OK, OK, I know this is not quite my regular type of post, but what’s a girl to do when she is sick, the kind of sick that leaves you with no working brain cells at all, laden with stressed out children (must they have 10 tests in one week?) and none of the shopping for the holidays done?  We are headed out to the northeast in just two days and I know it is going to be cold there and I am dreading that part of it. So here is a post to getting cozy!

In searching for the perfect gift for my soon to be teenaged daughter, I stumbled across these Kimono patterned Ugg boots. I still don’t really see the charm of Uggs, but the girls all love them and they certainly are warm and snuggly. Adding the great Japanese inspired pattern has somehow made them more interesting to me and they are available in different colors and heights.

Another short model has a stylized Japanese flower on the front, instead of the all-over pattern, but seriously, Ugg boots with shorts? That is about 50 climate degrees apart.

Anyway, to really make this a valid post I should whip out some interior with Japanese inspired wallpaper or fabric or something, but I feel like I have shown lots of those rooms before and if you want to see some gorgeous examples, go out and buy Katie Ridder’s Rooms (Thanks Wendy!!!!). Instead, I am going to focus on the boots being made from sheepskin, as we have been seeing a big trend over the last few years of skins casually, but most deliberately, being thrown over chairs to warm up interiors. There was that great room of Julianne Moore’s a few years ago in Domino  – finally found the photo at apartment therapy

These days you can’t turn around without spotting one!  I do particularly remember Design Sponge featuring Emma Reddington’s gorgeous Toronto townhouse not that long ago where there were examples to be found in almost every room, from these Bertoia style chairs in the parlor…

…to this cozy spot in her study.

Notice how they always look best with a classic modern chair! For more great ideas, check out a recent post on the subject at Remodelista.  A great idea for those of us in uninsulated chilly Tokyo houses!

Finding this post a little weak? Sorry, I know! But I have to get back to packing and internet shopping, my hot tea and attempting to provide study help in a language I don’t really speak…