to the deer.

A Little Sparkle

mercury glass candle holder and books

I love to add a little sparkle to the space as well. It really looks nice with the lamp and string lights creating a soft glow. Brass, mercury glass, and crystal are all nice winter choices. Keep out a few snowflake ornaments to tuck in your greenery and pinecone arrangements. Even a disco ball or disco ball ornaments are a fun touch.

Lamp Light

While I am not showing any lamps on for my photos since they can mess with the photography lighting, I enjoy lamp light in the winter. The days are shorter so I turn them on much earlier in the afternoon. If it is cloudy, I might have a few on all day. One thing that I have added to our home is a way to help make turning lamps and lighting on with clickers, smart plugs, and smart light bulbs.

After Christmas, I move my clickers to lamps. It makes it so easy to click on lamps from one spot.

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I've added smart bulbs to the lamps on the cabinet. Smart plugs pushed the table too far from the wall. I love the bulbs. I've made a point of adding the same brand of plugs and bulbs so that I can operate them in the sale app. They also work with Alexa. I have bulbs and lamp plugs set to come on every day at 4:45 and cut off at 11 pm. This is great for if we go out and come home after dark….we are not coming into a dark house. I also appreciate the lamps coming on with a schedule for when we are out of town.

Candlelight is also lovely in winter. This year I bought a white holiday candle that had pinecones around it. I knew that it would be perfect after Christmas. Battery-operated candles are the perfect alternative for safety, especially with taper candles on spaces like the coffee table.

All of these touches plus an occasional roaring fire in the fireplace make this homebody appreciate the comforts of home.

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  1. Just gorgeous, cozy and elegant for winter! I love the twinkle lights your left out. I really like how you put the greenery behind the deer on the back of the mantel. Makes it look less Christmasey, when greenery is usually the focal point.
    Of courses I noticed little touches of blue throughout your home which I always love.

    Beautiful tips for winter decorating. Thanks for joining the hop!

  2. I love all the fairy lights up for winter Christy. And the deer are perfect for this space. The touches of blue are so lovely. Well done my friend.

  3. I always love how your home feels so inviting Christy. Beautiful winter touches with the deer, greenery, fairy lights and of course your blue chinoiserie. Beautiful tour my friend!

  4. I adore all your winter details! The deer and the twinkly lights are so fun. I should have kept our deer stuff out but I’m to lazy and didn’t want to fool with putting them back into the Christmas decor. Lazy! How cold does it get in SC? And for how long? I’m very curious. Always love hopping with you friend. Happy winter!

  5. First of all that gallery wall on the stairway is totally amazing!! You did a wonderful job putting that together. I love your use of fairy lights, and that your lighting is on timers. We do the same throughout the house and it goes a long way to keeping things cozy and welcoming. Your secretary is always a favorite of mine, seeing how you use it throughout the seasons. Hope you’re having a wonderful winter season!

  6. Your home is always so inviting and I love how you left some greenery and glitter out after christmas to add to your cozy winter decor. I agree with you, I love to snuggle with a nice warm throw on cold days. I also love the idea of the clickers for the lamps, I need to think about that.

  7. I love that you left your fairy lights out Christy! I take all the ornaments off the tree on January 2 then leave the tree up until just after my birthday. Every morning I go out into the living room and have quiet time with the twinkling lights on and its the best way to start the day. I definitely need to get me some fairy lights like you have and an electric blanket too. That would take cozy to the next level! Sending you lots of hugs for a happy and healthy winter season, CoCo

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