The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year and bringing this spirit to life in our homes is one of the most special ways that we capture the heart of the season. With festive decor including twinkling lights, glittery ornaments, pretty candles, Menorahs, Christmas trees, winter berries and boughs, our homes become an enchanted version of themselves! Many of our decorations come back out each year and have even been passed down, or were received as special gifts so they have meaning, bringing a warm historical sentiment to life. One of our most cherished areas to decorate has always been the mantel. Because the fireplace is a classic and beautiful structure, symbolizing warmth, and perhaps because it is associated with so many holiday traditions, it is a natural focal point for making merry! When decorating your mantel, there are no set rules. Have fun mixing natural elements like wreaths, pine branches, and berries with ornaments, candles, lights and jubilant figures. Some beautiful mantels choose a color scheme, like all white or silver and gold, but mixing colors is just as fetching. We have gathered some inspiring mantels below.
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As the season transitions to Winter, we want to make sure our homes are warm and welcoming. Adding cozy touches to your decor will bring an inviting ambiance, one that encourages you and your guests to relax. Here are a few tips to add comfortable and luxurious details to life in your home.
Your home is definitely a place where you want to create a sense of warmth! It should be a sanctuary and a place of rest where you can reset after a long day. To cultivate a cozy space, adding ample pillows and extra blankets is essential. Switching sheer curtains for more heavy-weight fabrics in colder months adds privacy while keeping heat in, and the warm look of the texture subconsciously adds to the sense of warmth. Bringing in a small sofa, upholstered ottoman or overstuffed chair also brings a more intimate and comfortable aura to the space. Adding area rugs and even layering rugs warms up chilly feet and creates a visually pleasing comfort in any room. Lighting is one of the most fundamental ways to set a cozy and inviting home. Rely on a combination of ambient lamps, candles and the flickering glow of a fireplace whenever possible rather that using overhead lighting. If chandeliers and overheads are the only option, try adding dimmers or replacing bulbs with low wattage energy savers. Finally, adding symbolic accents can transform a space into an inviting haven. Displaying a stack of books or a teapot on a tray lends a sense that the room is meant to be relaxed in and enjoyed. And, even if your fireplace is not a “working fireplace” you can fill it with logs, or add candles to enhance it’s warm presence in the room. The spaces below are full of inspiration for warm interior design ideas.
Warm and Inviting Kitchens that Make You Feel at Home
Coats of paint, once fresh, now chipped to reveal a shabby chic distress. Hand embroidered linens, vintage plates, wide wood floor boards and heritage furniture passed down through the generations. With a farm house flair, country-chic decor truly creates a welcoming ambiance. What better place than the kitchen, where we gather to create nourishing and life affirming food, to invite a true sense of warmth? One of the most notable themes of country chic decor is the sense of history. Time honored furniture, rustic relics, and family heirlooms accept the beautiful patina of age with grace. Re-purposed items like a milking stool as a side table, or a collection of platters as wall art add to the authentic feel of a country chic kitchen. Items themed around country life, including farm memorabilia, nostalgic items, and Mason jars are a pretty pairing with classic prints like plaid, lace, flowers and toiles, traditional woodwork, wicker and burlap. Enjoy these country chic kitchens for some inspiration on this timeless decor style.
Don’t be afraid of color! Brilliant colors can inspire tranquility, exuberance, creativity and warmth. We often we find that people are drawn to a striking wallpaper design, but ultimately end up choosing the taupe, tan, cream, oatmeal, beige or light grey version instead. While choosing neutrals can be a safe choice for timeless decor, these soft hues don’t always reflect the personality and vitality that we intended for the expression of our style. Do you find yourself enamored with colorful decor schemes, but shying away from bold color in your own designs? Try experimenting with some lively accent colors, like tossing red or turquoise into the mix with throw pillows and vases. Or, if there is a wallpaper that you love, but fear might be “too much” we recommend using it for just one wall as an accent wall. This allows you to enjoy all the sass of your favorite design without overwhelming the space. You can also get adventurous in a smaller space, like the bathroom or the pantry. Adding pops of pattern and unexpectedly chic colors to these spaces can be a great gateway to embracing color in other areas of your home. Enjoy these spaces below for a rainbow of color inspiration and shop our wallpaper collections by color for more ideas!