15 Things to Make Your Home Cozier

It’s officially Taurus season, and this year we are all finding ourselves spending quite a bit more time at home. Being a Gemini with a Taurus moon, I am tackling making my home cozier and embracing my inner “stay at home” moon sign with comfy accessories and House Hunters binges.

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Make Your Home Cozier with These Simple Accessories

Are you ready to make your home place that will actually make you want to “stay in” on a weekend? I have curated the perfect list of cozy home accessories that will transform your level of comfort.

1. Weighted Blanket

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Yes, I am starting with a very cheesy item, but desperate times call for desperate measures. You want to be cozy right? Get a blanket that will come close to the feeling of human touch. Available at Target.

2. Chunky Knit Throw

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When I think comfort, I think chunky knit throws. Bonus: this one is faux fur! If you aren’t ready to commit to the weighted blanked craze, this is the next best thing. (Also, it just looks so much fancier for when you actually have house guests.) Available at West Elm.

3. Fuzzy Pillows

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The easiest way to add comfort? Add pillows! I love this shag textured pillow, because who doesn’t like to caress them as you watch TV alone…again? Available at West Elm. 

4. Faux Fur Rug

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This look isn’t just for cabins. A faux fur rug makes a cozy addition to any space from luxe to Hygge. Nothing feels better on your feet! Available from Rugs USA.

5. Textured Rug

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Rugs with a unique texture also add a cozy element, like this Braid Stripe Sweater Rug. It even has “sweater” in the name! Available at West Elm. 

6. Fluffy Pouf 

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I am obsessed with this handcrafted pouf! These are perfect for lounging on the floor with a good book or eating takeout on the coffee table in front of Netflix. Available from West Elm. 

7. Chaise Lounge

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Why not go all out for your TV viewing. A chaise lounge is the perfect stylish option to stretch out on! Available from Wayfair. 

8. Upgrade Your TV

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Since we are spending all this time making things cozy for a night in, why not upgrade your TV? A 4k Smart TV would definitely be a great substitute for the theater. Available at Target. 

9. White Textured Bedding

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I am often asked the secret to making a cozy bedroom. The answer: white bedding. The color white helps promote healthy sleep, clears the mind, and feels fresh and clean. Add extra fully texture, and boom! You have a cozy bedroom. Available at Urban Outfitters.

10. My Sofa Dreamz

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Ok, while I was writing this post, I stumbled upon this…MY SOFA DREAMZ. This plush sofa converts to a flat sleeper bed in seconds. Go from Netflix straight to chill in mere moments. This is the future, dudes. Available at Urban Outfitters.

11. Stylish Wine Glasses

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Moving back to more practical items… If you unwind with a glass of wine, try making it a little more special for those warm cozy vibes. I think these wine glasses are really fun and probably make the wine taste better. Available at West Elm.

12. Wall Hanging

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Wall hangings are a quick and easy way to add instant texture, warmth, and style to your space. Available at World Market.

13. Escapist Art

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To me, there is something kinda romantic and cozy about European beach pics. Maybe it’s the element of being able to see a far off place without ever leaving your sofa? Available at Pottery Barn.

14. String Lights

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What’s cozier than twinkling string lights? I love these because they also double as pompoms during the day. Available at Urban Outfitters.

15. And finally…

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Just kidding! This one doesn’t exist…yet. If it did, it would be available on Amazon.

 

Hope you dudes enjoyed!

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Interior Design for the Introverted Dude

Alright, my dudes. Last week, we focused on design tips for extroverts – those guys that enjoy being at the center of attention and thrive on parties. But what if you’re not that kind of dude?

Maybe you’re the kind of dude who…

#1. Enjoys having quiet time alone to think, read, listen to music, or binge-watch Maniac on Netflix.

#2. Sometimes screens calls, even from your best buds, just because you need to mentally prepare yourself for a conversation.

#3. Would rather step on a Lego than engage in small talk with strangers.

If that sounds like you, then dude, you’re probably an introvert.

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Introverts are people who thrive on having time alone to unwind and collect their thoughts. Unlike the extroverted dude, going out partying on a Friday night doesn’t energize you. In fact, too much socializing can be draining. In order to recharge your energy levels, you need time away from the hustle to reflect in a quiet space where you can find peace. But does your home decor appeal to your need for introspection and relaxation?

Introverts, this one’s for you! The Dude is here with some on-trend tips for creating a cozy and calming living space.

Here are some things to consider when designing your ideal fortress of solitude:

 

Keep It Simple

Given your more reserved nature, a simplistic, minimalist design is ideal for you. Scandinavian design, in particular, appeals to many introverts as it focuses on clean lines and warm textures. Simple layouts and bright, airy spaces are the goal here. Get yourself a comfy, contemporary couch, a sleek, modern coffee table, and some neutral accent pieces to create a living space that is perfect for unwinding after a long day.

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As far as color goes, pick soft tones that are calming to you. Muted tones are better suited for this design rather than bold colors or patterns. Think: cool whites, tans, and greys with pops of black, green, and brown. These subdued hues will help create a relaxing refuge from the overstimulation of your daily life.

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Find Your Center

As an introvert, you need to maintain a special focus on what energizes you while designing your home. So ask yourself: What is it that rejuvenates me? What makes me feel centered?

If you’re the kind of dude who enjoys relaxing with a good book, then you’re going to need a cozy chair and a great bookshelf. If you feel most at ease while listening to your favorite album, then show off that trendy record player. If you are a dude who loves collectables, then make sure that you have a designated space to store those baseball cards (or whatever dudes collect).

Whatever it is that refuels you, make sure to incorporate that into your space!

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Hygge Your Home

Hygge is a lifestyle trend that originates from Denmark. The Danish word roughly translates into English to mean “coziness,” although it has no literal translation. The concept focuses on slowing down, living calmly, and embracing life’s simple pleasures. Although hygge is more of a state of mind rather than a design trend, it is a concept that can easily be channeled into your home decor.

Hygge translates particularly well into bedroom design. For you introverts, your bedroom should be a retreat from the buzzing, busy world. Hygge your home by prioritizing comfort when choosing furniture and decor. Don’t just consider how the piece looks, consider it’s “nap-ability” as well. For your bed, stick with crisp, white bedding, soft, neutral throws, and lots of plush pillows.

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As far as color and design for the bedroom, I’d suggest soft, grey walls and sheer, white curtains to amp up natural light. Instead of pattern, try incorporating various textures of the same color scheme into the space. Consider a thick carpet or lush, furry rug. This will make the room feel warm and layered as well as visually calming.

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Need some tailored advice for designing the perfect homebody haven? Reach out to your Design Dude at heydesigndudes@gmail.com. I would love to hear your design goals and help bring them to life!

Want some additional information about introverted interior design? Check out an article that I was featured in on realtor.com for six cozy home decor ideas!