Winter doesn’t mean bone-chilling temperatures all the time, but it can mean gray skies and certainly

Winter doesn’t mean bone-chilling temperatures all the time, but it can mean gray skies and certainly shorter days. Yet there are many ways to counteract those blah-bah-humbug feelings and add a warm, cozy feeling and sense of conviviality indoors — what the Danes and Norwegians call hygge. Doing so might be as simple as surrounding ourselves with a room painted a dark, rich color, or incorporating plush furniture to curl up on. The best news is that most of our ideas aren’t terribly expensive and can be switched again when days grow longer and warmer. Remember, every season offers its own rewards. Move past the season’s overbearing pine, cranberry and pumpkin spice candles. There are plenty of other, more sophisticated fragrances that evoke a feeling of warmth. Take Byredo’s the Burning Rose candle. It has a deep smell of rose combined with a smoky, woody character. Diptyque’s Choisya candle offers another warm scent that conjures honey, tobacco leaves and a handful of spices. Deep colors instantly envelop and transport us to a warm destination, and many manufacturers suggest we go darker and richer in our paint and color choices. Pair these colors for contrast with a white, o...

Jonas Swarttouw, left, NewCold Business development manager, talks during a media tour of the new facility

Jonas Swarttouw, left, NewCold Business development manager, talks during a media tour of the new facility on Sept. 30. Jonas Swarttouw, left, NewCold Business development manager, talks during a media tour of the new facility on Sept. 30. BURLEY, Idaho — NewCold, one of the largest cold-storage facilities in the U.S., celebrated its grand opening this week. Based in the Netherlands, the company built the 180,000-square-foot facility to serve the needs of McCain Foods — the world’s largest manufacturer of frozen french fries and potato products. The partnership with McCain was key to the project, Jonas Sarttouw, NewCold business development manager, said. The $90 million facility can store 90,000 pallets of frozen product in a high-bay warehouse at 5 degrees below zero. Most of the operation is fully automated, moving and storing product in a massive system of racks 140 feet tall. Conveyors can unload a semi-trailer in 3 to 4 minutes, and every item received is tagged into the system, Derek Bedke, NewCold site manager, said. Products are transported to the high-bay warehouse on chain conveyors and stacked by automated cranes. The warehouse is dark to conserve energy, and oxygen...