Creating a Cozy Space with Courtney
Courtney is the Director of Sales and Partnerships at 31 Bits! She oversees all wholesale and corporate gifting accounts, and manages events, interns, and business partnerships.
Courtney has always loved traveling, experiencing different cultures, and making a place feel like home. As she creates a nursery for her soon-to-be baby (so exciting!), Courtney hopes to incorporate cultural diversity and awareness. In doing so, she shares some tips for creating a cozy living space.
“Home should be a place of rest, rejuvenation, and relaxation.” – Courtney
COZY AND CREATIVE
Courtney and her husband Aaron make it a priority to have their home be a place where people feel welcomed as soon as they walk in. “When you come home, you want to be able to exhale and feel a sense of security. We all have different things filling up our busy schedules, so if you have the means to create an inviting and cozy space, I am a firm believer of making this happen. This doesn’t mean you have to break your bank account either. Find out what cozy means to you and get creative!”
When Courtney thinks of “cozy,” she pictures airiness and openness. She likes to decorate with neutral colors accentuated with pops of color. She fuels her obsession with fabrics and textiles by admitting that she, “always, always has blankets and pillows around.”
Courtney displays a collection of unique items including wooden spoons, ceramics, baskets, and textiles from places like Bali and Uganda. She enjoys bringing in decorative pieces from different places, because each one tells a unique story. “Whenever I travel, I always love to find few treasures along the way. All of these pieces represent the artisans who made them, the places they come from, and their stories – what beautiful treasures to have on display!”
DECORATING ON A BUDGET
To decorate on a budget, Courtney suggests hitting up flea markets and garage sales, but walks through stores for inspiration. She also makes her own pieces, because she believes DIY decor allows you to “make something your own.”
She actually started making her own pillows and curtains (pictured below) a few years ago to incorporate her growing collection of textiles. She asked for a sewing machine for Christmas a few years ago and “just started experimenting.”
Her grandma was a huge seamstress and although she passed away awhile back, Courtney wishes she could have learned so much more from her. “I like to think of myself as channeling her creativity and attempting to live out her legacy. And to be honest, sewing has become very therapeutic for me.”
PLANTS ARE LITERALLY LIFE
And then there’s the plants… she kind of has a thing for plants. With over 15 different kinds, Courtney livens up her space and bring the outdoors inside. She grew up spending the summers outdoors and wanted to incorporate the feel of nature indoors. Laughing, she says, “It may sound silly but plants are literally life – not only do they clean the air, they also make places feel more inviting.”
For plant newbies, she recommends trying out lower maintenance plants first. She suggests succulents and snake plants to start. Both require very little water! She recommends, “allowing the soil to dry in between waterings.” Succulents like lots of light and snake plants like a medium amount of indirect light. “Just be sure to avoid direct sunlight with the snake plants, so you don’t scorch them!”
If you think you have a black thumb and feel overwhelmed, start with one plant at a time to build up your confidence. If you can keep one plant alive, you may feel more confident to take on two, three, four plus plant babies!