Comfortable and Cozy Granny Decorating
by Nikki Willhite
A few months ago I realized my home was not feeling as warm and
cozy as I would like it to feel. After giving the matter some thought I realized
why. There is nothing warm and cozy about our modern day décor. Hard black
electronics and large screens strip the warmth out of our rooms. Stone counters and steel
appliances do the same to the kitchen.
In attempt to make my home contemporary and avoid the Granny Home label, I
realized I had taken away much of my home’s charm. I needed to find a way to
warm up some of the areas in my house. So I set about trying to dumb down my
home, and bring in a little vintage charm.
Unfortunately retirement income and decorating are not always friends.
Vintage items can be hard to find and somewhat pricey. I needed to tweak my
décor the best I could, using what I already have.
I used to own vintage accessories. I made them! I looked around in vain for the
macramé wall hangings I made in the 70’s, my hand hooked rugs and granny
square afghans from the 80's. I guess they got old and worn, but you’d think some of them would
Items like old macramé have become popular vintage décor. The most talented
designer ever to appear on HGTV, Luke Caldwell, uses them on The Boise Boys
when he stages his houses. They look great.
After beating myself up for my anti-clutter strategies that led me to discard
things I now wanted, I set to work moving stuff.
Here is a list of 5 things I did that made a big difference to me and my
feelings about the warmth in my home.
#1 The Kitchen
I had a small kitchen island upstairs in my sewing room. I took it downstairs and put it
right in the middle of my kitchen. Then I put a small rug under it.
Can you see the warmth in the wood?
My cold and sterile kitchen went up a notch on the cozy scale.
# 2 Dining Room
The china cabinet in the dining area was stiff and formal. I took out the dated
dishes, storing them elsewhere, and then filled the shelves with books and other
fun accessories. Much nicer and pleasant to live with.
# 3 Table Runner
My dining room table is a dark wood. I am in the process of making a very large,
informal table runner to warm it up. When it is done, it will cover the table
top and fill the room with its warm Autumn colors, patterns and prints. Quilts
have tons of casual personality.
#4 Family Room
I dummied down the bookcase by adding a family piece on the top.
In this case it is a display of the flag that was given to my husband’s mother
at the funeral of her veteran husband. Meaningful, sentimental and
personal items always have charm and character.
#5 Coffee Table
Finally, I got rid of the glass topped coffee table in our living
room. What a relief to let that go. No more running into the edge and hurting
myself, or worrying about someone else doing it. I took a trunk I previously
used for storage and put it in front of the sofa. Texture is casual and warms up
It wasn't much, but it made a big difference to me. Any decorating decisions or
purchases I make in the future will be similar.
Think about comfortable and cozy Grandma Deco for your next deco style. It is a
happy style suited to the thrift conscious frugal homemaker.
the Author: Nikki Willhite, mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has
been writing and publishing articles on the topic of
frugal living for over a decade. Visit her at
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