A Summit County guide to cozying up your condo for the winter months ahead
December 27, 2013
Whether your home is a year-round residence or seasonal escape, after a day on the slopes, you want a warm, cozy, intimate space to retreat to. Nothing feels better than slipping into a pair of slippers and cuddling up next to the fireplace. Create that feeling of warmth in your entire home by adding a few accessories and luxurious touches that help put you and your guests at ease.
Adding textural elements and reflective surfaces can deliver the icy sparkle and shimmer of winter. Consider these 12 tips to getting your home ready for every holiday, ski day and snuggle day of the season.
1. Reflect the holiday glow
Incorporate one of the oldest and most effective design tips in the book: integrating reflective surfaces into your home. Whether it's a mirror, lacquered serving tray or lucite table, these objects will reflect natural light during the day and radiate a warm glow around your home in the evening. Place mirrors across from windows to make the room seem larger, and arrange candles directly in front of mirrors to multiply their glow. For a dramatic effect, place a striking mirror above your mantle or front entryway.
Natural wood mirror from Ruby Jane, 232 S. Main St., Breckenridge, 970-423-6947
2. All that glitters …
… is gold. Nothing says luxury quite like the color gold. While some may be hesitant to use this bold hue year-round, embrace the opportunity to add a bit of glamour to your home, no matter the square footage. Gold candlesticks on the mantle or a picture frame or serving tray for serving hot toddies will add a regal element to your evening cocktails. A few small touches can make a big impact. Gold too bold or still a bit hesitant? Try silver, bronze, copper or brass — anything metallic that shines.
Metallic patina vessels from Vintage Sweet & Chic, 215 S. Main St., Breckenridge, 970-485-9264
3. Mix and match fabrics
Sumptuous fabrics and soft, caressable textures create an alluring atmosphere. Winter is the perfect time to indulge in luxurious fabrics such as velvet, fur and cashmere. Envelop yourself in layers of warmth by placing a fur throw on your sofa or at the end of your bed. Layering rich textures makes a room feel elegant and intriguing.
Linens, pillows, throws and rugs from Juniper Tree, 507 Main St., Frisco, 970-668-5689
4. Pile on the pillows
Change out your summery linen pillows for their winter-worthy counterparts. Choose deep, saturated colors in thick, heavy fabrics. Enjoy the richness of the season and opt for graphic patterns in luxurious textiles. Keep the color palette cohesive throughout your home, or choose one coordinating hue per room, and layer pillows in a monochrome color story for depth and sophistication. For a true treat, visit Abigail-Elise Interiors located in the Colorado Design Center in Frisco. As full-service interior designer studio, they can offer you not only a selection of pillows and lighting but a full scope of residential design options.
Pillows from Abigail-Elise Interiors, 101 S. Seventh Ave., Frisco, 970-485-5228
5. Illuminate your home
Lighting is such an important aspect of good design, especially during the holiday season. Proper lighting can completely transform a space. The true glow of candlelight is hard to surpass, so relish the season and place candles generously around your home — on the mantle, end tables, bedrooms and even bathrooms — to deliver a cozy atmosphere throughout the house. To further enhance that holiday glow, change out your standard light bulbs to pink bulbs or lower the wattage on your lamps. Try swapping out your lampshades for something with a richer texture.
Metallic fixture with linen shade from Juniper Tree, 507 Main St., Frisco, 970-668-5689
6. Create depth
While changing out rugs entirely may seem like a daunting task, placing a smaller rug on top of your existing area rug can be just as effective. To achieve this layered look, choose a rug that's no more than half the size of your current rug. It will act as more of an accent than taking center stage. Cowhide rugs in either traditional shades or zebra motif are durable, classic and chic. Or choose a natural fabric rug with rich, deep hues that compliment your home's color scheme.
Rugs from High Country Designs, 401 Main St., Frisco, 970-668-0107
7. Enhance your entryway
Your entryway is your first chance at a first impression. Seize the opportunity to set the tone for your entire home. From the carefully curated color palette to dim lighting to a spicy scent, get the biggest bang for your buck in this small space of your house or condo. Encompass all of the above tips in this area. Place a large mirror in the foyer to make the space seem larger, place candles to create a dreamy and romantic glow, use aromatherapy touches, and inject a bit of personality into the space. Let your inner designer shine through; choose unique vintage items that capture your personality to decorate the area.
Vintage coat hook from Marigolds Farmhouse Funk & Junk, 215 S. Main St., Breckenridge, 970-453-2093
8. Establish a focal point
While the fireplace may be a bit neglected in summer months, now is the time to get that beauty roaring again. Rearrange your furniture so the fireplace becomes a focal point. Create an intimate seating area that faces the warm fire. Unclutter the mantle with your year-round objects, and replace them with candles, mirrors and elements inspired by nature. For an elegant display, establish a minimal color palette and use natural materials.
Silver pinecone replicas, Ruby Jane, 232 S. Main St., Breckenridge, 970-423-6947
9. Create interesting tablescapes
Whether your table seats two or 10, it's a perfect time to create a memorable moment. Set a color palette and keep all of your fabrics, plates and accessories within this palette. Layer table linens and placemats with detailed or intricate flatware. It's the perfect season to dust off your grandmother's china. Use chargers under your plates for added drama. For the finishing touch, layer the center of the table with interesting objects. You'll find a treasure of curiosities at French Kiss in Breckenridge; Browse their selection of design books for an added dose of inspiration.
Place setting and books from French Kiss, 226 S. Main St., Breckenridge, 970-485-4992
10. Dazzle with draperies
Swath your rooms in thick, heavy draperies. Switch out your light summer sheers for elegant and dramatic panels. This one step can completely change the aesthetic of your home. Aside from looking exquisitely elegant, they'll help retain heat and keep your energy bill down. Visit Mountain Comfort in Frisco to design the custom curtains of your dreams. Extend the panels 1 to 3 inches longer than the floor, allowing the panels to "pool" for instant opulence. Or if you're looking for something a bit less custom, visit Tuesday Morning in Dillon for great discount options.
Fabric swatches from Mountain Comfort Furnishings & Design, 507 Summit Blvd., Frisco, 970-668-3661
11. Evoke memories
Our sense of smell is said to be our strongest sense, and its truth seems apparent in the winter months. Nothing conjures up memories of holidays past quite like the smell of cinnamon and spice. Adding scented candles or essential oils to your home can take you and your guests to another level of relaxation and serenity. The key is to not go overboard. Choose scents that are not overwhelming or distracting but subtle and effortless. Bundles of cinnamon sticks tied with a ribbon are simple and classic. Place them in a mason jar for an adorable vintage vibe. Visit the Backcountry Herbal Apothecary on Main Street in Frisco to find your perfect aromatherapy blend or scented candle.
Backcountry Herbal Apothecary, 507 Main St., Frisco, 970-668-1700
12. Swaddle your toes in warmth
Now that you've cozied up your home, it's time to cozy up your toes. Prevent snowy boots from making a mess in the home you've so deliberately decorated by having booties ready near the front door for your visitors. Dazzle them with your thoughtfulness by providing your family and friends with booties or cable-knit socks to enjoy during their stay and take home as a wonderful keepsake of the holidays spent with you in Summit County.
Slippers from Joy of Sox, 324 S. Main St., Breckenridge, 970-453-4534
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