6 Steps to Making a Cozy Space

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Have you ever walked into a home and immediately felt comfortable? Like you want to pull up a chair, relax, and spend the day? There is an almost tangible difference between a cozy home and an awkward space.

Making a space where your family and guests can relax doesn’t just happen, it is created with a few key elements essential to making a cozy space.

SEATING

Evaluate the seating options in your main living areas (i.e. kitchen and family room), there should seating enough for your family and guests. Seating should be comfortable, and inviting so you have somewhere to unwind at the end of the day that is relaxing. If you only have room for two or three seating areas, make sure you choose wisely to select versatile pieces that fit in the space.cozy-1

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ACCENTS

Rather than walking down the aisles of Hobby Lobby and picking up the latest trends, choose accents and home décor that is meaningful. Family heirlooms, antique books, or small momentos make the best home accents. They are great conversation starters, and unique décor but they also help to identify your space as yours, and bring back warm memories.cozy-2

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LIGHTING

Overhead lighting is often harsh and uninviting. Lamps, unique light fixtures, chandeliers, and other lighting options bring warmth to the space. I love the soft light of a lamp, or the twinkling of string lights that bring charm and warmth. Lighting can really change the dynamic of the room and bring the space together. If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace, use it! The soft flicker of a flame is one of the coziest feelings in the world. If you don’t have a fireplace, you can still create a warm glow by using candles.cozy-3

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PILLOWS AND BLANKETS

Throw pillows, blankets, and cozy furnishings help to make you and your guests feel like you can unwind, relax, and stay a while. Drape a blanket over the couch, add a pillow to the arm chair, and encourage your family and guests to be comfortable.cozy-4

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FAMILY PICTURES

Nothing says home like family pictures. When guests come in and see family pictures on the wall, it gives them a sense of who you are and what is most important. No need to overwhelm the walls with every school picture you ever took, but choose a few of your favorites and create a beautiful display that showcases your family.photos-4

PLANTS

My thumbs are far from green, but I love houseplants. Bringing natural elements indoors warms up a space and gives it an instant boost. Because I don’t have any hope of keeping a houseplant alive, I like to pickup a small bouquet of flowers when I’m out and about to breath new life into the space. Bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, and living areas can all benefit from a boost of green.cozy-5

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  1. Great advice! Beautiful examples, too. I think often a cozy, casual style turns out to be budget friendlier because of its simplicity, though of course you could spend a lot for it if you had the budget to. I have a small budget, and I have done my best to make my apartment look like a cozy cottage. The furniture really is the key to it. I have a loveseat, a small armchair , and a large armchair. I found the big oversized armchair at a thrift store (for $46 total) and got a nice slipcover for it. The slipcover cost more than the chair did, but the chair is worth hundreds originally. The loveseat was free to me from a friend, and it was originally from a nice furniture store. The little armchair is pretty and comfortable, and I did get it on sale at a department store because I had zero living room furniture at that point and was just starting and needed something right away. It is very pretty.

    I have rules with living in an apartment instead of a house, of course, so there are things I can’t do. I have this ugly brass ceiling fan and am stuck with it. I definitely only use it to cool the room and not to light it. Lamps are very important to softly light the room. I have a pretty upholstered headboard for my bed that I found on sale, and it helps with “art” without nail holes. I cam get pillow covers and throws, and I even had a friend with sewing talent sew 4 matching napkins into two pillows for me.

    I do my own drawings and paintings, so my artwork is free to me. It personalizes it, too, uniquely.

    Thrift stores and two local budget friendly furniture consignment stores are my go-tos. I found a $600 coffee table for $33 (tax and all!) at a thrift store. I believe it was only donated because it had a sticky hinge on one of the two leaves. I think it was maybe a display model at a nice store. There was zero wear to it and no scratches or dings. I loosened the over tight screw, and then the hinge worked perfectly and the part went back and forth easily as it was supposed to. I am not even handy and I fixed it.

    People do sometimes turn their noses up at thrift stores or consignment stores because the furniture is secondhand, but you can find wonderful things in great shape! And being able to find solid wood in thrift stores really has more lasting value than something new that has a current pretty look but of poorer quality construction.

    My family and friends thought I spent a lot more than I actually did.

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