What makes a home cozy?

So, there are some big changes ahead for me. I just graduated *HAPPY DANCE* from nursing school. See the shameless photo below, I worked really really hard for it. With the new year, there will be some major life changes to accompany my new career. I’ll be  relocating to a whole different state, and officially beginning the process of buying my first house. All of these changes make me a nervous wreck, but also make me contemplate what actually makes a house “cozy”.

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Below are just a few of my favorite inspiration ideas for the three rooms everyone has in their house: Bath, Living, and Bed. I anticipate doing a kitchen inspo roundup in the future, but that will be a much longer research process that I hope to tailor around my new home. (insert excited girl squeal) Leave a comment below with where you get your interior design inspiration from…. I am always on the lookout and appreciate any information.

Bathroom 

This bathroom inspo comes from Deuce Cities Henhouse, who has the closest I have ever come across to my dream bathroom. I adore large hexagon tiles, especially in grey. I have coveted wall mount cast iron sinks for as long as I can remember, and the simple theme with the open shelving and monochromatic but textural elements makes my heart pitter patter. To me, coziness comes from not an abundance of stuff, but truly loving and cherishing what you have. Yes, a good candle and a hand towel with tassels on the ends are extras, but I firmly believe if you LOVE something, it should be highlighted and not buried under loads of other stuff. The following are my keys for a cozy bathroom: candles, soft but textural towels, warm wood tones, individually wrapped soaps, and a glass curio to hold extras. A bathtub, in my opinion, is a non-negotiable cozy necessity as well.

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  1. Pestemal towels from Target
  2. Teak bowl candle from Anthropologie
  3. Glass door storage system from Ikea
  4. Textured bath towels like these splurge-worthy ones from Schoolhouse Electric
  5. Teak bath mat from Target

 

Bedroom 

The bedroom is the place where I believe you should feel the most cozy. It is where you refuel and rejuvenate from long days and it should be somewhere you feel completely relaxed. Anthropologie is one of my favorite splurge stores and sources of inspiration *all pictures in circles below are from their website. I really love the texture and uniqueness they put into their items. In a bedroom, the focus is clearly the bed. In my mind it should be loaded with pillows and blankets, candles and dim lighting from various sources. I also love a good chair in the bedroom for reading, putting on socks, or setting out clothing for the next day.

 

 

 

 

I love a neutral bedding that I can change with the seasons. Also, a duvet is almost mandatory for a cozy bedroom. There is something about being under the comforter with a nice candle burning curled up that just makes the coziness come out. The necessities for a truly cozy bedroom are lamps/pendants over the nightstands, minimal electronics (see alarm clock inspo pic above), pillows, blankets, and of course candles. Another thing I really love to do is to get a few pillow inserts so I can change out my bed color scheme on a whim. H&M actually has the best solid color pillow covers for the cheapest price. This lets you easily change with the seasons without buying all new bedding.

Living Room 

There are some things that a cozy house cannot do without, and these are things that can fit in any budget, in any style, and in any space. All images below were taken from Pinterest.

  1. Candles– I am guilty of having a candle stash at all times. I love them because of the ambiance, the scent, and the warm glow that makes everything look prettier.
  2. Books– this one may be a bit more personal, but I love a good book. One of my very favorite things is giving or exchanging books with other people and I think a book can be the most useful decorative piece in a small space.
  3. Plants– You can’t get cozy without some nature around. Plants not only give the feeling of ‘life’ to a home, but they help clean the air and provide texture and variety.
  4. Natural light— windows are a must, end of story. Highlight them, don’t hide them.
  5. Attention to details— I really like a more minimalist approach to living, where everything has a purpose and brings joy. With this philosophy of life, it gets so cozy when there are special touches even to everyday items. That blanket with the fringe? Yes. That beautifully bottled hand soap? Yes. Just because there is less stuff doesn’t mean you sacrifice on quality.
  6. Natural textures— I think that the more natural elements like hardwoods, stone tiles or countertops, etc. all make a home feel more cozy.
  7. Artwork– this, again, is really personal. But if it makes you happy, it doesn’t have to ‘match’ the furniture.

Character is another thing that I  think every home needs. Character is not exclusive for antique homes, it can be in any design. Moldings, wainscoting, and wall coverings are an easy way to add texture. The best article I have ever read on the topic, a round up of sorts, comes from Emily Henderson’s site which you can find here

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Keep an eye out for the evolution of my first home, the true Cozy Bungalow. I plan on posting the whole process of my successes and failures in the pursuit of an American Dream, home-ownership.

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