Create a winter refuge at home and bring in warm, sunny vibes.

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The holidays are long gone, the clouds are low and the seasonal depression is really starting to kick in.

Bring some sunshine into your life with home décor and personal-care items that just might make you feel, if only for a moment, like you’re sitting beachside, happy again. Here are some ideas for brightening up a Seattle winter, even if you’re stuck in town.


Modern Macrame Macrame Cot ($1,200 at This foldable handmade cot, featuring macramé rope seating, is a beautiful way to imagining yourself on your own private island.

Ligne Roset Plumy Collection (starting at $1,900 at Ligne Roset, Westlake). Inject some color in your home with this gorgeous sofa collection that comes in an array of fun hues. A variety of sizes makes it the perfect fix for a sun-deprived apartment or larger home.

Ikea Mastholmen Loveseat ($140 at For a more affordable option, try out this stylish bamboo
loveseat and cushion. Keep it indoors for a beachy vibe in the winter, then use it on the patio when the sun comes back this spring.


Appetite Monstera Leaf Print Pillow ($58 at Lean into the dark days by snuggling up with loads of pillows. This one, handmade in Portland, adds a botanical vibe without having to worry about necessary amounts of daylight.

A Détacher Hairy Pillow ($290 at Or add a pop of sunny yellow with this smile-inducing pillow that begs to be snuggled.

Michelle Lowden Reflection Wool Blanket ($195 at Eighth Generation, Pike Place Market, and You’ll feel like you are watching a desert sunset while ensconced in this 100 percent wool blanket designed by artist Michelle Lowden of the Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico for Seattle’s Eighth Generation.


T Project Self-Care Gift Set ($90 at Tea is very important this time of year, and this set out of Portland will help keep you warm and toasty inside and out. It includes a teapot and canister of green, herbal or black tea, plus soaking salts and three bars of detox soap from Portland’s Pearl+ Soap.

Canvas Home 6-Piece Stoneware Espresso Mug Set ($38 at Have beach vibes every morning when you sip your coffee from one of these pastel mugs that look straight out of a coastal rental house.

“Beachbum Berry’s Potions of the Caribbean” ($40 at E. Smith Mercantile, Pioneer Square, and booksellers). Brighten everyone’s mood by hosting a summer-themed cocktail party in the middle of winter. This book provides 77 vintage tropical drink recipes, including mai tais and daiquiris, plus rare finds and historical information.


Ekoko Ona Nebulizing Essential Oil Diffuser ($85 at Invest in your home-spa routine with this chic oil diffuser that uses a heat-free distribution method to better preserve the properties of the essential oils you add.

Norden Big Sur Essential Oil Room Spray ($36 at Prism, Ballard, and For a quick pick-me-up, just spray this blend of balsam fir, citrus and birch tar essential oils in the air, close your eyes, and be transported to the California coast.

Lush 1,000 Millihelens Jelly Face Mask ($14 at Lush locations and Light a few candles, turn on some music and give yourself a calming facial with this antioxidant-rich mask that fights the dryness and dullness of winter — on your skin at least.