Jennifer Mack column: How to make your home warm and cozy this winter

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With the first "snowstorm" of the season behind us, many of us are starting to hunker down for the winter. For my last column of the year, I would like to offer some ideas for making your home cozy and comfortable this winter. Sometimes small changes can make a big difference—and in these uncertain times we can use all the comfort we can get.

  1. Treat yourself to a scented candle. With candles, I always say you get what you pay for, so it’s worth spending a little more for quality. My current favorite is Holiday Lights by Yankee Candle. If you don't like candles, boil some water with a few cinnamon sticks, then turn down the heat and enjoy the warm, spiced scent throughout your house.

  2. Explore the different holiday music channels on Pandora or through your Alexa.  Get out of your regular music rut with fun channels. SiriusXM has 17 channels all dedicated to Christmas music! My favorites are Holiday Soul and Holiday Chill Out.  

  3. Get some new throws and pillows for your favorite place to sit. I love a fleece throw with an extra fuzzy side. There are even family-size blankets available now for some really good couch cuddle time!

  4. Embrace accent lighting. Look around the rooms you spend the most time in and assess your lighting. There are probably some rooms with only overhead lighting. Small accent lamps at Home Goods or Marshalls will add a softer glow to your room. String lights across your mantle or archway will create a festive ambience.

  5. Incorporate wood accents and something organic in every room. Anything from a new house plant to a bowl of lemons will breathe some life into your space.

From my family to yours, I wish you happy holidays and a prosperous New Year!

Jennifer Mack has more than 15 years of experience in the real estate industry. Her team services Virginia, Maryland, and D.C., with the bulk of her business in the Woodson High School area. You can contact her with real estate questions at or by calling 703-672-0038. She’s happy to answer specific questions privately or more general questions publicly in this column.