With the holiday season rapidly approaching, now is the perfect time to add some cozy touches to your home. Swap linen throws for warmer blankets, give your guest room a refresh, and ready your table for shared meals and laughter. These thoughtfully chosen pieces from some of our favorite stores across the South will bring so much sunshine into your home, you won’t want to pack them away as soon as 2020 ends. Here are some cozy home FINDS we’re loving!
Looking for an easy way to edit your entryway? Start by swapping out your doormat. Instead of opting for something holiday-related, look for one that lasts more than one season. This “come in and cozy up” doormat fits the bill. Find it for $44 at Apple & Oak.
Lousiville-based “front door decor specialist” ChicWreath offers a wide variety of custom wreaths with various colors of hydrangeas and sunflowers and lots of fonts to choose from. Have fun designing a natural, happy new welcome piece for your door or for a friend’s. Create yours starting for $40 at ChicWreath.
Indoor and outdoor plants deserve a bright and cheery home, too! These fabulous handmade and hand-painted planters come in few different expressions and would also make a thoughtful gift for your green-thumbed companions. Find the face for you for $65 from The Victorian Atlanta.
STATEMENTS FOR SHARED SPACES
These versatile leather stools with funky brushed gold legs could be handsome and inviting around a dining table, at the foot of the bed, or pulled up to a bathroom vanity. Find these leather stools for $365 each at Merridian Home Furnishings, with locations in Louisville or Nashville, or contact them for shipping options. They’re also available in eggshell white fabric for $295.
This throw-sized chunky knit blanket made of super-soft merino wool in a natural white hue will match almost any space. The jumbo knit stitching is perfectly cozy, soft, and thick — plus it’s made in the South! Find this 50-by-65-inch throw for $219.97 (there are other sizes, too) from Raleigh, NC’s Shep’s Wool.
Refresh your walls this fall with a creative new print. “Agave Leaves” — signed by artist Leah Duncan herself — boasts the autumnal colors of the season in an interesting, abstract form. Frame and hang this in the kitchen, guest bath, or kids’ room. Find it online for $38 from Birmingham’s Trove Design Shop.
Designed from the artist’s love of bean bag chairs, these African mudcloth ottomans are a stylish and functional addition to any room. Made in America from vintage African fabrics, these 22-by-22-inch poofs come stuffed, so no insert needed. Find yours on sale for $124.50 (reg. $200) from Charlotte, NC’s Mackenzie Bryant Co.
FRESH FALL SCENTS
New Nashville purveyor Saint Maide specializes in dried floral bouquets, curated bunches, and gifts meant to evoke moments in time through long-lasting scent and beauty. The Serenity Set — “for when you want to change the vibe” — contains a small bunch of preserved lavender for calming, smoky quartz to detoxify and neutralize negative energy, and Palo Santo to cleanse your physical space. Get or gift this set for $42 at Saint Maide.
A road trip to nowhere, the first sign of snow, a warm fire. Those are the scenes this crisp balsam fir and warm amber scents are designed to conjure. The candle is handmade in Atlanta out of pure soy wax and will burn for more than 48 hours. Find this delicious flavor and more for $28 at Brick & Morter.
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Pumpkin spice, pumpkin pie, pumpkin-scented diffuser? Yes, please! With a creamy, almost coconut-like scent blended with delicious cardamom, you’ll want one of these diffusers for every room in the house. Find this for $64 at La Maison in Memphis.
1818 Farms in Alabama has whipped up a deliciously apple-scented soap just in time for the holiday season. You’ll be able to find one of these in every bathroom throughout our houses and in hand as a go-to hostess gift. Stock up on this incredible scent for $8 each at 1818 Farms.
THOUGHTFUL GUEST ROOM TOUCHES
Offer some light bedtime reading for your houseguests with this book by Chase Reynolds Ewald. Striking photos showcase the beauty of living in a naturally beautiful place and offer hints of how to bring texture, color, coziness and originality to mountain homes. Find this book at Vignette in Brentwood, TN, for $50.
Wine bottle chiller
As your holiday guests make themselves at home, welcome them with a bottle of wine or bubbly that will stay chilled in any room of your home! The sleek design and functionality of this Swig wine bottle chiller also make it a great gift for the holidays. Cheers! Find this for $95 at SB Shop.
Give your guests an extra blanket to keep them cozy. The fleece-lined throws by Turkish T are super soft and make a stylish addition to your guest room. Plus, they’re machine-washable. Find them in multiple colors at White’s Mercantile for $145.
Goodbye, boring candles. Replace your standard white candles with these playful, colorful ones made in Highlands, NC, from maple tree molds. With nine color options, it is hard to pick a favorite. The candles come in sets of two at The Copper Fox Gallery for $33.
Toast to the new season in style with these chic, fabulously fall-colored coupe glasses. Available in pink, mint and amber, these will look perfect on your Thanksgiving table and can be used for champagne, martinis or even ice cream! Grab yours for $33 each at A’mano in Birmingham.
Bread bowl towel set
Bread is a dinner table staple. Place this bread bowl set on your dining room table or at your kitchen island with homemade biscuits or bread. The set includes the wooden bowl and also comes with a cheeky watercolor tea towel. Find this set for $28 at Memphis shop Southern Farmhouse.
Dining room centerpiece
We love velvet’s revival each fall. Mix in these rich, autumnal colors and create the perfect Thanksgiving centerpiece or entryway display. Find these beautiful velvet pumpkins in an assortment of colors at Cottage Basket for $20 each.
Cheers to the start of the coziest, most joyful holiday season yet.
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