It’s Workin’ It Wednesday!
The second Wednesday of every month, Erika and I host a link up where we talk about how we’re “workin’ it” in certain areas of our life (and then ask you to share your advice/tips/tricks on the subject too).
So far this year, we’ve discussed these topics:
January: Keeping our New Year’s Goals
February: Keeping our marriages strong
March: Balancing work and home life
April: Spring cleaning
May: Planning/prepping for your summer vacation
July: What you do on your weekends
August: Back to School Traditions & such
September: Transitioning Summer to Fall Clothes
MAKING YOUR HOME COZY.
This might be my favorite one of the year 🙂 .
Here’s the deal…I love nothing more than a cozy home. I’ve said it here before…COZY is one of my very favorite words. I even did a post on it two years ago, and I have a whole Pinterest Board dedicated to “the cozy home” and another to “all things cozy”…
So, cozy is my friend.
No matter where Andrew and I have lived (2 apartments, 2 houses and 1 rental) over the last 13½ years, I’ve always tried to make it cozy. Here are some of my favorite ways (and let’s be honest, I learned them all from my mom and grandmother…they are the QUEENS of cozy living)…
My house always smells nice. Even if it’s dirty. Even if laundry is piled high on my bed. Even if there are Legos all over the entryway rug…my house smells good and that my friends, makes me feel cozy. I light a candle as soon as I wake up and blow one out right before bed (of course, blowing them out and relighting as I come and go during the day). I just love to walk into a house that smells homey.
Here are some candles lit for my annual recipe exchange. When it’s dark outside, nothing is more welcoming than the flickering lights of candles begging you inside.
This one I for sure learned from my mama…we always have music playing throughout our house. I turn it on every morning at 4:15ish when I wake up and turn it off before bed. Growing up, we ALWAYS had music playing. Always. It’s not loud, it’s not obtrusive, it’s just nice music that makes you happy. I hope my kids grow up and play music in their homes too. Here are the four stations we primarily listen to without fail…
Steve Tyrell Radio is my favorite station on Pandora. It plays a great mix of Standards (Sinatra, Martin, Fitzgerald, etc) along with current music that fits the era (Buble, Connick Jr., Krall, etc).
French Cooking Music is another favorite. It’s just delightful to have on in the background!
During the summer, especially outside, we listen to Summer Oldies Radio. Hello, Beatles!
And in my opinion, Michael Buble (Holiday) Radio is the best. It plays everything you love that’s traditional plus other current artists singing Christmas songs.
In my opinion, books make a home cozy. Now, we have a large collection of antique books that we have bought over the last 13 years abroad (I mean, seriously…we have lugged more books across the ocean than probably any one couple), but just regular old novels and coffee table books make a house cozy. We pretty much have a book sitting on every surface in our house. We get books about places where we travel, books about art and architecture, books about history…and then you will find a novel sitting on any table by a comfy chair…because I JUST CANNOT READ ENOUGH. We always write on the inside of our books the date when we purchased it and where we were. I just think books make any house inviting.
Hi. My name is Shay, and I love throws. I am always cold. Always. I always want to cuddle with a blanket. Always. And I’m raising children who feel the same way. We keep throws all around the house, so that you can always get cozy…
…cuddle up for a movie or a book. There will always be a throw within reach.
I get asked this question all the time and it always surprises me…people want to know where I get my little lamps. I love lamps. We hardly ever, ever, ever, ever turn on an overhead light. Ever. The kids all have lamps in their rooms that they turn off and on and the rest of the house is filled with them too. I think one of the main things that can make a house go from uninviting to super inviting is the lighting. Harsh, bright lights just can’t make anything cozy. Warm, soft lamps though, do. Of course, there are a few exceptions (you need good lighting in the bathroom and closet!), but even right now, as I work in my little office…I’m sitting at my desk with only the natural light from outside the window and my two office lamps. And it’s cozy.
6: Warm drinks
A cozy home must include a hot drink, right?! Whether it’s coffee or tea…a warm drink gets you in a cozy mood.
7: A fire
If you have a fire place, light it. That’s the ultimate cozy.
8: Comfy seating
I don’t have a single coffee table in my house. I have ottomans next to comfy furniture with places to sit drinks and a book. I want to encourage coziness in every possible way.
So, that’s what I do to make my home cozy, what do you do?!?! Please comment and share!! I just love the thought of you ladies living in cozy spaces 🙂 .
Next month on Workin’ It…PLANNING FOR THE HOLIDAYS. They’re comin’ for us, friends. We better get ready!
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