6 Ways To Make Your House Cosy In Time For Winter

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I am a total homebody. I love being at home, snuggled up on the sofa, and yes news just in - I am a Grandma but hey whatever.

Because I spend a lot of time at home, I like my house to be as cosy as possible. I feel like over the years, I’ve got a bit better at making a house homely. When I think back to our old house in Southampton, I remember how I used to get frustrated at the lack of cosiness, although it was very small, I could never get that real cosy homely feel, and I didn’t really know how to do it.

Though recently, and thanks to the likes of Pinterest, I feel I’m getting there and I’m really happy with how our house is looking at the moment.

Although our house still needs a bit of work, we’re getting there slowly but surely. We’ve recently finished our living room and I’m so happy with it. Previously thanks to floral wallpaper, a very bulky gas fire and blue curtains, the room didn’t feel like us. I think Henry got fed up of my constant moaning, as when I returned from a long weekend in Nuremberg last year, he’d redecorated the lounge. Goodbye floral wallpaper and a million fiancĂ© points to Henry right?

We’ve finally added a few finishing touches that have really transformed our living room, and with Christmas just around the corner, yes that’s right, I said it. I feel like the room is looking perfect for cosy evenings in and I can’t wait to get the Christmas tree up. Yep one very keen bean over here.

So after that very long intro, today I wanted to share some ways to cosy up your home, and how to make it look more homely. Of course none of it is rocket science, but these little things have made such a huge difference to our home, and I love it even more now, so thought I’d share them today with you :)

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Blankets! 

I’m a big fan of blankets. Now that’s a weird sentence to write out! What I mean is, you can’t beat snuggling on the sofa with a blanket wrapped round you, in fact as I write this, I have a blanket draped over me, yes I know I’m 26 going on 86. I have a whole host of blankets on the sofa, as I always think it’s worth having a couple, just incase you have guests or if you and your partner/whoever you live with, don’t want to share (and I totally don’t blame you btw.)

My go to blankets are soft, fluffy, and fleecy is always good too! I have a few grey ones, and a pink one too. They are perfect for this time of year, and I love getting cosied up under them on a grey weekend afternoon. How many times did I just say grey?

Prints 

Okay so prints may seem like a bit of a strange one to make a house feel cosy, but recently we’ve put up new prints in the living room and you wouldn’t believe what a difference it’s made to the room. Adding prints has made the house feel more homely and more like ours which I think adds to the cosy factor. I’ve got a few new prints from Desenio which I am absolutely in love with. I’ve added seven new prints to our living room, and I really feel like it’s made a difference. I’ve been a big a fan of Desenio posters for a while so was delighted when they reached out to work together on this post. 

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Although I was so tempted to buy a huge Prada sign for above the fireplace like the Van De Woodsen’s in Gossip Girl, I tried to not go too girly with my print choices. I first of all, replaced our New York map print which I’d bought a couple of years ago, which was looking a little worse for wear. I love the city prints on Desenio and thought this NYC one was a little more modern and detailed. I also bought a gold frame for all of the prints, the frames are so well made and I think I’ll be replacing all of the frames in the house with these!

For above the fireplace, well faux fireplace I should say, I got this huge grey watercolour map which I thought was pretty cool. We have been deliberating whether to get a mirror for the mantle piece which we may still do at some point, but I feel the print has really just finished off the wall. It looks a bit more together now and I like how it’s quite subtle so the brick wallpaper doesn’t have to fight for attention, if that makes any sense what so ever haha. 

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Next up is our little gallery wall- for ages, I’ve been thinking that the space above the sofa would really work well as a gallery wall, it’s such a big space and I always felt it just looked empty.

I chose five prints to mix and match. I got this large Brooklyn Bridge print which I love, you guys know how much I love NYC and it’s a very special place for us as a couple, but Henry always says he doesn’t want the house to scream ‘WE LOVE NEW YORK!’ So I always try to add subtle nods to the city. I really liked this bridge print as I feel like it’s not too in your face, and I love the mix of the monochrome and the gold frame. 

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Then there’s a slightly pink toned print in the form of a floral print, it’s kinda hard to describe, but I thought this would add a little colour to the wall, then we have a palm tree print, a ‘breathe’ print which I loved the simplicity of and the font, then finally a slightly pink toned beach picture. I know that I've mixed city and beach prints, but I loved them all and well surely that’s the beauty of a gallery wall, mixing and matching themes.

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I really love how the prints look and how they have come together, like I said, I feel they have really finished off the living room and we’ve had so many compliments on them.

Desenio have very kindly given me a discount code for you guys too, if you want to add some prints/ a gallery wall to your home. The code “dizzybrunette” gives 25% off posters* between 31st October - 2nd November. *Except for handpicked-/collaboration posters and frames.

Candles


Okay so I know this is total basic territory now, but seriously I think one of the cosiest things you can have in your home is a candle. I have a whole array, but currently can’t get enough of my wax melt burner which scents the house so well. My fave scents are sweet think vanilla, or Autumnal/Festive such as cinnamon and berries. Some times Henry will walk in and be like ‘have you been baking?’ And I have to reply to his disappointed face ‘ no it’s just the candle.’ Though to be honest if you saw my baking, you’d probably be relieved not disappointed

Fairy Lights

I’m big believer in that fairy lights are for life, not just for Christmas and last weekend, I added some fairy lights to the mantlepiece and inside our big lantern in the fireplace. Maybe its because we’re nearing closer to Christmas, but they just added a lovely feel to the room. I put them on and turned to Henry and said ‘ aw doesn’t it look lovely in here?’ You know when you just get that little rush of happiness and contentment, like you don’t want to be anywhere else in the whole world, yeah that. And it may seem silly cause all I did was turn on some fairy lights, but I don’t know, suddenly it just felt really cosy and homely, and well it’s crazy how much I can waffle on about fairy lights eh haha.

Flowers

I love having fresh flowers in the house, and always think they add a lovely homely touch. My Mum surprised me with these pink roses earlier this week and I put them in a vase instantly and on the fireplace area. I just don’t think you can beat fresh flowers, and always try to have a bunch in the house.

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The Little Touches

Finally, it’s the little things that add a cosiness/homely feel to a home. It’s what makes a house a home, and personal to you. From photos in frames (which we need to add more of, I currently have two photos up, although I did get some more printed out the other day to frame and put up) to little ornaments or books, these things help to just bring a room together. I want to add a side/coffee table to the living room at some point which I think will bring the room together that little bit more. But for now I am pretty happy with how it’s looking.

All these things have made a huge difference to the house, I feel like the house is starting to look more like ours and feels like our home now. It takes a little while to make a house feel like yours, but we’re getting there. I love spending time in the living room now, whether it’s replying to emails, or snuggling up to watch films, it’s a lovely cosy space.

I would absolutely love to know if you have any tips for making a house cosy, and what you must haves are. Also don’t forget to take advantage of the discount code for Desenio if you want to add some prints to your house too! Let me know if you have any questions at all :) speak soon! x

*This post was in collaboration with Desenio but all thoughts and opinions are 100% honest as always, for more information on how I work on sponsored posts read my disclaimer here.
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