No matter how large or small, new or old your home is, it’s always a challenge to find a spot to call your own. You know, that cozy corner where you can curl up with a good book, call a friend to catch up, or just close your eyes for a few minutes.
“Spending a few minutes with a beautiful picture book can be like four hours away from it all.”
Whether I’m creating a cozy spot for a guest, our kids, or myself, it always starts with a few good picture books and a comfy chair.
I designed this chair-and-a-half (aka king chair) from a fabric I saw on a pillow. It comfortably seats two adults, and swivels towards or away from the conversation area or the television.
There are many stores that carry ready-made, comfortable chairs with tons of fabrics and colors to choose from. I enjoy popping in to my local Home Goods stores on the off-chance they’ll have just the thing I’m looking for, and at a bargain price. It takes time and luck to find great pieces, but they’re always well worth the effort.
Designer Tip: Shopping at discount stores can be a great way to save money on accessories, linens and occasional chairs, just be sure you inspect every inch as some of the merchandise has been damaged from being in transit so many times.
Add an inexpensive stool or small table to rest a few books and your coffee mug.
This Galvin Industrial Stool from World Market provides a rustic look and is virtually indestructible, or use something you already have in another room.
I found lots of inspiration and beautiful photos in Emily Henderson’s design book called Styled.
Another of my favorite coffee table books is is Paris In Love, featuring beautiful images from cozy corners in Paris.
This style we call “eclectic” or “transitional” enables you to bring in pieces from various rooms and move them around. There’s no longer a need to have a matched set of lamps, nightstands or side tables.
Your accessories and tables can rotate as your needs change, as often as you like, and they look good in every single room in your home.
What does that mean to you? It means you don’t have to constantly buy items to keep up with the latest trends. Repurpose as much as you can to save time and money while updating your home.
For my home office, I designed a queen size sofa sleeper to accommodate additional guests when the official “guest room” is occupied. It also provides a cozy spot to read or watch television.
Dual Purpose Rooms Can Have a Cozy Corner
Every cozy corner needs a warm throw blanket on the off-chance the occupant will be so relaxed, they’ll take a five minute cat-nap.
Take the opportunity to create a pop of color for the room with your throw blanket and remember to repeat that color somewhere else in the room, you don’t even have to match the exact shade!
Designer Tip: Remember that your throw blanket will be used by young and old, with clean hands and not-so-clean hands, so make sure it’s washable and not easily snagged.
Don’t fake nature. You don’t need a green thumb to have a few natural plants to provide oxygen and a sense of nature and serenity to your room.
Real orchids and blooming plants add color and interest to any room. Here I’ve used a blue tray from Home Goods and applied the Rule of Threes to style the office bathroom countertop and provide a pop of color.
Don’t Be Afraid To Mix Patterns
Designer Tip: The rule of thumb for mixing patterns is use a large-scale print (such as a floral), a stripe that has at least one of the same colors in it, and a solid.
In this built-in banquette I chose Sunbrella fabrics to prevent the strong sun from fading or breaking down the fabric. It’s also one of the best “anti-stain” fabrics I’ve found, and even a spilled large glass of red wine comes right up with a damp cloth. (I can tell the story if you like, but it’s a bit embarrassing for me!)
Layering a corner with things you love (and already own) such as books, plants, throw blankets and stools will give you a spot to relax and refresh for a few minutes, or as long as you can hide out.