*This article originally appeared on the Visions of Vogue blog written by Jenna Colgrove. Edits/changes have been made for this version published on the Kuotes. All photos courtesy of Jenna Colgrove.
Let’s talk about how to style a cozy corner. For those of us still living in an apartment, real estate is limited. Literally. So while we might not be able to redesign a bedroom every month, we can take on a smaller project. One of my favorite spaces to create is a cozy corner. How many of you like to curl up in a cozy chair with a good book? Or maybe you use this chair as a depository for all your clothing (like me). Either way, taking a small part of any room and turning it into an inviting area is an easy way to refresh your decor. Here are the basic elements that I used to create this space in my second bedroom.
1. The Perfect Chair
The foundation of every room (or corner) is a great statement piece. It takes me a long time to decide on accent chairs. There are so many requirements. It can’t just look good. It has to also be comfortable, have a great structure, and I need to be able to curl up in it. I spent hours on the Kathy Kuo website until I settled on the Zaha chair. The high back and the modern design make it so easy to repurpose later. Good chairs are extremely hard to find so that’s where I tend to splurge. The size of the Zaha chair is perfect for reading a good book in. I’ve already tested it and it can hold tons of clothes too!
2. Statement End Table
My love of end tables is almost as strong as my love of accent chairs. I’ve been on the hunt for a great table for years. Having purchased a few too many in my life, I was wary of height this time around. This Tiff Hollywood Regency table (also from Kathy Kuo) was perfect. In this corner, it’s not the main show. However, I had it sitting against another wall in the apartment for a week before I rearranged and it also makes a great centerpiece. The mirrored surface really opens up a smaller space. I also love the antique vibe of the finish.
3. Accent Pillows
If you’ve ever watched my Instagram stories or read a home post of mine, you know how I feel about pillows. LOVE them. You also know how Matt (my husband) feels about pillows. While my motto is “the more the merrier”, his is “less is more”. Guess who wins. In the second bedroom (aka my blog-office), I do!
I knew I was getting daring my mixing a gold end table and a grey chair. It’s not typically a combination you see together. So, I incorporated this gold patterned accent pillow to tie everything together. To balance out a bold gold, I like to incorporate texture. You know my style is “textural”! It’s amazing how long the life of white/gold pillows is if you are a lover of neutrals. You can swap them in and out of everywhere!
4. Cozy Knits, Pretty Candles & Books
A nook isn’t complete without some great accessories. You can’t curl up without a cozy throw blanket, right? I’m also a lover of candles. This didn’t start until the recent move. Something about those midwest winters just make me want to get all cozy! I found these Capri Blue candles, which Matt saw and said “I like this spikes on them.” Your nook will also look so much more refined with a book or two strategically placed. These books, All in Good Taste and Cupcakes and Cashmere at Home, find themselves all around our apartment during any given month.
5. Vases and Greenery
Vases are my favorite type of decor. Mostly because you can fill them with flowers! As I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to appreciate a good bunch of greenery in the house. I loved the look of these gold dipped bud vases. Since I already had a larger vase filled with flowers, I decided to leave these smaller vases empty. Since they come as a set of 3, you can mix and match these around the room as you please to bring everything together. They’re also smaller so you can squeeze them into any awkward empty corners. They’re just really great space fillers in a pinch!
What did you think? How do you feel about mixing grey and gold? Are you planning to do a small refresh in any area of your home soon?