Living Room | Game + Dining Table

Living Room | Game + Dining Table

Awhile back I posted about the idea of putting a small round table in the corner of our living room. Today I wanted to show you that I made progress on giving this a try!

My thought was that we had room in this little corner for *something* so why not make it a usable destination that serves a purpose?

As I mentioned in this post my original idea for this spot was built in book cases and maybe even enclosing a closet for the master. I still love that idea, but I have to pace myself on bigger projects. So that idea has to wait until we’re ready to commit and get it done!

But, a round game table seemed doable right away! I love those ideas, the ones you can do on a whim because they are affordable, flexible and far less messy than construction on a new closet or built ins.

Living Room | Game + Dining Table

I tried our dining table here first (by taking the leaves out) but it just felt too big for what I was imagining. I’ve used this particular table as an end table and LOVE IT. It’s a nice size, perfect for lamps next to a sofa or between a sofa and a chair. Courtney uses this same table as her dining table in her studio apartment! Plus, it has drop leaf sides so it’s really a flexible piece that can be used however and wherever it’s needed.

Living Room | Game + Dining Table

To set up this game table corner I pulled together a few other pieces I had to see if would work (a bench from outside, our rattan shelf from the dining room, a rug from here, the flea market art from our dining room).

Living Room | Game + Dining Table

This whole corner can (and knowing me, will) evolve in time. But that actually made it more fun to try it, since I knew I didn’t have to commit to anything permanent!

I do that often around my house (as you’ve probably noticed hahahaha) as it’s nice to sometimes just try something in a new spot or in a different configuration and see how you feel about it.

Living Room | Game + Dining Table

You may eventually land on exactly what you want where, or you might always be a shuffler. It’s your room, do what you want. There’s not only one right way to go about it.

Often you simply need to give yourself permission to try things. Work with what you have (or don’t have!), taking into account your taste, timeline, current needs and your budget.

Don’t be afraid to make a “mistake.” If you don’t like it, you can switch it all up again. You can take things away, streamline or decide you want to add something new based on how you felt.

I find shuffling even helps me to visualize more permanent changes to a room before I make them. Less expensive mistakes are made when you aren’t rushing into permanent changes.

I already have a few more updates coming to this room in the next few weeks, so it’s all still in “transition.”

Living Room | Game + Dining Table

For now, I can say this set up feels like a useful and cozy update to our living area. We could definitely use it as a “book nook” and I’ve already sat here to work!

Our plan is to at least use it at Thanksgiving as an additional table for the meal, too. And of course, it will be a great surface to play a game, do a puzzle or even to set up a candlelight breakfast or dinner for two empty nesters. :)

Living Room | Game + Dining Table
Living Room | Game + Dining Table

This J.R.R. Tolkien quote about the perfect home was in my book Onerror (hand-lettered by my daughter Courtney!) and it still rings true for me. You can download it as free printable artwork here…and more free quote artwork from my book Dwelling right here!

What could be more perfect than a home that inspires you to live the life you want to live?

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How to Make Your Home Feel Warm & Cozy (Top Tips + Decor Sale!)

How to Make Your Home Feel Warm & Cozy (Top Tips + Decor Sale!)
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Want a warmer, cozier home? Today I’m sharing some of my favorite warm and cozy home decor tips!

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How to Make Your Home Feel Warm & Cozy

Charm or character in your architecture is likely to make a room feel cozy, even if the room is empty. So if you have beautiful floors, beams or paneling on your ceiling, divided wood windows, a pretty mantel, and/or some chunky paneling or plaster on your walls, lucky you! You’ve got the cozy built-in and can let the architecture be the star of the room.

But if your architecture is leaving you cold, or if you’re just ready to decorate your space with all things warm and cozy, you can have fun with cozy fabrics, furniture and accessories. Here are some tips to get the right warm and cozy mix.

Focus on one cozy statement piece

Look for one cozy statement piece. This shutter cabinet brings the warm relaxed coastal mood we were looking for in our home.

Once you have your statement piece in place, you can more easily build on the cozy elements around it. How much more you’ll need in a room depends on your architecture, room size and style, so learn to trust your judgement on how much feels like enough to you.

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Add, subtract, layer and swap textures.

It might take some trial and error with combinations of elements and enough layers to find the right mix or balance for your particular space and taste. Experiment by adding and subtracting items and then give yourself time to adjust to how the room feels.

If you decide that your room still needs more warmth than it has, go bolder when selecting textures. Sometimes simple swaps can create more impact with fewer items. For example, swap out a flat weave blanket for an oversized chunky knit throw.

Layers can add to the mood, too. Rather than just a standard wall-to-wall carpet underfoot, layer on an accent rug in a conversation area. Pair interesting textures with functional pieces to elevate the cozy. I love these laptop desks, this macrame stool, woven baskets, poufs and this wood tray.

How to Make Your Home Feel Warm & Cozy (Top Tips + Decor Sale!)

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Bring your warm style to light.

Textures will feel so much warmer and cozier when contrasted by glowing light! Bring in that Hygge sparkle with battery-operated candles and string lights. Set them on shelves or in tuck in glass vases. Use table and floor lamps or plug-in wall lights to envelope the room in a romantic glow. Mirrors can also reflect light back into a room making it so much cozier.

Always add a touch of green.

Live or realistic looking faux plants are must for a cozy room! Start with one statement plant or several small tabletop plants, or a put a couple of plants in baskets and notice how much cozier your room will feel!

How to Make Your Home Feel Warm & Cozy (Top Tips + Decor Sale!)

Liven up your walls

If the idea of hanging a gallery walls or grouping of art overwhelms you, consider hanging just one large statement piece! World Market also sells great groupings of botanicals like these that make it easy to create a beautiful wall display.

It’s important to leave breathing room around art, too. The contrast between the blank spaces and the art will let the art pieces stand out, so they feel cozier and less like clutter to your eye.

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What are ways you like to cozy up your home?

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