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Time for a Refresh... But Keep It Cozy.

Updated: Jul 16

I simply cannot help myself when I walk into a space and size it up. It's what I do naturally, which is probably one really good reason I became an interior designer. This is true even in my own home.


I'm sure we would all agree that if we had buckets of money and all the time in the world to source every bit of everything we see we would probably have the most amazing, tailored spaces. That's just not the case for most of us.

I also can get bored really easy which can make things expensive when you find yourself swapping out furniture and decor every so often.


Sometimes a new perspective is necessary as it helps the mind and body. The same can be said for our personal spaces. What's the one room you gravitate the most to, the one place that is meant to soothe you from the neverending day or week?

Trying to create that space can be a bit tricky but there a few things I've learned over the years as to what makes me calm and I thought I could share them with you.


My favorite spaces tend to have that nook-like feel. You know, the type that is a bit closed in, kind of like a fort, smaller in scale and a bit closed in. This is weird for me being that I am slightly claustrophobic but nonetheless I feel the most comfortable in smaller spaces. But what if you don't have a dedicated nook?



Here are a few ways to warm up and close in a space that can make you feel like you're in a dedicated nook without having to actually build one out.

Pillows - soft cozy pillows either for the floor or sofa. Where ever you like just as long as their soft and cozy.

Plants - bring a little nature in to surround you. Use ones that are natural air purifiers for added health benefits such as Bamboo Palm or Peace Lily, to name a couple. Throw Blankets - one must have super soft blankets to wrap themselves up in, especially on a chilly night.


Using wood elements to add warmth to your space. I absolutely love mixing natural elements to not only bring nature inside but to add depth and texture. Not to mention the space won't feel too mundane or matchy-matchy but instead more organic.

Using earth tones throughout can feel comforting and inviting. However, don't be afraid to add a splash of color but keep it on the softer side. Pairing a light blue with a rich, leathery brown is very cozy while lightening up the overall look and keeping it from becoming too stuffy.


Here's list of some of the goodies I put together in this room to help create a calming and comfortable spot. You can shop the look by clicking on the link below. Cheers!








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