Cozy home accessories for uncomfortable days

Cozy home accessories

The nights are long, life hardly takes place on the street or in the garden, the weather invites to a warm tea with pastries or series evening. It must be really cozy at home!

Here we present you 9 home accessories that will make any home glow with warmth and guaranteed to keep the cold out.

1. Fluffy Blankets

No series evening should be without them, cuddly plaids to snuggle up on the couch. It doesn’t matter whether they are knitted loosely or made of soft, woven fabric. The main thing is that they keep you warm and feel cozy against your skin. And if it gets bloody or scary, just hide your head underneath!

Cozy home accessories - Blanket
Cozy home accessories - Blanket
Cozy home accessories - Blanket
Cozy home accessories - Blanket
Cozy home accessories
Gemütliche Wohnaccessoires

2. Cozy Poufs

It doesn’t always have to be the quaint wing chair from grandpa. Sometimes it can also be a small pouf, on which you sit around the coffee table. This is very practical, for example, for the chocolate fondue, because who needs a backrest? With coarse knit it fits twice as well to cool autumn days and invites you to sit down and relax drinking tea.

3. Noble Velvet Pillow Cases

They are not just for kings! Those in need of cuddling are also welcome to snuggle up to them and enjoy the soft fabric. In gemstone colors they now shine on sofas and armchairs and give the room noble accents.

Cozy home accessories
Cozy home accessories
Gemütliche Wohnaccessoires
Gemütliche Wohnaccessoires
Cozy home accessories
Gemütliche Wohnaccessoires

4. Luminous Lanterns

They make both the apartment and the balcony sparkle with their warm light. Who would want to do without them? For autumn fit very nicely those in warm colors. Or simply decorate large glass lanterns with colorful leaves, chestnuts and LED candles, paying homage to the season.

5. Romantic Vases

They make every table, whether large table or small side table, an eye-catcher: vases! Romantic and playful they may be this season, to spread a little enchanted country house idyll. If you don’t get around to getting fresh flowers every few days, you can equip them with a few dried flowers in keeping with the current trend.

Cozy home accessories
Cozy home accessories
Cozy home accessories
Cozy home accessories
Cozy home accessories
Cozy home accessories

6. Warm Knit Pillow Cases

Somehow knitwear is always in high demand on uncomfortable days: XXL knitted scarves, knitted sweaters, knitted dresses, thick woolen stockings… So why not knitted cushion covers? The diverse yarnwork exudes coziness and comfort in any form. With knit patterns reminiscent of your favorite knit sweater, they take our hearts by storm. Then with shiny lurex threads they make it sparkle.

7. Rustic Candlesticks

They always remind of ski huts in Bavaria or noble country houses in Norway: rustic candle holders made of wood. This fine material from the forests spreads a cozy atmosphere on the table and windowsills and brings us a little nature into the house.

Rustikale Kerzenhalter
Cozy home accessories
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Cozy home accessories

8. Cuddly Faux Fur

Real fur is not everyone’s cup of tea. But with fluffy faux fur you can not go wrong, whether on an armchair for extra warmth or under a pouf for warm feet or simply decorated as an accent directly on the stool. They also sometimes come in bright colors, because you can also look at them with pleasure that they are fake!

9. Fancy Table Lamps

Since you can’t have enough light sources to provide you with warm light in this dark time, you can’t miss out on small table lamps. So that they do not look like straight out of grandma’s bedroom, they come in fancy shapes. So they are a chic eye-catcher on any side table.

Cozy home accessories
Cozy home accessories

Accessories for the cold seasons are herd animals. Pillows come in abundance on the couch, plaids are combined with the pillows, candlesticks join vases. We save the minimalism for another season.

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Picalike and the betahaus Hamburg

betahaus Hamburg

From our preppy, conservative offices with conference room and kitchen, where almost once a week our boss cooked for the whole team, we moved to betahaus Hamburg in the summer. Several reasons led to this. Now we are very happy about it, as this super flexible way of working fits so much better to our spirit. You could already get a small impression of it in our article “Our new office”, but now I would like to introduce betahaus to you in more detail and tell you about the philosophy behind it. In Hamburg, betahaus operates betahaus in Sternschanze and since 2019 “finhaven by betahaus” in Hafencity. We are in the Schanze.

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The building

In very simple terms, betahaus is a co-working space founded in 2010. The 2500 square meters are spread over 4 floors, with about 34 offices in different sizes (for 4 to 8 employees), 4 areas with several tables for flexible working (flex spaces), small kitchens, 10 phone boxes, 3 workshop rooms, 6 meeting rooms, a café and a lounge. In addition, betahaus 1 offers remote studio for podcast, green screen and webinar productions, underground parking, separate bicycle parking, ramps and toilet for wheelchair users and a terrace. Space for meet-ups and evening events is also offered here. So, a lot of space where you can work even if you don’t necessarily want to sit in your own office. Or if there are more team members on site than can fit in the office.

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The Community

You can feel the vibe here in the hallways, where you meet freelancers as well as teams from startups or smaller companies. Until recently, there was even a midwifery practice here. Here, you never know what field your counterpart is in, as the members are very cross-industry. The work is concentrated, but at the same time there is a lot of exchange – whether in the Slack channel, in the café, at the foosball table, in yoga classes or in the coffee kitchen. Sometimes in chance encounters, sometimes in planned meetings. And that was also the original idea: Instead of every freelancer sitting at his/her desk at home while the ceiling falls on his/her head or he/she easily gets lonely, which is the main problem of lone fighters working alone at home, he/she can work here in a professional environment. In addition, he/she is integrated into an active community.

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Teelke Meyer, Head of Community Management at betahaus, described it very aptly: “It’s like having colleagues but no boss. Colleagues you choose yourself.” And of course, it’s also about networking, finding contacts with whom you can exchange ideas, who inspire you, and whom you can help out yourself. As the slogan on the homepage says, “The community makes the difference. Every man for himself was yesterday.” In general, the exchange of knowledge is very important here. For example, if a member gets stuck, he or she is welcome to post a question in the Slack channel. Given the great diversity of the members, someone will (almost) always/often have an answer. In general, it’s easy to find people here who you can ask for something, whether it’s a charging cable or specialist advice.Teelke Meyer, “I’ve always wanted to work somewhere where I come home smarter in the evening than when I left in the morning. Where I learn simply by having gone to work. I got that here at betahaus.”

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You quickly feel welcome here, as the betahaus management attaches great importance to getting to know each individual personally. However, you also get to know each other at an onboarding or during the betahaus tour. In addition, there are happenings such as the beta breakfast (which is open to the public and can be attended by anyone) and the beta lunch, although this is only for the beta house community.

The own workplace

What the workplace looks like for you personally depends entirely on your own preferences. The four memberships offered by Betahaus are very different. The first is the Club membership, which includes the Flexdesk area, community events, global roaming, opening hours (Mon – Fri | 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and a 10% discount on drinks at the bar. Next is the Professional membership with Flexdesk Open Space, Community Events, Global Roaming, 24/7 access, 5 conference room hours per month, locker, mailbox, premium space and community rates at events.

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©Janine Meyer Photography

The Fixed Desk Membership includes a dedicated, fixed workspace, community events, global roaming, 24/7 access, 5 conference room hours per month, locker, mailbox, community kitchen, and community pricing at events. And last but not least, Team Office Membership: self-contained office with 4 to 8 workstations, fully furnished, community events, global roaming, 24/7 access, conference room hours, mailbox, premium space, community pricing at events.

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For us, this working environment is just perfect, as we have the advantages of our own office with a few fixed desks, postal address, kitchen and conference room. But it’s a smaller office, because that’s all we need, since most of the time we work in our home office. And when we are all on site at the same time, which happens twice a month, we enjoy the conference in the large arena, the cozy get-together in the café and the concentrated work in the well-equipped flex areas, where we can sit together as we wish.

As Betahaus says so well? You’ll never work alone!

The eternal trend knitwear and the new in winter 2020

Knit

Looking out the window brings the certainty: we are approaching winter. The trees are yellow, orange and red, the ground is thickly covered with leaves, the wind makes the branches sway back and forth and become increasingly bare. We long for warmth and coziness. A nice cup of tea helps from the inside, cozy knitwear from the outside. After all, what could be as cozy as a jogging suit if not this knit fabric. And versatile it is to boot! The beige sweater with the good old cable knit pattern or the one with colorful designs – both are just worn with pants and skirts also made of knitwear and thus provide a cozy feeling.

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Statistical analysis of knitted sweaters with OnSight ©Picalike

Since we at Picalike already have such a great tool as OnSight, the first thing we looked at was whether you can now also make good bargains when buying sweaters. Lo and behold: you can!

Well, then it’s worth taking a closer look at the new trend.

The "All in Knit" Look

Who says it can only be one knitted piece per outfit? No, this season we’re combining the knitted sweater with a long knitted skirt or cozy knitted pants. “The pandemic has shown us once again how universal a complete look in knitwear can be,” says Valentin von Arnim in “Harper’s Bazaar.” “There are endless possibilities to adapt the loungewear look to individual needs and everyday situations.”

Cool pieces to wear with this look:

The knit pants

In our home office days, we’ve gotten used to the comfort of sweatpants and yoga pants. Every now and then, however, it’s allowed to wear something fancier down below, even if you can’t see it during video conferences. But sometimes dressing up is just nice for your own feelings. And it doesn’t have to be uncomfortable, as you can see with knit pants, for example. Especially if they have a wide cut!

The knit skirt

For the all-over knit look, the skirts are now worn with midi or maxi length, possibly even in the same shade as the top. Whether tight or wide, there are no rules. An example of a successful combination was presented by Joseph Altuzarra, who combined a petrol-colored turtleneck sweater with a tightly cut pencil skirt made of ribbed knit. This made the look chic enough for any business meeting, yet comfortable enough for hours of sitting at the computer.

The slipover

When we talk about slipovers, we immediately think of the last millennium, when it was stylishly worn with bell-bottoms or pleated skirt. During Copenhagen Fashion Week we were now shown how to wear slipovers this season: especially in oversized cut – over a t-shirt or over close-cut sweaters, depending on the thermometer reading

The cardigan twinset

This season the combination of cardigan and matching top is very trendy again. From knitted bralette to turtleneck, everything is worn under the cardigan: the main thing is that the pattern and color let it merge with the cardigan into one unit. And in one aspect they definitely make our lives easier: now you do not have to choose every single part of your outfit, but only your legwear.

Sweater with collar

U-boat necklines were yesterday: whether polo collar or sailor collar with zipper, now the collar is in. How this can look in a knitted all-over look, shows us the Italian label Etro. There, a soft, fine sweater with polo collar is combined with knit pants in the same color.

Not everything always has to be bought new! It is not uncommon that you already have one or the other hanging in your closet. Maybe there is a favorite cardigan, to which you buy a matching knit top. Or a favorite sweater, to which you combine a soft knit pants. Worn in any case, because the cold seasons have just begun.

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