Monday, January 25, 2016

A Cozy Winter House {my secret to beating the winter blues}


Well y'all, it's no secret around here that I've fought depression for more years than I'd like to remember. Sometimes I win, sometimes I lose, until last year that is. Winters were the worst, absolute nightmares. By March, I'd be hiding in bed under the blankets in tears, not kidding a bit, it was awful. But last winter was different for the first time ever and I'm going to share with you why.



         

Planning. I gave my problem tons of thought and as crazy as it sounds I started a board on Pinterest all about winter. I perused hundreds of images, I'm a very visual person don't ya know, so I went over tons of pics and pinned every one that was soothing and comforting. I pinned every one that made me feel all warm and cozy. When Christmas was over and all cleared away, I put my winter plan into action. Rather than dreading the season, I was thrilled, practically giddy.




I let as much light into the house as possible, and even removed some curtains completely. I bought tons of jar candles {really cheap at Target and Walmart}. I made sure that I had lots of blankets and throws in the living room, I did anything and everything that evoked cozy thoughts. 


Luckily, we have a cast iron stove and having a fire everyday was a big help with getting my cozy vibe on. This winter, I added a cowhide rug to the living room which amped up the cozy big time. I've wanted one for years but it just wasn't a good time to purchase it for one reason or another, until now. I'm so in love! I know the hide trend is probably on it's way out the door, but, I'm always a little late to the party and that's okay with me. You? Well then, we're all good! I also bought a little string of dangling star lights and hung them over our kitchen window {saw that on Pinterest too!}. They may be cheesy, but they make me smile and smiling is great!





As crazy as it sounds, all this planning stuff worked out for me last winter so, this year when Christmas was all cleared, I began my new winter time routine. Tons of cozy. If you'd like to get your cozy on this winter and would like a little inspiration, check out my Pinterest board that started it all......



Thanks for touring my cozy winter house today! If you're wondering why no pics of the kid's rooms, they are both in the works.... still. More to come on that, e-v-e-n-t-u-a-l-l-y, slow change around here y'all, slow change! Until next time sweet friends......

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8 comments:

  1. *BIG GRIN*
    We keep a blanket ladder in the living room year-round. As I was picking everything up last night, it dawned on me that we keep TEN BLANKETS in our living room all winter!! :o)

    When we were first married, my husband thought it was the strangest thing, to keep blankets out like that; now, he is the first to grab a squishy afghan and settle in all snuggly. My boys each keep two blankets on-hand: one for a light layer, and one for when getting cozy is serious business.
    I love them!!!

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    1. Hey, you're a blanket hoarder, uhmm, I mean blanket collector too! Aren't they wonderful! Hope y'all are staying cozy and warm!

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  2. Love your cozy home And the dangling lights in your kitchen window. I always say if something brings you joy, then use it. I too suffer with SAD this time of year and tend to hibernate from Jan-March. I've learned to not beat myself up over it and be okay with this down time. I cozy up with blankets, candles, books and we have a wood stove that we use to heat the entire house all winter long. Nothing beats a fire. I may binge watch some netflix this time of year too.

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    1. Marsha, your winter sounds exactly like mine! Binging on The Waltons and Little House On The Prairie this winter! Keep the cozy going my friend!

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  3. So cozy! Glad that your planning works for you. I have a dear friend who gets depressed in winter, I'm going to pass your planning along for her. Thanks for sharing... have a great week!

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    1. Oh wonderful, absolutely wonderful! I really hope she can find relief too! It seems so simple but it really did work! Thanks for stopping by Debi!

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  4. So happy you are winning that battle:) I'm all about the cozy too...twinkle lights and all. These Canadian winters can get mighty long.
    Will keep you in my prayers.

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  5. Love the hide rug you bought! For sure "cozy" is the way to go in the winter and you sound like you have got it all covered. Hang in there, before we know it, it'll be spring...though I have to admit, I'm a fan of winter just cuz I love "cozy"!

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