From Rigid to Cozy: Handy Ways to Make Your Apartment More Inviting

When you arrive home to your small New York City apartment after work, what’s the first thing that you feel like doing? Truly, you decide to pop a bottle of wine and get out of that stiff straight-jacket business outfit. Your legs take comfort to the soft plush of your oldest yet comfiest sweat pants. Yet something doesn’t feel quite right. Your space is void of any personality. It’s stiff like a block of cheese, unlikely to reckon you any inspiration for your next novel or hit single. It looks like the rest of New York City’s young women’s apartments. It’s as if you forgot about the concept of decoration and interior design right after you handily signed the lease and got a killer job on Wall Street.


Sure, your place may be clean only because you are a complete neat freak and make sure that you have a Handy personable cleaner come in to take care of the dusting and vacuuming every single week. That’s on top of your regular Sunday cleaning where you thoroughly you’re your wooden floors and let in some fresh spring air. You just don’t feel like the white bed and white walls of your apartment are cozy enough. Here’s what the Handy experts believe you should do differently in order to add some extra cozy flair to your space. You are working far away from your hometown of Miami, California, and it can undoubtedly get lonely all the way in your skyscraper apartment building. So what do you do differently?

Here are a few ways to make your space feel like you are more at home:


  1. Hang up family portraits. All you need is some Pinterest inspiration to choose from your favorite layout of frame sizes and shapes. Choose a room in your apartment that has mostly bare walls, opting for only one wall to make your carousel of photos vividly placed.
  2. Your bedroom should make you feel like you want to cozy up with a cup of tea and a book or two near the bay windows. All you’ve got to do is scout out a nice leather seat from a flea market or vintage shop and dust it off. Add a warm blanket to this seating arrangement and you’ve got yourself a cute little reading nook.
  3. Anything faux fur (or fur) will instantly bring your home from rigid to cozy. Choose between fun throws to put on your couch to wall hangings and a nice, long carpet.


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