Cozying Up For Holiday Gatherings

Fall is passing quickly here...we even had a couple of inches 
of wet snow last week!  I can feel winter approaching 
and am looking forward to upcoming holiday gatherings!

Cozying Up For Holiday Gatherings

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This week I began in the dining room, switching out the bright colors of early fall for the more subdued cozy colors and neutrals I prefer for late fall!  
We have many family gatherings for the holidays...
and Thanksgiving is early this year! 
I kept the runner I had on the table, and added my big metal seed sorting tray 
and three demijohns. Then, I used faux pheasant feathers 
and eucalyptus in the center bottle.

Cozying Up For Holiday Gatherings

Cozying Up For Holiday Gatherings

One of my favorite ways to prepare our home for fall gatherings is to add pinecones.  Cinnamon scented pinecones are always fun to add to the mix, too!
Scents can bring a cozy feeling...
through baking, potpourri, simmering, and I often use a candle lamp (melts).

Cozying Up For Holiday Gatherings

Cozying Up For Holiday Gatherings

Cozying Up For Holiday Gatherings

I love the mix of textures...

Cozying Up For Holiday Gatherings

A fall leaf garland is pretty woven into the chandelier!
Remember my old folk art windmill?  It made the move 
to the lakehouse this week, and is now at home in the dining room.

Lighting is so important for a cozy feeling...
I especially like to use ambient lighting...table lamps and candlelight.  
We use battery-operated candles, as we often have many small children around. 
Our fireplace brings instant coziness, too.

Cozying Up For Holiday Gatherings

Another texture I love to add to bring in a cozy feeling for guests...is wood.  I am loving this big, beautiful Serving Cheese Board and Platter I received from Wayfair!  They have a lovely selection of cheese boards and I love this one!
It goes so well with the natural wood feeling I am trying to bring in right now!

Cozying Up For Holiday Gatherings

It is nearly 20" across, and holds meat and cheese assortments, as well as breads, pastries, appetizers...whatever I want to display beautifully!  
We often have a houseful of people, so this is a very useful piece!

Cozying Up For Holiday Gatherings

 I love the carved decoration and iron handles...

Cozying Up For Holiday Gatherings

We have a large gather sign I made, that we keep up in the dining room all year.

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I also re-did the hutch/coffee bar area. 
It is mainly in black and white, with wood tones...
along with more of the pinecones and pheasant feathers.
I keep all kinds of hot drinks here...coffees, teas, and cider.

Cozying Up For Holiday Gatherings

Music is another way to bring in a feeling of coziness!  
We stream music, or use our old-style record player.

Cozying Up For Holiday Gatherings

Cozying Up For Holiday Gatherings



Cozying Up For Holiday Gatherings

Remember this apple sign I had on the hutch?  

Cozying Up For Holiday Gatherings

I flipped it over and used a paint marker to make a new sign...

Cozying Up For Holiday Gatherings

It brings a touch of warmth to a black and white hutch...

Cozying Up For Holiday Gatherings

And this week, our lovely old corner cabinet made the move to the lake.  
It makes the living room feel very cozy...
as does the old Pendleton throw on the ladder. 
We try to keep things very relaxed and comfortable. 

And we often have four dogs in the mix, too!

Cozying Up For Holiday Gatherings

Cozying Up For Holiday Gatherings


Cozying Up For Holiday Gatherings

I'm looking forward to some fun gatherings soon!
Are you cozying up your home?

This post was sponsored by Wayfair...all opinions are my own.

Until next time...

20 comments

  1. You always have such lovely photos and finds. Pinned!
    Brenda

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  2. It looks like you are ready for gatherings, Linda. You did a nice job pulling fall together and I bet people love coming to your home. I don't do many "real burning" candles anymore either unless we are sitting down to eat.
    I hope you have a great Wednesday- xo Diana

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    1. Thank you, Diana! We have a lot of fun and the lakehouse has much more gathering space than we had before, which helps!

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  3. You've really been making progress moving everything to the lake house, Linda! I love cozying up the house for fall....I keep it pretty simple also, but like to bring in touches of warmth as well as candles and fall scents.

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    1. Thank you, Debbie! I think your home is beautifully cozy all year long!

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  4. I'm drooling over your cabinet! Love the doors on that thing!

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    1. Thank you, Pam! I had to find a good place for it...my favorite piece of furniture!

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  5. It all looks so warm and inviting! And that Wayfair tray is gorgeous (and perfect for Thanksgiving!). We had some freak snow in the Chicago suburbs last weekend with very high winds -- but since then we've had a pretty fall week. I'm not ready for winter! xo Kathleen

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    1. Thank you, Kathleen! I'm looking forward to using the tray for Thanksgiving!

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  6. Everything looks warm and cozy, Linda :)

    My sister-in-law needs that cheese board!

    xo,
    rue

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  7. Linda, I am still smiling about the double sided sign...you clever girl. that is a wonderful cheese platter. Love the handles on it. I like the cozy corner with the hutch. It just looks perfect. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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    1. Thank you, Susie! I love using double-sided signs...less to store!

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  8. I love all your signs.

    Our house always seems cozy due to it being small, but I add throws and plants. I just told Steve that he needs to clean out the copper wash tub we use for wood and bring it into the house. I am looking forward to fires in the fireplace each night.

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    1. Thank you, Carol! The copper washtub would be beautiful for wood...sounds so cozy!

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  9. Your home looks very inviting and cozy. Love the gather and feast platter. Beautiful.
    Kris

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  10. I love that new wood platter from Wayfair! Going to go check out now.

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