Wednesday, January 11, 2017

10+ Ideas for a Cozy Night at Home

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I don't know about y'all, but this winter has been so cold and dreary that I often can't WAIT to get back home at night and have a cozy night in. Whenever I have a particularly long or stressful day, I always plan something at night to look forward to that will help me relax and feel pampered. Relaxing at night relieves stress, helps me sleep better, and in the morning I wake up feeling more refreshed and ready to tackle the day. Here are some of my favorite ways to make your home and night more cozy:

One // Choose warm lightbulbs for your home. 
This may sound crazy, but hear me out :) Warm lighting feels more natural to us in the evenings. As part of our natural human circadian rhythm, warm light helps us relax and wind down to get ready for sleep. White, cool lighting helps us be alert and energetic for performing tasks, so cool lighting in your home may interfere with your inner clock. I recently purchased these lamps which are sooo pretty and with warm lightbulbs they look beautiful at night!

Two // Watch your favorite show.
Whether it's New Girl on Tuesday nights or a show you're binge-watching on Netflix, plan a couple of nights per week where you can stay in and unwind with your favorite show. I look forward to The Bachelor all week (it's my guilty pleasure!).

Three // Take a bubble bath. 
Taking a bath is one of the ways I love to relax in the evenings. This bubble bath is so luxurious and smells amazing, and I follow it up with this body lotion to keep my skin moisturized during the winter months.

Four // Invest in a high-quality robe.
My robe might me one of my favorite items I own. If I'm in my apartment, 95% of the time I have my robe on (even over my regular clothes)! A high-quality one will last you a long time and will help keep you warm. This brand is known for softness and amazing quality.

Five // Put on a face mask.
I find face masks really relaxing - especially sheet masks - because you're forced to remain still for ten minutes while it soaks in. Plus your skin will thank you!

Six // Surround yourself with lots of pillows.
One way to make your house feel cozier is to put a lot of comfortable pillows on your living room couch. I like to mix and match pillows by combining different textures and prints. This faux fur one would be the perfect addition.

Seven // Light a scented candle.
Scented candles provide a feeling of "coziness" in your home and they also make your house smell good. I have candles in my living room, bedroom and bathroom and I love lighting them throughout the house at night (I have been loving this scented one in particular this winter). For a spa-like experience, dim the lights in your bathroom and take a bubble bath by candlelight.

Eight // Invest in a neck pillow.
But not just any neck pillow! This one has a removable insert that's filled with flaxseed and lavender flowers that you can heat in the microwave. I bought a similar one in Lake Tahoe and it is so wonderfully comforting on a cold night. Plus the scent of lavender will make you sleepy!

Nine // Read a book.
Reading in bed at night is one of my favorite ways to unwind. It helps take your mind off of your stresses and calms your brain before sleep. Plus it keeps you from being on your phone/computer before bed (which can keep you up!). You can find some of my book recommendations HERE and HERE.

Ten // Make a cup of tea.
Making a steaming cup of chamomile tea in the evenings is one of my favorite ways to unwind. Plus, how chic is this monogrammed glass mug?

Eleven // Invest in soft blankets.
In the wintertime, soft blankets are a must! I love wrapping myself up in a blanket and watching TV at night, and I HAVE to have a soft blanket on me when I go to sleep. This one has little faux fur pom-poms on it, which makes for a really fun and cozy touch (I own it in grey).

Twelve // Pamper your feet.
Once a week, I'll plan to do a foot-pampering treatment at home. I use a foot scrub, follow it up with therapeutic foot repair balm (I pick mine up from Ulta) and then put on fuzzy socks to help the lotion soak in. These slippers would be the perfect addition - they can be microwaved or chilled to relax sore, achy feet.

Let me know your favorites ways to spend a cozy night at home in the comments! :)

xoxo

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34 comments:

  1. Love this! My very last semester of college started this week and I could already use a cozy, relaxing night in, ha! Lighting scented candles is my FAVORITE simple relaxing thing to do!

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  2. This is such a fun post, what great ideas!
    xo, Caitlin
    http://thesolcompass.com

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  3. I haven't had a cozy night in. In a long time.

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  4. This is too cute! And that bedroom is amazing. I think I would do all of these, but my favorites are the pillows, candles, face mask, and tea <3

    Katie | WillowAndWhiteBlog.com

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  5. These are perfect ideas for at a night in! I love doing face masks!

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  6. Love the ideas and with the cool weather at the moment it's perfect. Also that bedroom is so cute!

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

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  7. I need that chunky knitted throw in that photo!!!

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  8. There's nothing better than a hot bath on a cold winter night!

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  9. That's my bedroom! My name is Andrea and I live in Newport Beach. I can't believe you used my bedroom in your blog! I'm flattered! My mom is an interior decorator. She's AMAZING!

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    1. Ahh thank you so much for commenting!!! Does your mom have a website where I can link to her and give her credit?!? I would love to share it on Instagram if that's okay with you - let me know your Instagram account (or your mom's) so I can tag you!!

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    2. @andrea where is the bed skirt from?

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  10. I have that same blanket with the faux fur poms (in grey) and it is one of my favourite items in the house. I selfishly hog it all to myself. It's currently 'winter' in the Caribbean so I am getting as much use out of it as I can before it will be banished for the hot and sticky summer months. Love these tips - I'm guilty of needing to spend more nights at home relaxing.
    Charlie x
    www.thebarefootangel.wordpress.com

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  11. All great ideas! I love taking off my heels and putting on my butter socks from Nordstrom. They are uber comfortable and always relax me!

    Xo, Nina
    Law of Fashion Blog

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  12. I absolutely love this post! I love doing all these things--you sound just like me in winter when I just want to curl up in my bed. I also love your bedroom design--so classic and pretty! When I renovate my future home I want bright white room with so many soft textures all over just like this :)

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  13. I totally agree with the warm lights. Harsh white lighting keeps my awake, makes me feel like i'm in the office! Love candles too!
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  14. That bedroom is so pretty! The white Christmas lights make it so cosy! Your list is spot on!

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  15. Nice post dear ;)

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  16. Love these tips! I just added a cup of chamomile tea to my night time routine (loved your post on that). I love to sip hot tea wrapped in my fuzzy blanket while a read a book (thanks for your recommendations) before bed... or really any time this winter.

    Lindzfw
    https://lindzfw.wordpress.com/

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  17. Nothing like a good book, soft blanket and amazing smelling candle to end the day!
    xx Tess | Sequins are the New Black

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  18. Nothing is quit as relaxing as a bubble bath with lite candles!

    Lauren,
    http://www.atouchofsoutherngrace.com

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  19. Sounds exactly like my night time routine right now! I sometimes like to spray this Eucalyptus Spearmint mist on my pillow for a calming scent as I drift asleep. I love your posts like this! Thanks!

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  20. Sounds exactly like my night time routine right now! I sometimes like to spray this Eucalyptus Spearmint mist on my pillow for a calming scent as I drift asleep. I love you posts like this! Thanks!

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  21. Love the blog and great tips for a cozy night in!

    Xx,

    Jerrieal
    www.lumarnescence.com

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  22. I do the robe-over-clothes thing as well! So happy I am not the only one! :)

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  23. OH gosh all of these look wonderful! We just had a snow blizzard and I'm ready for some hot cocoa and nice, relaxing pillows and blankets. xo

    McKenzie | maybemckenzie.com

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  24. Candles is the biggest one for me! I like to light a candle in each room so the house smells amazing and the warm glow from the fires is nice too.
    www.betterlivin.ca

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  25. 13. Don't have small children ;) just kidding! But now that my little guy is in bed every night by 7:30 it's be nice to have a good wind down ritual for myself...that is until baby 2 arrives in March!

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  26. These are so many of my favorite ways to chill out and relax as well! I've gotten to where I love to do a scrub and then follow up with a really luxurious body butter (my favorites are by Soap & Glory!)

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

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  27. Tea, candles and a super soft robe are definitely cosy night-in essentials for me ♥

    Amy // snippetsofamy.co.uk

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  28. Yesssss, I'm am just getting ready for my cosy night, candles set up and surrounded by books to read!

    www.sammikm.com

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  29. Reading this post makes me want a cosy night so bad for every night! Need to get some more scented candles! x

    lovelife-withlucy.blogspot.com

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  30. Absolutely loved this post! I am dying to read the Woman in Cabin 10.

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