Add a Touch of Warmth to Your Home

As the days get shorter and temperatures begin to drop, indoor living becomes the norm. But just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean your home’s interior has to be chilly, too!

With a little imagination — and redecoration — you can create a cozier living space and enjoy a warmer winter hibernation.

Here are four ways you can use decor to add warmth to your home:

1. Use area rugs to divide larger spaces.
Airy, open rooms with sparse furniture arrangements can often feel cold and lonely. By simply adding an area rug or two, you can break these spaces into smaller, more well-defined living areas. A corner area rug could offset a small office area, while a larger rug could tie together an informal dining area.

2. Arrange furniture to create a sense of intimacy.
Always choose and arrange furniture with the purpose of your room in mind. If your furniture is spaced too far apart, it will make conversations awkward and strained. And you wouldn’t want the furniture in your reading nook to be uncomfortable.

3. Take advantage of natural materials.
If your home boasts natural woods or exposed brick, these are elements that can be tastefully incorporated into your design plan. Imagine how a natural wooden coffee table could be used to complement vaulted ceilings with exposed wood beams.

4. Get creative with color combinations.
A touch of color can immediately impact the perception of a room. If you’re looking for a warm, autumnal feel, go with a variety of rich red and orange tones. Use throw pillows, blankets and other textured accents to make the room pop. A basket full of quilts can be both convenient and aesthetically pleasing.

Want to make a more substantial change to your home, such as installing a brand-new fireplace? Reach out to discuss your financing options.

New Recipes to Keep Meals Interesting

If you’ve found yourself with more time on your hands, you might be looking to try some new recipes. And as a plus, cooking and baking allow you to take advantage of all your home’s kitchen has to offer.

Don’t think of yourself as a home chef just yet? That’s okay — there are recipes for every skill level, and you can even be a little creative with ingredients for many of them.

So, if you’re looking to try a range of breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert foods, look no further.

For Breakfast:

  • Want a healthy option, but have limited ingredients? This list features breakfast ideas that only use five ingredients each. Banana breakfast bars, anyone?
  • Maybe you have oatmeal but you’re afraid you’ll get sick of eating it day after day. With this collection of recipes, use oats for sweet or savory meals, like no-bread French toast or oatmeal with poached eggs and goat cheese.
  • No eggs? No problem. These breakfasts rely (mostly) on long-lasting pantry staples — plus, most of them will keep in the fridge or freezer. Try the farinata or chia pudding.

For Lunch or Dinner:

  • How full were the shelves last time you went to the grocery store? If your answer is “not very,” then these easy recipes will be right up your alley. From root beer pulled pork to black bean tostadas, there’s something for everyone.
  • If you’re looking for more ways to use what’s in your pantry, this list will come in handy. These inexpensive meals include sweet chili chicken stir-fry bowls and rosemary garlic white bean soup.
  • Your fridge, freezer and pantry are well-stocked, but you still don’t know what you want to make. Maybe you’d enjoy some toasted garlic-butter shrimp or roasted broccoli pesto pasta. If not, check out the rest of the recipes that made this list.

For Dessert:

  • The easier the better, right? This list of quick dessert recipes will have you treating yourself in no time, whether you’re making peanut butter cookies, pumpkin cannoli or another option.
  • Dessert should be comforting. Why not try to make some slow-cooker cherry cobbler or a mug brownie from this list of recipes that will warm you up?
  • If you’re ready to show off your skills on social media, what better way to do it than with some puff pastries? Cream cheese fruit danishes and almond croissants look — and taste — great.