By Sara Kennedy / Sunday Market
As the days get shorter and the rain grows more frequent, you might be tempted to curl up inside and hibernate the winter away. We say: Go for it!
Just be sure to have the right warm and cozy items to make your home the den of your dreams. Here are a few items to take the edge off the cold and damp.
Step one of hibernating is cuddling up on the couch with a big blanket. An old duvet is fine when you’re alone, but if you anticipate company, invest in a warm and chic wool blanket, such as the Pendleton Portland Collection Pinyon Stripe Blanket ($295 at pendleton-usa.com). Its design is inspired by traditional Navajo Chief Stripe blankets, but the pattern and colors work well with contemporary homes.
Or go for the look of a classic camping blanket with Topo Designs’ Camp Blanket ($169), which can be found at Glasswing, a Seattle-based online store (glasswingshop.com). It fits two and is perfect for snuggling in front of the fire.
Curling up under a quilt might be the most classic way to get cozy. Give that tradition a modern spin with the Haptic Lab Constellation Quilt ($279 at hapticlab.com). The 60-inch-square cotton quilt comes in a rich turquoise with embroidered gold stars depicting constellations such as the Big Dipper, Orion and Taurus. Order now for delivery the first week of December.
If blankets aren’t quite getting the job done, pull out the big guns. The sleek Bluworld Accenda Tabletop Bio-Ethanol Fireplace ($169 at allmodern.com) shows that a warm home doesn’t have to look like a lodge. As a bonus, it burns Nu-Flame Bio-Ethanol Fuel, which produces no smoke, is biodegradable and is made from waste materials.
If you want your heater portable, check out Stadler Form’s Max Fan/Heater ($120 at stadlerformusa.com). The high-design mini-heater can follow you from room to room, looking like a little modernist piece of art.
Winter warms up under lush materials such as velvet, knits and (faux) fur. Throw pillows are a great way to work these elements into your home for a season or two.
H&M’s Knit Cushion Cover ($25 at hm.com) will remind you of your favorite winter sweater. The plush Stiched Velvet Euro Sham ($58 at Anthropologie) works as well on a couch as it does on a bed, and looks luxe in emerald or plum. And the Faux Fur Pillow Cover ($39.50 at Pottery Barn) comes in an array of colors, including gray ombré, brown wolf and shaggy white.
Keep it warm underfoot with the MIAC Santa Fe Rain Wool Rug ($149–$999 at West Elm), a dense, handwoven beauty designed in collaboration with the Santa Fe Museum of Indian Arts & Culture. Or sink into the Flokati Fluff Rug ($129–$629 at Land of Nod). Made of 100 percent wool, this soft, fluffy rug was designed for baby’s little feet — so you know it will be warm on yours.
An open flame and the right aromas can do wonders for warming up a house. Add spice and chocolate scents with Pacifica’s Mexican Cocoa Soy Candle ($16 at Whole Foods). The Portland company’s 5.5-ounce candles burn for 50 hours. Move toward the warmth of the holidays with the Paddywax Mason Jar Candle in Pomegranate + Spruce ($20 at Urban Outfitters), which comes in a reusable red mason jar.
Drink it in
Take those aromas to another level with warm winter drinks. Gently simmer Sheffield’s Classic Sweet Cider ($10 a bottle at Metropolitan Market) in a saucepan with cinnamon, allspice and cloves for a classic mulled-cider drink (and scent). The Sheffield orchard, located in the Columbia Basin, grows heirloom apples especially for the production of cider.
Give your mulled drink a little kick by using Seattle Cider Company’s Semi-Sweet Hard Cider ($12 for four cans at Whole Foods). The new company uses only Washington apples in its formula, which produces a cider with 6.5 percent alcohol content.
More of a chocolate lover? Keep a small pot of Chocolat Vitale’s newest flavor of drinking chocolate, Orange Spice ($16), bubbling on the stove for a quick way to warm up the family. The Ballard shop specializes in drinking chocolate, which is thicker and richer than the powdered forms.
Now settle in. It’s going to be a nice, long winter.