Winter is upon us, and there’s no better time to bring the energy indoors. From intimate holiday gatherings to award show watch parties, everyone knows that home is where the heart is this season. And while the weather outside is frightful, you can make time spend inside even more delightful with these simple, cozy updates. When you’re done, you’ll look forward to walking through your front door—almost as much and your friends and family do.

Create A Reading Nook
Nothing says “snuggly” like the perfect place to curl up with a good book. Don’t read much? Your stylish little space could be a writing nook, a meditation nook or even a wine-drinking nook. You get the idea. If you don’t already have one, don’t fret. All you need is a small space—like an unused corner or alcove, your seat of choice, a small table and a great lamp. The key here is making your nook comfortable. Think soft lighting, a just-right-height table to rest your coffee cup, plush pillows and a luxurious throw blanket.

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Add A “Snug As A Bug” Rug
To offer a warm welcome to cold tootsies, add an area rug to your entryway or living room. Area rugs are a stylish and worthwhile investment because they have the power to instantly refresh any room. Think of them as artwork for your floor. They can be the focal point, or support a more prominent design scheme. Bonus? They can be moved from room to room and they’ll never look stale. Take that Chinese rug in your master bedroom. You can always relocate it to the living room for an instant warm, eclectic vibe.

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Keep Window Frost At Bay
Your curtains may look great, but are they letting the icy chill sneak in? Consider changing your window treatments with the seasons. Light, airy sheers are perfect for spring and fall—when the weather is heavenly, but they won’t do much to support your heating and cooling efforts in extreme temperatures. This winter, hang some thicker curtains to help keep the warmth inside and provide a luxe frame for the gorgeous winter landscape just outside your windows.

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Have Warmth On-Hand
Beautiful toss pillows and throw blankets aren’t just for looks. Keep your conversation area cozy and inviting with some strategically placed throws. Draping them over the arm of a chair or sofa creates an effortlessly elegant vibe. Speaking of cozy conversation areas, it may be time to rearrange your living room. With a new year approaching, you probably have some entertaining to do. When rearranging, keep face-to-face conversation in mind. Try positioning seating pieces to face each other, instead of the TV.

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Easy enough, right? Consider this your open invitation to lounge around in your comfy-cozy, newly Winter-friendly home.