I love this time of year when it starts to be really appropriate to get serious about making your home cozy. Not just cozy looking like we all like to play around with in the early fall, but cozy feeling too! Aside from good insulation and maybe a nice roaring fire in the fireplace, the first things that many of us go for when we think of making our homes comfy and cozy are throw blankets. And then maybe a few extra pillows too, for good measure. 🙂 I put together a list of some of my favorite cozy basics today for you to look over. Hopefully these ideas get you in the mood to hunker down with a cup of hot cocoa and get cozy too!
It’s always a good idea to have a few basic throw blankets around in baskets, folded over the side of the couch, or thrown casually over a chair. I find that when one member of the family reaches for a blanket, suddenly everyone else realizes what a great idea it is and then they all want their own blanket too! It’s great to have so many stylish choices now so that you can just leave them out all the time without having your living room/family room look cluttered and messy. I love how these throws are cozy, but also add to the decor of the room. Can you believe some of these are only $15? That price makes it so easy to really stock up on coziness! 🙂
I bought a really similar throw to this one from Target about 2 years ago when they had one in almost the same style. It was so super soft and looked so stylish in my living room. Unfortunately it had a pretty loose weave and it got caught in our various pets’ claws pretty easily, so it started looking pretty rough, pretty quickly. The throws at Target in this same style seem to be a little bit of a tighter weave this year so I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up one of their affordable throws like this again this year. I’ll probably try to mostly keep the pets away from it, but at this price, it’s not really a big risk to take!
Bright red plaid is usually thought of as a Christmas thing, but it’s really a classic pattern for any time of year. I use mine all the time in the summer too for camping, picnics, soccer games, and things like that. You may have seen Chuckers cozied up with ours on Instagram too! It’s a classic, and I’d say definitely an essential to have in your throw blanket bag o’ tricks.
Extra Super Cozy Throws
In my house these are also known as the blankets that are immediately stolen by Kennedy. 🙂 It’s always a good idea to have at least once really luxuriously cozy throw for those really frigid evenings. They also really add a lot of style at Christmastime and during the rest of the winter months. These throws tend to get used a little less frequently than the more practical lightweight throws (unless your name is Kennedy), but they’re really nice to have and they make great gifts for Christmas!
If you have kids and pets, the thick fleecy throws tend to be a little more durable for washing over and over again, although I have been surprised by the furry ones holding up nicely in the wash once or twice. The faux fur throws are just the ultimate in coziness, while I think the throws that look like sweaters make the biggest style statement in a room for sure.
For me, I think that this throw from LL Bean is probably my pick for the best compromise between all types of throws, practicality-wise. It’s got a furry/fleecy lining for durability, but also gives that sweatery look that I really love. One for the Christmas list, I think! 🙂
If you’re looking to get really cozy, you can’t forget at the throw pillows! These are great for leaning against and also really make a nice style statement that make you feel a little bit cozier, even if you’re just looking at them in your room. Start with a few more seasonally-neutral options and then add in just one or two fall or Christmas themed pillows on top. When they holidays are over, remove the themed pillows and you’ll still be all set for a cozy winter season!
I included #4 in there because I get so many questions, still to this day, about where I got the grey and white check bedding in this picture of my bedroom here from a few years ago.
That bedding came from Target and I’m almost 100% sure it’s discontinued now, but that grey and white pillow will bring a similar look and feel to a room, I think!
What kind of extra cozy items are you stocking up on in preparation for the colder fall and winter days? I’ve ordered a few new pillows and throws and we grabbed a super duper giant package of hot chocolate at Costco the other day, so I think we’re all set!
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.