My sister lives in one of those New York apartments where the heat is preset for the entire building and every winter she pulls out the tank tops and shorts to avoid heat stroke. I, on the other hand, live in a DC townhouse, where the top floors are boiling and the lower floors frigid. And this is after installing a new $6,000 boiler and energy-efficient thermostat. So instead of blasting the heat at ever increasing levels, I have resorted to smaller, more cost-effective means of staying warm. What tricks, apart from staying in bed all day, do you have for getting cozy in the cold?
• 1 How cute is this? The coffee keeps you warm and this keeps the coffee in the French press warm. Handmade cosy made from Harris Tweed on Etsy at FieldyTweed. $26.50.
• 2 The English are big hot water bottle users. It's probably because it always feels so cold and damp in British homes! They don't need Canadian-style central heating systems but English weather isn't exactly balmy. So Brits use hot water bottles, light fires and imbibe vast quantities of warm tea. I love this hot water bottle cover on Etsy, made from 100% Scottish wool. A Crooked Sixpence.
• 3 I wear these rather cheesy but incredibly cozy UGG slippers. But these Sorel slippers look pretty good, too. Sorel Nakiska Slipper. Suede upper and wool-acrylic blend lining. A natural rubber outsole offers indoor/outdoor traction. About $50.
• 4 Even weather-stripping won't keep out every icy draft. We have 4 different "door draft snakes" but none as cute as this from Shakerville on Etsy. $20
• 5 A few years ago we invested in a panel wall heater for our small basement play room. The pros of these wall panels are that they take up no space and can be painted to blend in with your wall! The heat is also very effective and is low enough to be left on overnight. The downside is that the first two we installed cracked and had to be returned. But the third was a charm and we still recommend these panel heaters to our friends. Econo-Heat
• 6 It seems most everyone in Commonwealth countries has an electric tea kettle because there is something about having a queen that makes people want to drink a lot of tea. When I returned from two years in Melbourne, Australia, one of my first purchases was this Breville electric teakettle. It turns off automatically, is silent, and is cordless (super convenient). It also looks pretty cool. $79.95.
• 7 Everyone loves a cozy throw blanket. These are on my wish list this year. Hand knitted alpaca throws from Amenity Home. $287.
• 8 This inexpensive Ludde sheepskin rug from IKEA ($39.99) is the ultimate in insta-coziness.
• 9 You can also drape a sheepskin on your furniture as seen in Desire to Inspire for extra warmth on a cold bottom.
• 10 Sherpa throw from Bliss Living ($135) is beautifully textured faux fur backed in cotton velvet.
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