- Throws and blankets are a necessity for us when the temperature dips. We can tuck them around us when it's chilly; when the weather warms up again, they add color or tuck them under your head for a makeshift pillow when you're curled up on the couch.
- Bring the furniture in closer to the center of the room. Like gathering around the hearth in days of yore, circling the furniture around a central point gives the feeling of warmth.
- Piles of books. When it's cold, we like to curl up on the couch with a good book or settle in for a good video. Although we normally advocate against it, a little bit of useful clutter -- a pile of books or videos, a basketful of knitting, a cluster of bright red flowers -- can fool the mind into a feeling of warmth. Now's the perfect time to bring out the extra pillows.
- A change of lighting: A pool of light from a bedside lamp or a reading light ups the cozy factor more than the harsh glare of an overhead light. If you've been thinking that your room needs an extra bit of light (we like three sources of light in every room apart from an overhead bulb), now's the time to bring it in. A change of bulb -- try a pink one or a lower wattage -- can also bring up the illusion of cozy.
- A bit of greenery: Usually we think of flowers and plants as adding an illusion of cool to a room but, depending on the kind, they can also add warmth. Of course, evergreen branches and poinsettia plants are expected at this time of year but any plant or flower with dark foliage and warm red or orange flowers has the same effect.
image: Stefanie's Old World Modern