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Brenda has been writing since grade school. She attended journalism school where she majored in professional writing. She loves to decorate, garden, read and spend time with her Yorkies.

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Creating A Cozy Environment

When I was a little girl, I wished for two things when I grew up: To be a writer. And to live in a cozy little house...

Well, if you write on a regular basis, I suppose you're a writer. And if you surround yourself with the things you love, you invariably end up living in a cozy little house. No matter where that might be.

Or at least that's how I look at it. 

If you have fresh flowers in your home, it lends a cozy ambiance to an otherwise minimal backdrop. 

If you add pretty linens and quilts, you are adding texture and the feeling of being wrapped in love.

If you add a collection or two, you are showing your personality. 

If you paint your existing furniture in colors that you love, then you have added to your cozy atmosphere with just the price of a can of paint. Then with the addition of new knobs, you can change the look of a piece even more.

If you add greenery in the way of house plants, you are cleaning the toxins from your environment. But plants also soften the edges of your box-like rooms.

If you showcase your prized collections; your books and reading materials, a person gets a vital glimpse into who you are by just gazing about them when they visit.

A beverage (or coffee) bar, is both useful and handy. You don't have to walk back and forth getting what you need to make yourself a cup of coffee, for it's already in one place.

The best way to organize things is to have a place for everything. And to put everything back, then, in its rightful place.

Most anything can be painted. If you have a lamp you picked up for a song, but just don't like the color, then that is an easy fix. Paint it. Same goes with furniture and many pieces of decor.

I find that a full range of colors is what makes my home my home. Color is a vital part of my personality. Color revitalizes me.

If you're downsizing, and know you can't take everything with you, then go into each room, sit down, and look around you at everything in that room. Think about where you're moving, and visualize each piece in that new space. 

Take a notebook and write down all the pieces in your room. Then go down the list and check off what you absolutely must keep. And what you know will fit. Have measurements handy.

Review your possessions in your head. Eventually, the cream should rise to the top. The most important elements should be readily apparent. 

And then you can add what you simply desire to keep.

No matter where I land in the future, I will manage to make it a cozy little home. Whether it be a house or apartment. 

Because living with things you love, in a cozy arrangement, and in an organized fashion, can't help but make you feel good when you're there in your space.

Brenda Pruitt
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  1. Your apartment is just lovely. I think it really reflects your personality. I love your decorating style!

  2. I agree. Being a visual person...I find I must fluff my house continually to maintain that special cozy ambiance! And I love playing house anyway. Ha! Sheila

  3. My home is also a reflection of who I am. I'm trying to downsize and get rid of excess and as I do so I feel better and lighter. I love all the color you use.

  4. You are so right, Brenda. My husband just asked me the other day if I would be happy in a newer one level home. A few years ago I would have said no, but really, it's the things and people you fill your home with that make it cozy. I've been getting rid of "stuff" this summer, and I'm starting to see the light.

  5. So true, Brenda. I don't need a big or fancy place to live, just someplace that I can decorate with things I love and make it a cozy space. You have always done a wonderful job of making wherever you live your "cozy little house"!

  6. Just looking at your pictures makes me smile. I so love all of your color. And you are so right about downsizing. I'm struggling with that now.

  7. I love your ideas Brenda , I would love to be able to visit you some day and enjoy your company and all that you have to say. Very pretty and Cozy home you have!

  8. YOU just know how to put things together and every photo reflects that fact.. it is cozy and totally adorable..

  9. Your dining area looks so comfy with your wicker chairs and the pretty yellow lilies.. I've bought several/lots of house plants this summer.. I'm hoping to bring them in and that my two kitties will leave them alone..
    Have checked to see which ones are poisonous. They are growing nicely outside...........hope they'll be good sized when I bring them in.
    As always, wishing you "happy trails".

  10. I just love your adorable home.


  11. my mother used to say, it's not what you have, it's how you arrange it. More people should think that way. I, too, dreamed of a small cozy place to live in all alone when I was small. I have a totally different lifestyle now but I still dream of that!

  12. Brenda you have a cozy little oasis there in your current place and I was so happy when you found it due to the ability to have the patio garden as well :)

  13. Brenda you certainly created a cozy and pretty space for yourself! I LOVE all the color you use and the way you arrange all your pretty collections! Your home always looks beautiful!

  14. A lovely post that reflects the absolute beauty and care you put into your lovely home. I feel the same way, I am currently living in a bedroom but I made it as cozy as possible with all my I love. No matter where we call home, if we add our own personal sense of décor and color, it becomes a place that wraps you in happiness and peace of mind.

  15. Brenda, I love how you have made your home into the perfect cozy little space for you! It looks beautiful!!

  16. Yes, yes, and more yeses! Hi Brenda. You're so right about making a home. I love the way you decorate and surround yourself with color! I love color too and it does make me happy! Hope you're doing well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  17. You have mastered the art of "cozy living"!

  18. I am also a color lover Brenda..I admire the way you make every place you are "cozy"....

  19. Brenda you even make your washing machine look cozy. You really have knack for display that is for sure. Write a book woman.

  20. You hit it all on the head. I don't live in a really small space by some comparisons...certainly not 3000 sq. feet +...but I still make it all cozy---that's how I roll. I would find a way to break up spaces even if I lived in a large home. You are the best inspiration. Painting furniture and creating small focused spaces like your coffee bar and cute laundry space. Big homes often keep room very utilitarian but you can work with it. I have small rooms in my old house and I aim to do what you do. I guess I'm thinking of my son's new home and how I'm trying to help him "fill in" the large spaces with some 'home sweet home' touches', Do you have any suggestions after living in some larger homes? I'm sure your decorating touches were quite beautiful then, too.Food for post thought?

    Jane x

  21. Beautiful post Brenda! I love all the little snippets of your home that you've shared too. It looks warm and cozy!


  22. This post is wonderful and I absolutely adore your home Brenda! I love the furniture pieces you have restored and your vignettes are perfectly placed! You have done a wonderful job creating your home and wherever you live, it will have your exquisite signature on each area. Beautiful, just beautiful!

  23. I too always wanted a little house - was never into a large fancy home. I'm still trying to downsize so have boxes and tubs still stored in my garage. It is so hard! Take for instance.... in your last photo of the sweet little collections on your washer - if you could only take say, 3 items, what would you take and what would you be able to part with? it's such a hard decision, for sure for sure.

  24. One of the many things I love about your decorating style is your courage with color. Obviously you have a great sense of harmony or you couldn't mix color as effectively as you do. Honestly, it's fascinating. Anyway, LOVE your home, the subtle creative touches and the intimacy!

    Kindly, Dana

  25. Brenda , you are the connoisseur of cosy living .

  26. I wanted to be a writer too. I guess blogging was made for us! I love your cozy home. I enjoy it when you share it with us. I love how you used the vintage box to store the laundry soap. And the lamp. If I could get my laundry put away more often I could decorate the space better. You inspire. Thanks for sharing. Have a fabulous week.

  27. That is so true. it is important to be able to surround yourself with things that make you feel good.

  28. I agree with your thoughts on making a home cozy, comfortable and colorful - no matter where you live. And you do a great job with all of it!

  29. Brenda, you've done a fabulous job of making your home cozy. Wonderful images you shared in this post.

  30. Your place is so warming and welcoming. I love all your special touches to make is so sweet !

  31. I always say if it doesn't bring you joy when you look at it or hold it in your hand then it is something you don't need. xo Laura

  32. You have so much in a small apartment. It looks beautiful and cozy. Your step by step instructions
    Are great but what I really need is for you to come to my house. Your talent amazes me - great writer, great decorator, great at gardening and the energy to make it all happen.


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