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Active Home – Winter Layering – Nov/Dec2016

Active Home - Winter Layering - Nov/Dec2016

Adding layers to the rooms in my home each, and every, fall has to be the easiest, and most enjoyable, decorating that I do. I think of it in the same way as I do with my wardrobe. Adding layers creates both practical, and visual, warmth. Plus, it makes me feel like I’m creating a warm cocoon for my family, so that we can get through the blustery months in comfort. After an afternoon of seasonal layering, all we need is a crackling fire and a hot toddy, and we’re all set for long winter evenings.


This is the best way to add texture, colour and pattern to your rooms. I have a variety of throws that I’ve purchased over the years, and I pull them all out and drape them over chairs and sofas, so that there’s a blanket wherever someone decides to curl up. Pashminas and wooly shawls are also great options. It’s a practical way to use fabulous finds for multiple purposes.


Use these surfaces to show off your favourite textiles, and I’m not talking about just tablecloths. Don’t limit yourself. It could be a much-loved throw, coverlet, quilt or shawl. Lay it straight or angle it. Use the table shape to your advantage, and play with your collections to create a pretty tablescape – when dining, or on your coffee table. I use decorative plates, bowls, compotes, figurines, books and votives – whatever works with my scheme, theme and season.


There’s no better way to instantly warm up a room than with candles. Change things up by marrying your vases with your candles. Once again, it gets them out of storage and into action. Glass vases (especially coloured ones) add a wonderful glow to the corner of a room.


Most of us never change up, or move, our carpets, but this is a classic layering trick used by designers. Carpets help to define a space. With so many wonderful shapes and sizes available, the possibilities are endless. Use them in utility areas, entranceways and passageways. I love layering a smaller, patterned flat-weave carpet on top of broadloom, or I position it on a larger, under-stated area rug to visually draw you in to a cozy space.


This is one of the best, and often overlooked, ways to layer and warm up a room for our Canadian winters. Readymade panels and sheers make it easy to create a second layer. Switch out lighter panels for those with a pattern, or a heavier weight fabric, like velvet.

SOURCES: Decorative accessories are available at boutiques across Canada, and at


Cobi Ladner is the Editorial Director of RENO & DECOR magazine, and the owner of Cobistyle.








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