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Design: Wintertime touches for your home

Wintertime is officially here, and even in Florida there are a number of ways you can recreate the beauty of the season indoors and deck your home out in subtle details that pay homage to winter.

Draw inspiration from the season and reimagine your home with these beautiful and elegant wintertime touches.

▪ Candles. Cozy fires and flickering candles are the essence of winter. There are few things that can add a sense of warmth to a home like candles. Best of all they’re fun, versatile and affordable. Stock up on candles in a range of varying heights, and consider investing in some beautiful candlesticks.

▪ Soft lights. Bright, harsh lights tend to result in a severe and unwelcoming atmosphere. Table and floor lamps are a welcome change for winter and will produce a soft, inviting light. Bulbs matter, too — make sure you steer clear of bulbs marked “daylight” and instead opt for “soft white” during the winter months. For even softer, more subtle lighting, replace standard white shades with earthy colors, or look for bamboo or wicker shades instead.

▪ Sumptuous rugs. Winter is the time to break out the shag rugs! Comfortable and luxurious, high pile rugs help make a room look inviting, and they’ll keep your feet cozy as well. Modern shag rugs in classic colors like ivory and beige are always an excellent choice.

▪ Creature comforts. ‘Tis the season for comfort and warmth! Add coordinated throw pillows and throws to add a sense of warmth to a room during the winter. Pillows are also a great way to introduce a pop of color without going overboard. Keep things coordinated by using pillows from the same collection.

Cathy Hobbs is an Emmy Award-winning television host and an interior design and home staging expert. Visit her website at www.cathyhobbs.com.