As the holiday season approaches, the air in Indiana becomes crisper, and the leaves turn brilliant shades of red and gold, signaling the arrival of one of the most cherished times of the year. This season is not just about festive decorations and joyful gatherings; it’s an opportunity to transform our homes into warm and inviting spaces that reflect the true essence of the holidays. Here are our top tips on how to create a heartwarming holiday atmosphere in your home.
1. Cozy Color Palette
Warm earthy tones like deep oranges, rich browns, and warm reds are perfect for creating a welcoming atmosphere. Consider incorporating these hues in your holiday decor, throw pillows, and even on your walls for a touch of seasonal charm.
2. Natural Elements
Embrace nature’s wonders by bringing the outdoors in. Decorate your home with locally sourced evergreen branches, pinecones, and festive wreaths. A centerpiece featuring fresh seasonal flowers or a rustic wooden table runner can elevate the natural feel in your design. Remember less is more.
3. Lighting Matters
Lighting plays a crucial role in setting the right ambiance. Opt for warm, soft lighting with candles, string lights, or even a fireplace to create a cozy, intimate atmosphere.
4. Play with Textures
Texture adds depth and character to your interior design. Consider pairing different textures like plush fabrics, faux furs, cozy knits, and natural wood to create a tactile and visually pleasing atmosphere.
5. Scents of the Season
Don’t forget to appeal to all the senses. Fill your home with the inviting scents of the season with candles or diffusers. We love woody scents from Lafco or Nest like Amber & Moss, Teakwood & Tobacco, Sage, Amber or Black Vanilla.
Whether you’re hosting a grand family gathering or an intimate dinner with friends, these design tips will ensure your home exudes warmth, joy, and a dash of Hoosier hospitality. So, let your interior reflect the true spirit of the holiday season and make your celebrations truly unforgettable.
3 WORDS: STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING
If you’re in search of an incredibly delightful dessertto cozy up with on a chilly evening, your quest ends here. Ryan Nelson, executive chef and proprietor of Late Harvest Kitchen in Indianapolis, has generously shared his renowned Sticky Toffee Pudding recipe with us.
Mix the following ingredients together. Add the flour last, slowly:
- 7 oz butter (room temperature)
- 3 eggs
- 2 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla
- 3 cups flour
Boil all of the below ingredients together:
- 2 1/2 cup chopped, dried dates
- 3 1/2 cup water
- 1 Tablespoon baking soda
Combine all dry ingredients and mix well. Using a standard 9×13 baking dish, bake at 275 degrees for 30-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Now for the toffee sauce:
- 1 stick butter, unsalted
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
Combine the butter and the sugar, and bring to a boil. Let it boil for three minutes. Remove the mixture from the heat and slowly add the heavy cream, stirring continually. The sauce will develop a glossy sheen. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.