December 17, 2015 / Market Insights

How to Turn Your Home Into A Cozy Winter Retreat

The colder months mean we spend more time indoors, so make your home—and especially your bedroom—your sanctuary by investing in some cozy accessories


As winter takes hold across the Northern Hemisphere, the nesting instinct kicks in. When we go outside we need to layer up, but when we come home we want to slip into something cozy and comfortable. With a few carefully selected investments you can ensure that the only thing chilling over the coming months is your favorite bottle of Chablis.

The warming floor
Autumn/winter coziness begins underfoot. Underfloor heating is, of course, the dream, and even better when topped with something sleek and textural. Swirling shagpile carpet was all well and good in the 1970s, but today’s discerning feet (and design sensibilities) require something more stylish. The Rug Company’s Alpaca hide, features super-soft woven llama fleece that is extremely cozy underfoot. The Rug Company also produces an Alpaca blanket in bright orange and raspberry, for snuggling up at home or for taking on your travels.

Alpacas are renowned for their silky and versatile fur, which is ideal for weaving rugs like the one pictured above. Photograph: The Rug Company. Image, top: The White CompanyThe pajamas
Nothing says “I’m home and I’m not going anywhere” quite like a pair of pajamas. Britain’s Derek Rose has been producing luxury night-, lounge-, and leisurewear for three generations. A true heritage brand, Derek Rose’s pajama designs have changed very little over the decades. The company remains utterly contemporary, however, thanks to evolving surface designs, such as the Esme 3 Teal on this silk satin printed pair. For something even more luxe, premium Italian cashmere brand Lanificio Colombo has produced a cashmere/silk tracksuit, which is equally suited to lounging.

Established in 1926, the Derek Rose pajama brand has been presented to HM the Queen, and is frequently worn backstage by the casts of West End shows in London. Photograph: Derek RoseThe throw
Once suitably attired, you will need something under which to snuggle. The White Company, launched in London and now available across the US, has a selection of throws, including the Sherborne. Made in India, each of the quilting tucks are applied by hand. The Supreme, meanwhile, is a faux fur version with a sumptuous long pile. 

The White Company has a longstanding reputation for quality bed linens. Photograph: The White CompanyThe “personal” fire
Nothing makes a room feel as welcoming and homely as a fireplace with a roaring open fire. But an imposing hearth in every room isn’t necessary. There are many smaller, eco-friendly, bio-ethanol fires available that bring a naked flame safely into any space. Bio-ethanol burns cleanly, is non-toxic, and releases small amounts of carbon dioxide and water vapor, similar to a candle. This Veniz fire from Bio-Blaze can be placed on the floor or on a coffee table to bring a gentle and warming glow to a room. For something more architectural, consider Bio-Blaze’s Keops model, inspired by the Great Pyramid of Cheops.

With its clean-burning flame, the Bio Blaze is the perfect, eco-friendly solution to having an atmospheric fire in the house. Photograph: Bio Blaze

Make Your Bedroom Feel Like a Luxury Hotel


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Steven Short
is Commissioning Editor of Christie's International Real Estate magazine