10 Winter Décor Essentials
The furnishings and accessories you need to transform an ordinary room into the ultimate winter retreat
What does it take to transform an ordinary room into the ultimate winter retreat? After studying our archives and consulting with some of the top designers in the West, we think we’ve got it figured out. Here, in no particular order, we bring you the top 10 furnishings and accessories you need to hunker down in style.
1. A COZY PERCH
Think of this as home base: It's where you'll start the day with a cup of coffee, pause for a midday catnap and curl up by the fire before bed. This sofa pairs long-wool Icelandic sheepskin with reclaimed American oak boards. Long Wool Sofa by Sentient Furniture, sentientfurniture.com
2. A PLACE TO PUT UP YOUR FEET
A comfy spot for weary feet is a must after a day out on the trails. A little footrest is the perfect place to make a big style statement, whether you choose something ultra modern or super rustic, like this antler-and-hide version. Red Stag Antler Footrest with Spotted Deer Hide No. 4, at antlerfurniture.net.
3. A ROARING FIRE
Keep that cozy glow going into the wee hours—and a tidy hearth to boot—with a fire tool set so stylish, it doubles as an objet d'art. This handcrafted set features a striking mix of cast and architectural bronze and steel. Teton Fire Tool Set in medium bronze patina by Tuell & Reynolds, tuellreynolds.com.
4. ANTLER ACCENTS
The antler chandelier—it's what everyone expects to see in a mountain home. But our favorite renditions offer a twist on tradition, like this crystal version handmade by Jason Lawson at his Texas Hill Country studio. Its armature of hand-sculpted and poured bronze supports hot-sculpted crystal antlers that are illuminated using LED technology. Crystal Antler Chandelier by Lawson Glass, lawsonglass.com.
5. A WARM DRINK
A cup of cocoa (or coffee) just tastes better in your favorite mug. We love this stackable ceramic set, which nestles atop an acacia wood base and feels just as good in your hands as it looks displayed on the breakfast table. Bulbo Ceramic Mug Stack by Nambé, nambe.com
6. A PLUSH THROW
It's got to be soft and cozy, it's got to look great draped artfully over the arm of the sofa and, most importantly, it's got to cover your toes. This one, made from fine-knit alpaca and trimmed with tassel pompoms, does it all. Alicia Adams Alpaca Tassel-Pompom Throw in navy blue and beige, 74" x 56", at Barneys New York, barneys.com
7. STYLISH STORAGE
Firewood: It's a messy necessity in a room with a hearth, so corral it in style with a handsome rack. This sturdy steel one, handmade to your specifications, is modest about its rugged good looks, allowing the rustic mosaic of stacked wood to take the spotlight. Firewood Rack by Montana Angle Worx, montanaangleworx.com.
8. A WARM GLOW
We all look better in candlelight, and that goes for rooms, too. Choose a candelabra that's just as lovely with the lights on—this one features an intricate floral pattern hand-carved into buffalo horns for a look reminiscent of tooled leather. Silvery inlays and antique sterling silver candle holders glimmer in the light. Buffalo Bling by Jenny Booth, jennyboothart.com.
9. PRETTY PILLOWS
You've heard designers talk about updating rooms to match the season. You can do it too, by swapping out a decorative pillow or two. For winter, we love the look of rich leather in warm hues of chestnut and tobacco. Geometric Leather Pillow and Leather Pillow with Studs by Pfeifer Studio, pfeiferstudio.com.
10. A PLACE TO PLAY
A well-designed living room answers the question, "What should we do now?" by offering places for not only conversation and contemplation but entertainment, too. This chess set's concave walnut and maple wood board and wobbly chessmen add liveliness to a silent game. Wobble Chess Set designed by Adin Mumma for UMBRA, umbra.com.