Sparks

Creating warm space in your home this winter

by Whitney Foley |

When the temperature drops outside, we turn to our homes as a place of warmth, comfort & gathering. Creating a space that’s cozy and inviting all winter long can be done with just a few simple changes. Our co-founder, Kristeen Church, built her career as an interior designer in Aspen, Colorado. She worked with high-end clients to design, build and furnish some of the most impressive homes (featured in all of the top design magazines) for over 25 years. In doing so, she infused each home with a warm, inviting personality where all wanted to gather and stay. If when you’re adding some winter pieces and you notice static comes along, too, just spray everything with Static Schmatic to experience a natural relief from the shocks and sparks. Here Kris offers three ways to add warmth and comfort to your favorite rooms. It’s so easy, you can do this in a day!

1. Oversize throw pillows in soft fabrics are one of my favorite accessories in my family room all winter long. You can change the entire look of a room by changing the pillows. I recently swapped out my summer pillows for my favorite oversized plaid pillows in buffalo check and the traditional red plaid. These pillows don’t look stuffy or unapproachable at all. They’re made from a soft wool, and they are the epitome of cozy! Grab some for your sofa today! Some of my favorites are linked here:  

One Kings LaneSerena & Lily Pillow

2. A room can come alive with warmth from the subtle light of a lamp, which is why I love lamps and can’t get enough of them throughout my house. Whether I’m curled up, drinking ginger tea while watching my favorite Hallmark Channel movies or cuddling with my grandkids while watching a family movie, I love the soft, warm light that emanates from a lamp. Be sure to use the soft white lights as the others can be too harsh. Some of my favorites are linked here:

Crate & Barrel LampRestoration Hardware LampRalph Lauren Lamp

3. How can we not mention a throw? Look for something that differs but compliments the other colors and patterns you have going on. What does that mean? If you have a lot of movement in your fabrics on your sofa or bed, choose a throw in a solid color. If you have a lot of basics, select a throw with color and pattern to add vibrance. In any case, you’ll never regret being able to wrap something around you when you sit down to chat, watch or surf your social feed. Here are some of my favorites:

Woolrich BlanketRestoration Hardware BlanketSerena & Lily Blanket

 Once you’ve found your favorite pieces, take the time to enjoy your newly updated room with a hot tea in hand, next to a warm, crackling fire.