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.