Some great home decor, DIY, and simple cozy home ideas for your home and family. Today’s Friday favorites are centered around all things COZY. Affiliate links included – full disclosure here.
It has been SNOWING a lot lately! Since we’re basically home all the time now, and it’s cold…I don’t really mind that everything is covered in snow right now. In my mind, if it’s cold outside, I’d like there to be a nice pretty blanket of snow to brighten things up!
It has me focusing on making everything cozy inside my home. I figured some of you might be craving the same, so I am putting some of my favorite cozy home ideas, inspiration, and tips in this blog post.
My best cozy home tip:
Personally, I loooove battery operated candles. Specifically: battery operated candles on a timer.
If you use battery operated candles on timers, you can set them so they start to glow just at the time your house gets darker in the evening. It’s the perfect way to enter into the evening hours, and the nicest part is that you don’t have to do anything about it daily! You can be in the middle of your busy day and then suddenly look around and realize the candle lights are on. It truly is the best!
I posted this picture on my Instagram and I had a bunch of people ask me about which battery operated candles I’d recommend:
Here’s my advice on battery operated candles:
I bought these at Walmart and have at least 8 of them around my home. They don’t have a moving flame, but they do have a slight flicker in the lighting. They are more orange than I typically gravitate towards, and I like to put them in higher places as “filler” (they’re the ones I have lit up on my built in bookshelves in the picture above).
If you’re looking for more convincing battery operated candles:
I have also purchased these candles from Amazon and have really enjoyed them in our bedroom! Same concept: set them to go on when you typically go into your bedroom at night, and then you’ll be able to have them softly glowing when you’re settling in for the night.
You can see these in our bedroom in this picture:
They’re thinner candles and aren’t quite flat at the top, so to me, they look a little more realistic. They also have a “flickering” flame that actually makes a slight noise which sounds like a candle burning.
These candles come in a pack of 9, so you’re committing to more by buying them! But check out the reviews too – they’re really great! It’s also nice that they come with a remote
Click here to purchase these candles from Amazon – or click the image below.
Cozy home ideas and inspiration:
This room from Pretty on Fridays is just so cozy and perfect. The beam, the built ins, the bedding, the art…it all works together so well for a cozy bedroom. You can see more of her work on her Instagram – and more of this room on her blog here.
Can you believe this living room is in an RV?! I can barely believe it myself! Karlee is a wonderful person to follow on IG – check her out here!
I’m still just as obsessed with moody colors as ever, and this office space from Plank and Pillow is just the moodiest space – completely brings a cozy feel into your home:
And finally one of my favorite cozy homes – I hope you guys already know Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co! She’s so so talented and their new home is just incredible and filled with character. Just look at this kitchen! You have to check out all of the details from their cozy and collected kitchen here.
Even when I was teaching my students in a classroom setting years ago, I knew how important their learning environment was. Here’s some things I did in my classroom… it translates pretty well into a home environment too 😉
- turned off the florescent lights and used lamp lighting instead
- scoured yard sales for secondhand rugs to soften the floor and create cozy nooks
- looked for ways to make cozy spaces throughout the room. Think: rugs, blankets, and pillows
- made it smell nice (we used wax melts in my classroom but I use essential oils in my home)
- used calming music as a tool to help with calming, focus, and attention
See how these things just make you feel calmer just reading them? Imagine doing this in your home! It makes a world of difference I promise.
It also really helps my kids since we’re homeschooling! Having a fire going in the wood stove, cozy textiles available, soft calming music, and dimmer lighting REALLY helps set us up for success.
If you want to see a little more about how we homeschool, please check out my brand new baby blog!
I also have a new Instagram account and I’d love to have some familiar faces over there if I can serve you in any way through our homeschooling journey.
Finally – a shameless plug. I made a workbook for kiddos who are learning their alphabet and beginning sounds! If you have any kids in your life who could benefit from this practice, I’d be so thankful if you could check it out on Amazon.
Hope you guys have a great weekend – even if it feels like every other weekend 😉
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