1. Textiles - swap lighter summer textiles like linens and cottons with heavyweight fabrics including wools, velvets, cashmere and alpaca. I recommend a soft cashmere or alpaca throw in indigo or a neutral to keep yourself cozy while lounging on the sofa. Or try incorporating velvet and mohair pillows in the living room. In the bedroom, update your bedding with a handmade quilt and tailored flannel sheets.
2. Humidifier - Cold outdoor temperatures plus blasting heat indoors leads to incredibly dry air during the winter months. Wood flooring gives up some of its moisture and contracts as a result, which can lead to thin gaps between the planks. While optimal humidity levels for wood floors are between 40-60%, humidity levels indoors during winter can be as low as 10%. A humidifier can help keep these levels consistent and prevent any damage over the long run. But your body can also reep the benefits of a humidifier. Humid air keeps your nasal passages lubricated which helps with sinusitis, congestion, colds, asthma and allergies. It also helps prevent dry skin and hair which is a serious issue for me during the colder months.
3. Color scheme - certain bright colors that looked beautiful in the summertime can seem out of place during the colder months. While I don't preach any hard and fast rules like no white after labor day, I do think your eyes are ready for a moodier palette. Try balancing muted or jewel toned colors with neutrals like light and medium greys and a warmer element like camel or tan.
4. Fireplace - your fireplace should be inspected and cleaned by a professional at least once a year, or after 80 fires. This helps to remove any buildup of creosote, an oily and highly flammable byproduct of burning wood. Inspect the chimney cap and damper
5. Fire pit