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As the temperatures drop, our Friday-night plans increasingly turn away from rooftop cocktails to TV binge sessions. We’re not complaining, but spending more time at home makes it extra important to actually love being in your home. These seven easy updates will have you Netflix and chillin’ in style.

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Make Your Own Seasonal Centerpiece

While we have nothing against a well-placed pumpkin, painting a gourd in a color that actually blends well with your home adds an extra layer of sophistication. It’s the hands-down easiest (and cheapest) route to an elegant, unexpected centerpiece that will impress everyone from your in-laws to your book-club besties.

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Pillows, Blankets and More Pillows

Is there anything better than burrowing underneath a mountain of plush pillows and blankets? Set up your adult fortress in style with luxurious blankets with unexpected textures (fur, perhaps?) and a completely unnecessary amount of pillows. Need some interior inspo? Try these Mongolian lamb fur throw pillows by Zipcode Design ($42).

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Go Crazy for Candles

More is more when it comes to candles in the wintertime. Splurge on some of the fancier scents you’ve been eyeing at boutiques like Gather Home + Lifestyle and Aaron’s Apothecary—you’ll never regret spending a little extra to have your home smelling like teakwood and cardamom until spring breaks through.

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Slipcover Your Furniture

Slipcovers aren’t just squeaky plastic wrapping beloved by the great-aunts of America. They’re actually a super-affordable, easy way to dramatically change the look of your most lived-in rooms. We love the cozy-chic feel of a bright-white cover paired with fur blankets and pillows. We love the quilted options available at Overstock (starting at $37) and the Marrakesh-inspired styles at (starting at $125).


Edge Up Your Halloween Decor

Donna Mondi of Donna Mondi Interior Design, a luxury design studio in Chicago, recommends amping up your interiors with nontraditional Halloween decor. Think pieces like skulls, edgy hardware and hardcover copies of Edgar Allan Poe classics.


Swap Out Your HousePlants

Poinsettias and pine always have a place in your house through the holidays, but we’re also fans of easy-to-care-for plants like cacti and succulents. A gallery wall of well-placed succulents could add some much needed green through the cold Chicago winter. Sprout Home is a gorgeous shop that will inspire you (plus, the stuff is so helpful).


Deck Your Doors

Wreaths and doormats are the perfect ways to get crafty when it comes to your home decor. Try making this wood and burlap wreath, a gorgeous update on the seasonal classic that will give you a little sense of accomplishment every time you walk through your door.

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