Having a warm & cozy spot to snuggle up is important as
well as renewing. Creating intimacy in your home, or at
least in one area of your home, requires a little
imagination and some gut feelings. How does your family
room or sunroom make you feel when you walk into it? Are
the colors inviting? Is there comfortable seating? Winter
is the best time to paint and spruce up your rooms because
you can take advantage of all the white sales.
If you like to investigate with a "hands on" approach, hop
in the car and go to your favorite design stores (listed
under Interior Decorators & Designers). Look at the colors
they're using as well as the kinds of furniture and fabrics.
Observe the accessories like throws, candles and mirrors.
You can get ideas from all kinds of stores like Pier 1,
department stores and small boutiques. Picture in your
mind how that still life would look in your home, take notes
and try to understand how it made you feel. If this is a
cozy spot in which you'd like to plop down right now and
read a long novel, you've hit gold.
Do the same investigating on the web by scoping out
stores, designers, designing sites, decorating websites and
how-to forums. Begin to learn why you like or dislike certain
elements, colors, etc. You're working toward a focus on a
comfortable spot in your home.
Here are some easy steps:
Invest in a warm color for your walls, inexpensive
draperies on simple pole rods with classy finials and a
chenille throw (and maybe even a "bear" rug!). Move your
main chair close to the couch, add some lovely greenery
items, candles and statuary to the coffee table and you're
set! Be sure to have a side table available to place your
book and cup of tea on while you enjoy your warm
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