Tag: cozy

Vintage or Dark Academia Art

Happy March reader, are you starting to get the spring cleaning or decorating bug yet? I know I have been, which brings me to one thing, Pintrest. Somehow, like many others I fell into a rabbit hole of vintage aesthetic photos and found something called Dark Academia. Now, I’m not going to talk about the fashion or ideals of this aesthetic, just the interior design style.
Vintage or dark academia rooms tend to be darker walls, with lots of wood, books and classical statues. Basically how I image an old Englishman named George Walker’s study to look. Even with the overwhelming rise in the minimalist style, many still prefer more traditional styles of artwork. This particular aesthetic tends to have art that reflects either a vintage style, darker colour palette, or classical statues. The furniture is wood, leather or old fabrics, with lots of big comfy armchairs to read your book in by a fireplace. Interestingly, this aesthetic seems to be bigger with teens and millennial, mostly becoming popular through social media. Why not move away from the all white abstracts and check out a darker and more warm toned style?

Art On Your Bedside Table

Hear me out reader, what usually sits on your bedside table, maybe your phone and clock? Many people have trouble styling their bedside tables, the problem is they’re small and only really used for essentials. A great solution to this problem is adding a piece of artwork.
It’s narrow so it won’t take up much needed space for your water glass or clock. You always see beautiful bedside tables in magazines, but the reality is they’re usually just places for stuff you want in reaching distance. You don’t want a thousand knickknacks, but you want it to have some personality beyond being where your alarm wakes you up every morning to an increasingly annoying pop cover. I would also suggest that the artwork sticking with a smaller piece of artwork with a simple or bright design.

So, You’re Making a Galley Wall

Well well well, it seems you’ve given into social media and have decided to make a gallery wall like the one you saw online. Hanging a gallery wall isn’t nearly as heard as some people make it out to be, so friend, here are my steps for creating the perfect gallery wall.
First, you’re going to look like a weirdo and sit on your kitchen floor. I find the best way to plan a gallery wall layout is on the ground, that way you can clearly see if the pieces will fit well together without having to hold up pictures and squint at them hoping they look good together.
Next, assuming you’re happy with your layout and your feet having fallen asleep from crouching on the floor, get up and find some large paper. The best tip I ever got for hanging a gallery wall is to trace out the size of each artwork on paper, and then mark on the paper how far down the nail needs to go. This will save you so much time and arm strength. One you have all of your pieces cut out and nail placements marked on the paper, go ahead and tape the paper to the wall in the layout you had decided on the floor (try using painter’s tape so you don’t leave a mark). You can now make sure all of the paper pieces are straight.
Finally go ahead and put the nail into the wall trough the paper in the spot you marked. Once the nails are all in the wall, you can remove the paper and voila, you gallery wall art is ready to hang. These steps may seem silly and unnecessary, but I promise you it saves so much time and keeps you from making a ton of holes in the wall from all of the times you didn’t measure right. Now go friend, be free and create a gallery wall to post online and feed the public’s obsession. 

Cabin Fever

Happy New Years dear reader! With 2020 coming to a close, and a new round of lockdowns starting, you may be finding yourself with a strong case of cabin fever. The only prescription (no it’s not more cowbell) is to get out of your house.
I would recommend visiting a cabin or cottage if you can. Getting away from the city life can be a breath of fresh air. Maybe while you’re at your cabin, take some time to re-decorate. Cabin decorations should be soothing as they’re in a vacation home. Whether you would prefer lots of wood and neutral colours or a more modern take on cottage life, decor can really change your mood. For me, re-decorating and changing my space can lift my mood wonders. Even small changes like moving furniture around can alter the feel and look of a space dramatically.
With a new year beginning, remember to take some time for yourself (your pile of paperwork can wait another day, its already been on your desk for a week anyways Susan). I hope your holidays were healthy and happy, and your 2021 is a little brighter.

The Art of Being Cozy

Well friend, it’s beginning to be that time of year again. It’s time to bust out the warm socks and scarves, light a candle and snuggle up with a good book. As the year winds to a close and the days get shorter, take some time for yourself.

Eating and drinking

I am a strong proponent for seasonal eating and drinking. In the colder months, I tend to lean towards hotter foods and drinks. Some of my favourites include: tea, hot cocoa and soups. It’s the perfect time of year to dig out that slow cooker from the back of your cupboard and make a slow cooker stew.

Dressing for the weather

This may seem obvious, but I don’t just mean wearing oversized sweaters. I find with the colder months, my wardrobe tends to shift to more muted and darker colours, I favour plaid and heavier fabrics. I can also highly recommend wearing fleece lined tights (just a warm hug on your legs). If you’re looking for that extra bit of warmth, you can layers socks over top of your fleece lined tights for maximum level coziness.
Lastly reader, I am telling you to take some time for yourself. After the elections and the craziness of this year, please be gentle with yourself. Take a day to just do nothing, stretch out on your bed and binge some tv or read a book, enjoy the colder weather and get cozy.