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6 Tips for Cozying Up This Winter

We have your cozy essentials for this winter season.

Nov 08, 2019

Homebodies, say it with us: winter is best when you’re cozy at home. And the key to coziness? Layers—ALL the layers. Browse our guide for style tricks that will keep you agreeable even when you have to brave the tundra, and will make your home a space all your friends want to gather. Perfect for you, because then you’ll never have to leave.

1. Pick a scarf, any scarf

Infinity scarves have been all the rage the past few years, but a new fad is sweeping the nation: the “snood.” It’s a tubular scarf with a hood, and is similar to the infinity but sits higher up on your neck and covers your hair. A chunky knit like this Etsy find is great option for keeping your ‘do intact when the wind starts to whip, and protecting your face from the cold.

Looking for a more traditional option? Oversized scarves in houndstooth, colorblock, and tartan patterns give your outfit a big color boost and act like a portable blanket.

Heathered Cashmere Duvet Cover in Cream | ALIGN : LEFT

2. Use cashmere or flannel sheets

Buttery plushness in the bedroom? Yes, please. Trade out your summertime cotton for our ultra-soft Heathered Cashmere sheets, available in four soothing colors. They’re insulating but still breathable and their heathered weave adds subtle nubby texture to your space.

3. Hang insulated curtains

Sheer fabric is beautiful when billowing in the summertime, but won’t do much for keeping your home heated in winter. Especially in older homes, leaky windows not only make for uncomfortable temperatures—they also waste all that heat you’re pumping through the house. These top-insulated panels hang smoothly and their draft-blocking, sun-shielding fabric will help keep your energy bills down.

4. Add soft lighting

String lights have long been a staple for ambient lighting in the winter. But rather than tack up strings around the perimeter of a room, try out battery-operated options that you can pack into mason jars or lamp shades for a plugless glow. Want something festive but a little dressier than bare bulbs? Lanterns made of rice paper give a room an organic glow through their ribbed paper casing. Or try the Slouch Plug-In Pendant, that creates a soft and chic minimalist look.

Lambswool Throw in Stripe | ALIGN : RIGHT

5. Drape a throw

Feeling like your lounge chair, sofa, or daybed needs love? When in doubt, put a throw on it. Our pure wool throws are made in Germany by a 100-year-old family mill, so you know they’ll stand up to even the coldest nights. The quiet neutral colors work in any space—no need to worry as it travels with you from TV-watching to bedtime-snuggling like a kid with their lovey.

6. Put on a fire

Fewer things feel as cozy as a roaring fire on a winter night. Grab a glass of wine, curl up under that throw, and listen to the flames crackle as you read a book or hunker down for a movie.

No fireplace? No problem. Channel that cabin in the woods with our Soy Candle in Dusk. The ambience is perfect for a romantic night in with your S.O. or daydreaming on your own, and the 60-hour burn time basically makes it a stay-cation in a glass. 

Written by Mallory Abreu

Mallory is a writer currently based in Des Moines, Iowa, where she works as a home design editor for Better Homes & Gardens. This New England native began her career at the Boston Globe covering music and arts beats, and has since had her work featured in Boston Magazine, Magnolia Journal, BH&G, and other national publications. Catch her playing piano and ogling old homes in her free time. View her portfolio at and follow her on IG at @mal.abreu.

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