by Kelsey Tidball | photo by Sierra Pedro

It’s November, which means another freezing Eugene winter is just around the bend. When my toes are eternally cold and the days seem to only get shorter, the only thing I want after a day of biking and walking in the rain is a cup of hot tea and a cozy bed to curl up in. Still, how can you make your room feel like a place to come home to on cold winter days? It’s easier than you think. Here are some tips for staying cozy and warm at home this winter.

  1. Invest in a good blanket. Be it fleece or flannel, patterned or plain, this is a purchase you’re going to want to make. Try one that matches your bedspread so it’s easy and aesthetically pleasing to keep it at the foot of your bed or sling it over your desk chair. My favorite place to get amazing blanket deals is Costco. If you’re looking to make even more of an investment while helping others, try a blanket from Sackcloth & Ashes, a company that donates a blanket to the homeless for every one you buy. (Grey Sackcloth & Ashes blanket, $99)
  2. String some twinkle lights—they’re not just for the holidays. They cast a warm glow on the room and make it feel like a cozy winter oasis. String them above your bed for extra light and ambiance. (Target, $10)
  3. Hang pictures. Nothing makes you feel warmer than seeing the faces of people you love, right? Brighten up the dark winter nights with photographs. You can use a bulletin board, hang them on twine with clothespins, or DIY a little hanging frame.
  4. Pile on the pillows. Throw pillows are functional and fun. Plus, they can add a little more comfort to your day-to-day. Find some soft, fuzzy, comfy, quirky and colorful ones to brighten up your bedroom and make for a cozy reading nook.
  5. Light some candles. My favorite winter scents are apple pie, vanilla, gingerbread and anything with almond or soy. Bath and Body Works has some amazing seasonal scents. If you’re looking for something a little less pricey, Burt’s Bees’ vanilla scented candle is a perfect alternative that can be found at most major grocery stores.
  6. Buy a cute mug. Make it something cute with a sassy saying on it, something that’ll make you feel good every time you pour that afternoon cup of joe. Keep it on your bedside table for an extra bit of decorative flair and make sure it’s never dirty, in case you need it ASAP. I recommend checking out Ross or Target for a budget-friendly find.