how to fake winter in warm climates

no sweat ways to cozy up your summery space.

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by Liz Thompson

Feel you are missing out on comfy cold weather decor? There are simple ways to add a cozy feel to your home without the snow, wind, or sleet. Kick off those flip-flops and get ready to add serious snuggle factor to your space.

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Green your scene

It may already be green outdoors, but don’t let that stop you from adding more. Lush wreaths and garlands fit in anywhere. You can never have too much of this good thing.

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All warmth, no heat

When an actual fire is overkill, candles light up the room and add the feel of warmth without the heat. Cluster a variety of types and sizes in a fireplace, on a table, or windowsill. And you know what they say about candlelight being the most flattering…

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Throw some shade

Where candles are unsuitable, try swapping out lamp shades for something warmer. Gold or even plaid spice up your scene and add natural glow.

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All that glitters

If you dwell in a truly tropical enviro, you may want to (understandably) skip the cozy factor altogether. Think sparkle instead! Silver, gold, crystal, and mercury glass decorations usher in a holiday mood in uber cool style.

Fur sure

What says cozy like curling up on a sheepskin rug by the fire? Not just for freezing temps, this look totally works lake or beach side too.

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Trim a tiny tree

Beachy vibe goes on holiday with nontraditional “trees”. Pine branches in large sea glass inspired bottles are ripe for the decorating.

Sweet sweater stuff

So maybe you aren’t wearing sweaters, but they can still cozy up your space. How heavenly do wooly pillows, throws, and poofs look adorning a room?

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Faux snow

No flurries doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the beauty of snow-glazed branches. A flocked tree says winter and mixes beautifully with minimalist interiors.

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Fruitful adornments

Decorate with seasonal fruits for a fresh, festive vibe. Think pears, pomegranates, and citrus. Pair with gold or silver vases for autumn or holiday flair.

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Floral furnishings

Fresh flowers aren’t only for spring and summer. Use seasonal flowers –paperwhites, poinsettias, and amaryllis—to add a touch of natural cheer.

Branch out

Position autumnal or winter branches in large vases around your home to create a dramatic seasonal look. Magnolia and willow are perfect for fall. Try pine and winterberry for the holidays.

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Hot toddy

Forget lemonade and mojitos for the moment, and set up a hot chocolate bar for your next gathering. Make it kid and adult-friendly with flavored syrups, liqueurs, and fun accoutrements.

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Low key mantel

Earthy colors and natural textures make for a light and breezy palette. Mix holiday decorations with simple pieces, like driftwood and seagrass.

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Deck the floors

A super easy way to add a warm and comfy feel to your room is by

layering rugs

. Toss a fuzzy flokati on top of your everyday rug or bare floor.

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Icy luminaries

To get your holiday vibe on with serious chill factor, display ice luminaries at your next party. Seasonal flowers, fruits, and greenery make for pretty table décor.

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Tartan inspo

Plaid is the pattern of the season. Everything from pillows to dinnerware is adorned with the design. The perfect way to add instant coziness without piling it on too thick.

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Pretty in pink

Get your holiday decor on in an all new way. Holiday decor in nontraditional colors take on a modern look.

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Merry boho

Nothing says easy breezy like boho chic. Throw a lively serape blanket under your tree instead of a traditional skirt—and don’t skimp on the color.

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Celebrate outdoors

Bring the festivities poolside? Absolutely! Go all out with the decorations in vibrant green and blue hues made to match your surroundings.