6 Things You Need for the Ultimate HGTV and Chill Session
We see you out there, citizens of the Internet, all you singles trying to #Netflixandchill your way to a long-term relationship. If #Netflixandchill is how you snag a bae, then #HGTVandchill is what happens when you graduate into adulting together. The folks at ATTN: coined this idea and we're totally on board.
Before you embark on your #HGTVandchill session, however, make sure you have these essentials on hand.
1: A comfy couch. No chill can be had on a stiff sofa. You want a couch that's so soft that it swallows you whole. These oversized sofas are a good place to start.
Ready for Naptime
This sectional is built for lounging. Large cushions make for comfortable sitting, and the chaise extension is an inviting spot for a nap.
Light It Up
If you plan on curling up with a book, proper task lighting is just as important as selecting the right couch. This contemporary sofa makes for a great reading spot thanks in part to the beautiful arc lamp.
Modern Sofa With a View
Large plush sofas make room for lounging next to the TV and sleek stone fireplace, or looking out over the incredible ocean views.
Each piece of furniture sports a vibrant shade, while all colors are tied together with the bold, multi colored rug underneath the coffee table. The throw pillows add even more life to the space with the floral patterns and shades of pink.
Make a Statement With Layers
Layered patterned pillows adorn the sofa in this living room, creating texture and a stylish sense of coziness. Above, a world map in beautiful shades of blue adds interest and color.
Linen Sofa Love
Look at those long sofas — perfect for lounging by the fire or watching your favorite TV shows. The symmetry of the room is soothing, as are the neutral tones and natural materials used for the ceiling, walls and floor. The space is at once rustic and contemporary, and large windows bring in plenty of natural light.
Go Big and Bold
Color galore! The blues of the sky and greens of grass and plants make this eclectic living room come alive. The comfy sofa is chock-full of multi-color, patterned pillows that can change with the seasons or on a whim.
Sofas for Small Spaces
Cozy Rugs Afoot
Your feet need a cozy spot too when you're seated on the couch. Layered rugs like these seen on Love It Or List It, Too will keep your toes happy.
Blue on Blue
This contemporary sofa is as much a work of art as it is a comfortable place to curl up. The deep seating space makes it an easy spot to stretch out for a nap.
Traditional and Inviting
Layers of textures and colors through sofa pillows creates a cozy, feminine space in this contemporary living room. Two large pieces of artwork anchor the pretty, neutral sofa that sits against the wall.
This recreation room packs a punch! A lengthy, custom-built sofa sits below the room's highlight -- a massive piece of photo art depicting a crashing wave. The scale of the otherwise simple piece is what makes it so impactful. Nearby beanbag chairs in an animal print add to the room's sense of whimsy and comfort.
All-white walls and neutral tufted sofas keep this living space looking clean and new; fun and funky pillows can be changed out frequently or seasonally to reflect the time of year, the holiday or just your mood!
2: A cozy blanket. This is especially useful if your couch is so heavenly that you don't want to leave it to adjust the thermostat. Plus you might miss the moment when that couple on Love It Or List It chooses to list it. You totally called it. Impress your significant other with your DIY skills with this pom-pom blanket.
DIY Pom-Poms Add Pizzazz to Store-Bought Blanket
Grapefruit-size yarn pom-poms, which crafter Mandi Gubler made herself and attached to the corners, customize this lime green blanket from Target. Check out HGTV Magazine for detailed instructions on this project.
David A. Land
3: An epic media room. Not everyone has an Island Hunters budget when it comes to your home, but we can dream. #HGTVandchill reaches its peak when you can hide away for hours in a lavish media room like one of these.
Media Room in Converted Church
Organized Kid-Friendly Media Room
Piles of toys often create clutter in family and media rooms, so control the chaos by using a storage system that addresses both toy and media storage. Go for a unit that combines drawers with open shelves, so you can use baskets for smaller toys and still have room for media equipment. Colorful soft hampers on each side create a home for stuffed animals.
DIY Recessed Media Wall
This sleek, recessed media wall transforms your flat-screen TV into a stunning focal point and works well with any style decor. Our easy DIY will help you conceal the electronic components in your own media or living room.
White, Modern Media Room with Eclectic Accents
A mix of modern and eclectic furnishings gives this space a homey, welcoming vibe, while layered textures add interest. White walls are clean and bright, befitting the home's modern, streamlined aesthetic.
Neutral Craftsman Media Room With Wet Bar
Tiered, deep-cushion theater seating allows for comfortable, casual lounging. Situated conveniently next to the viewing area, the wet bar keeps refreshments stocked and includes a bar top with modern stools for entertaining.
Neutral Media Room With Bookshelf Wall
Comfort is key in a dedicated media room, and these roomy, gray chairs and a sofa easily lend themselves to cozy movie marathons. A bookshelf wall keeps DVDs, games and reading material close at hand.
4: Snacks. If your stomach is rumbling too loudly, you'll miss the punch line of Chip's jokes during Fixer Upper reruns (new episodes on Dec. 1! Finally!). This maple chili popcorn tastes like fall and will keep you nice and full. Hungry for more? Try these oh-so-comforting snack recipes.
Courtesy Kelsey Nixon, 2012 CookingChannelTV.com
This ooey-gooey recipe looks impressive but it really couldn't be easier to make. Your family and guests won't be able to get enough of the warm, flavorful cheese topped with decadent caramel sauce and crunchy pecans. Get the recipe.
Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits With Honey Ham
Comfort food has never tasted so good. Bake up a batch of from-scratch biscuits, then fill them with thinly sliced honey or country ham for a hearty bite to tide guests over till dinner is served. Get the recipe.
Smoked Gouda and Herb Puffs
These bite-sized balls of smoked, cheesy, herby goodness are the perfect appetizer for a dinner or cocktail party. Just be careful: They're so addictive that it's impossible to eat just one or two (or three)! Get the recipe.
Homemade Pimento Cheese
Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tenn., shares a Southern-style recipe for spicy pimento cheese. Serve chilled, straight from the fridge, or place in a casserole dish and heat in the oven till bubbly warm. Get the recipe.
Braised Pork Belly on Homemade Biscuits
Succulent braised pork belly on fresh, from-scratch buttermilk biscuits is sure to tempt guests. The biscuit's scaled-down size ensures everyone can enjoy this homey comfort food without ruining their appetite. Get the recipe.
Nacho-Stuffed Potato Skins
Ropa Vieja Mini Tacos
With two types of chiles, these spicy steak mouthfuls are sure to warm up guests coming in from the cold. Cut down on prep time by making the tasty filling ingredients a day or two ahead of time then stuffing mini taco shells right before guests arrive. Get the recipe.
Take gooey fried cheese to the next level with Camembert and truffles. Sophisticated and oh so yummy, this quick and easy starter is sure to please even the pickiest of palettes. Get the recipe.
Bruschetta With Caramelized Dates, Walnuts and Goat Cheese
Whipping up bruschetta appetizers is a snap. Just toast a fresh baguette then top the slices with a soft cheese, like chevre, and any combination of savory ingredients like caramelized dates, spicy red pepper jelly, finely chopped pistachios or crumbled bacon. Get the recipe.
Southern Fried Stuffing Balls
HGTV's Meg Caswell, host of Meg's Great Rooms, shares this recipe that can be made with or without sausage. To kick up the flavor, Meg recommends adding crumbled bacon and serving them with cranberry dipping sauce made by pureeing a can of cranberry sauce with a splash of orange juice until creamy. Get the recipe.
Maple Chili Popcorn
Food Network's Jeff Mauro of The Sandwich King shares this endlessly munchable spicy-meets-sweet recipe that's great as both a light snack before a big holiday meal and for filling cellophane favor bags that guests can enjoy later. Make several batches a day or two before your get-together then store the popcorn in an airtight container. Get the recipe.
Taleggio Crostini With Apple, Thyme and Honey
These tasty crostini can be prepared in a flash with only a few simple ingredients. They're a healthy, light starter for holiday guests to enjoy while dinner is prepared. Get the recipe.
5: Cocktails. Coffee cocktails in particular have that magical abilty to warm you and wake you at the same time. Caffeine + booze + HGTV marathon = lazy bliss.
Boozy Chocolate-Covered Cherry Hot Cocoa
A magical blending of orgeat syrup, brandy and creme de cacao ensure this warm and creamy cocktail tastes just like decadent chocolate-covered cherries. Get the recipe.
Tipsy S'mores Cocktail
What would fall be without chocolatey, gooey s'mores?! This adults-only sip combines all the goodness of the campfire classic with a soul-warming boozy kick. Toasted marshmallows add a tasty finishing touch. Get the recipe.
Hot Cherry Pie Cocktail
Cherry, vanilla and amaretto give this cocktail all the flavors of a hot-from-the-oven cherry pie. The whipped cream and pie crust crumble make it as pretty as it is tasty. Get the recipe.
Coconut Cream Pie Cocktail
When it's cold outside, warm up with this indulgent cocktail that tastes like rich coconut cream pie. Topped with toasted coconut and graham cracker crumbs, it's a boozy twist on the classic dessert. Get the recipe.
Spiced Cappucini Cocktail
Stir Old Tom gin, Licor43 and Kahlua into strong brewed coffee then top with whipped cream and freshly ground nutmeg for an after-dinner drink that's perfect to enjoy while catching up with family and friends. Get the recipe.
Mexican Hot Cocoa and Puff Pastry Cinnamon Sticks
Spike this traditional, pepper-infused Mexican cocoa with your favorite tequila — or even rum, coffee-flavored liqueur or whiskey — for a soul-warming sip. Get the recipe.
Spiked Hazelnut Hot Cocoa
Add a splash of hazelnut liqueur to this made-from-scratch hot cocoa recipe then top with whipped cream, chocolatey hazelnut spread and chocolate-covered cookies for a chill-busting drink that borders on being a dessert. Get the recipe.
Irish whiskey and a dollop of whipped cream are all you need to turn a cup of coffee into this cold-weather classic. This drink isn't overly rich so it pairs well with dessert yet is tasty enough to serve on its own. Get the recipe.
Warm Apple Pie Cocktail
This apple-cider-based cocktail gets its kick courtesy of Tuaca, a delicious Italian liqueur made with citrus peels, spices and vanilla. Before serving, add a fresh cinnamon stick for an extra bit of spice. Get the recipe.
Hot Buttered Rum
Gather with friends and family around a roaring outdoor fire to enjoy this soul-soothing cocktail. Hot milk, brown sugar, dark rum and real butter give this drink its signature flavor. Get the recipe.
Toasty Hot Chocolate With a Kick
Almost a dessert in itself, this cold-weather cocktail is warm, chocolatey and creamy. For guests with a sweet tooth, it's the perfect late-night or after-dinner cocktail. Get the recipe.
Spice Up Hot Chocolate Mix
Take storebought cocoa from boring to blissfully boozy with a shot of your favorite flavored liqueur — peppermint, cinnamon and butterscotch schnapps are safe bets — or liquor, like bourbon, whiskey, tequila or vodka. Make your cup extra creamy using a combination of half and half and milk.
Classic Hot Toddy
This classic combination of whiskey, lemon and honey not only is good for what ails you but its mellow flavor is the perfect complement to rich Thanksgiving desserts. Get the recipe.
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