Does the thought of wearing your teeny black dress and mile-high stilettos in the chilly November air send shivers down your spine? Why not throw on those fuzzy slippers and stay in tonight with cozy furnishings, warm lighting, and soothing scents that get rid of those goosebumps to keep you snug all winter.
Set the mood with soft lighting from Bliss ($95). These battery-operated, four-candela mini lamps create a gentle glow, and the tops can be replaced with different colored bulbs, from soft butter to warm up dark workday mornings to bright fuschia for a racy night in ($2.95 each). For holiday accents or all-year round flair, pick up a garland lamp by Tord Boontje at Koo de Kir ($70), which comes in white or black and can be placed anywhere in your home. And don’t leave the kitchen in the dark: Kitchen Arts’ silicone hot spots in fall colors like vanilla, pumpkin, and terra cotta ($7.95 each) light your way to the fridge during the wee hours of the night.
For a more traditional, romantic mood – and great aromas to boot – light up some scented candles by Cote Bastide from Lavender, which come in calming lavender soy ($10) and amber ($36). Comptoir de Famille’s scented candles in peach, orange spice, café crème, walnut cake, or apple pie ($19.95 each) are perfect for creating your own Parisian café or boudoir feel. And you’ll never be in the dark with Aunt Sadie’s clove and bayberry candle with real bayberries by Rosy Rings ($48).
Warm up a cold winter’s night with a luxurious cashmere throw by Masserano Paolo ($450) or a soft silk and linen throw in decadent chocolate brown ($343) both from Lavender. Super soft sheepskin pillows and floor cushions in all shapes, sizes, and rich fall hues from Koo de Kir ($65-$148) will have you snuggling up by the fire with a delicious mug of hot chocolate—made with Kitchen Arts’ ceramic, cream-colored hot chocolate French Press by La Chocolatiere ($29.95), and served in a dainty cup-and-saucer set checkered with red cherries from Comptoir de Famille ($19.95).