8 Christmas Decorations for a Cozy Holiday Retreat

The weather outside may be frightful, but with these Christmas decorations, inside will be so delightful! Use throw pillows, knit blankets, and decorative lanterns to create a warm and inviting space for yourself—and guests—this holiday season.

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Holiday Throw Pillow

Even if you don't love shoveling snow (who does?), this jolly Target throw pillow gently reminds you to enjoy the season. Its lighthearted quote and adorable happy snowman instantly bring cheer to any space. Add it to your living room along with a white, red, or green chunky blanket for a cozy conversation spot.

Buy It: Let It Snow Throw Pillow, $32 (originally $43), Target

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Holiday Bedding

Swapping out sheets and blankets for Christmas bedding is a quick and easy way to decorate a guest room for the holidays. We especially like this duvet cover from Pottery Barn. The classic red and white buffalo check cover feels festive without being over-the-top. When snuggled in, your family and friends are sure to sleep soundly while visions of sugar plums dance in their heads.

Buy It: Buffalo Check Cotton Duvet Cover Set, $50–$189, Pottery Barn

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Knit Blanket

Cold weather means sweater season—and that's exactly why we love cuddling up in knit blankets. Their soft fabrics and thick weave feel like our favorite winter apparel, plus they double as a decorative accent. Available in 13 pretty colors, this chunky knit blanket features a luxurious soft texture for a relaxing evening in.

Buy It: Chunky Knit Throw, from $70, Amazon

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Sheepskin Rug

The Crate & Barrel Christmas collection is one we come back to again and again for seasonal home decor and festive entertaining supplies. The piece that caught our eye this time was this sheepskin rug. You can use it to soften hardwood floors, but it also functions as a luxurious throw blanket. Available in three sizes, you can choose whether you want an accent piece or a large area rug.

Buy It: Ivory Sheepskin Throw, from $159, Crate & Barrel

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Pillow Cover

Holiday decorations don't need to be red and green to get you into the spirit. This Christmas pillow cover features several felt reindeer in a neutral color scheme for a serene yet seasonally appropriate look. It fits any 12-by-16-inch pillow and includes an envelope closure for easy stuffing. A certified Fair Trade product, your purchase also helps bring cheer to artisans in Nepal who handcraft this pretty pillow cover.

Buy It: Felt Deer Pillow Cover, $15 (originally $39), West Elm

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Fleece Throw Blanket

In addition to knit blankets, keeping a few fleece throws in your linen closet is essential in the wintertime. The Eddie Bauer Sherpa Throw comes in several prints, including a few holiday-themed patterns like this snowflake option available in navy and steel. It's also machine-washable, so even if you drip hot chocolate on it, just toss it in on cold (warm will damage it) and tumble dry on low heat to clean.

Buy It: Eddie Bauer Sherpa Throw, $40, Kohls

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Snowflake Lanterns

Don't forget about the other senses when creating your winter retreat. Although soft, luxurious fabrics are important, you'll want a few pieces—like these decorative lanterns—that provide visual warmth, too. The candles are sold separately, which gives you the option to add some scented pillars. We suggest cinnamon, vanilla, or a pine candle for a comforting holiday ambience.

Buy It: Glass Snowflake Lantern, $9 (originally $15), Walmart

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Decorative Firewood

These white birch logs make beautiful Christmas decorations. Dried, cleaned, and preserved, they will last season after season—without bringing in any unwanted pests. The bundle comes with three logs that measure about 16 inches long. Place them next to the fireplace in your living or guest room to spread a little yuletide cheer.

Buy It: White Birch Logs, $80, Etsy

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