Setting A Cozy Space

The leaves have changed where I’m sitting, the winds have arrived, and those colorful leaves are slowing falling to the ground. The temperatures are a bit cooler, and daylight ends earlier these days. Whether we like it or not, mother nature’s next destination for most of us is winter. So, with destination winter on our heels, I thought it would be the perfect time to share my top tips to inspire you to set up your own cozy space. Like most people, I spend more time indoors during the colder months. Having a comfortable room in my home to read, relax, and sip my coffee is essential.

My first tip, giving the room the right lighting. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like overhead lighting. It has a place in areas where you need task lighting, like in the kitchen or a workspace, but other than that, but other than that it’s just too harsh light! Instead, use lamps to create ambiance. There are so many options, but light-colored fabric shades with warmer light bulbs work for me. This gives you enough light to see what you’re doing without being bright and intrusive. You can also take the lampshade entirely off if the shape and style fit. Below is a lamp purchased from a resale shop, where the shop owner took an old ugly brass lamp, spray painted it, and stripped the shade. I love it.

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Tip two, no shocker here, but I love candles. The look of the flickering lights and the shadows these wonderful waxy creations set a cozy vibe. I light at least one or two candles every day with one burning in my office, and usually have one burning in the kitchen too. Always and never without candles at the dinner table when guests are gathered with us. Candles also give a beautiful aromatic scent for whatever your favorite is for the season. Candles are little luxuries for not a lot of money.

My tip three is a two for one: an ottoman to rest your weary feet and a warm fuzzy blanket. If your chair or sofa is missing an ottoman, run now and go get one! But really, we all work hard, and ottomans generally take up little space. Adding one to your area not only allows you to add style but comfort too. Bonus, they can also be used for side tables or extra seating when needed. Add a warm fuzzy blanket and settle in and enjoy your coffee or tea and pet or two!

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Stay cozy,
Amanda

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