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Nesting nomenclature

Get cozy at home with these suggestions for metro shopping. Snuggies not required.

Malena Lott January 18th, 2011

As a native Oklahoman, I’ve always loved that we get four seasons, however confused some of the temperatures seem to be. While we didn’t get a white Christmas in 2010, the winter chill has set in, harkening the Season of the Snuggie for some (don’t judge) and a general time of nesting in one’s abode.

The metro is ripe with all the fixings for cozy retreats. Often, the first thought for shaking off the cold is lighting a fire — hopefully in a fireplace — and Bachle’s Fireplace Furnishings & Outdoor Living, 9422 N. May, has all the right stuff. Who knew fireplaces had gotten so sophisticated? Sure, you can purchase gas logs for a quick blaze, or you can go contemporary with fireballs — the latest look for wood-burning gas fireplaces — which come in three different colors: black, sand and khaki.

Bachle’s also carries fireglass, great for fire pits and wood-burning fireplaces, with 39 colors to choose from for that extra sparkle. And if the weather cooperates, there are always those outdoor fire pits and accessories, perfect for an evening of storytelling on the patio and s’mores.

Comfort is key when you’re snuggling at home, and On a Whim, 5850 N. Classen Blvd. at Classen Curve, has sweaters and trendy winter fashion all wrapped up. Also head there for fringed boots by Koolaburra — a celebrity favorite — for when you’re ready to traipse back outside.

Known for its colorful home decor lines, On a Whim is just the place to go for the tablescape or home accessory to liven up your living space this winter.

Granted, the big, flat-screen TV you got for Christmas can come in handy, but nothing beats a great read with the soundtrack of the crackle of your fire.

Full Circle Bookstore, 1900 Northwest Expressway, suggests three titles for nesting, available in-store now: Tracy Chevalier’s “Remarkable Creatures,” new in paperback, sets the “harshness of the English seashore as a background for this tale of friendship, adventure, science, religion and community.”

“Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson is the “surprising story of modern companionship and love in the face of age-old tradition and prejudice.” And third, the wellreviewed mystery “The Sherlockian,” by Graham Moore, is “a very clever historical suspense novel that will delight Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts and novices alike.”

Nesting would not be complete without comfort food, and if cooking isn’t on your relaxed agenda, picking up take out on your way home is the way to go.

Meat and fire go well together, don’t they? Grab a slab of ribs and a few pounds of the popular chopped brisket at Steve’s Rib & Sports Grill, 1801 W. Edmond Road in Edmond and 7202 W. Hefner Road. Side options include baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, steak fries, corn, green beans and fried okra.

For dessert, pick up a dozen cupcakes (because you won’t be able to eat just one) at Pinkitzel Cupcakes & Candy, 150 S. E.K. Gaylord in Bricktown. They’ll satisfy your sweet tooth with 10 regular cupcake flavors (nothing “regular” about them) like peanut butter cup and espresso bean, as well as the flavor of the day, including varieties like orange cream and chocolate salted caramel, among others. It’s also a sophisticated candy store, with loose candy, taffy, chocolates, truffles and, of course, lollipops.

Reading in bed — or even eating those cupcakes in bed — is a much more luxurious experience with a great mattress and divine bedding. It’s all about ergonomics these days, and with research touting the importance of a good night’s sleep, perhaps it’s time to invest in your back with a better bed.

Bob Mills Furniture, 3600 W.

Reno, lets you play Goldilocks to test out the best mattress for you in its Sleep Spa.

Does your bedroom have a case of the winter blahs? Does that couch you’ve been a potato on need a spruce-up before spring? Winter House Home Furnishings and Interior Design, 12224 N. May in Northpark Mall, can help you create the bedroom of your dreams, as well as reupholster that old coach. It also provides draperies, fabric selection, custom designed furniture, room design and more.

They may not carry a time machine, but Leisure Time Pools & Spas has plenty of hot tubs to choose from to soak away your worries this winter. With two locations, 4831 N.W. 39th and 8501 S.

Interstate 35 Service Road, Leisure Time can outfit your patio with the Sundance Spa or Tuff Spa lines. Luxury features like waterfalls, whirlpool jets and LED lighting are also available.

With all of this to keep you cozy, who cares what it’s like outside?

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