Is it just me, or did the holidays totally sneak up on us this year? A mix of no snow, lots of election drama, and our moving to a new place,I am seriously under prepared for Thanksgiving next week, let alone Christmas/Hanukkah/Family Time that always comes with December. Since we’re still unpacking, we’ve been talking about what the most important part of the holidays are for us, and what things in our living space need to be present to feel the most happy and fulfilled this holiday season. This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but I hope it gets the wheels turning on how to make your home feel particularly homey this holiday season.
Find the Holiday Smells. Whatever this means for you, but for me it means loading up on candles and potpourri I can put in and around my house. A simple simmer on the stove of water, vanilla extract, sliced oranges or lemons, cranberries, whole cloves, and cinnamon will make your home feel warm and inviting, and is pretty darn cheap to accomplish.
Shore Up the Windows and Doors I like to watch cold weather from the comfort of my arm chair with a fire going and a cat putting off heat in my lap. Windows and doorsthat let in cold air take away from that experience. You can use simple solutions like towels under the cracks, or more complete solutions like Weatherstrip Tape, which fits super tight.
Add Soft Lighting For the first time in 3 years, we have over head lighting again, and while it’s nice to just flip a switch and have light, the overhead light has also been giving me a huge headache. I suggest getting lamps with varying wattage, as well as maybe some rope or under cabinet lighting, to help make your home feel cozy.
Find a place for your tree or whatever decorations you use for the holidays. Whenever I look at a house, the first question I ask is “Where does the Christmas Tree go?” because it’s that important to me ( and also because it helps to set up the living room) This time around, we have two huge windows, so i’ll be placing my tree right between them, with stockings over the fire place and lights on our porches.
Invite Friends and Family to Your Space Really there’s no such thing as a home without someone to appreciate it and help you warm the space. Whether you’re creating an all new home, or if you just need a warm up, invite friends and family over for coffee and cake, beer and wine, or whatever your heart desires.
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