We all have that cozy spot in our homes that brings us joy even on the gloomiest of days and during the most chaotic weeks. For me, it’s the armchair in my living room: I never fail to feel relaxed when I curl up there, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
We decided to poll designers on the coziest parts of their houses, and they surely delivered. Keep reading to find out where they feel the comfiest.
The Family Room Sofa
“When you live in a 1,250 square foot house, you could argue that everywhere is cozy. But, the coziest spot in our home is the family room—specifically, on the IKEA Ektorp sofa that I thrifted from Facebook Marketplace. It’s where movies get watched, naps get taken, homework gets done, and snacks get snuck and eaten by the kids. There are always plenty of throw pillows and soft blankets on the sofa for lounging and snuggling. I also love that the sofa backs up to a pass-through window to the kitchen—I can be doing dishes at the sink and still interact with my girls when they’re hanging out on the sofa.” —Caroline Harvey, owner of Simply CH Lifestyle & Interiors
Around the Table Or In the Bedroom
“I usually associate cozy with layered blankets, soft cushions, and anywhere fireside. However, since moving from London to Miami, it is something I have had to reconsider. Cozy is a feeling, and I always feel coziest when gathered around the table or preparing a meal for friends and family. My bedroom is another serene and cozy space. I have wonderful natural daylight that filters the room and an intentionally placed chair next to the window for quiet reflection. I have small treasures from my journeys around the world—custom velvet ikat cushions from Istanbul, antique glassware from England, brass accessories from Paris, and photography from Italy. The layers of trinkets both old and new along with photos of family keep me cozy.” —Susan Knof, owner of Knof Design
By the Butler's Pantry
“One of my favorite spaces in our home is the area in between the kitchen and the dining room, our butler’s pantry. The shelves are intentionally styled with meaningful items that I love, including an antique bread bin passed down from a family friend and a collection of handwritten recipes stored in a little box. Creating a well-loved home is not only the goal for my clients, it’s the investment that I make in every project, including my own home. Our kids' measurements are written in marker on the trim, the natural lighting is always perfect, and there is a continuous pitter-patter of little feet running through this hall.” —Cortney McClure, lead designer and owner of Cortney McClure Design
A Vignette in the Hallway
“This is one of my favorite views in my house. The softness of the fiber and brass art piece is perfect over the more sleek acrylic table. And on that table are some of the most impactful books I’ve read. It’s a constant reminder to stay centered on what’s most important.” —Julie Katcherian, founder of Katch Design Collective
A Corner of the Office
“Hands down, my current cozy spot is a corner in my office. This corner features an oversized chair nesting perfectly under a gallery wall. The gallery wall features beautiful illustrations representing all shades and styles of Black women. This corner empowers me and celebrates the essence of my culture and the diversity within it. There isn't anything I love more than to snuggle up in this chair with a good book and cup of earl gray after a long day.” —Marie Cloud, founder of Indigo Pruitt
The Front Sitting Room
“This is the sitting room in the front of our house—it’s the first thing you see as you enter. We don’t have a TV in here, so it’s such a nice space to just chill and chat with friends over drinks. We love this space year-round. Of course in the winter, who doesn't love a cozy fire? But, in the warmer weather, we love it, too. We drink our coffee here most mornings, and I do yoga in this room. It’s beautifully lit throughout the entire morning until about 1:00 pm.” —Michala Monroe, principal at M | Monroe Design
“The coziest spot in my home would be my moody bedroom. It’s my biggest indulgence to be able to wake up and watch a movie and stay in bed all day.” —Peti Lau, founder of Peti Lau Inc.
The Main Floor
“We are lucky to have a home with a lot of natural light. So on my main floor, everything is really bright and white. I wanted a space in my house that felt cozy—a great place to watch movies or cuddle up with a book. With that in mind, on my lower level I painted the walls, trim, and ceilings all a dark, moody gray: Farrow and Ball Railings. It did the trick, and now, we have a spot in our home that is completely different from everywhere else. It gives us a reason to want to use the space, which I always think is important.” —Rachel Stellar, founder of Rachel Stellar Interiors
The Living Room
“The living room is too often a formal/intimidating space, and I believe that it should be inspiring and inviting. Cozy, sumptuous textures and rich blues in my own living room instantly make me feel relaxed and comfortable. I love how the Hunt Slonem wallpaper envelopes the space and signifies this as a special room. I continued Slonem's neo-expressionist bunnies into the accessories for a bit of humor, proving that art does not need to be pretentious. Cozy, creative, and chic coexist beautifully in this most treasured room in my home.” —Meghan De Maria, founder and principal designer at Moss Design
“My favorite room in my house is my den. I love the TV, the fireplace and the great light from the french doors. It allows me to just hang out, read a book, or watch a great series, all while waiting for my family and pets to congregate.” —Judy King, founder of Judy King Interiors