I think I say “this is my most asked design question” to a lot of things! But really, this one is the most asked right now…
“Tell me How to have a cozy home!”
I just laugh and think- well, get a home around 1200square feet with standard height ceilings. Done!
No not true. ANYONE can have a cozy home. Honestly. I took some time and thought, what makes a home cozy? I know a lot of you are craving this cozy home right now in the winter. But we should shoot for this all year. And this is actually one of my goals.
“Create a Cozy home ALL year round, not just at Christmas.”
To be honest with you I was dreading Christmas decor season to end because I love the twinkle lights more than anything. So that is where it all started…with the twinkle lights.
Cozy Tip #1- Twinkle Lights and Candles
I am sure you have heard me shout if off the roof tops if you follow me on social media.
I recently added THESE twinkle lights to the glass jars I have in our bookcase.
If you remember at Christmas time I had mini trees in the bookcase, I loved the warm glow of the lights. So I found a way to replace that feeling. The twinkle lights I used come with battery pack that I hide behind the jar in the back and also a remote control! Easy way to turn on lights.
And you know I have to say it- light a candle or two! Get in the habit of creating #hygge (read more about #hygge and how to say it:) HERE)
Cozy Tip #2- Add Texture
Baskets, woven blankets and RUGS are key players in the texture cozy game!
Another way to add texture is with your window treatments.
Woven Wood Shades will instantly make a room feel cozy- not only because of the texture but because of the color and weight. They frame a window and in my case the Woven Shades draw your eye up and frame the cozy setting.
I was helping a friend re-do their front room and I had them take DOWN the white wood blinds. They were doing nothing for the view- sorry but wood blinds are not as cozy as Woven Wood Shades are. You CAN add curtain panels to make the wood blinds feel cozy.
Cozy Tip #3- Plants
I am a crazy plant lady- well maybe not too crazy yet. If you have read my blog you know I don’t have an faux plants. I have had nothing but faux. I have to say I had many influencers on my plant game. One was a designer I used to work with. I remember always going to her home and she had mini potted topiaries around her kitchen, they just felt so charming and cozy to me. I don’t remember coming home and changing out everything, it took some time. But I for sure had that goal in mind, her tiny little plant filled kitchen felt cozy and full of life. I wanted it too.
I just want you to picture this bookcase WITHOUT the plant. Cold right? Not cozy. Something about the way a plant fills in the space so naturally and not forced is exactly what cozy is. Read my houseplant tips HERE.
Read all my houseplant tips HERE
Cozy Tip #4- Pillows
Pillows (I was going to say cozy pillows, because that is how I describe pillows!)
Pillows that are fur, knitted, velvet or mud-cloth are cozy textures. BUT that is not all- it is all about the size and what is inside! Use down inserts whenever possible, because they are cozier! Also remember my pillows tips- use an insert that is at least a size or two bigger than the pillow case. Find down pillow inserts HERE.
Shop some of my favorite cozy pillows below by clicking on an image….
Bonus tips to have a cozy home-
Don’t turn on an overhead light. I have said before the only reason to have on an overhead light is if you lost an earring. Use lamps, sconces and candles.
Fill up the space with larger pieces instead of a lot of little things. Just look back at my bookcase- I don’t have a bunch of mini frames and accessories filling the shelves. Instead I hand picked favorite pieces that add to the cozy factor.
Allow your home to look lived in, not perfect.
These amazing plug-in lights along our piano are giving me all the winter cozy vibes! Find them HERE.