I've noticed that the word used most often to describe our home is, you guessed it, "cozy" - and I couldn't be happier about that. There are a lot of beautiful homes out there, designed to perfection with gorgeous furniture and decor, but I don't think that always translates to a cozy space. To me, cozy means a lot of things - something that is comfy, lived in, warm, relaxing, happy, has good vibes, and is a place you'd want to hang out and relax. Cozy is down to earth, maybe just a little messy, and doesn't take itself too seriously. I wanted to share some of my tips with you for creating an extra cozy space - it's actually very simple and easy to do! You just need a few key pieces, most of which you probably already have lying around, but when put together in a little nook or corner, magic can happen. Keep scrolling for all the tips, and scroll to the end to shop all the pieces you see here for yourself.
First tip is, surprise surprise, plants! Plants bring instant life to a space - it really is crazy how much of a difference just a few green bbs can make in a room. I put them in every nook and cranny I can fit 'em! On the floor, on tables, crates, hanging, pretty much everywhere. So whatever space you're trying to cozify, I can assure you that plants alone will instantly bring the good vibes. But we won't stop there...
Rugs are a necessity for a super comfy space. I'm a serial rug layerer, I'll throw rug on top of rug on top of rug. Why not! It's fun and gives the space a nice lived-in quality. My absolute go-to piece for every nook in our home is the sheepskin rug. We have close to 15 of them, can you believe it?! I'm serious when I say I've got them allll over the place. They're just so fuzzy and warm and feel so good on your skin, it's instant happiness when I step or lie on them. It also breaks up the room and gives a nice pop of cream and texture.
Candles are another good vibes necessity. That firey glow brings instant warmth and homeyness to a space, and combine it with some beautiful smelling incense & gorgeous crystals? Forget about it, you're never leaving. I light incense often, especially when the apartment feels stale or could use a little refresh. Sweet smelling candles and that smokey wisp coming from the incense always gives our place a calm, relaxing feel.
Next tip, three words: pillows, pillows, pillows. It's pillow land at our place - a bit of an addiction, actually! I love creating cozy nooks by tossing a couple different sized pillows on the floor, propping them up against a wall or bookcase, and of course adding a sheep skin rug or two to lie down on. We have a big ol' couch and lots of chairs in the apartment, but for some reason plopping down on the floor is more fun! Our lil record nook is a fave of mine, I love to chill here and listen to vinyl - such a simple but fun way to relax and unwind.
Finally, a simple throw blanket can do wonders for the cozy factor of a space! I love really soft ones in a pretty color, like this chenille sweater throw - it's sooooo velvety plush and lovely. Makes you wanna curl up with a good book and a cup of tea.
I hope all those tips help you create your own lil cozy sanctuary! What are your go-to pieces for making your space comfy & homey? I'd love to hear YOUR tips! I also want to start writing more home posts like this, I know I've been really slacking in that department - please don't hesitate to leave me a comment, message me on Instagram, or shoot me an email with any types of posts you'd like to see on Black & Blooms. I love chatting with all of you! Thanks for being here :)