Cuddle Up in Your Living Space with Cozy Additions

by Dorota Swierkowska 09/29/2019

Looking for a way to make your living room cozier or wanting to add some softer touches to your family room. These great ideas will get you started.

Find your fabric

  • Faux fur – check out the furry rugs and pillows available at your favorite home goods stores. You’ll find animal print plush the add some luxe to your leather sofa. Or choose a bright-hued long-haired cushion to add that punch of color to that monotone sectional.
  • Real fur – Well … real hair, anyway. A fringed coverlet of llama, lamb, or another high-loft wool brings warmth and texture to any space.
  • Velvet or velour, or even fuzzy microfiber or shag adds a softer touch, so think floor pillows, bolsters, or shams.

Natural woods

Wood has natural warmth that adds a subtle glow to otherwise stark contemporary décor. And if you add a touch of antique oak, walnut, or pine into the mix, you’ve created a space with depth and character. So, bring out that side table you inherited, or frame your contemporary print in a simple wood frame. Set the walnut dish your dad carved in high school shop on the mantel. 

Holistic elements

In addition to wood and fabric, other natural features can warm up your motif. Think a bevy of baskets, dried or faux but realistic willow stems, a cluster of beautiful stones, or even a collection of shells gives character and interest to a design.

Opt for an Ottoman

Everyone loves a place to put their feet. An upholstered ottoman in a comfortable fabric gives instant comfort to the room. If you'd rather have a more durable cover on your footstool such as leather or vinyl, the add a plush throw to it to bring in the warmth.

Collections

Sometimes, collections get out of hand, so we’re not talking about taking over every space with your blown glass figurines. But a lovely jar filled with sea glass from your last beach trip puts a warm glow in an otherwise serene bath or bedroom.

Group larger collection pieces in threes. If you inherited Aunt Mildred’s red glass vase, and another blue one from your grandmother, add a third one (even from a thrift store) to give interest to the collection and set it on a sofa table or in the center of the coffee table. Avoid putting more than three (at the very most four) items on any surface to avoid a cluttered, disorganized look.

If you plan to place your home on the market, ask your realtor to recommend a professional home stager to help you add that coveted coziness you crave.

About the Author
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Dorota Swierkowska

I am happy to help you find the home of your dreams! 

A little bit of my background. I speak fluent Polish. I love biking and enjoying the many wonderful things Sarasota has to offer it's residents. 

So prior to joining Better Homes & Gardens Atchley, I was a Real Estate professional in the Chicago area for over 20 years specializing in helping sellers, buyers, builders and investors to achieve their real estate needs based on their specific lifestyle desires and needs. 

I also owned my own construction company that was involved in building condos, homes, as well as condo conversions and remodeling. What that has taught me is to help my buyers see the opportunities in what can be changed.

I utilize all this expertise to benefit my clients.  

My degree in nursing helps to compliment my real estate career in that my passion is to serve people with compassion and understanding of their needs. 

Whether my clients are looking for their dream home, vacation home, or investment, inland or on the waterfront, I use the best sources and tools to achieve the highest results for them. 

I have done it all!

I'm happy to share with you what a few of my recent clients have said about me.

 Very professional and responsive. Excellent result. She was always available to answer questions and provide a recommendation from day one. She was very helpful in showing us exactly what we were looking for to make a decision. Dorota is excellent to work with. She is professional and devotes as much time as it takes to answer all of your questions. She answers phone calls almost immediately. THANK YOU DOROTA  

We moved to Sarasota last year. As we were new to the area we were looking for help of experienced real estate professional to help us find and buy our dream house. We were very lucky to have a wonderful agent Dorota Swierkowska who helped us with that and guided us/assisted through the whole purchase process. Everything worked as a charm and it has been already almost a year that we are enjoying living in our dream house. Thank you very much Dorota for all your help! We highly recommend Dorota services to anybody looking for/or selling a house. We are sure you will be impressed with service and knowledge she will provide you with!