9 Things I Do to Keep My Home Cozy
If you've ever been to my house, I hope you feel very at home! And that it's inviting. I work really hard to make sure my guests feel that way. & that I feel that way. Here are a couple things I do to keep that vibe...
- Fresh Flowers. I don’t know what it is - but having fresh flowers in mason jars scattered around my house gives it this warm feeling. It says I’ve taken time to bring life into my home. Not just the typical decorative pieces, but a little touch of… More.
- Have your vibe in mind. Too many times have I been out with friends furnishing and decorating their place and they focus on what other people would want to see. Or, what they think other people would want to see. Before I started buying stuff for my house, my goal was for my place to just ooze me: my personality and vibe. I wanted to come home and feel at home. I enjoy entertaining, so obviously it also had to be functional, but I wanted when someone visits to look around and say, "Yeah Alexis definitely lives here!" Not just with photos, but all pieces collectively working together.
- It’s not always the big things. There’s so much focus on major pieces of furniture or decorative things - and not so much on little touches. I’m a little things kind of girl. I’ve recently added ornate doorknobs to my bedroom and guest bedroom for example.
- Don’t get too match-matchy. It looks staged and like not a lot of thought went into your purchases. This your space! Put some thought into it.
- Add some eclectic pieces. You don’t want your whole house to look like the miscellaneous aisle at the thrift store with no cohesiveness. But you also don’t want all cookie-cutter pieces, either. It’s all about balance.
- No more blank walls! For Pete’s sake - hang some artwork. Making your home cozy is all about giving it personality. Doesn’t have to be too fancy, I got a couple large photos from IKEA.
- Always change. You’ll grow tired of looking at the same things every day; you want to feel comfortable but also love your space. It’s fine to have a box of rotating decorations and constantly be on the lookout for new pieces to add.
- Live in it. Having a clean house is one thing - definitely do that! But you want your home to look, feel and actually be lived in. When my friends stop by (usually unannounced) you’re likely to find my laptop open with a mug nearby; a book (or two) on my ottoman; toys that Dottie or Bella have been playing with; my couch pillows in disarray and a blanket across my couch. I bought and decorated my home so that I can enjoy it and have a place to share with friends, not for it to be a show piece.
- & Keep it simple! Overkill is never a good thing - in any sense. And that applies to decorating as well. It’s OK to have some empty space. You don’t ever want to feel crammed or like there’s just a ton of crap everywhere.