Saturday, January 22, 2011

C is for cozy. Isn't that what we all long to be after the hustle and bustle of the holidays? Now that the Christmas decorations are put away and let's face it, your house is looking a little bare, it's time to add a few touches that make you want to curl up by the fire with a good book and a cup of tea.

Think of holiday decor as a glitzy sequined dress, and now think of replacing it with a camel cashmere sweater and pearls. Soft, soothing.....classy. At the top of the list of home accents that achieve this look are throws and throw pillows. A cream colored cableknit throw just invites you to kick off your shoes and cuddle up. Replace some of your bold colored throw pillows with ones in more muted colors for a sofa that beckons relaxation. You need look no further than outside your window for color inspiration ---- a soft palette of winter whites looks so tranquil blanketing the earth, why not bring it inside?

Candlelight is the easiest way to achieve that cozy feeling and we've got the most charming idea for you. Noticed on a recent shopping trip in the trendy Andersonville area north of Chicago, one of the shops had a multitude of vintage glass sugar bowls, each lit with a tiny tealight candle, simple and nostalgic. Perhaps you have some of these in your china cabinet. If not, we've amassed a collection of these little vintage charmers so you can achieve the same look on your coffee table or mantle.

Comfort food is another way to embrace the winter season. Doesn't a creamy mac and cheese casserole sound yummy? Serve it on your best white china and pop the cork on a bottle of champagne ---why not? Check out one of our new cookbooks for inspiration. Stock your pantry with some of our Stonewall Kitchen dip mixes and sauces ---add a box of crackers and you've got a tasty appetizer in case you get snowed in!

We hope you find an idea here that will make you want to cocoon in your home. New goods ordered at Market are arriving daily. When cabin fever hits, stop by Interiors Etc. and see what will inspire you to make your home winter warm and cozy!

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