Are you feeling a little apprehensive about being cooped-up with winter upon us? Some folks feel a little bit homebound when the snow starts to fly. And that can be especially true for those who are living in small spaces. But there are a lot of reasons why there’s no need to fear winter. In fact, we’ve got five reasons that just might make you fall in love with the winter season – cold weather and all.
1. Winter is a Time for Reflection and Restoration
Sure, almost everyone can agree that freshly fallen snow is beautiful and gives the outdoors, whether you’re in the city or the mountains, a majestic look. But that feeling it gives you only lasts so long. The number one reason to love winter is that it gives you time for deep reflection and restoration.
Outside of the holidays, winter typically forces us to slow down our hectic schedules. Kids are settled into their regular routines at school, and there are fewer impromptu invites from friends. It’s the perfect season for resting and reflecting on our past accomplishments and goals for the future. This act of reflection is so important to us that we’ve even built it into our New Year’s celebrations in the form of creating resolutions for the coming year. And when you’re tucked into a small, cozy home, it’s easy to curl up by the fireplace and focus on yourself and your loved ones on dark, wintry nights.
2. The Holidays and Merry Get-Togethers Spark Joy
While the backyard barbeques and trips to the beach may have ended, winter brings with it the holiday season and plenty of holiday parties and festivities to enjoy. Whether you’re gathering with family, friends or both, winter can be a joyful time for connecting with the people we cherish most.
If you’re playing hostess or host, opening your home to your guests is a wonderful way to express who you are and to share a part of yourself with those you love in a meaningful way. And it doesn’t matter if your space is small. Furnishing your studio or one-bedroom apartment with multi-functional pieces, such as the Dionne Sideboard, which can be used for decorative purposes year-round and for serving your guests during the holidays, can make small space entertaining simple and delightful.
3. Wintertime Foods and Drinks Melt Away the Chill
Have you ever had a craving for a cup of hot cocoa in the middle of the summer? If you love hot chocolate more than anything, then winter just might be your true favorite season. Most comfort foods and drinks are right at home in winter, and from chili to hearty soups and stews to savory pot roast, delicious winter meals will melt the blues away. Plus, you can keep the chill at bay with winter cocktails like hot buttered rum, mulled wine, or a hot toddy. Not interested in alcohol? You can easily whip up a batch of hot apple cider spiced with cinnamon sticks in a slow cooker just for you or to share with your guests.
No matter what you prefer, a compact bar cabinet provides a great spot to present drinks and snacks without taking up too much space in your smaller dwelling. Preparing your cocoa or cocktail and grabbing a cookie from the Bueno Bar Cabinet (shown below) will make the most of your wintertime treats and your space.
Professionals like Rachel Moriarty, San Diego-based interior designer and brand ambassador for the Design Network who has been featured in HGTV magazine, agree that bar cabinets are great for entertaining.
“If you’re someone that loves entertaining, one of my favorite tips is to create a gathering space…. You can do that in a living space, you can do it as a cocktail bar or a wine bar… and really create ambience for your entertaining, Moriarty said.
4. Fashion Meets Comfort in Winter
Winter is the time when it’s fashionable to wear your most comfortable clothing. Sweaters and even big furry boots are all on the table when the weather turns chilly. It’s a great time to accessorize with scarves, gloves and hats that all make a statement about who you are. Even the coat you choose to wear when you’re braving the cold can be part of your refreshed look for winter. If you need an excuse for a wardrobe update or even just a few on-trend pieces, winter’s got your back. To keep your new outerwear, shoes and accessories neat and tidy without crowding your space, update your entryway with the versatile Kidwell Hall Tree – it even offers a spot to sit and pull on your boots!
5. Curling Up with a Blanket by a Warm Fire Offers Contentment
We know we said rest and reflection were the top reasons to love winter, but, honestly, we may have saved the best for last. Nothing says hygge like a warm fire and a cozy throw blanket. Whether you’re reading a good book or cuddling under a blanket with a loved one, the fireside evokes feelings of comfort and contentment that make it easy to love winter.
If you’re looking around your apartment wondering how you can have this feeling when you live in a small space with no wood-burning fireplace or chimney, the good news is that it’s easier than you think. With the Sedalia Electric Fireplace, you can enjoy added warmth and the charming good looks of a modern farmhouse mantel.
Another great option for a wall mantel electric fireplace is the Wildercliff (shown below) from the Home Decorator’s Collection at Home Depot.
Make the Most of Small Space Living This Winter
If you’re living in an apartment or small house and want to create a warm, cozy living space, Twin Star Home has a wide selection of home furnishings that are perfect for making your home your winter sanctuary. To learn more, follow @TwinStarHome on social media today, and be sure to check out our best ideas and inspiration for irresistible home décor.