As we brave sub-zero temperatures this month, most of us are spending more time at home. And while I am all about making your space warm and inviting at all times of the year—right now it seems pretty essential.
As my grandmother taught me, switching out fabrics each season is a great way to embrace change and keep your home feeling fresh. Of course at this time of the year, I reach for vintage blankets and throws, which add extra layers of warmth and texture. While I’ve got many great blankets, this year I added a couple to the mix that are sure to become annual favorites.
The first is a vintage faux fur blanket that came from a Fifth Avenue estate. Judging from the label, I’m guessing it is from the 1950s. I love it because it reversible (one side = mink; the other = chinchilla). Best of all, it is also quite warm and adds just the right amount of coziness on these cold winter nights.
The second blanket is a 1920s Pendleton wool blanket I found online from an Etsy store called “Mouse Trap Vintage” (https://www.etsy.com/shop/mousetrapvintage). It’s currently draped over a chaise lounge in my living room and adds warmth and lots of visual interest.
While perusing Mouse Trap’s other merchandise, I couldn’t pass up a scarf the owner, Sarah Brown, made from remnants of another old woolen blanket. It has a great color combination and is incredible warm. When I’m not wearing the scarf, it looks fantastic folded over the arm of a chair in my dressing area.
Each time I’ve visited Paris I’ve added to my collection of cafe au lait bowls, which come in very handy during the cold spells. I have my morning coffee in them and they do double duty as hand warmers.
Since it seems the mercury is not rising much this week, I’ll happily spend more time at home with these touches of vintage comfort, which keep me warm and bring me joy.
If you’re interested in finding any of these items, you can shop online from the comfort of your own home, as Etsy, Ebay and other online shopping sites have many wonderful items like this to add warmth to your home.