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6 tips for keeping your home cozy for fall and winter

With winter just around the corner, it’s time to make your Philadelphia luxury home a warm and cozy retreat. Here are a few tried-and-true ideas to get you started.

Ditch the TV for a good book

It’s easy to fall into a black hole of binge watching your favorite TV shows and movies when the weather outside is frightful.

Instead, carve out a cozy reading nook next to a big window with plenty of natural light. Go shopping for a comfy new armchair and an end table to stack a mini library. Be sure to choose a spot that’s close to an outlet so you can keep reading when your Kindle needs a charge.

Double your pillow count

When it comes to handling cooler temps, there are two things you can never have too many of: pumpkin spice lattes and plush pillows.

From your bed and sofa to the leather recliners in your home theater, an additional pillow or two provides just the right snuggle partner when curling up with a hot drink. Drape a soft fluffy blanket over the back of your favorite lounge chair.

Install an additional fireplace in the dining room

Winter evenings spent adjacent to flickering flames need not be reserved for the great room. Install a gas fireplace in the dining room for an instant boost in warmth and comfort.

Lay area rugs on cold floors

Tile, marble and stone flooring are elegant on the eyes but not always so welcoming on your toes. Large area rugs can help maintain a room’s classic feel while keeping your feet toasty on chilly mornings.

A gorgeous patterned runner alongside the bed is a welcome attraction for bare feet when rolling out of bed.

Indulge yourself with heated floors

If you haven’t already made the jump to radiant heat flooring in the bathroom, make 2017 the year you join the movement.

Stepping on to heated floors when you get out of the shower or bath is one of those “never going back” types of experiences. Up the ante with a heated towel rack and brand new luxurious velour bathrobes.

Layer for warmth

Just as you layer your clothing before heading out into sub-zero temperatures, a layered room will produce a similar effect.

Organize each space using a tier system that alternates variations in colors and texture. Rugs, pillows and throws create warmth as figuratively as they do literally. Stick with warm, muted colors and save bright, vibrant tones for the spring and summer.