Project: Sandro Lower Level
I recently read an article about how Norwegians are among the happiest people groups on the planet - even though they have long, cold, and dark winters.
Sound familiar, fellow Minnesotans?
I learned that Norwegians’ contentedness is due mostly to the fact that they do two important things as winter approaches. They change their mindset. And they gather.
Project: Arden Place
Although I have thoughts on the importance of mindset, I’ll use this space to offer some tips on making your home a cozy gathering place for your friends and family this winter – holiday décor optional. 😉
Make sure your home is warm and inviting. Plenty of cozy seating options with ample places for people to set down their food and drinks will go a long way. Plush rugs, chunky knit or wool throws, and textural pillows add visual and physical warmth.
Project: Sonoma Ridge
Put all overhead lights on dimmers. If they’re not on dimmers, turn them off and use your floor and table lamps to give your rooms (and your guests) a softer, more flattering glow.
Projects: Summer Oaks & Scandfornian
Lots of them. Different sizes and shapes help create a warm and intimate setting. Think scented candles with winter fragrances like cinnamon or pine.
Projects: Bentgrass Way & Parkview Loft
Incorporate mirrors to reflect light and make your rooms feel brighter during the day. This is especially helpful during the darker winter months. At night, a well-placed mirror will reflect the softer glow of whatever mood lighting you choose.
Projects: Knob Hill & Hyland Hills
Finally, your guests will feel comfortable when you’re comfortable. So light a fire, pour a drink, grab those blankets and gather the people you love.
Let’s take a note from our Norwegian friends and not only survive but embrace the winter months ahead.