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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The Drowsy Dude’s Guide to Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Every dude needs a good night’s sleep to function properly. In 2019, catching some Zzz’s can be harder than ever. We’ve all had nights where we’ve binge-watched one too many shows, stayed up way too late watching celeb conspiracy videos on Youtube, or downed one too many cold brews after 6pm. Our bedrooms, though, play a big part in our sleep cycle. From color to curtains, here are my tips to optimize your space into the snuggly palace you deserve.

 

KEEP IT SIMPLE:

When designing a bedroom for better sleep, my suggestion is to streamline the space to make it less stimulating. I always take a minimalist approach when designing bedrooms. First, a bedroom should only be used for sleep. So, don’t make it your home office. Eliminate all electronics, including computers and TVs. Don’t add any office furniture, or anything work related.

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COLOR IS KEY:

Stick to simple colors and emphasize texture over pattern. I recommend painting the walls a light grey and sticking with all white bedding. An all white bed has been shown to improve sleep. Stay away from bright colors and patterns, as they will keep your mind stimulated and hinder sleep.

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TAKE A BREAK FROM YOUR FEED:

Studies have shown that electronics, blue light, bright colors, and over stimulating spaces can keep you up and mess up that sleep cycle. That is why I recommend removing all electronics from the space and sticking to a simple, clean design with subdued colors.

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FIND THE BEST FIT:

I can’t stress enough how life-changing the right mattress can be! Whether it comes in a box or you’ve picked it out in store, make sure you find the best fit for your sleep positions. I recommend bamboo mattresses like this one from Amazon. Selecting the right bedding is also key. Are you a duvet dude or do you prefer a classic comforter? Cooling gel or down? Two pillows or 25? Consider all your options.

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CREATE YOUR OWN OASIS:

Make your bedroom your own comfy little enclave with things like blackout curtains, plants, diffusers, weighted blankets, and noise machines. If you live in a city, blocking out loud noise and distracting light can be essential. Figure out what works for you. Remember, this is arguably your most personal space, so treat yourself, dude!

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THINGS TO AVOID:

I think the worst bedroom faux pax’s are introducing electronics and a TV into the space. Save that for the living and family rooms, as the bedroom should be a retreat from all of the crazy stimuli of the day to day. As for the design, bright colors and crazy patterns are a no for the bedroom. Stick to whites and greys and introduce soft and varied textures to create a calm, spa-like retreat.

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Check out this article I was featured in on nonagon.style for more of my tips as well as some great ideas from other designers to get the best sleep in your space. Have another question about designing your bedroom? Ask your dude at heydesigndudes@gmail.com.

 

Happy snoozing, dudes!

Styling Your Kitchen

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Hey, dudes! Are you feeling uninspired while making your weekly meal prep? It may be time to spice things up with a little kitchen update. Now, this can seem overwhelming, but I have a few tips to make small and manageable changes in the kitchen without gutting it and starting over. Let’s get cooking!

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(Back)splash Zone

A backsplash is a super simple and relatively inexpensive way to bring a new look to your kitchen. A wallpapered or painted backsplash might be the cheapest option, but it is definitely not the most effective. Between grease splatters and splashes, your backsplash can really take a beating. Instead, spend a little extra and go for a more durable material like tile or stainless steel. This can be an easy weekend job for the DIY expert, or if you get stressed watching how to videos, you can hire a professional for less than redoing your entire kitchen. This is a big impact but low cost project!

 

Take a Seat

If you are needing some socialization and company while cooking, find some unique chairs or stools for your guest. After all, the kitchen is truly the heart of the home and we all end up there anyway, right? When shopping, try finding some thrift items for less or even repurpose some stools that you already have. Some new seat cushions and a paint job can make a brand new piece for your kitchen space. Make sure you get something that is the right height for your counter and functions well!

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Image: Premier Surfaces

 

Countertops – Treat Yo Self

Now, are you ready to make a big change with big impact? Let’s talk about updating those countertops. Personally, I love natural stone counters. This is a little bit of a splurge, but well worth it. Primer Surfaces has a great selection and also a ton of resources to help you pick the perfect stone. Natural stone offers a truly unique surface, because no two slabs are alike. From limestone, to granite, to marble, they remain a classic and timeless choice.

Now you may have also heard about quartz but what about quartzite? Unlike quartz, quartzite is naturally occuring. It’s a hard metamorphic rock that originated as sandstone. With high heating and pressurization, the sandstone is transformed into quartzite which is extremely strong. It’s a bit lighter in appearance and ideal for any countertop surface because of its durability. Stone will definitely make a great addition to any kitchen’s style.

 

Pump Up the Jam

If you are like me, you might hate the chore of cooking. Why not make it more fun by playing some tunes on a new sound system? I also like to keep the music playing while friends and guests enjoy dinner, because it sets the mood of the party. My tip is to hide your speakers in a place that no one can see, so that you save counter space. You can install them in your ceiling or you could even put them on top of your cabinets behind a plant. Get ready to dance the night away straight into dessert.

 

Let’s Dish

One really simple way to spice up the kitchen (and the food you’re cooking) is new dishes! New dishes are the perfect (renovation free) way to bring some new flair to your kitchen space. You can also come up with a creative way to showcase your new dining bling. Switching out solid cabinet doors for glass fronts is a great way to make the space seem more open, and this offers the perfect storage option for dishes. Open shelving is also a great option. The best part of open shelves is that you have even easier access to those plates for some midnight snacks. Do you have an island or a peninsula in your kitchen? Then you need to set the bar. Styling the space and making it dinner ready is the perfect way to showcase your new plates and bowls. It will make your space look great too.

 

Keep It Functional

Despite all the gorgeous kitchens you may see on Pinterest, you want your kitchen to fit you and your needs. Do you need a chef grade space with plenty of storage to cook up a storm, or do you just need a microwave and a wine fridge? Whatever the decision, make sure your kitchen functions to fit your needs.

 

Need some specific tips on styling your kitchen? I’d be happy to help! Ask your dude at heydesigndudes@gmail.com.

 

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!

 

Interior Design for the Extroverted Dude

Dude, let’s play a game of Choose Your Own Adventure. It’s Friday night. You just got home from a long day of work. You plop down on the couch and get a text message. It’s your buddy asking if you want to go out for happy hour and possibly have the most epic Friday night ever. Do you…

#1: Put your phone on silent and start binging Bandersnatch.  

#2: Grab your coat, because you’re off to the most epic night ever!

If you chose number two, then you’re on the right blog post. Because dude, you might be an extrovert.

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Extroverts are people who are thrive on being social. Staying in on a Friday night and binging Netflix alone on the couch just doesn’t do it for you. Instead, you often feel rejuvenated after spending an evening entertaining a crowd of guests. But do you have the ultimate party space for this?

Dudes, this isn’t college anymore. Empty bottles of craft beer across the top of your kitchen cabinets doesn’t exactly have the same visual appeal as they once did. But don’t worry! The Dude is here to help make your home the talk of the party.

Here are some things to consider while designing the perfect party pad:

 

Open Up – Your Floor Plan!

The goal here is to have a great space for entertaining guests. An open floor plan with an attached kitchen and living space is ideal for extrovert design as it leaves plenty of space for gathering and socializing. Consider focusing your party around a kitchen island or bar top. This is a great area to lay out snacks and drinks, and it allows you to be at the center of conversation. Be sure to have some nice seating options in this area, like pair of good-looking bar stools, for guests to get comfortable.

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Is Your Living Room Living Its Best Life?

Sure, the kitchen has the food (and what is a party without food?), but your living room is the hub of entertainment for your party. Make sure that your living room is living up to its name by creating a great entertaining area.

It is important to have many options for guest seating. An oversized couch or sectional with a large ottoman is a great start and serves as a focal point for socialization, but also consider adding a few extra seating arrangements to make the most of the space. Multiple groupings of chairs allow for multiple conversation areas for guests, and that means even more conversations for you to hop between!

Also, consider a flat screen entertainment center or a great music system to add that extra energy to your gathering. And, don’t forget the libations – a trendy bar cart will help get the party started!

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Now, Get the Party Started

Social dudes obviously love having something to talk about – so give it to them! Incorporate key pieces into your home decor that will catch your guests’ eye and get them talking. Unique items, like a trendy record player, an eclectic rug, or some geometric floor tiles, will do just that. Jazz up your entertainment space with some bold colors or patterns. Consider an accent wall with a fun wallpaper print or some striking artwork. These additions are bold, visually stimulating, and will certainly reflect your outgoing personality.

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Need some tailored advice for designing the perfect party pad? Reach out to your Design Dude! I can help you toss those craft beer bottles from college and transform your space to fit your design goals: heydesigndudes@gmail.com.

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