When the chilly months hit, keeping warm in your home without having to worry about spending a fortune on your heating bill requires a little creativity. Cozy up with these great ideas to keep you comfortable all winter long, or make the most of being snowed in if the storm has already hit!
Keep the Cold Air Out and the Heat In
Here's one way to insulate your windows and keep cool drafts out: Install shades. We think that classic Roman shades complements just about any style in any room. And our no-sew tutorial will help you get them up in no time. (Yes, we said no-sew.)
Make a Cozy Blanket
Save bucks at the store and make this gorgeous blanket. Not only is it beautiful, but it also offers an extra layer of warmth when needed. Inspired by a traditional Moroccan wedding blanket, it looks like it's straight out of Anthropologie's House & Home collection. Your bed is begging for this!
Upholster a Coffee Table with Faux Fur
OK, so you can't wear this or wrap yourself in it, but tables need attention too -- and you can never go wrong with surrounding yourself with soft things when it's cold outside. A comfy piece of decor like a faux fur coffee table will add warmth to your living room with it's cool style. Opt for a chic sheepskin throw over the table if you don't want to commit to upholstery.
Curl Up in a Cozy Nook with a Good Book
There's nothing better than cuddling up with a warm blanket and a book in a reading nook. Create a cozy corner in your home using this tutorial for a swinging hammock chair. That Moroccan Wedding blanket would look great draped across this, don't you think?
Relax in a Warm Bath
Make a Set of Romantic Mugs
Put a sweet sentiment on a pair of dishwasher-safe mugs that you can share with your significant other. Once you make them, fill them with a hot drink (see below) and then snuggle up with your sweetie to keep warm. (Wink-worthy tip: Why not turn down the heat even more so you can turn up the snuggle factor?)
Mix Up a Gingerbread Hot Toddy
The smell of cinnamon, brown sugar and orange will fill your kitchen when you whip up this traditional winter drink. It's an impeccable choice on a cold night. The whiskey will help you warm up and, if you're feeling under the weather, soothe your sore throat, too.
Knit a Hand Warmer
30 seconds in the microwave gives you 15 minutes of warmth with this adorable heart-shaped hand warmer. Perfect for placing in your pocket as you piddle around the house, or for heating your hands while watching your favorite TV show. Filled with rice, they are the ideal all-natural, reusable alternatives to disposable hand warmers