“Life can be just as wild and precious in the quiet as it is in the noise.” —Dolly Alderton via Laura Weir’s book Cosy: The British Art of Comfort
The pancetta sizzles on the stove, spattering and spitzing. Melody Gardot‘s sultry voice softly drenches the room with jazz melodies. Norman dozes on the rug in front of the stove, and I tap, tap away at the island on my laptop while my dinner preparations near the time it will be savored with a crisp glass of sparkling wine.
No matter the season, no matter the world’s circumstance outside our door, we can cosy-in, snuggle down and drift away simply by tending to simple details in our home, in our life, and in our routines.
Today I would like to share with you 34 ideas for welcoming more “cosy” into your everyday life.
1. Playing a game of backgammon or chess or [insert your favorite non-tech classic game]
2. Welcome upholstered furniture into your sanctuary
3. Choose table and floor lamps with a warm wattage
4. Add a dimmer to all overhead lamps, chandeliers and pendants
5. Homemade chocolat chaud with a small dollop of freshly made whipped cream
6. A nibble of something warm with a touch of cinnamon, slightly sweet and a bit gooey leading to deliciousness maximized
7. Crossing the threshold from being outside in the cold, the damp, the wet into a warm beckoning home
8. Candles with subtle scents
9. Small bouquets of roses
10. Fabrics with prints – for pillows or furniture
11. Layers of interior decor offering both function and beauty
~For more ideas and inspiration, read 10 SImple, Significant Decor Ideas to Add Luxurious Touches to Your Home, episode #260
12. A Cuppa
~Discover 18 Ways to Enjoy a Good Cuppa
13. Framed photos, art or prints that tell a story of your life, subtly so, whimsically so, ideally so
14. Scents from the soon-to-be-enjoyed meal or dessert or nibble wafting from the kitchen
~Explore Season 3 of The Simply Luxurious Kitchen cooking show: theme – French Comfort Food
15. A reading nook
16. Books, small stacks in lovely unexpected, but perfect places as well as a single book right where you will snuggle up to read
17. Returning home from the library or bookstore with your latest finds
18. Oversized sweaters
19. Mix of hard and soft furniture materials to create a harmony of strength and comfort aesthetically
20. A space of one’s own for quiet moments
21. A cosy for the teapot
22. Blankets and throws to cover your toes
23. Favorite tunes with melodies offering an ideally slow cadence
24. Scarves – wool, cashmere, offering immediate warm and softness
25. Rain or snow, slowly falling steadily for hours
26. Down pillows for the sofa, sitting chairs or bed
27. Eiderdown comforters
~Check out this post – 8 Unique Small Décor Ideas that Make a Signature Difference in Your Sanctuary
28. Cosy British mysteries to view or read
~Discover the Art of the British Cosy Mystery: 16 Biritsh Cosy Mysteries to Enjoy (+many more from reader recommendations in the comments)
29. Lamp shades made of fabric
30. Placing the cell phone away enabling you to be fully present
31. A hot bubble bath enjoyed by candlelight, and if possible, a slightly open window to offer a slight chill of a breeze.
~Tour this lovely home in the Luberon, Provence for cosy decor ideas from the Dutch decorators and owners.
32. Snuggling with a pup or two, a cat or two, or a lovely human
33. The companionship of cookbooks to peruse, prompt meal ideas and whet one’s appetite.
34. Strolling amongst the leaves, the blossoms or the early or late falling sun, knowing home, your home, a cosy sanctuary is where you departed from and where you will be returning to to bookend a lovely way to spend a few hours.
Wishing you many cosy moments of comfort, peace and pleasure.
For more cosy decor, life and living ideas, check out the posts below, and read Cosy : The British Art of Comfort by Laura Weir
The Hygge Phenomenon and Living Simply Luxuriously, episode #148