Friday, October 9, 2015

Candles & Fireplaces

     The candlelight and fireplace above look so bright and warm. They're simply issuing an invitation, "Come, sit by me and be happy."

     If you have littles around, you might want to skip this one or light candles up high where they can't reach it. I'm sure you can figure something out; you're the parent, not me. :)

     There's something so romantic about real wood fireplaces, but we will be using gas fireplaces and won't shame you for doing the same. In fact, although fires are super cozy, there is so much grace here. I live in Texas. We get to light fires about twelve days out of the year. But when we do, they're magical.

     Action point: Light a candle. And when it's cold enough to start a fire, sit by it a little longer than usual. Soak in the warmth. Roast marshmallows if you're outside. Don't let these moments pass you up.


This post is part of my 31 Ways to Cozy Up Your Space series.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Warm Paint Colors

     Here's where paint colors matter most: they establish the tone for the entire space.

     Warm colors like grays, peaceful (not icey!) blues, and greens usually create the coziest spaces. We could have all the other things we've talked about so far, but with highlighter yellow or neon pink walls, that room will say "fun" more than "cozy." With red or black walls, you're probably going for "dramatic" more than "cozy."

     But maybe you hate any shade of grey, green, and blue walls (it's hard to do, because there are so many shades!) Maybe you simply LOVE a different color.

     For example, I love my white walls. And that's ok. White walls may not be the coziest per-say, but they make me comfortable when I walk into my room.

     If cozy shouldn't be comfortable too, I don't know what should! That is to say, cozy and comfortable go hand-in-hand.

     Action point: Find paint colors that make your space coziest for you.

     What color(s) are your walls, and are they cozy to you?


This post is part of my 31 Ways to Cozy Up Your Space series.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


     Rugs. You've probably heard about these dandy little guys. People say rugs ground décor. Some people might even recommend certain sizes, furniture placement, and perfect angles for them.

     It may seem terribly overwhelming, so just scratch all of the things you've heard, brave up, and get a fun rug. Don't you dare let decorators scare you out of purchasing a rug!

     Rugs add a warmth and layer to any room, be it a bedroom, dining room, or living room.

     They come in all colors, patterns, sizes, shapes, etc. Rugs are especially important for cozying up those rooms with tiled or wooden floors. Who doesn't love sinking their feet into a shaggy or braided rug instead of cold tile?

     Note also in the picture above: Books and wood, as well as low seating and plants (soon to come!)

     If you're brave, you could even try layering rugs for a bohemian look. The result is super cozy!

     Action point: Get a rug if you haven't already. It doesn't have to be expensive! Try second-hand stores, Craigslist, or Target. :)

     How do you feel about rugs? Do they seem daunting or friendly? Expensive or cheap? Easy or only for pros?

This post is part of my 31 Ways to Cozy Up Your Space series.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


     This is possibly going to be my favorite post in this series. :) Brace yourself.
     Ahhhhhh. Books. Let's just say that even if you don't like to read (but you should, in my humble opinion), you would find a wall of books more comforting than a blank wall.
     And a nightstand always looks better with some bedtime reads on it. Desks with a layer or two of books appear more welcoming and more fit to be educational.
     Books bring people together and help them feel comfortable telling their own stories. Books start lively conversations and new adventures. Books are a way to travel while staying in the coziness of your own armchair.
     The truth is, even if you still don't like reading (I didn't expect to change your mind in two minutes), books feel like home to a lot of people, including myself.
     Action point: Incorporate books into your home, however you can. Stack some on your coffee table, desk, or nightstand. Nestle one in the corner of a chair for someone to find and explore. Fill your walls and rooms and closets with Shakespeare, biographies, or science-fiction. Do whatever you can to make this knowledge and pleasure available in your now-cozy space.
     Are you a book-lover and just dying for more? Bam! Bookish Pinterest board:
This post is part of my 31 Ways to Cozy Up Your Space series.

Monday, October 5, 2015


     Let's play a game. Which is cozier: a room full of sleek, white, pristine furniture, or one with a variety of textures like jute rugs, woven baskets, and wooden legs?

     "Why, Madeline, the one with the wood, of course. I don't want to live in a laboratory!"

     Of course you don't! So, how in the world do we incorporate these woody textures? Here are some ideas:
  • Wooden (or wooden-looking) trays
  • Clothespins
  • Logs in a fireplace (real wood, please!)
  • Woody picture frames
  • Wooden benches
  • Wooden coasters
  • Wooden chair
  • Wooden door
  • Stump table
  • Jute rugs
  • Woven baskets
  • Wooden legs on furniture
     This is not to say all your décor should be wood. Far from it! I simply want you to think about incorporating a few woody textures into your décor to make it feel homier.

     Why does wood make our spaces homier? It basically just makes them feel less like a pristine décor laboratory and more like nature.

     Action point: Bring something woody inside. It can even be a few dry branches that you get from your backyard and stick in a jar.

     I hope y'all are taking action. There's no point in reading if we aren't taking some sort of action, am I right?


This post is part of my 31 Ways to Cozy Up Your Space series.

Sunday, October 4, 2015


     What's the coziest thing ever? Curling up with a soft, warm blanket and a cup of warm yumminess, of course. It's October, and for most of the country (except for those of us in Texas), it's getting cold. Having blankets within reach for morning snuggles, afternoon reading, and movie nights is absolutely essential.

     Having blankets around facilitates cozy moments because being wrapped in a blanket is the safest, most wonderful place to be. Break out the cozy (that means blankets) today!

     Action point: Pull out your favorite blanket--the one that's perfectly huggable.

     Or you could get a 2-in-1 blanket and scarf (it's called a blanket scarf) like I just did:


This post is part of my 31 Ways to Cozy Up Your Space series.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Fluffy Pillows

     We're continuing to cozy up the atmosphere of our homes today with fluffy pillows.

     The worst, I repeat, the *worst* thing about un-cozy homes is stiff pillows on a couch. You sit down and lean back, but the fabric behind you fails to support or comfort even a fraction of your body.


     Fluffy pillows, on the other hand, allow you to sink back, fully supported. When I say fluffy, I basically mean that you buy pillow inserts larger than your pillow cases. This allows for ultimate fluffiness.

     Action point: Pull out your fluffiest, comfiest pillows. If you don't have any, buy some.

     Bonus tip: Don't get fussy over pillow arrangements, and actually let people use the pillows for something other than decoration (ie. comfort, pillow fights, low poufs, etc.)


This post is part of my 31 Ways to Cozy Up Your Space series.