6 Elements Of A Cozy Home

I have chosen 6 elements of what I consider a cozy home to share with you today.

My home is my favorite place to be because I have created a space that is comfy, cozy, and soothing.

First, I think a chosen color palette is important when deciding on decorating options.

Spread Your Color Palette Throughout Your Home:

A light wood dining table with modern yellow-gold chairs and white dinnerware

Choosing Core Colors For A Cozy Home:

I like to pick a few colors and then use them throughout all my rooms.

My furniture is almost all neutral. And then I sprinkle color throughout.

When you are decorating a home, think of the colors you would like to use as accents in each room.

I have found that white dinnerware makes my food look more pleasing. My dinnerware is from Target that I’ve had for some years. But white dinnerware is readily available almost anywhere.

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A living room with a beige couch and various colored boho quilt. A gold quilt on the wall with a boho mirror on top

My colors, beyond the neutrals of my furniture, are golden-yellow, green, and red. I have these colors in every room in my apartment, to lend a sense of flow and continuation to the spaces.

These colors “move the eye” from room to room.

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A bed with pillows in pillow shams with a basket on the wall above and an elephant inside it

Bedding is important. You want your bedroom to feel tranquil.

I have gone from all kinds of bright colors to more neutral tones in my bedroom. Because I’ve learned that the more neutral colors are more relaxing.

I also use lined thermal-insulated room darkening curtains to keep out light. The light seeping in makes it hard for me to sleep.

In fact, I go a step further and use two clothespins to clip the curtains where they meet in the middle before bedtime.

I wouldn’t skimp on bedding because you spend a third of your life in your bedroom.

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Use Lamps & Banish Overhead Lighting:

A boho style console with a house plant and books. A leaning painting against the wall. A lamp and a candle. A snake plant sits on the floor next to a boho accent table

I hate overhead lighting. The soft glow of a lamp evokes a cozy feeling of warmth and is easier on the eyes.

Bright lights overhead just make me jittery and uncomfortable.

I have lamps in every room. Even my bathroom.

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House Plants Make A Home Feel Cozier:

Two different sized house plants on a surface

There’s nothing like house plants to make a home feel warm and loved. Just bringing in the green of nature is relaxing.

Plus you’re cleaning the very air you breathe when you have house plants in your home.

In the wintertime, my house plants become even more important to me.

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Books Make A Home Feel Lived In:

A metal basket with various books inside. Along with a small Buddha and a faux plant

The books in the above photo are mostly decorating and gardening books I’ve gathered on the coffee table.

I suggest layering books around your home to show what your interests are. Books gives a glimpse into your personality.

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A standing book shelf with a collection of books and a clock

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Buy Sound Machines For Ambiance & Relaxation:

Furniture with a CD player and a sound machine

I don’t think I would feel comfortable anymore without sound machines going 24/7. It blocks out all the little sounds that are annoying to me. And they’re relaxing to have in the background.

I have the sound of rain going in the bedroom and the sound of a water fountain in the living room.

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Collections Bring Personality To A Room:

A lamp and a collection of blue vintage bottles along with a house plant and a lamp

Showing small collections is a reflection of who you are. The years that have molded you and the people who have inspired you.

Some collections are handed down from beloved family members. Which makes them even more precious.

Arrange your collections as you wish, depending on the size.

Above you see two of my collections. One is the small collection of blue bottles above my CD player.

And then there is a collection of vintage Mason jars on a shelf above my desk.

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Red lamp on dining table with vase of yellow flowers next to it.

There are many other ways to make your home feel cozy and loved. Candles, for instance. Quilts handed down from a grandmother. Framed photos of family and friends on display.

Choose your own cozy elements and decorate your home accordingly.

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  1. Hello! I am wondering how you like your CD player and how long you have had it. I have three different brands in my Amazon cart at the moment and would love some feedback! I, like most others, have no problem with your affiliate links. I thoroughly enjoy your blog and wish you luck in your search for a new home.

    1. I read lots and lots of reviews before I buy. I Google reviews online as well. I just looked in my orders and I bought it Dec. 15, 2020. It was my Christmas present as I don’t exchange gifts anymore. I do love it! I hope you see this. I couldn’t find an email address to send it to.

      1. Thank you for your feedback! I did include my email but kept checking back here just in case. I also read all the reviews but, honestly, they start to confuse me after awhile! So it’s nice to hear a direct experience. If I choose yours, I will be sure to use your link!

  2. I can’t believe I missed leaving a comment on this post! There are some troubling things happening in my corner of the world so my mind is very preoccupied. I’m spending lots of time with my hobbies/interests so I don’t go down the ‘overthinking rabbit hole”.
    I love your home and all your decorating tips and ideas!

  3. I enjoyed the elements you highlighted and the examples shared from your home decor. I have also been admiring the framed photograph of the farm, barn and field hanging above your caned end table. I am wondering if you took the photograph? It’s very lovely.

  4. I love all these photos of your decor and cozy apartment. You have such a knack for creating beautiful arrangements and bringing color to a room.

  5. I love your home, it is everything you say it is. I have always been a minimalist and I can’t seem to change. I love the idea of the sound machines. It is not very often that I can’t sleep but would love one anyway.

  6. I agree about the use of lamps in the home, especially when fall descends upon us. I really like the lamp with the glass base by your CD player.

  7. Thanks for the links you provide.
    I followed one today😊
    I just used the red Casaware I ordered after your recommendation, and I also just gifted my daughter with the set.
    I like it that you research for me, as well as entertaining me with your blog.
    Thanks for sharing your life with us.

  8. Your home is so serene, full of interest yet not busy. (Except for Ivy, on occasion- lol!)
    The affiliate links are fine with me, they are unobtrusive – not big ads with photos – just highlighted titles. And easy to skip or fun to check out.

  9. Hello Brenda. Happy Wednesday. Hope you heard good news on your offer for the new place. I believe if you decorate your place with no rules or trends just what you love you will always love where you live. Our homes are our sanctuary so it should reflect you and what brings you happiness and peace. Have a great rest of the week.

  10. I’m grateful for the links, they have helped me to look at and order many things that you recommend Brenda!

  11. You just described why your home is so peaceful despite having interesting things to look at in every room. After we built our home, a decorator advised me the goal was to not have every room “match,” but rather to “flow.” My education as an art teacher stressed the importance of a principle of design: repetition….moving colors from place to place in a piece to achieve a sense of balance. I’ve noticed your punches of white throughout your space which supplies another principle: unity. And you have a bonus “unifier” that moves from room to room as needed: IVY! 🙂

  12. Your home is always so pretty….. I love the colors ! Reminds me of cottage / bungalow living !!!

  13. It used to be every morning: Let’s see how Brenda is doing, her health, her patio, her pets. Now it has become: I wonder how many affiliate links she managed to put in this time. Nine today, the winner so far!

    1. This comment is rude. No one makes you click on any link, you can scroll past. And if you have read Brenda’s blog for any length of time you know this is a source of income for her. There is no need to be so petty. Bless your heart and have a nice day.

    2. I’m sorry if you don’t like the affiliate links. My blog income is way down for some reason and I’m trying to be able to afford to buy a home. You can always just ignore them.

      1. Your fine design and photography outweigh any aggravation from the links. And I appreciate your need for income, especially as you are trying to make your living situation more secure and stable. I can live with it. I hope your offer is accepted.

    3. Maybe you didn’t mean it to come across so harshly, but I don’t believe ad links is the thing bothering you to have posted such a comment. I will offer a prayer to lesson whatever is the real reason that is bothering you. No need to try to throw shade on another woman. The world has enough of that. As women, we should only lift each other up more.

    4. That was really rude to say! The links really aren’t bothersome at all, and they pertain to things she’s talking about. They are so much nicer than the pop up ads. Please try to be nicer next time. Brenda doesn’t deserve that. She tries really hard to bring us interesting and thoughtful content everyday.

    5. There is earnest effort behind creating content for readers to appreciate. It is reasonable that bloggers be compensated for their work product and links are available for any who have interest and as noted, can simply be skipped for any who do not. Consider that we purchase books and magazines for our recreation, and this site offers articles of interest at no cost to us.

    6. Ina – really??? Was your incredibly rude comment necessary??? If you don’t like what’s happening here then please move along. This is a source of income for Brenda! Sheesh!!!!!

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