Preparing Your Nest for a Cozy Holiday

Preparing Your Nest for a Cozy HolidayThis post is in partnership with World Market

Any home can be cozier and more functional in time for the holidays! We make our home work for us, whether it is setting up for a holiday or even just a regular family night.

This time of year I often get an idea in my head about a change I want to make, or a problem I want to solve around the house before guests arrive. Suddenly all the problems seem easier to solve, and completing projects feels more urgent…I think because we are on a deadline to get it all done by Thanksgiving or Christmas :).

Preparing Your Nest for a Cozy Holiday

My husband laughs and rolls his eyes because I say “I have an idea” about a million times a week, not just around the holidays. But this week, my idea for a little change ended up improving our day to day life AND our holiday home.

Preparing Your Nest for a Cozy Holiday

I found a neat new cabinet at (there is a crazy 40% off furniture sale with code right now, click for the code, scroll down in this post for my favorite items!) that I am pretty excited about!

It’s going to work as a dining room buffet cabinet (for serving and storage) and a TV console.

Preparing Your Nest for a Cozy Holiday
I think I’ve mentioned before that we sometimes set up a little TV in the dining room when we want to watch something together while we eat, or as a place for my kids and niece and nephew to play video games during the holidays.

Preparing Your Nest for a Cozy Holiday
I really don’t like to leave the TV set up all the time, but having a cabinet in place gives us a natural place to put the TV when we do. We had previously set up a table in this spot, but it was a few inches deeper than the cabinet.

I love how tidy is! It will be so useful day to day and for entertaining during the holidays, even without the TV.

Preparing Your Nest for a Cozy Holiday
The cabinet has storage but is still shallow enough that we can easily squeeze past it (squeeze meaning after a big meal HAHAH!). I also really like that it is actually a  so it has cutouts in the back of the cabinet. You can put electronic gadgets like a game system or cable box in the cabinet and the cords can go out the back!

I feel like my dining room is cozier and more comfortable for our needs now, so it is ready to serve people well.

Preparing Your Nest for a Cozy Holiday
Are you an idea person?

What home design changes are you trying to complete with the holidays just around the corner? Creating a cozy home for the holidays is just the best feeling!

Preparing Your Nest for a Cozy Holiday

Dining Room Furniture:

Preparing Your Nest for a Cozy Holiday

Living Room Furniture:

Preparing Your Nest for a Cozy Holiday

Bedroom Furniture:

Preparing Your Nest for a Cozy Holiday

Sweater Weather: Tips for a Warm & Cozy Home

We’ve been enjoying some amazing autumn sunshine and cooler temps here in Seattle! Sweater weather is my favorite! Outside many of the leaves are turning brilliant hues of orange and yellow and some are beginning to fall to the ground. There is a crispness in the air and I’m still loving every minute of fall nesting to create a warm and cozy home.

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For years I’ve talked about how I love for the evolution of a season inside my home to reflect the gradual pace of the changes I see outside. Even if the weather doesn’t exactly follow a predictable pattern, a slow evolution to fall with a warm and cozy home has always been a comforting nesting ritual for me.

Sweater Weather: Tips for a Warm & Cozy Home

Sweater weather can literally mean I need to wear a sweater, but it also indicates a need for change in how I decorate my home. As it starts to feel chillier outside, I naturally want to bring even more more warmth inside.

Sweater Weather: Tips for a Warm & Cozy Home

Blankets are one of my favorite fall accessories. My daughter Courtney and I stopped in World Market a week or so ago and fell in love with the beautiful eco-friendly blankets by . HELLO, COZY!

Not only did I bring home a warm new blanket (and find a great gift idea for the holidays!), but I found out that when you buy a Sackcloth & Ashes blanket from World Market, they provide a second blanket to a shelter in California. I love that these blankets bring warmth to everyone who receives them. You can see more of their blankets and read the heartfelt story behind this generous concept .

By the way, the Sackcloth & Ashes blanket also comes in a box that you can fill with items to donate to a local shelter, or to keep in your car to have items on hand to share with someone in need. So cool! I’ll share some suggestions for what you might want to put in the box at this end of this post!

Sweater Weather: Tips for a Warm & Cozy Home

Jack just wanted to say hi.

Sweater Weather: Tips for a Warm & Cozy Home

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In addition to curling up with furry pups, warm sweaters and cozy blankets, I crave the warmth of evening light this time of year.

It’s actually been getting dark here so much earlier that I find it’s time to turn on the lights before dinner! For mood lighting I’ve also been adding sparkly things all over the house. A few copper string lights, tea lights in mercury glass votive holders, and battery operated candles in lanterns can be a wonderful complement and contrast to all the soft cozy textures we bring in this time of year, too.

Sweater Weather: Tips for a Warm & Cozy Home

My parents and nephew were here for the weekend so on Saturday night we set the table and enjoyed homemade soup for dinner! An inviting ambience, the laughter of friends and family, and the aroma of a good meal is another wonderful way to bring warmth to a chilly fall evening, if you ask me.

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Sweater Weather: Tips for a Warm & Cozy Home

Battery-operated copper-wired  can be tucked in anywhere you want a little sparkle. Even one strand can bring an uplifting magical mood that can inspire you right through the upcoming holidays!

Sweater Weather: Tips for a Warm & Cozy Home

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Swapping out a few pillows or pillow covers is always a welcome and simple seasonal change. Neutral shades of black and white with lots of great texture can transition a space to fall and winter with minimal commitment. With neutrals as a base palette, you’ll feel the freedom to easily add in other hues whenever you crave a pop of warm sunshine or colorful flowers.

Sweater Weather: Tips for a Warm & Cozy Home

Trading out smooth textures like ceramic pieces with warmer or rougher ones like wood can make a surprising difference in how warm a room feels, too. I replaced a shinier white planter that was previously sitting on my mantel with a chunky wood one. It was a simple swap, but the wood really does feel so much cozier!

A few favorite accessories can also set the stage for a warm and cozy ambience. I have always loved the character brass lanterns can bring to a home. I actually have a fun new twist for how I’ll use these, but for now I love new mood they brought to the mantel.

I’ve made a few other changes around the house recently, too, but I’ll save those to share on a another day. Slow fall evolutions are my favorite.

Sweater Weather: Tips for a Warm & Cozy Home

Sweater Weather: Tips for a Warm & Cozy Home

What are some other ways you can warm up your home for sweater weather?

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CATCH UP ON THE FALL NESTING SERIES:

A Round up of Fall Doormats

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Day One: An Autumn Mindset
Day Two: 20 Little Things
Day Three: Warming Up the House with Shutters
Day Four: How to Decorate Your Coffee Table in Any Season
Day Five: Early Fall House Tour
Day Six: Embrace Your Style (and adapt as needed)
Day Seven: Your Fall Morning Routine
Day Eight: Fall Puttering
Day Nine: Simple Ways to Create a Welcoming Fall Porch
Day Ten: Make Your Bedroom a Cozy Retreat
Day Eleven: Fall Home Refresh – 5 Ways to Bring Your Home to Life
Day Twelve: 14 Simple Fall Decorating Ideas
Day Thirteen: 3 Fall Activities for the Homebody
Day Fourteen: Cozy Things with Tassels, Textures, and Trims
Day Fifteen: TODAY!

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Don’t forget to check out the at World Market and help those in need, too.

Here are some suggestions for how to fill your Sackcloth & Ashes box:

  • toothbrush and toothpaste
  • comb or small brush
  • lip balm
  • water bottle
  • socks
  • individually wrapped snacks (granola, apple sauce, cereal bar, crackers etc)
  • band aids
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