How To: Happify Your Home In Winter

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This time of year, Chicago always feels a little sad to us. The holidays are over, and winter stretches out in front of us until April (at the earliest). Since the weather keeps us cooped up inside, doing a few small things to happify a home can help. Lighting is key. We like the small dose of color in this Rise and Fall Lamp from Marston & Langinger. Click below for the complete list...

Add light. For people with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), special light therapies can sometimes help. Even if you're just fending off winter blahs, try to have 3 light sources in each room. Full spectrum light bulbs (available in normal and compact fluorescent models) appear more natural than standard bulbs by enhancing blues and reds.

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Add color. Paint an accent wall or, if you're up for it, a whole room. Warm colors can help cheer up a room in winter.

Add plants and flowers. Buying fresh flowers brings new life into your home and adds color and fragrance. Potted plants are also a big help, and will improve your home's air quality until you can finally open up the windows again. Click here for tips from AT on how to create a one-pot indoor herb garden in winter.

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Add texture. Bring warm, cozy textures into your home. Use throws on your furniture, add a fuzzy rug, or buy some big floor cushions (they're a relatively inexpensive way to soften a room and add extra seating).

Add people. Have people over during the winter months. Small gatherings are warm, inviting, and much better than bar-hopping on a cold Chicago night. Connecting with other people is also the best way to lift your spirits and fend off the blues.

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