How to Make Your Home Cozy

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Coco Brandolini is considered “fashion royalty” by many. Not only does she come from a long line of style icons, but Coco has already held positions with major fashion houses, including Oscar de la Renta and Dolce & Gabbana. So, imagine my surprise when I learned that her home wasn’t a palatial pied-à-terre but an amazingly homey apartment. Coco chooses to live surrounded by things that reflect her past, preferring the familiar over the pretentious. Her home is the perfect lesson in keeping things cozy!

Add art with history

Coco has adorned nearly every wall with art and photography, many pieces acquired from artist friends during her tenure in New York City. The items reflect her personality and represent a notable time in life - its people and places. When decorating your walls, try adding art with history. Showcase work tied to personal relationships or fond experiences to make any collection more meaningful.

Coco Brandolini
Image: Tales of Endearment

Layer textiles from your travels

As an accomplished globetrotter, Coco’s travels include Japan, India, Bhutan, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Morocco, and Mexico, just to name a few! These experiences translate into layers of rich textiles found throughout her home. Fabrics are great souvenirs from trips abroad and instantly up the cozy factor. Use them for cushions, bedding, or even upholstery, like Coco’s little chair covered in antique Chinese embroidery.

Travel Textiles
Image: Vogue

Use hand-me-downs and heirlooms

A sofa from Coco’s in-laws holds a prominent spot in the living room, alongside contemporary and vintage furniture. The well-worn piece infuses the space with loads of personality and, for some, feelings of grandma’s house. Remember, hand-me-downs and heirlooms are about more than penny-pinching. They can also fill a home with warmth and memories of loved ones.

Image: Vogue

Incorporate references to the past

Speaking of grandparents... Coco jokes that her interiors are largely influenced by her grandmother. For example, her taste for antique, wicker furniture can trace its roots to her grandmother’s design sense and the family villas she visited as a child. Like hand-me-downs, incorporating references to the past can fill a home with fond memories. Try decorating with familiar objects and motifs. Paint a room with a color from childhood. Designing around your personal history helps create a truly unique living space.

Cozy Space
Image: Vogue

How do you keep your space cozy?

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Desiré is a designer, blogger, and lover of all things glamorous. Though primarily a self-taught decorator, Desiré studied at The Art Institute, where she honed a distinct aesthetic largely influenced by the Modern Glamour movement, the theme of her popular design blog, Sukio. Not only is she considered a "closet fashionista," discreetly stashing handbags and shoes whenever possible, but, as an MIT graduate, she’s also an undercover nerd. Fashion, nerdom, and several years as a Washingtonian have combined to shape her unique perspective on interior design.