Top tips to mak­ing your win­ter nest cosier

The Observer (Sarnia) - - HOMES -

Long nights and chilly weather ac­ti­vate our in­stincts to hun­ker down and nest at home. Get in­spired to make your space re­laxed and invit­ing and make the most of the sea­son with th­ese help­ful tips and ideas.

For warmth.

Is there any­thing bet­ter than curl­ing up with a good book and comfy du­vet as the snow falls gen­tly out­side? For a soft and warm cover, con­sider one with a down fill­ing. Down is the warm­est avail­able; it’s a nat­u­ral fill that has the abil­ity to reloft and mould it­self to your body for con­tin­u­ous warmth and com­fort. It’s also great for your bed­room pil­low and in a jacket for when you do de­cide to brave the cold.

Avoid buy­ing down fi­bre, an in­fe­rior prod­uct that lacks in­su­la­tion. To make sure you’re get­ting a qual­ity prod­uct, look for the Down­mark cer­ti­fi­ca­tion la­bel, a glob­ally rec­og­nized and trusted qual­ity cer­ti­fi­ca­tion sym­bol for Cana­dian-made down and feather filled prod­ucts. The la­bel as­sures items are gen­uine and have been fin­ished in Canada ac­cord­ing to strict stan­dards.

For dé­cor. When look­ing for ac­cent and dec­o­ra­tive pieces, look for el­e­ments that evoke that cozy log cabin aes­thetic. Think rich tex­tures, plush neu­trals and wooden ac­cents. When lay­er­ing a va­ri­ety of throws, con­sider down and feather that will make the space feel warm and re­laxed. Add some win­ter whites with flow­ers and vases, and con­sider gold ac­cents for a funky pop of colour that’s trendy and fresh.

For light­ing.

Fight the win­ter blues with plenty of lamps and can­dles. Cre­ate a com­fort­ing am­biance with a mix of over­head, floor and task light­ing, which also gives you the flex­i­bil­ity to find the per­fect bright­ness. Can­dles can add both warmth and light, giv­ing your home a calm and lived-in feel­ing. Choose scented can­dles with your favourite aro­mas to re­mind you of yummy sweet treats or take you back to sunny sum­mer day.

Cu­ri­ous about qual­ity down and feather prod­ucts? Learn more at down­mark.org. www.news­canada.com

When look­ing for ac­cent and dec­o­ra­tive pieces, look for el­e­ments that evoke that cozy log cabin aes­thetic.”

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Down-filled and feather prod­ucts for your bed are the ab­so­lute best for keep­ing warm dur­ing the colder months.

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