Guest Prep: Creating Cozy Living Spaces

With comfortable seating, warm lighting, and cozy accessories, the living room can be the perfect gathering place for talking and relaxing. Whether your room needs a complete overhaul or just a few quick updates, in this week’s guest prep I’m sharing tips for creating cozy living spaces.

Start with Comfortable Seating

upholstered day bed

Calle Tamara Project

One of the most important investments in a living space is seating. I look for clean lined sofas with plush cushions and soft durable fabrics. A fun option when updating your space is to replace your couch’s matching love seat with a daybed.  Take a look at my daybed roundup for inspiration and some favorites.

Add a Statement Chair

amber fillerup clark NYC living room

Amber Fillerup Clark NYC Living Room


Modern Eclectic Living Room

With friends and family visiting, it is nice if your room has plenty of seating. Try fitting a statement chair in the corner or across from your sofa. Pick one in an interesting shape or rich pattern to update your look, or get creative with a non-traditional seat. In the living room of my Talega South project, I paired plush linen slipcovered chairs across from leather sling stools. The stools create a cozy arrangement without using much space.


Modern Coastal Living Room

Style the Coffee Table

Estillo Project Living Room

Estillo Project Family Room

Redesigning your coffee table is a quick way to get a fresh look. Start new with a reclaimed wood table like I did in my Estillo project, or simply add a plant and a few new accessories to the table you have. Brass accents are on trend and a rich look for fall. Here, I added a marble and brass tray that works for serving and a brass vase.

Layer a Rug

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Calle Tamara Project

A favorite trend is to layer rugs. Layering a patterned rug over a large jute adds texture to a space. It is also an affordable way to cover the floor. I wrote more about layering rugs and shared some favorite rug combinations here.


Modern Eclectic Living Room

Another cool rug option is a shaggy Moroccan. Moroccan inspired rugs are a perfect fall update for their cozy texture and warm vibe. Check out my guide to Moroccan inspired rugs here.


Switch Out Your Floor Lamp

Bohemian electic living room owens and davis

Bohemian Eclectic Living Room

Consider a new floor lamp to add light and interest. Pick something unique and modern to mix in with your coastal or transitional home. The mix of styles will feel fresh and add a little bohemian flair. This Arteriors floor lamp is a favorite of mine and I used it in both these living rooms. For a less expensive similar option see here.

Estillo Project Living Room

Estillo Project Living Room


Find a Cozy Throw


Family Friendly Bohemian Living Room

The fastest and most inexpensive update is to layer a soft throw on your couch or in a basket. Chose a throw in a rich hue for a pop of color, or a textured wool for warmth. I have a cool knit throw with pom-poms that I use in my bedroom, but it would be beautiful thrown on the edge of the couch.

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Coto de Caza Project

Living spaces are meant for gathering and lounging. Even small changes can get your room ready before holiday visitors arrive. If you missed it, make sure you browse last week’s Guest Prep: How to Style a Bedroom and check back soon for more guest prep ideas. Have a happy Monday!


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