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Our Collected & Cozy Study

I learned years ago not to chase after happiness but to find peace in my life, and that mindset has changed the way I decorate. I just finished a long needed refresh of a space, the study below which has felt very hodgepodge for a long time.

The space was originally a formal dining room then became a children’s space (pictured here in 2012) and I reinvented it as a room for relaxing, reading, playing games or daydreaming by the fire.

I love the quote, “If you have a library and a garden, you have everything you need.” Translation: A room filled with your favorite books and baby plants is extra special.

The framed artwork is one of several Wine landscape I have listed in my Etsy shop. The sconces are wireless, I cut out the wires and used them instead Rechargeable bulbs That comes with a remote. I’ve done it before, adding sconces to your wall with battery operated or rechargeable light bulbs is very easy.

My son is an excellent chess player so I like to prepare myself for a beating every time. 🙂

It is not a big space, it is only 10 feet wide and 14 feet long. The blue sectional sofa seen below used to be in the family room (see it here) but I swapped it out for a white sofa that I used in a studio I rented years ago, so now the white sofa is in the family room and the blue has found a new home here. We did a custom order through a local furniture maker here in our town ten years ago.

A favorite element of this space is the art collection. During the trip, we collected some fine art from galleries in Italy and California and from street artists around the world, and I thought it would be great to bring them all together in one place. A few oil paintings hang above the desk, along with watercolor prints I’ve bought from artists in Montreal, Salzburg and Quebec City.

I can’t believe it took me so long to frame and hang them together. I vividly remember the moment I bought these prints on various trips from artists around the world. I purposely chose decorative frames to display them, they feel timeless.

I’ve had this Walnut promotion desk From the days of the Las Vegas renovation, we brought it back to Uhaul years ago, you can see it in this sunroom space I blogged about six years ago. I love this wood writer’s desk and good news, it is still available worldwide! I would purchase this desk again and again for any home office space.

Another favorite accent of this place is gold leaf Flush mount lighting fixtures. I saved it for about a year and finally bought it. I absolutely love the elegant leaf detail and the little accent lights, it’s so elegant at night when it’s all lit up.

This spot has become a favorite snooze spot for our family kitty cat.

Do yourself a favor and buy or DIY a narrow charger sofa table like it. It’s great for plugging in headphones, tablets or your phone, it’s a place to set a drink and it takes up very little space. The short version under a window lets the curtains fall sideways, I’m surprised how much I use and love it cheap table. 🙂

I found twelve yards of fabric in a box that I completely forgot about when I was cleaning the house from top to bottom in September. I loved its heavy weight and the terra cotta, green and slate blue colors of the botanical fabric so I sewed the panels to pinch pleat curtains for a custom look. This pleat tape, it was easy if you knew how to sew a straight line with a sewing machine. The pillows were from HomeGoods and Target.

I had an idea to soften the space with a linen curtain at the entry. The two doorless entries are very close to each other and I wanted to give the space a feeling that it was a little more enclosed without the cost or loss of space that comes with door installation so I added soft linen panels instead. Cue the magic. There’s something about a place behind the scenes that beckons you and makes you think “what’s there?”

The study peeks beyond our dining room and family room so can be connected to activities happening at home even when one is sitting inside.

To continue the magic, I put two strings of battery twinkle lights from the Christmas stash and hung them around the bookcase. I don’t think twinkle lights should go away in January, they are so adorable they should be part of winter decor, don’t you agree?

Collected memorabilia, books and family photos fill the old bookcases that fit into the small wall between the space’s two entrances.

The space isn’t “designer”, it’s a collection of old furniture that’s been rotated, books stacked, memorabilia hung, and art assembled into one space that feels like a throwback, like it’s not really clear what decade you’re in, which I love. I spend a lot of time here in the winter months.

Oh, and the fireplace is electric! Check out this collection of modern electric fireplaces that you can add to your spaces to make them cozy.


I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Your living spaces should reflect what makes you most comfortable and brings you the most joy. Interiors designed just to show the world are not truly authentic places to live Be true to yourself Who cares if it’s not magazine worthy, what matters is how it makes you feel. And at the end of the day I can say I feel very comfortable in this place full of softness, warmth and memories.

Love to you all and happy new year friends.


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