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Cozy comes in all sizes
posted in: Financial Wellness
by Hope Linker

Creating a cozy living space

Just because you live in a small apartment complex, condo, or even a dorm room, doesn’t mean you can’t use your creativity and decorate a cozy, comfortable living space. A relaxing, decorated humble abode can put your mind at ease after a long day.

It doesn’t have to be pricey, either! We huddled with Cheryl Hussain and Courtney Cope from Majestic Interior Design in Bloomington, Illinois to come up with some tips. Utilize this advice from design experts to craft a place where you can unwind, relax, and be yourself.

  • Decide on what you need first and foremost. Make a priority list of the top 3 items you want for your living space, and purchase those first. Buying 3 or 4 items every couple of weeks will be much more cost-effective in the long run, than doing a huge haul amounting up to a few hundred dollars.
  • Hit up the flea markets, garage sales, and thrift stores! This is a perfect way to find items that can inspire the whole decorative theme of your home. Unique vases, artwork, frames, and furniture are items that you can often find at second-hand places.
  • Re-purpose some of your old pieces. Do you have some great picture frames that you love, but don’t fit within the color scheme you’re using? Use sand paper, acrylic paint, sponges, and paintbrushes to create a fun effect with new colors. “Never forget spray paint! You can easily repaint and repurpose items from the thrift store with a simple can of spray paint. A new color can totally transform the piece of furniture, and the overall look and feel of your room.” - Cheryl
  • Utilize furniture that can double as storage space. Ottoman’s, enclosed baskets, etc. make for great end tables, corner storage, and places for guests to sit. Also, a trunk can be a great piece to have at the end of your bed and it will add a lot of storage for blankets, clothing, and shoes! “A long dresser can double as your media center. To switch it up, you can change the hardware to make it more modern. There are tons of different feet styles at Lowe’s” – Courtney 
  • Keep it simple! The more items you fill your living space with, the more cluttered it can become. If you have a limited amount of space, it will be easier to keep things tidy if you keep your accessories and furniture to a minimum. Also, it’s less items to clean around!

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