About a year and a half ago I moved into a loft in downtown LA that I absolutely loved right when I walked in. It looked much different than what it looks like now but I saw so much potential. I immediately knew I wanted a corner of my home to be a place where I can feel inspired and also relaxed.
The previous owner was an art dealer so he had a ton of art and colors in the space that just didn’t feel like me. So I stripped down the bookcase that housed all of his art and books, removed the idea of having a dining table or a work desk in that space of the room and started to build my cozy corner from scratch. I needed a blank canvas to start with.
The key ingredients, for me, to creating the cozy vibes I was looking for are:
Whether it’s a bunch of pillows and cushions on the floor, or a recliner, or whatever it is; always make sure you have comfortable seating where you can relax, write, meditate, and lounge. I opted for this swing. It’s a bit extra but I have higher ceilings that can withstand the weight of a swing, so I thought why not! Plus the idea of swinging around felt very whimsy and light, so it could counter balance the industrialness of my place.
In case other people want to join me in my corner, I also have a woven ottoman from CB2 for extra seating or it can double as my foot rest.
It was really all of the natural light and huge windows that I fell in love with when I first found this loft. I loved the industrial feeling of the windows and the concrete floors, yet the space still felt soft with all of the natural lighting.
Cushions + Blankets + Rug
Part of being cozy is the seating itself but also the pillows you use. I got a variety of pillows from CB2. Pillows can get pricey but you can always get great deals at stores like Home Goods. If you’re a DIYer I’m sure there are ways to sew your own pillow covers to really personalize the space but I’m not that talented. 🙂
It’s been so hot lately so the throw is purely decorative for now, but when it starts to get chilly I can’t wait to wrap myself up in this one.
Also since I don’t have carpeting in my home, I needed to make sure that if I wanted to sit down on the ground that I’d be able to! So I purchased this Urban Outfitters rug for its functionality but also because it added a pop of color to my otherwise monochromatic space.
Always make sure you have some type of table where you can set down a cup of matcha 🙂 I was going to get a side table that was a bit more sleek, perhaps with a marble top, but that felt cold for the space that I was trying to create, so luckily my friend wanted to get rid of her West Elm wood stump and I felt that would be perfect for the space. It’s rustic, feels undone and the perfect size to place all of my knick knacks and essentials.
Side table essentials
I think it’s super important to have the right mood starters in the space. When the lighting gets dim in my place, I have a Himalayan pink salt lamp to keep me feeling relaxed. Some benefits of this lamp are that it produces negative ions which will help improve your mood and energy levels. I also just love the warm pink glow it gives off too. I just got it this season so can’t wait to use it in the winter time when days will be a lot shorter.
Adding plants into any space immediately gives it life. Because I have taller ceilings and had empty space to fill, I ended up getting two trees – a rubber tree and a Bird of Paradise. If you live in LA, I would suggest going downtown to the wholesale district as you can get some deals. Or you can get some more unique finds at stores like Sunset Nursery too. If you don’t live in LA, Home Depot definitely also works!
I hope these tips will help you when you start to create your own cozy corner!
Thank you to Ebru Kuyak for helping me turn my vision into reality.
Photography by Lin Marty