Cozy Rooms for Winter

If you follow us on Instagram, you may have seen our recent images of snow and ice.  Up in Anchorage, Mera posted this photo of Cromwell the cat counting snowflakes from his warm perch.

Red House West || Cozy Fireplaces

While down in Eugene, the incessant rain stopped just long enough for Katie to snap this picture of her frosty red house at the end of a rainbow:

Red House West: Get CozyWhen the outdoor air is frigid, there’s nothing better than coming into a house and cozying up next to a crackling fire.  Getting out of a warm bed in the morning this time of year is already hard for both of us, but if we had a wood stove next to our beds – forget about it.

This decidedly British hearth looks like the perfect spot to enjoy a cup of tea and buttery crumpets.



In this room we like the wooden beams and the way the angle of the chimney matches that of the sloping wall. We’d gladly swap our laptops for that old typewriter in the corner and send you Red House West posts the old fashioned way.

This room isn’t exactly cozy–it could use a warm rug or some other textiles, but we like the artistry of the wood storage and the warmth it adds to this mostly white room.

The snacks are already laid out for us in this pretty, light-filled room – add a pillow, blanket, and book to that tufted bench and we would never leave.

While the decor in this room isn’t necessarily what we would choose – this is an example where the modern elements are fighting with the traditional architecture rather than complementing it – we absolutely adore that robin’s egg Swedish kakelugen.

This sweet A-frame in Los Angeles probably doesn’t really get cold enough to need the stove, but it gives us a cozy feeling just the same.

We hope you’re all staying snug and warm – come back on Wednesday for a post from Mera!

9 responses on “Cozy Rooms for Winter

  1. Nina

    I just got in from a very foggy, drizzly, gloomy morning of errand-running, and I am damp to my soul. This post couldn’t have come at a better time. Thank you for the cozy!

    Props for just casually dropping the word kakelugn on us. Without the visual, and being Swedish stove stupid, I would have guessed it was some kind of cookie. 🙂

    1. Katie

      Yeah, Mera and I were on the phone writing this post together and she dropped that word all natural-like, and I was like, ‘caca what?’ Her vocabulary is vast as the untamed sea. 🙂

  2. Sally

    In the southern hemisphere we hope for a hot day and then think of what windows we can open to get a through draft without blowing everything over. And because we grew up with northern hemisphere holiday movies, music and images, these cozy fires are still so appealing at Christmas, especially the rumpled bed and rumpled dog in the first of the fireplace photos. The English hearth one does look rather formal as though no one would actually cozy up to it. The chair isn’t even angled towards the fire.

    1. Katie

      I spent a Christmas in Australia as a kid and loved the (very festive) absurdity of belting out the usual snow-centric carols by our plastic tree then heading down to the beach for a swim. Happy holidays!

  3. Michelle

    Lovely post Mera and Katie. ‘Tis the season to get cozy and these are great examples. Thanks for sharing and merry, cozy holidays to you both!

  4. Emily

    A lovely selection of stoves here. My first job after uni was writing instruction manuals for wood-burning stoves (ugh, the worst), but even that wasn’t enough to spoil their magic for me! Nothing says winter cheer like a blazing fire and a cat curled up on the rug… I wonder if it’s too late to cash in on the 50% stove discount now I no longer work there?!

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