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Making Your Home More Inviting This November

by CustomHomes on Tuesday, November 1, 2016

CozyNovember is a wonderful time of year. There are crisp nights by the fire, hot cocoa, football, and Christmas is right around the corner. But if you have just bought your first home or have yet to decorate for November, the idea can be somewhat intimidating. Here are a few basic tips to get you started so you can have a cozy, happy home all winter long.

Warmth

I know it seems kind of obvious but for some homeowners it can be difficult to make your space feel warm and cozy. With simple touches, however you can make your home inviting and comfortable. First off you may want to switch up some of the blankets, throws, and textures in your home.

During the fall I switch my bedding from light and airy cotton to warmer flannel. It brings a cozy feel to the bedroom and makes the chilly nights much more comfortable. I will do the same in our guest room and living room. Just switching the blankets can often give it a completely different feel. Then I will replace the incense from soft and subtle to spicy and complex. Before I know it my whole home smells welcoming and sweet. If you do not want to use incense you can use potpourri or room spray. Here is my favorite recipe for an autumn room spray:

Sweet and Spicy Spray

¼ C alcohol (as a preservative, I often use vodka)
1 C distilled water
3 to 10 drops cinnamon essential oil
3 to 10 drops of clove essential oil
3 to 10 drops of orange essential oil

This can also go in your essential oil diffuser!

Lighting

Lighting is very important no matter what time of year. This can make or break a home’s atmosphere. Be sure to arrange your year-round lighting to make your home warm and inviting for you and your guests. Then you can play with lighting from candles, string lighting, and pendant lights. These can be moved, stored, or used all year depending on your preference. I personally love string lights and use them all year in my bedroom and living room. It makes for the perfect ambiance while reading or having a movie night.

Reduce clutter

As always you should work on keeping clutter at a minimum. This will give you more room to experiment with decorations and will keep your home from looking busy and uninviting. While you may not want to strive to be on the cover of Better Homes and Gardens you should consider removing old junk mail from your coffee table and dusting around your bookshelf and television.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com