Fall is that time of year when the skies get a little darker, the air turns crisp and chilly, and the daylight becomes less and less. For me, it's the time I like to add more low light to my home to make it feel cozy. In the kitchen I added a espresso cup-candle alongside a platter that I use almost daily and Hubs' indispensable toothpick dispenser. The platter blocks an ugly outlet that is less visible this way.
To make the espresso cup candle, I just added ordinary table salt to my cup and scrunched the tea light down into it. A simple touch.
I love the low light on the highboy dresser. I like to have it on in the evenings even when we are not in the bedroom because the soft light looks so welcoming and warm.
A reading light alongside the bed is a must, and begs the sleepy one to read just a page more before turning in.
The wood-burning stove is the hub of our home in fall and winter months and in the cold, wet springtime too. It's where we warm up after coming in from chores, and where we hang wet mittens and gloves and an occasional pair of cover-alls to dry. I always keep my oil lamps on the mantle in case of a power failure which happens frequently out here. The candlestick holders I bought for $1.50 second-hand and painted black.
Near the stove is a sitting area where we like to sit and talk over our day or read or simply rest and watch the fire flicker. Light. A simple thing and yet a profound thing. A small lamp or a candle can make a home feel more cozy and welcoming. How are you creating cozy spaces in your home this autumn? For lots of good ideas, check out The Inspired Room. I'm enjoying her 31 Days of Autumn Bliss.