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Cuddle Up with Cozy Additions

by Helaine diLeone Botello 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
Author

Helaine diLeone Botello

The Broker/Owner, Helaine diLeone Botello was employed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), as Oversight Manager on all contracts to review FDIC Real Estate Appraisals. This entailed participation in the nationwide sale of FDIC owned commercial and residential real estate. Also, at FDIC, she served as bank examiner and resolution specialist in the examination and closing of banks. After leaving the FDIC, she opened diLeone by the Sea Evaluations. Then contracted with two internationally known real estate firms before starting diLeone by the Sea Real Estate.

PRESENT & PREVIOUS WORK EXPERIENCE:

diLeone by the Sea Real Estate Oceanside CA Broker/Owner

Harcourts Sand & Sea Oceanside CA Realtor®

Century 21 Mission Oceanside California Realtor®

diLeone Evaluations Oceanside California Owner/Operator

FDIC Division of Resolution & Receivership & Supervision Nationwide

Fort Hays State University Hays Kansas Faculty Member

Grant County Bank Silver City New Mexico Compliance

Blythe Steel Blythe California Owner/Operator

PRESENT & PREVIOUS PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS & DESIGNATIONS:

North San Diego County Association of Realtors Member

California and National Association of Realtors Member

California Bureau of Real Estate Real Estate Broker License

California Texas & Utah General Real Estate Appraiser Licenses

Texas Real Estate Commission Real Estate Broker License

The Appraisal Institute Associate Member

FORMAL EDUCATION:

Western New Mexico University Silver City NM BBA & MBA Degrees

Western State University College of Law San Diego CA

Palo Verde College Blythe CA AA Degree

Hempfield High School Greensburg PA Academic Studies

Aquinas Academy Greensburg PA Academic Studies