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Colourful cures for winter blues

With the dark days (and nights) of winter upon us, it’s hard to stay upbeat and not want to curl up in a ball and hibernate until Spring. Fortunately, I have some tips to help get you out of that winter funk, embrace our cold and dark climate, and stay warm at the same time.


You’d be surprised by the impact colour can have on your mood. Add colour into your space with your pillows and accessories – my Jo Alcorn pillows have great colours to choose from. A great trick I use is to fill a mirrored tray with white or bright accessories – this is an easy way to create a nice centerpiece that can be changed with the seasons.

Another easy winter DIY is to spice up your bland and outdated accessories; sometimes all is takes is a can of spray paint and some bright colours to really add punch to a space. I have used Krylon to spray bathroom drawer pulls, vases and even kids accessories that need new life, and new colour!

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Cozy Corner

Honestly, there is nothing I love doing more than curling up in front of a fire with a cup of tea and a good book on a cold winter’s night. Create a corner in your home that you can use as your chill-zone (without the chill that is!).

If you’ve been thinking of installing a fireplace in your space and have access to natural gas, I love the look and feel the KozyHeat Birchwood unit (the price point is also one of the best on the market).

If you are in a condo, or don’t have access to natural gas, there are great electric options out there (I even have one in my own home).

Dimplex has a huge assortment of units that have such realistic flames people often mistake it for a gas unit. These units are great for condos, small spaces and also make a great addition to a feature wall. This year they have launched a new Prism Series that is perfect for small spaces.


I love the look and feel of natural fibers inside the home. My go to for anything nature inspired is Artemano. They are a Canadian company that makes great one-of a kind pieces that are nature inspired. Grab a couple of comfy chairs or stools made from tree trunks, light some candles, and settle in with a good book.

Mood Lifters HXJo Alcorn Design

If you’re still having trouble snapping out of your winter funk, one thing I make sure to do daily is get outside for a brisk walk with my dogs – even that little bit of sunshine and fresh air helps.

I also love anything natural that helps boost my mood and energy. That’s why I always have my kettle handy – the Cameo Blue stovetop kettle by KitchenAid brightens up my kitchen – and a selection of herbal teas or Neurapas Balance, which is a combo of St. John’s wort, valerian root and passionflower to perk me up. Finally, I love fresh flowers and think everyone should keep them in their home year-round.

Use a few, or all, of these tips and suggestions to brighten your mood this winter. Wishing you warm and cozy days!

About the author: Jo Alcorn is a design specialist and designer on HGTV’s Home to Win out this spring. She has her own furniture collection, signature pillow and dog bed line and is known for her savvy design concepts.

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