December 7, 2020
I think we can all agree how very important it is to seek out ways to feel festive this holiday season. And while you may not be seeing friends and family, you can still fill your home with warmth - and even do it affordably. I’ve come up with a few ways to accomplish this and would love to hear your suggestions!
Design a Library Nook
Whether you live alone or have multiple generations in your household, reading is a way to unplug and experience some luxurious alone time. Now that the weather has forced you to spend more time indoors, what could be better than curling up in your favorite chair with a book beneath a toasty quilt, a mug of hot cider by your side? Take on the role of home library curator and make this your winter destination.
Dedicate a Craft or Puzzle Space
As important as a reading space, it’s also important to keep your mind sharp during our extended quarantine. Now is the time to dig out your puzzles - or trade with neighbors on NextDoor to keep things fresh – and find a safe place to keep your puzzle pieces from Fluffy. This might be on a seldom-used formal dining table, on a posterboard that you can slide under the dresser, or even out in the garage or backyard shed, if you have an electric heater handy.
Decorate With Nature
Fresh mandarin oranges, apples, quinces, pomegranates, figs, acorns, dried leaves and indoor herbs make wonderful decor. If you’re fortunate to have a yard with fruit trees, but don’t want to spend time outdoors during the short winter hours, bring the bounty indoors.
Pull Out Your Softest Old Quilts and ‘Special Occasion’ Blankets
Handmade quilts and gifted blankets deserve to be loved, displayed and used all over the house. To remember family or friends who’ve either crafted or gifted these keepsakes and to get a hug any hour of the day or night, just wrap yourself up in them. When not in use, fold and drape it over the sofa, lay one across your favorite chair, or simply lay it out over your bedspread for an extra layer of love. Or start a tradition this holiday season by GIVING a luxurious blanket to those you love.
Raid Your Attic / Basement for Heirlooms
There’s something about old things that makes a house feel lived-in and comfortable, and all the better if the items in question have a story behind them. Go digging for treasure in your own attic or basement, put a family heirloom on display or browse some local antiques shops or flea markets for a special piece. It doesn’t need to be big or expensive, just meaningful to you.
More than any other season, winter requires you love your home. If your life is changing and you need your home to change with it, give me a call and I can match you with the homes available in your budget. Building a relationship with a Realtor® is an important step toward home ownership. I’ll be ready to help you when the time is right, and am here to answer any questions you have in the meanwhile. Tracy Curtis, Coldwell Banker Realty, 415-910-0599.
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