4 Steps to Comfy and Cozy

This time of year I am always in the mood for comfy and cozy, whether it be attire or decor, the more comfort the better! It must be the chilly weather or holiday season that’s giving me all the feels, but I’ve got comfort on the brain and in the mood to share what’s giving me the warm and fuzzies this week. It’s all about getting your home cozy for the festive season! Here are 4 tips to get you on your way!

– Throw on the throws

Layering is always an easy way to add warmth and texture to a space. Think chunky knits or plush faux furs.

Interior Design: Jennifer Robin Interiors / Photogrpaher: Paul Dyer

 

-Warm up the patio

Have a fire lit before the guests arrive, extra decorative pillows for comfort and warm throws at hand.

House Beautiful / Design: Ruard Veltman / Photographer: Eric Piasecki

-Light extra lamps

You don’t have to have a dinner party just to turn on the ambient lighting! Turn on all of your lamps throughout the house to bring a warm glow to each space.

Interior Design: John De Bastiani / @johndebastiani

-Use a warmer palette

Whether you’re repainting or simply adding some seasonal decor, turn to the warmer tones to set the mood. Traditional Fall colors are always a good idea – think oranges, browns and plums.

Luxe Magazine / Interior Designer: Tom Konopiots and Michael Stornello, Vincere, Ltd. / Photography: Nathan Kirkman / Builder: Jim Schueller, Bloomfield Development Company, LLC

 

Stay toasty, my friends!

xoA

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The Wachs Mix: Holiday Gift Guide

Give the gift of light with something unexpected. Stepping outside of the gift box with a table lamp will bring a surprise like no other. I have fallen in love with this gilded iron bracelet lamp by Visual Comfort & Co.

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Inspiration is priceless. A coffee table book is always a good idea when it comes to gifting – your special someone will be unwrapping hours of inspiration and a timeless addition to their coffee table decor. Christian Lemieux’s fabulous book, The Finer Things: Timeless Furniture, Textiles and Details, will make the perfect gift for those design aficionado’s in your life!

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For that rockstar hostess in your life, unique barware never gets old. One of my favorites is a coaster set, a functional home accessory that can be left out as part of the decor. These black agate coasters from Aerin are perfection!

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There couldn’t be a more perfect time of year to gift a stylish throw! Who doesn’t want to be wrapped up in chic threads while binge watching Christmas movies and sipping a favorite cocktail? This hand-loomed alpaca throw by Jonathan Adler is available in a variety of colors, but the orange had me at hello!

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For the collector, or storer, box up a box! A decorative storage container is the perfect addition to a book shelf or vanity table. Go with something that will make a lasting impression and surely stand out. Mapleton Drive’s decorative sea urchin box is giving me heart eyes!

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Gifting 101: You simply can’t go wrong with a candle! I have shared the beloved Emily McCarthy Cocktail Candle in a previous post, but it just had to be shared again. I recommend gifting two, once the candle has seen its last flame, your friend will be left with two super chic tumblers.

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A decorative tray can be used to serve delicious treats from the kitchen, as a center piece in the dining room, as a catchall in the living room or even hold hand towels in a powder bathroom. Go the extra mile when gifting and include some treats in your tray! Ralph Lauren Home’s Wyatt Bowl/Tray is the perfect choice for the refined equestrian lover.

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Wine – a gift that will bring nothing but cheer! The Williams Sonoma Wine Club offers subscriptions of front door vino delivery – once a month, or every second or third month. Surprise your special person with a membership filled with spirit and you will be the season’s finest gifter, hands down. Williams Sonoma also offers gift sets with selected wines, or the option to purchase bottles separately. And, add to cart!

Happy Gifting!

xoA

Designer Tips: Add Texture to your Space

Happy Tuesday to all! I love Tuesdays, the second day of the week and the chance to set your week off on the right foot… just incase Monday wasn’t so fantastic!

I also love Tuesdays because I get to share some Designer Tips with you! Today’s tips are all about texture. What is a space without some texture? For me, texture is an opportunity to add warmth to a room and a chance to add more. More is more!

If you are a reader of the newsletter or have recently signed up, you will know all about my 5 tried and true ways to add texture to your home and feel the need to (x) out of this post… please don’t, I have something for you too! Today, I am adding 3 more tips to that list because there truly are so many ways to add a little “oomph” with texture. And for those of you who haven’t signed up – 8 ways is better than 3! 🙂

Lighting: In addition to the general lighting add mood lighting. Add a small lamp or two to bring in a different shade of light and cozy up the space. Let’s call this layered lighting.

Andrea Wachs Interior Design / Formations Lighting

Formations USA / Interior Design: Amy Morris

2. Wall decor: Whether you hang one piece of art, or 5, you are adding dimension with contrasting colors from the art and a contrast of materials with a frame.

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Interior Design: John De Bastiani

 

3. Textiles: This can be a bold, or subtle print fabric as window treatments, or a woven throw to add an extra layer to a sofa or chair.

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Luxe Magazine / Interior Design: Brant McFarlain, R Brant Design / Photography: Nick Johnson