Creating a cozy home is more than just adding a few fuzzy throw blankets here and there. Coziness is a feeling. Similar to a warm, comforting hug, or your favourite sweater on a crisp autumn morning, your home should embrace you, welcome you, and evoke pure delight.
So what’s the secret to creating a cozy home? Engage all five senses!
Sights, smells, sounds, and even tastes all work together to produce a feeling. And today, I’m showing you how we create that feeling to be a comfortable, relaxing, and happy one. So pour yourself a steaming cup of tea, and let’s get started…
One of the first things we notice about our homes is what we see. It’s no surprise that if you love the way your home looks, it will bring feelings of comfort and happiness. On the other hand, if you’re dissatisfied with your home or if it feels too precious, it can seem sterile and uninviting. Not what we’re going for here!
Instead, layer coziness with a relaxing ambiance and an array of comfortable textures. Arrange toss pillows, throw blankets in various sizes and materials, and use woven baskets to hide clutter. Don’t forget to style your shelves too by layering plants, books, and artwork. Be sure to keep it personal and include pieces that instantly spark joy and good memories.
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When selecting layers for your home, it’s essential to invest in quality materials. Not only do they feel better, but they will withstand time and continue to get more comfortable with use. Think faux fur or soft cashmere knits. I recently invested in all new bedding (including pillows and a duvet) and getting into bed each night feels like a treat. It’s such a simple thing, but it makes me sooo happy!
Most people probably don’t think about sound when creating a cozy environment, but it makes a significant impact. Without realizing it, music can create connections, elicit positive memories, and enhance the moment.
I’m a big fan of Spotify. They literally have a playlist for everything! Simply search “autumn,” and you’ll find options ranging from chill acoustic to coffee shop jazz and classical piano. Pick one that suits your mood and activity…or just play Taylor Swift 24/7 like I do. 😉
There is nothing quite like a delightful scent to engage the senses. Whether it’s a homemade apple pie baking in the oven, a delicious meal simmering in the crockpot, or a stovetop blend of spiced apples and vanilla, a lovely aroma is known to warm the soul instantly.
If you’re looking for a quick way to bring a cozy scent into your home (without having to whip out your Le Creuset every time), consider lighting a candle. I LOVE Brand & Iron, specifically their Tobacco and Vanilla blend. The distinctive spice combined with sweet vanilla creates the perfect layer of coziness. It has been burning non-stop in my home since the first day of fall.
Food has a powerful way of uniting us, but it can be too easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to cooking. So before you feel uninspired by yet another Taco Tuesday, hop online and shake things up with a few fresh ideas. I highly recommend this Beet Apple Carrot Cake if you love to bake. Pair it with a coffee or tea, a warm blanket, and a good book for a perfectly cozy afternoon at home. Yes, please!
Creating a sensory experience at home will deepen your experience each day — and that doesn’t just apply to autumn. What is the best way to achieve this level of comfort all year long? Build it into the home’s design. From the materials you choose for your kitchen or bathroom renovation to the furnishings that support everyday life, these all contribute to your experience of home.
At Staci Edwards Interior Design we are experts in tailoring that experience in ways that help you live and feel incredible. Whether you need support designing your whole home or a single room, we’re here for you. Reach out to us, and together we’ll create a home that delights your senses and supports your lifestyle for years to come.
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