Cozy Winter Nesting Ideas

Today, we’re sharing cozy winter nesting ideas with some of our favorite bloggers as part of the Cozy Winter Home Tours hosted by the always creative, Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home.

If you’re coming over from Celcilia’s blog, My Thrift Store Addiction, welcome, we’re glad you’re here!

I don’t know if it’s the chilly weather or the fact we’ve been decluttering and organizing all the things that has inspired me.

But somewhere along the way,  I’ve totally embraced cozy winter nesting ideas.

Whatever the reason, this inspiration has most definitely been welcomed because I couldn’t be more grateful for the slower pace of winter.

I know spring will be here soon and while I’m ready for flower weather, I plan to savor every last bit of winter that’s left.

So, it’s in that spirit I’m sharing 14 Cozy Winter Nesting Ideas, in the hopes you’ll be able to recreate a welcoming home you love this season too.

Make Your Front Door and Porch Feel Cozy and Inviting

As I’ve shared with you many times before, the front porch is one of the most sentimental spaces on our property.

I can still remember sitting on the couch of my tiny apartment in graduate school, in a not so great area of town, flipping through magazines dreaming of having a big front porch to decorate one day.

Hanging a wreath and adding a few seasonal plants around the front door doesn’t take long at all. Yet it’s one of the easiest ways to implement cozy winter nesting ideas in your home.

Embrace a Winter White and Creamy Ivory Color Palette

A simple way to welcome the power of winter is by layering different shades of white in your home.

You don’t have to make everything white (unless you want to), just add a few pops of a neutral color around the house during this season of cozy.

If you love color and struggle with winter decorating in general, think about how pretty it is to see a blanket of fresh fallen snow on the ground, the texture on a pair of natural antler sheds, the beautiful bark of birch trees or the crisp blooms on a paperwhite.

Nature is always inspirational!

Organize and Declutter 

Call me crazy but there is no better feeling in the world than coming home to spaces that are clean and calm.

For me, that means working to declutter, organize, contain and maintain our home throughout the year.

We use a simple 52 Weeks to a Simplified and Organized Home Schedule so every nook and cranny gets some much deserved attention from January to December.

Create Cozy Ambiance with a Fireplace, Candles or Fairy Lights 

One of the saddest parts of the holidays being over is that I miss the twinkling lights from the Christmas tree almost immediately.

If you miss them too, considering using cozy winter nesting ideas to create an warm ambience with a crackling fire, battery operated candles or tiny fairy lights.

Create a Special Area for Reading, Journaling or Morning Quiet Time 

One of my non-negotiables this year is quiet time every morning.  It starts my day off on the right foot fully focused on what’s important and motivated to tackle the day.

Since I have several different books I use each morning, I’ve found it’s easiest to snuggle up in a big chair with a cup of coffee.

That said, it’s also a designated space to curl up and read if I have a free afternoon.

It seems like such a simple idea but taking the time to make the ritual as comfortable and as cozy as possible has been a game changer.

Make Textured Pillows and Blankets Easily Accessible

Even though we live in Florida, we love having baskets of blankets and textured pillows easily accessible.

There’s something about a warm blanket that encourages our family and our friends to curl up, visit and stay a while.

Cozy Up Your Bedroom

According to the National Sleep Foundation, the average person spends almost one third of the day sleeping.

I know some of you might get more sleep and some might get less sleep than others but I think we can all agree, it’s important.

If you’ve been putting off creating a bedroom that’s truly a retreat space, let this year be the year you use these cozy winter nesting ideas to inspire you to make your bedroom beautiful.

Revamp Your Coffee and Tea Bar

If you look forward to that first sip of coffee or tea in the morning, now is the time to embrace your inner barista!

Creating an area in your home specifically designated for coffees, teas or hot chocolates will help to save you time everyday as you enjoy your first cup because everything will be all in one place.

Use a Sugar Scrub

How many times have you put self-care on your goals list only to let it slip every. single. month?

I’m so guilty of this too!

Using an exfoliant like this cinnamon and vanilla latte brown sugar scrub  or a relaxing bath bomb on a consistent basis is such a great way to help keep winter skin healthy.

They don’t take very long to make but you’ll the benefits of smooth skin all day.

Prioritize Healthy Meals 

We’re always thinking about how to create healthy meals no matter what the season.

But there is something extra comforting about nourishing your body with a leafy green salad or warm bowl of soup that makes it one of the best cozy winter nesting ideas on this list.

We usually plan our meals out by the month but if you don’t have that kind of time, no worries, we share our menu every week on our From the Front Porch posts too.

Embrace Seasonal Scents with Candles, Room Diffusers or Simmer Pots 

Putting together the ingredients for a seasonal simmer pot, room diffuser or candle couldn’t be easier and it’s one of those cozy winter nesting ideas you can do every day.

Plus, it’s such a great way to relax too!

Layer Plants Around the House or Create an Easy Topiary

Ok, this is another one of those cozy winter nesting ideas that’s easy to pull off!

Layering plants in commonly used spaces is not only healthy for your family, it’s also healthy for your home.

While we’ll always favor real plants over faux ones, don’t discount faux plants altogether.

Especially, if you have allergies, mischievious pets or travel extensively where it’s not an option.

Plants of any kind, including topiaries, can visual interest and texture to your home in minutes!

Collect Something You Love 

I know it might seem weird to have declutter and collect something you love in the same cozy winter nesting ideas list.

But how good would it feel to live in a home surrounded only by those things you truly love instead of stuff you liked in the moment?

Now is a great time to look through those items you’ve been holding onto for years and deciding if they’re still worth collecting.

Stop Waiting to Use Your “Good Stuff”

Whenver I think about cozy winter nesting ideas, I think about how I want people to feel whenever they walk into my home.

I want it to be a place that is warm and inviting,  provides respite and comfort from crazy schedules, and is a place to laugh and make memories no matter what the season of life people find themselves in.

All those things require a generous spirit that I’m constantly working on. So, I have to remind myself pretty frequently, to stop waiting to use the “good stuff.”

It’s a spirit that goes far beyond good china, tea cups, polished silver, linen napkins and pretty stationery.

Not waiting to use the good stuff requires us all to be fully present and aware of how we’re spending our time, talents and resources.

While it does take a bit of extra work, it also offers us the opportunity to appreciate the most mundane details of our daily life and to celebrate them!

This is going to be such an exciting year so I hope you’ll take some extra time to collect a few cozy winter nesting ideas that feel special to you too!

More Cozy Winter Nesting Ideas on the Cozy Winter Home Tours Blog Hop

Be sure to stop by and see Crissy from First Day of Home. She’s up next on the Cozy Winter Home Tour Blog Hop with a beautiful mantel!

Once you’re finished there be sure to check out all the creativity the other fabulous ladies on the hop are sharing:

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Many blessings,

CoCo

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55 Comments

  1. I appreciate that, Angie, thank you! Those littles melt my heart even on the days I feel totally crazed 🙂 Hugs, Coco

  2. Thanks so much Stacey! Even in Florida we’re always looking for a way to snuggle up. Things have been totally crazy here so I’m hoping they settle down long enough for me to link up to your party. It’s always fun to see what people have been up to. Sending you hugs, Coco

  3. Donuts and jammers and slow down is good for the soul ladies. Let’s put that on a tee shirt. I’ll call Nate 🙂 Hugs, Coco

  4. CoCo – all of your winter cozy ideas are spot on! We love curling up by the fire with a nubby throw, drinking a hot chocolate, with a fresh balsam candle glowing. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous home! Much love.

    1. I’m so ready to get some winter weather so we can have more days snuggled up by the fire ladies! Lazy winter days are my favorite days and we could definitely use some more. Big hugs, CoCo

  5. You have so many wonderful ideas for winter nesting. I’m ready for a big snowstorm to be trapped in my home for days to really get to relax and nest. There’s no snow in sight but I remain hopeful. 🙂

    1. ha ha I know just what you mean Paula! I wanted to start this post out…winter in Florida…yes, we are still wearing our flip flops! My parents got me the prettiest sweater as one of my Christmas gifts and it’s been too warm to wear it. While I don’t have hope for any snow, I do have hope we’ll get some winter-like weather soon. Hope you have the chance to snuggle up as well. Hugs to you and Sherman, CoCo

  6. These are great tips. The quiet time is always the best one. Thanks for the reminder. Your images are wonderful. It was fun touring with you.

    1. I appreciate that so much, Katie, thank you! My morning devotional is Beholding and Becoming from Ruth Cho Simmons and it’s fabulous. My prayer journal is from Day Sping. I look forward to using both every day. They definitely help me start the day off on the right foot. Hugs, CoCo

  7. Your ideas are great for winter and after the new what’s a better time to embrace these tips.

    Surrounding yourself with things you love, soft whites is perfect.

    Pretty front door wreath too.

    Cindy

    1. Thank you bunches, Cindy! White is my favorite color so it’s not too hard to embrace winter neutrals and ironstone this time of year. You have some beautiful peices too. We could totally be shopping buddies if you lived closer. Hope your winter season is a fun one, hugs, CoCo

    1. Thank you so much, Linda! Winter in Florida is SO hard to capture because it really doesn’t look or feel any different than spring or fall. I live my winter wonderland dreams through you 🙂 Sending you lots of hugs, CoCo

  8. We just received six inches of snow and more is expected this weekend so your ideas for winter nesting will definitely come in handy! Your home is so lovely and that pic of your gorgeous plants reminds me that I need more! 🙂

    1. Oh my goodness, Christine, 6 inches of snow and more on the way is wild! It sounds like the perfect time to snuggle up with a good book and a cup of cocoa or plan some fun projects for the spring. I hope you stay safe and toasty. Hugs, CoCo

  9. I love all the textures and neutral colors you used in your home. So many creative ideas for winter nesting! I could just imagine sitting by that gorgeous fireplace on a cold winter night. Your home is so beautiful! Great to hop with you again!
    Shelley

    1. You’re so sweet Shelley, thank you! Sadly, we haven’t had much time to use that fireplace this season. In fact, I wore shorts today 🙂 I’m hopeful we’ll have a few more days of winter before flower weather arrives. Your ski trips always sound like so much fun. I know you guys must make lots of great winter memories. Hugs, CoCo

  10. So much inspiration in your photos and such great tips too. I definitely have to remember to use the good stuff. It mostly hides in a closet somewhere. Not any more. I plan to use it and enjoy it.

    1. Oh my goodnes, Marty, pull all that good stuff out and start using it! I know you probably have some pretty pieces and I know you must throw some good parties too 🙂 I know you’re probably having a mild winter like we are so I hope you’re having a great time. Hugs, CoCo

  11. I love all of these ideas! We (really I) started eating healthier and I’m definitely checking out the 52 weeks to get organized! Pinned it already and sharing on my FB page.

    I’m a huge believer in using the good stuff as well. Enjoy life now and make every day special somehow! Pinned this too. 😉 Always love hopping with you.

    1. Thank you so much Cindy! I’m totally with you on the eating healthy train. It’s SO hard sometimes to make consistent healthy choices but I know the effort is going to be worth it in the long run. I tried to do a 30 day challenge but I just couldn’t keep up so we slowed it down and started one thing a week and it’s going much better 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing! I’ve pinned all of your beautiful lantern ideas and will share as well. Sending you hugs, CoCo

  12. Coco, these are all such wonderful tips. I adore your winter whites and lovely plants! It is a pleasure to join you on the tour. Stay cozy! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

    1. Thank you, Cecilia! That’s how I feel about your beautiful bedroom Cecilia 🙂 All those layers of loveliness mixed with heirloom treasures are fabulous. I love your new website too. The colors are so pretty! Hugs, CoCo

  13. CoCo, there’s so much to love here! I love your ideas for making a home cozy for the winter. The bed linens in one of your first photos, the plants/topiaries and that timepiece napkin ring really caught my eye. Everything looks perfectly cozy! Thanks for the great tips. Hugs, Crissy

    1. Thank you bunches Crissy! We love neutral colors most of the year so embracing creamy whites for winter is not too much of a stretch 🙂 That said, we fully embrace and appreciate the slower pace of winter. I’m all for snuggling up and I know you are too! Hugs, CoCo

  14. wow, so many wonderful ideas to be cozy this winter!! your photos are fab CoCo I’m loving that photo of the vintage embellished watchface. Do you have a link to that post? so gorgeous and interesting!!

    1. Oh my gosh, thank you Debra! I picked up those watch faces at an outdoor extravaganza for just a few dollars a piece. We used them as part of our New Year’s Eve tablescape which was fun. I hope your winter season is peace filled and relaxing. Your mantel, living room and reading chair make me want to snuggle up 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

  15. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    CoCo, you always give the best advice! You have shared some wonderful ideas for embracing these winter months, Your home is beautiful, and you have inspired me to decorate my front porch. It always seems to get neglected during the winter. Enjoy your week, sweet friend!

    1. You’re too kind Shannon, thank you! Even though winter doesn’t feel that much different here than spring or fall we’re excited for the slower pace of life. We have had a few chilly days here and there which has definitely been a fun change to our usual flip flop weather. I know your porch is going to be gorgeous! I love everything you do 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

  16. Pinning lots of cozy winter inspiration here CoCo! Love your bookshelves and the coffee bar idea. Yours always looks so festive with all the different looks you create through the seasons. Stay warm my friend!

    1. Thank you so much Michelle! We don’t have a lot of extra storage space around here so I’m always thinking of how I can change that area up and make it fresh. It gets used multiple times a day all day so we have to make it a top priority 🙂 I hope your week has been a fun one! Hugs, CoCo

  17. CoCo, an excellent read and take on cozy winter living! I like that you also included getting organized and eating well. Going with getting organized, I’m determined to spend some time going through my digital photos from the last two years — choosing which ones to print, updating frames or adding more, and creating photo books from some awesome adventures. Lots of great ideas and inspiration — thanks!

    1. That is such a great goal Debbee! It’s always fun to go back and see all the great times and experiences you’ve had with loved ones and friends while traveling. I swear there is nothing like making memories together that creates a life of happiness and gratitude. Hugs, CoCo

  18. Great idea list, Coco! I always love seeing your beautiful photos in your pretty, farmhouse home. Love how you style everything. I think I have a case of bookshelf envy now that I’ve seen your perfectly styled ones!

    1. You’re so sweet Lora, thank you! My Dad built the bookcases for me a few years ago and I treasure them. I asked him to make them 7 feet tall and once he was finished they were almost 9 feet tall ha ha I was so worried they would scrape the ceiling but when he dropped them off he said, “I know you wanted shorter bookcases but I did what I thought looked best. Hope this is ok.” Of course they were perfect and I should have listened to him from the beginning.
      He was so right 🙂 Hugs for a happy week, CoCo

  19. Oh boy is this post full of beautiful eye candy and inspiration! I love all the tips you shared and I will definitely be borrowing this quote in the future with your permission and a link back to this post;
    “But how good would it feel to live in a home surrounded only by those things you truly love instead of stuff you liked in the moment?”
    My decorating motto is “Surround yourself with the things you love” and I definitely live by that. You are so right, those impulse Home Goods buys never having the staying power of a vintage find that makes my heart sing.

    I love, love, love your styled bookshelves, transferware and ironstone. My absolute favorite photo is the collection of plants in posts and urns. Are those faux hellebores by any chance? Love this post!

    Thanks so much for joiing the winter tours!

    1. I really appreciate it, Amber, thank you! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve helped people declutter that wished they would have just waited for what they really wanted instead of buying something that merely held a place for a short moment in time. I know you love vintage and antique finds too and gosh, it does take some time to find exactly what you want but the hunt is always worth it. Love your decorating motto! It’s such a good one. All the plants in our “Florida Winter” picture came from Hobby Lobby or IKEA and were very reasonably priced. Thanks so much for putting our hops together and for leading such an amazing group of women. Hugs, CoCo PS: You’re welcome to use anything you want, you know I’m on Team Amber 🙂

  20. CoCo all of your ideas are perfect and cozy! I pinned so many of your beautiful images…thank you for all of the beautiful inspiration! Looks like you are ready to cozy up for Winter now!

    1. Thank you so much Kelly! I keep waiting for some kind of winter weather to hit Florida but nothing so far. I’m hopeful we’ll be able to snuggle up by the fire sometime over the next few weeks though so I’ll be on the hunt for some good books and new magazines. I hope you have a chance to cozy up this season too. Hugs, CoCo

  21. Jann Olson says:

    Who doesn’t like to be cozy? So many wonderful ideas! The older I get the less I like the cold, but a dusting of freshly fallen snow is so beautiful!
    hugs,
    Jann

    1. I hear so many people say that Jann! They always say it looks pretty until you have to live in it full time and then it’s a totally different game. Maybe we should just trade places for a hot minute so you can warm up and I can play in the snow 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

  22. This is gorgeous! I just posted something similar but your photos are stunning. Love the simple ideas.

    1. Thank you so much, Amy, I really appreciate it! We’re always looking for ways to add a bit of cozy to our lives no matter what the season but there definitely feels like something extra special about being cozy in winter. Hope your season has been a fabulous one so far. I can’t wait to read your tips too, CoCo

  23. All such great ideas, and as usual your photos are fabulous! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

    1. You’re so sweet, Kathleen, thank you! Taking photos for each project and post always feels like a work in progress. Big hugs for a fantastic week, CoCo

  24. Coco, as usual, you have shown so many wonderful ideas for creating a warm and inviting home. Thank you for all the awesome tips to sue throughout the home and Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Turn About.

    1. I appreciate it so much Carol, thank you! It’s supposed to be around freezing in Florida tonight and I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited to break out the sheets and cover the plants 🙂 I hope you’re staying nice and toasty this week too. Hugs, CoCo

  25. Hi Coco, just popping back over to let you know I featured this lovely post this week at All About Home. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Such a sweet surprise, Amber, thank you so much! Heading over right now 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

  26. CoCo your home is beautiful, every inch of it. Love how your styled your home for the winter months.

    1. I really appreciate your sweet and thoughtful words, Terrie, thank you so much! Hugs, CoCo

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