7 Ways to Cozy Up Your Home in Cold Weather

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Fall and winter can get a bad rap. We get it -- outside your home, it's cold, blustery, dark and (sometimes) dreary. Instead of getting blue, take advantage of the cold weather and turn it into a time to eat, drink and be cozy! With a few simple tricks, you can transform your home into a warm and inviting space.

Here are seven ways to cozy up your home for cold weather:

Light a Crackling Candle: If you don't know what a crackling candle is, read this. Basically, wood-wick candles are the best way to simulate a wood-burning fireplace without any of the soot and smoke.

Wrap Up in Wool or Flannel: Soft, plush textiles are essential when it comes to cold weather. In the bedroom, bring out your warm-weather, heavier fabrics (like this wool duvet) that will keep you nice and toasty. In the living room, add flannel or chunky wool throws and pillows and you've got the perfect place to snuggle up and enjoy a movie.

Whip Up a Batch of Homemade Cider: To make your own apple cider, all you need are apples, sugar, cinnamon and allspice. Mix the ingredients, and then let them boil in a large pot for at least one hour. For the full instructions, check out this recipe. No time for homemade cider? Grab a box of apple cider mix to make instant cider in your favorite mug.

Sink Your Feet into a Faux Fur Rug: Nothing is quite as comforting as having a warm, cozy rug to sink your feet into every morning. If you're not into the look of faux fur on your floors, do yourself a favor and invest in these faux sheepskin moccasin slippers.

Simmer a DIY Air Freshener on Your Stovetop: For a quick, inexpensive air freshener, reach for your spice rack! For instant coziness, simmer a pot of spices, herbs and fruit peels on the stove while you clean for instant coziness. We recommend #1 on this list for cozying up your home, but you can also try any combination of orange peels, cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmeg and ginger peels.

Change Up Your Tablescape or Mantle: Transform your dining room table or fireplace mantle by switching up your tablescape décor. Opt for warmer color tones and bring in some pinecones, acorns, squash, cranberries, candles or wine bottle lights.

Treat Yourself to Fall Flowers: Nothing brightens up a space in your home more than fresh flowers, and there are plenty of fall options to choose from! You'll be able to find mums, asters and bittersweet berries well into the cold months at your grocery or local garden store. Tip: Make your flowers last longer by sticking them in the fridge overnight.
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