Knits for now

Just as you enjoy reaching for a favorite cardigan or pullover, sweater knits can add a cozy touch to home accents as well. Macy’s, HomeGoods, Pottery Barn and other retailers all show cable knits or other sweater patterns on pillows or throws. Some are reversible, such as the ones in the Martha Stewart Collection at select Macy’s and with cable knit on one side, plush sherpa on the other, shown right.

Ivory is a natural color choice, but you’ll also spot shades of red, green, taupe and blue.

Now all you need is a cup of hot tea and a good book.

Fashion tip

Now is a good time to invest in a great-looking pair of gloves in a color you love – even if it is black or tan. Choose a fabric you find comfortable – be it leather, suede, knit or fleece – and features you prefer. Maybe it’s a soft cashmere lining. Touch screen compatibility. A pop top that frees the fingers. Or a longer-length style that travels up the arm a bit. Shown left: gloves from Lands’ End.

Fashion gloves are stylish, but it’s also a good idea to keep a bonus pair of extra-warm gloves or mittens in the car as part of your winter prep kit.

Style update

Feeling crafty? The November issue of Martha Stewart Living suggests adding some personal style to affordable winter scarves using crafting or sewing materials you may already have around the house. Use a foam pouncer crafting tool to apply metallic craft paint in a polka-dot pattern all over a solid-colored scarf, shown right. Or hand-sew three rows of sequin trim above the fringed edges of a scarf. Glitter borders and color-block backings are other clever options.

And finally …

“Clutter is the enemy. For a sense of well-being, edit out the extraneous.”

From the new book “Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home” by Julie Carlson with the editors of (Artisan Books, $37.50).