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Modern Paris Apartment with a French Country Twist - Home Tour

Ah, French home decor - especially Parisian apartments... Can you get enough? I can't! If you want to see a lovely little Paris apartment decked out in a beautiful, clean style to inspire your own decor, then this home tour is just what you need to see today. I just love it and you won't find it anywhere else on the web yet so for the moment, it's for your eyes only. Of course, feel free to change that by pinning the photos below to your boards on Pinterest. I certainly plan to!

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There are so many inspiring features in this newly renovated apartment by agency and the apartment is located on the rive droite of Paris, in the south of the fashionable ‘Marais’ district,

s had a few major design objectives: to optimize space and to improve flow in this very rectangular 78m2 (approx. 800 square feet) space.

The traditional tomette tile flooring inspired the architects to bring in a more contemporary edge to an overall country decor style through the addition of bold colors and modern patterns.

TIP: TOMETTE TILE - Traditional terra cotta tile, hexagonal in shape, eco-friendly and a symbol of Provence and traditional French country homes.

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Atelier-style windows were installed to separate the entrance to the living room which was a great idea because before, the front door opened directly into the living room which felt very impersonal.

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I love the style of this space, it's definitely country but with a major twist so it feels very current and even more, young and fresh. I like how clean and bright that this space feels. It's not minimalistic, which I also love because I am so bored seeing 3-4 things in a room - that's not decorating or design to me, that's 3-4 things in a room! Sorry, but it's how I feel.

A home is where you read books and show your art collection and jump on the sofa with your children and throw big cocktail parties where someone is always going to spill a gin tonic on your rug. This apartment feels like you can relax and enjoy being home. It also feels very welcoming and cozy with the soft, inviting seating that still has clean lines but also a sofa you can really sink into and relax upon. I am also very tired of seeing sofa after sofa at fairs that look beautiful but feel like rocks when you sit on them. I don't get it! I don't want to pay to be uncomfortable.

I really love the built-ins in this space for books and objects to display, but also in the hallway, I noticed a built-in wall unit which I imagine holds scarves, mittens, hats, boots, and coats. It's such a clever thing that these architects did, to add these glass doors and windows to separate the living from the entry area.

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On the other side of the living room is the dining area and to the right of it, a few stairs take you up to a cozy sleep space.

Paris Apartment Home Tour on cattledogs
Paris Apartment Home Tour on cattledogs

This is the perfect nook for guests to sleep, or if you have a child, for them to sleep and play. It also is a great TV room for when you want to cozy up and watch a film since the main living room doesn't have a TV.

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I really love the different tones of white, gray, blue, green and pink in this space that range from soft, pastels to bold, rich jewel tones. Punctuated with mustard yellow in the living room, and with a tomato red in the bedroom. 

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Another door off of the living/dining room takes you to the gorgeous kitchen with beautiful custom wooden cabinetry. Pay attention to the skylight and how they framed the ventilation above the stove in glass cabinetry. I found it so interesting...

Paris Apartment Home Tour on cattledogs

In this space, I almost wonder if they intentionally painted on the floor to make it less orange, keeping that single tile different? It seems so, doesn't it? The rest of the house has the very orange tile but it works because of the rugs. In this space, with all of the wood, the orange tile may have been too strong, so perhaps washing it out a bit was a good design solution? In any case, I love it.

Paris Apartment Home Tour on cattledogs

Next, is the bedroom and bath. This seems to be located on the other side of the entryway, perhaps the front door is on the other wall? I love looking at home tours like this because it's fun to try to figure out where all of the doors lead. Also in this photo, pay attention to the gorgeous blue built-in cabinetry in the bedroom - it's gorgeous right? When I think of Paris, I always think of blue and green tones like this. I want to try to bring this vibe to my home in 2018 so I need to think about how I can do it...

By the way, what do you think about the glass window to the bathroom? I love this! It's such a growing trend in Europe in hotel design to have glass walls in the bathroom, and some people really hate it - but I don't mind if it's in an en-suite bathroom - but I think I would have the lower glass panels be frosted so natural light still flows into the windowless bathroom while you still maintain your privacy. I don't care how "married" you are, I like my private moments.

Paris Apartment Home Tour on cattledogs

The bathroom is tiny but so well done! I like the shelf above the tub for storage and the storage beneath the sink. I also love the tile because it is in the same hexagon shape as the terra cotta flooring throughout the house.

Paris Apartment Home Tour on cattledogs

And I guess you can say that I saved the best for last with this gorgeous bedroom! I love this space - it feels so fresh and all of the built-in cabinetry is just divine and such a clever use of space in a small city apartment. I would love to hire architects to do this in my own home someday if I ever decide to stay in one place...

Finally though, the light. We need to discuss this light! I instantly know who designed it,  for . When I was in Milan this past April, I had lunch with the founder Amélie Du Passage, and she was just amazing and such an inspiration to me. This light, has become quite trendy here in Europe and comes in two sizes, this is the largest one. It makes such a statement while being light, airy and a bit humorous - I love it.

Did you enjoy this home tour today? I hope that you did. It was so fun to share it with you!

(Photography with permission: )

 

Big News: Jonathan Adler Germany + Meet Jonathan In Berlin!

I have such great news to reveal that you've not heard about yet and it's all about American potter, designer, and author ...

Jonathan Adler is now available in Germany AND he will be hosting a gorgeous press event and customer event at in Berlin on January 17, 2018 located at Tauentzienstraße 21-24 in the brand new Jonathan Adler section of the store, on the fourth floor.

Jonathan Adler living room

Jonathan Adler living room

I will be there with Mr. Adler since the night before, I am part of a very special and intimate dinner party to honor him and his launch into the German market.

Then on the 17th, I'll be at KaDeWe to give a warm welcome to Jonathan along with (hopefully) all of you. It will be just gorgeous to meet you all and for him, very exciting as he is so interested in learning more about the interiors scene here in Germany and to share his designs with all of you which range from furniture to pottery, small accessories and gifts. 

Jonathan Adler living room

Jonathan Adler living room

Jonathan Adler living room

Jonathan Adler living room

Jonathan Adler dining room

Jonathan Adler dining room

ABOUT JONATHAN

Starting his career as a potter, Jonathan opened his first store in Soho, New York, in 1998. Figuring “why stop at pots,” he launched throw pillows and then started imagining the sofas those pillows could sit on. Soon enough he was in the home décor biz, working with artisans of all kinds to craft everything from swanky side tables to divine dinnerware to custom upholstery. If you’re not familiar with his designs, do browse his website in the or the .

Polished, eccentric and unexpected, Jonathan describes his aesthetic as ‘Modern American Glamour’, a look which he achieves by creating a foundation of timelessly chic furniture and accessorizing with abandon. Jonathan’s favorite motto, “If your heirs won’t fight over it, we won’t make it”, reflects his continued commitment to impeccable craftsmanship and irreverent luxury. But his love of pottery remains at his core: his office in New York sits between a giant kiln and a working pottery studio. Ultimately, Jonathan believes that your home should make you happy – and I couldn’t agree more!

Jonathan Adler living room

Jonathan Adler living room

DID YOU KNOW?

Several years ago when I was making my first book, Decorate, I spent a day styling his home in New York City alongside my team and photographer Debi Treloar. I will never forget the experience of working in his gorgeous, colorful home which is filled with so many things he designed. I walked away from that experience forever changed; which is why his home story in my first book is one of the most meaningful shoots I've ever been on.

Now, so many years later, I am overjoyed to welcome Jonathan Adler to Germany officially. I am also so proud because I've been writing about him on cattledogs since I started this site nearly 12 years ago, so you can be sure that to finally get to meet him for the first time next month is, for me, a great honor and I'm happy to extend the invitation to all of you if you're able to be in Berlin on January 17th. It will be a special chance for you to meet Jonathan (one in a million, really!) and I know that you will walk away inspired and happy since I've heard that he's a delightful man to spend time with.

If your heirs won’t fight over it, we won’t make it.
— Jonathan Adler
Jonathan Adler living room

Jonathan Adler living room

MY JONATHAN ADLER GIFT GUIDE

In addition to this wonderful announcement, I thought to give my German audience a bit of a preview of what you can find in his concession at with a round up of my 8 favorite Jonathan Adler products below. Links are all out to the UK website, as no German website exists yet, but if you’re looking to get your holiday shopping done, all products listed are available to purchase now in KaDeWe. He also has concessions in , Düsseldorf and , Munich where you can buy his products, too. For those of you heading to Maison et Objet, you must check out his fabulous stand in Hall 3.

ROW 1: Dora Maar condiment bowl €59, Carnaby Zebra stacking dish, gold €39, Globo boxes €198/€298/€398 and Bel Air mini scoop vases yellow, turquoise €89.

Row 2: Boss Lady needlepoint pillow €119, Futura Bullseye vase €159, Holiday Hearth candle €45, Acrylic pills € 98/€169/€269.

Jonathan Adler at KaDeWe, Berlin - Meet him live on January 17, 2018!

Jonathan Adler at KaDeWe, Berlin - Meet him live on January 17, 2018!

JOIN US IN BERLIN - RSVP

If you would like to join either the PRESS event from 5-6pm on January 17 or the CUSTOMER EVENT from 6-8pm on January 17 at KaDeWe, please email me at [email protected] and I will make sure to put you in touch with his PR manager and they'll be in touch with you.

CONGRATULATIONS to JONATHAN ADLER - So happy to see him and his products in Germany!

Photography: Jonathan Adler

(Note: This post is in collaboration with Jonathan Adler Germany. All opinions expressed are my own.)

Christmas & Holiday Decorations For Parties That You'll Love

Are you looking for some non-traditional decorating inspiration for the holidays? Hi everyone, this is Anke with some festive tabletop ideas for you for the month of December because now is the time to think about decoration. "Well that happened fast", is basically what I think this time of the year, you too? Suddenly, the year is coming to a close and the spirit of Christmas season is upon us. And how could it NOT be with so much Christmas activity and inspiration on blogs, Instagram, Pinterest and in the magazines?

I have already tried out many crafting projects in the past; the "Fröbelstern“ (Advent star), to give an example, is definitely a DIY goal of mine. I love these stars () but did not manage to fold it in a neat way so far so I can't show it on here to all of you... Maybe this is one reason why I opted for a paper star decoration that is easy to make and won't frustrate you. I also like the stars I've made because they stand out with a strong look, particularly when you choose black paper!

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To make the stars, simply pick any star template you like (you will find countless ones on the internet) and cut out stars in two or three different sizes. I sewed several stars one by one with my sewing machine and hung the garland above the table.

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I attached others to glass bottles with the same black yarn. When using bottles or glasses for tall candles make sure you use wax dots to fix them properly!

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On my December table, you see black plates and cutlery, napkins and some small details like a vase and candleholder in a color calls "Dusty Cedar“, which I would describe as a mix of terracotta and dusky pink. This one is clearly my current color crush! What is yours?

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It also made me happy to decorate with Eucalyptus again. And if you have a look around you will notice Eucalyptus is still the darling of stylists at this time of the year! I fixed several branches loosely onto my table clamp (you will find more information about this gorgeous tool here).

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I also made six tiny and simple wreaths to circle the bowls for salt (the kind of salt you see is black fjord salt) and combined a few twigs with , and a velvety flower/ branch named .

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What else? Just this... Thank you very much for stopping by today to read my column! I wish you a wonderful Holiday season just the way you like it best, contemplative and calm or sparkling and cheerful or a little bit of both! Have a beautiful month of December and see you again safe and sound in 2018! Love,

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4 Everyday Swedish Design Staples For Creating A Scandinavian Home

Do you want to see some everyday Swedish design that I use daily in my Stockholm apartment? I bet you could imagine that moving to the heart of Scandinavia for a few years, as I have, comes with its temptations.

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To be truthful, it is taking every inch of my self-control to not empty my bank account and fill my home with the beautiful things that I’m constantly faced with! That being said, I am slowly adding some key pieces designed in Sweden that I know will stay with me for years to come and remind me of this special time here. Would you like to have a little peek?

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1 // Bold Cushions

Scandinavians love bold, graphic prints on their cushions. I have loved Elizabeth Dunker of Fine Little Day’s designs, based in Gothenburg, from day one. I purchased this recently and I have to admit that I did my calculations wrong and bought an oversized one. I’m so glad that I made this mistake!

I absolutely love this statement cushion on the sofa and it is so comfortable to sit back on and relax. Just so you know, it does come in a regular size.

Actually, there are so many gorgeous things that I have been coveting in the Fine Little Day online shop and I can’t wait to one day visit it in person when I go to Gothenburg. You may have seen that and met with Elizabeth when she was in Sweden.

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2 // Candles, Always, in Stylish Holders

The by Design House Stockholm gets so much use in our home, especially at this time of year! You may have heard that daylight is minimal in this part of the world during the colder months. Very soon, at the winter solstice, the sun will set at 2:45pm in the afternoon and in the north of Sweden, the day will be in almost complete darkness!

It’s not all bad though because everything gets all lovely and hyggeligt.  You’ve no doubt heard of this Danish term, “Hygge”, well the concept is very much in use all around Scandinavia. One of the ways that they combat, or should I say, “embrace” this darkness, is by lighting candles around the home. As soon as I arrive home in the afternoon after collecting the children from school, I light this candleholder on the windowsill. I’m not alone. When I look out to the other apartments on the street, I see candles flickering through the windows. The Nordic Light Candleholder is a design classic, and it’s one that I’ve admired for years, before finally purchasing it here. I love how the arms can be moved around to form different shapes.

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Special mention on the windowsill: . This is a guide to living a balanced and happy life. “Lagom” means “just right” and is often used to describe the Swedish way. They truly put lifestyle and experiences as a high priority and I have to say, I have not yet met a stressed person here. Niki of captures the meaning perfectly in this little book and gives examples of how you can inject a little of this secret into your life.  

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3 //Vintage Swedish Design

Shown here is the Sirocco Safari chair by Arne Norell and the table by Bröderna Miller. I love to include some vintage design pieces in my home, and since moving here, we have discovered the art of online auctions! It’s a great way to grab a design piece at a fraction of the cost. Note that this doesn’t always happen, so you need to put all emotions aside and decide on a maximum price that you will pay. 

What we have are not in the perfect “as new” condition, and there are a few scratches and scuffs, but I like that lived in look; it gives a home a little more character. Here in Sweden, we’ve used two auction houses, , who I believe ships internationally and . If this service isn’t available to you, bargains can always be found around the world on .  Search under “mid-century Swedish or Scandinavian design” 

Special mention on the table: Let Them Eat Cake plate by . This is a lovely brand collaborating with Swedish Designers and Tunisian artisans. 

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4 // Clever, Good-Looking Storage

Swedes have interesting ways to store things, especially in the kitchen and office. Granit is my go-to-store here in Sweden for anything practical and stylish. This is perfect to stow away the latest magazines that I’m reading and great to create a mood board with inspirational images and objects, along with the more practical things. Adding something like this to the wall really pulls the look together. 

Special mention on the desk: . This is one of the pieces from the fantastic HAY + IKEA collaboration you may have seen here. If you’re after some very affordable, beautifully designed furniture and accessories, you need to check this out. In fact, just today I picked up a few more items from this collection. 

I hope you enjoyed a little look at some everyday Swedish design that I have introduced to my home. Did you spot anything here you’d like for yourself? Do you have any favorite Swedish brands?

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8 Stylish Ways To Decorate + Live With Plants

Hi hi hi! I'm back from Italy and thought today that I would give you some decorating inspiration by covering PLANTS because I saw lots of them in Bologna. I recently came across a copy of the lovely new book, by and , the founders of Australian plant-wares label, , with photography by and published by . I asked this creative duo if they'd be so kind as to give us 8 tips for decorating with plants since they are the plant and plant decor experts.

Plant Style: How to greenify your space  by  Alana Langan  and  Jacqui Vidal

Plant Style: How to greenify your space by and

Personally, I can't deal with a lot of anything at home - toys everywhere, clutter, pets, little things laying around, flowers or plants. To walk into a room that is busy busy busy makes me crazy crazy crazy. For me, a room is like a photo. Balance, negative space, focal point, light, well edited -- then I can feel good. If you are the same, then you will like Plant Style because it's showing plants in a fresh way that doesn't fit the 70s but works with modern living and what usually comes with that - no time, traveling, busy!

When I cracked open my copy of Plant Style I felt like this book spoke to me, it's both beautiful and educational. It's also a small book, so it doesn't take up much space and you can bring it with you to the plant store to point out the plants you want to buy or custom order (I will do this!). It's a lovely book, I think you will really enjoy it too.

Alana Langan (left) and Jacqui Vidal (right), IVY MUSE Co-Founders.

Alana Langan (left) and Jacqui Vidal (right), IVY MUSE Co-Founders.

Here are 8 tips from Alana and Jacqui for cattledogs readers on how to have a lovely home that you share with plants instead of a home that plants share with you! :)

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Page 39 of Plant Style

TIP 1:

The key to styling your living room with greenery is to get to grips with its special features, and then make the most use of them. Does it have period details like picture rails (perfect for hanging plants), a fireplace with a mantle (an ideal spot to create a green focal point) or does it have lots of open-plan space (endless options for plant styling)! Whatever your space may be, adding plants will increase the tranquility and feel of the room.

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Page 89 of Plant Style

TIP 2:

Bathrooms are generally the simplest room in a house, and to be honest, they can be a bit boring. Even the smallest of plants can help soften bathrooms, breathing life and texture into them. As bathrooms are often small, to really make the most of the space, take your greenery vertical; plant hangers, wall pots and even air plants attached to the wall are great options.

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Page 93 of Plant Style

TIP 3:

Most plants enjoy bright conditions that are out of direct sunlight, and kitchens usually have at least one of these areas. There’s often space for plants to spread out - shelves, windowsills, benches, cabinetry or, at the very least, the top of the fridge.

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Page 108 of Plant Style
 

TIP 4:

The key to keeping your plants thriving is to check them regularly. With so much time spent in and out of the kitchen, this becomes second nature.

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Page 129 of Plant Style

TIP 5:

Sitting at eye level with plenty of room to play with, fireplace mantles are worth adding into your styling repertoire. Mix and match your plant choices to include different shapes, textures and tones. If your fireplace isn’t being used, try turning the hearth into an extra plant nook.

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Page 131 of Plant Style

TIP 6:

To add extra interest, pepper shelves with personal trinkets in a variety of shapes and shades. It pays to keep things balanced too - if all the plants are on one side, it will look disjointed. Use a mix of upright and trailing plants to give your ‘green shelfie’ variation and texture.

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Page 133 of Plant Style

TIP 7:

They may take a little practice to perfect, but ‘green shelfies’ are worth their weight in gold when you get them right. Focus on using spacing, texture and shape to best effect. Allow tendrils to float downwards to grab your attention, then create a visual journey with a variety of plants and pots.

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Page 152 of Plant Style

TIP 8:

Bench seats provide flat space while remaining completely functional. Side tables and stools of varying heights create a staggered effect that gives each plant its own visual space. Free up space for plants on your bedside by using pendant lighting.

Great tips! Thank you ladies for stopping by cattledogs today. :)

READERS: BUY A COPY (UK) OR (GERMANY). Book will release in the USA in May 2018.

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9 Great Ideas To Make Your Home Cozy For Winter

Hello everyone, we made it through Monday so only four more days to go until the weekend! Ha ha! Seriously though, let's get a little inspiration going today, because the gray and cold weather has set in over here and it's getting dark at 4:30 pm, so I could really use some interior inspo! As I was flipping through the catalog today looking for gifts, I thought about how many cozy ideas I kept spotting through their product styling. How about we look at 9 examples together of cozy winter decorating ideas as I take you through some nice ideas? Ready?

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1 // If you have the space, place a cozy chair next to a window because trust me, you need all the natural light you can get when winter sets in. Push the curtains open (or skip curtains if you don't need them and opt for privacy shades for the evening), make some tea and read a good book near the winter. Add a sheepskin throw to warm up your feet. Doesn't this scene already make you feel the hygge charm?

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2 // You don't need to go overboard with decorating your home during the winter months. A simple plant in a pot in a warm tone can instantly make a space feel more cozy. Stacks of books are always nice too.

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3 // Throws and pillows. Always. And mix the materials - velvet, faux fur, wool, etc. If you live in Florida or Barcelona, it may be winter but certainly not as cold as it can be for those of us living up towards Scandinavia. This photo represents a nice way to have a cozy winter touch at home even if you're not expecting cold weather.

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4 // Warm yellows and golds, wood and natural materials. In spaces that are very white and bright, you can mix in warm tones to change the vibe from clinical to cozy with just a few elements. It's really so easy to add warmth - you don't need to paint the walls in dark tones or go crazy with typical winter tints and tones. Just mix in some warm tones and natural materials. Easy!

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5 // With the Urban Jungle Blogger movement in full swing, you can't help but see plants in every interiors shop. Luckily, plants are not only affordable, healthy, and beautiful interiors "accessories" but they can be housed in a myriad of gorgeous vessels to create an inspiring and cozy vignette. For a cozy winter-y look, go with terra cotta, pottery in festive or moody colors, or opt for brushed metals in copper or brass.

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6 // I love the boho vibe for home but am not a fan of tons of "stuff" so this is my version of a well-edited nook for eating and rela at home with just enough to feel cozy without looking like a tornado hit. I'm not a minimalist and certainly not a maximalist, I like a little bit of a balance between both. For a cozy winter home with a boho vibe, add a wall hanging (a rug in this case) or macrame, and something else handmade, like a chunky knit throw or in this case, a rug.

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7 // Candles and a mix of materials are always cozy together because they appear so random and casual. When things aren't fussy and match-y match-y, a home feels more cozy. I love the flicker of candles too - nothing feels more lovely in the winter months to me than candles glowing in the afternoon and evening at home.

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8 // I really like using windowsills to display things, particularly plants or pretty glassware with flowers. I like this assortment because the colors are a mix of cool and warm, so you can use your summer glassware with more winter toned vases and metals to give a winter wonderland vibe. I don't think you need to swap everything out to create a seasonally appealing home, it's all about combinations that work and getting the colors right.

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9 // I couldn't love this more! Sure, it's not so "winter-y" looking but you could mix in some pine and a small potted fir tree decorated with a few ceramic ornaments and you'd certainly have a pretty winter display! I like the various table heights and find this to be a more impressive display for plants - it feels cozy with the wall hangings too, don't you think?

What are some of your "cozy tips" for winter?

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