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12 Readers Share Their Cozy Corners

12 Readers Share Their Cozy Corners

On Instagram, we asked readers to send in the cozy corners of their home, and we got tons of replies! (I wish we could do a book of them!) Says Whitney, above: “I realize you can’t see a ton of my home, but this is the part of my couch that abuts the fireplace mantle. It’s my safe space.” Here, 11 more women share their nooks…

12 Readers Share Their Cozy Corners

“My cozy corner is in front of the fire after our first snowfall yesterday! The beginning of winter always brings out my inner homebody.” — Nicola, Wakefield, Québec

12 Readers Share Their Cozy Corners

“My five-week-old and I have spent lots of time here — reading books, feeding and rocking to sleep. Before he was born, I’d sit here and read or do work while I anticipated his arrival!” — Kasey, Columbus, Ohio

12 Readers Share Their Cozy Corners

“Our rental really shines in these chillier months and it’s my favorite spot to read and snuggle with our pup Norman.” — Carly, Chicago

12 Readers Share Their Cozy Corners

“My mom and I moved to Hyde Park, Chicago, about a year ago. When we moved here I knew this room would be the library — it’s been my dream to have a place dedicated to books. We finally unpacked the boxes, and I haven’t left since. My mom and I fight to get in that chair!” — Abby, Chicago

12 Readers Share Their Cozy Corners

“Before COVID, my favorite pastime was scouring thrift stores looking for treasures, specifically artwork. Now, I love tucking up on the couch with a cup of coffee and a book, surrounded by my ‘friends.’ I always wonder about the people behind each piece!” — Lauren, Birmingham, Alabama

12 Readers Share Their Cozy Corners

“We just moved in a few weeks ago, but it looks like all three cats are going to love it here.” — Hannah, southeastern Pennsylvania

12 Readers Share Their Cozy Corners

“My cozy corner, amongst the plants, yarn, embroidery floss, books and with a knitting project in hand. It’s where I spend most evenings with an audiobook, a cup of tea and something to keep my hands busy while I stitch away the COVID stress.” — Charlotte, Rotterdam in the Netherlands

12 Readers Share Their Cozy Corners

“The do-it-all table where I now eat, work, do puzzles (and scream at puzzles), paint (the floral painting in the bottom right was a paint-by-numbers activity from the first month of quarantine, aka 20 years ago) and stare into my disco ball to pass the time.” — Taylor, Brooklyn

12 Readers Share Their Cozy Corners

“My very cozy/not fancy spot is my old nursing chair. Nursed, rocked and read to both my babies in it and now it’s finally in my room! Now it is a me-time/book-reading/Netflix-on-the-iPad/wine-drinking chair. I gave a lot to those babies in this chair, which was wonderful, but now I do not mind enjoying a little time in it for myself.” — Sarah Grace, Denver

12 Readers Share Their Cozy Corners

“I sit here listening to my records, reading, cuddling with my pooch or talking to my husband who’d be lying on the couch across.” — Marianella, Lima, Peru

12 Readers Share Their Cozy Corners

“This is as serene as it gets around here.” — Leah, East Marion, New York

Where is your cozy corner? We’d love to hear…

P.S. Readers share their favorite outfits, and the best reader comments.

  1. Maud Lowell says...

    I have a TREASURED copy of Gnomes. So fun to see it. My sister and I were OBSESSED with it, during childhood, late ‘70’s.

    • Emily says...

      I was so excited to see it as well! My grandma had a copy that I would love flipping through as a kid. Brought back many fond memories :)

  2. Lindsay says...

    I feel like this COVID disaster has taught me to really notice the things that evoke joy. For whatever reason, this was a little burst of joy in my evening. Something about seeing imperfect, intimate, and happy pieces of people’s lives feels SO good in a time when we’re literally avoiding contact with other humans.

  3. Cass says...

    Waves at Charlotte in Rotterdam. I’m out in the countryside in South Holland. I’m currently building my own knitting haven thanks to a house rebuild project. I bought a chair last week which will arrive next week that’s going to be my snuggling chair.

    • Waves back! That sounds like a lovely project and it looks like the chair is just in time for knitting season.

  4. Asia says...

    Love this post! I will nonchalantly look in windows if I’m walking at night (not in a creepy way–just if the curtains are open and I glance over from the sidewalk!) so I love getting glimpses into the homes of other people:)

    • Lindsay says...

      YES! There’s something about catching glimpses of people living life in their homes that makes me feel more connected. Especially during a time that feels so isolating.

    • Celeste says...

      OMG, this is one of my favourite activities!!! There is a particular walk I love doing around dusk, just as people are starting to turn on their lights. There is something so fun about peeking into other people’s lives through their windows.

  5. Molly Guenther says...

    Loved this segment

  6. Molly says...

    Been reading since the beginning and this was one of my favorite Cup posts ever. Maybe it’s the loneliness from missing everyone/everything this year, maybe it’s election anxiety…whatever it is this post struck a (cozy!) chord. Thank you for this!

  7. Maggie says...

    Lauren in Birmingham–I just pinned your gallery wall to my “dream decor” Pinterest board. Love it so much!!

    These are all really lovely!

  8. OMG that last one is too accurate! I was just thinking of my “cozy place” and honestly it’s my bed right now. Pregnant in a pandemic = sleep whenever possible.

  9. Sandra Kaye-Kjarum Seidel says...

    I NEED Abby from Chicago’s rug ASAP!!!
    My husband & I downsized to my home state 2 years ago. He has his man-cave in the basement (finished) and I took over a bedroom upstairs. I call it The Library because I’ve always wanted a library! I have bookcases; the table my Dad & I built; pictures of my kids; ledges with more pictures, more books & fun momentos; a fun lamp my father-in-law made for me & the rocking chair that I bought with my first paycheck. I found some polka dot wallpaper so that’s the next step : )
    Keep creating ~ wearing masks & hoping in brighter days to come!

  10. Shelly Lauren Bailey says...

    I really enjoyed this in the time of Covid and having to be at home so much! Great idea……makes me want to grab tea and book!

  11. This post inspires me to make a beautyful reading space.. thanks!!

  12. Anna Maria Maria Gramelspacher says...

    oh i love these little glimpses into people’s homes! also – I’m wondering if Taylor would share the source of her paint by number? That sounds like the perfect quarantine activity.

    • Katy says...

      I’m wondering the same! It’s a pretty one.

    • Jocelyn Sheff says...

      I am too!!

    • Katy says...

      Ok, I think I found it? I’m having trouble posting a link here, but if you go to Etsy and search for the shop “1supply2018” it’s the “peony flower” paint by number.

  13. Leanne says...

    I love everything about this, but I especially love Sarah Grace’s sentiment in her post.

  14. Holly says...

    Leah! I freaking LOVE that last picture. Boy did you capture life perfectly right now!! Thanks for the laugh. ;-)

  15. Emily says...

    Ooh love this post, would love to see more nook roundups! Abby and her mom fighting to get into that library chair makes me laugh, and that’s such a beautiful plant and pedestal in that corner by their window.

  16. N says...

    Ummm totally want to rename/redesign/reinvent my office as a library now. Thank you, Abby! First thing I want is a cozy chair.

    And Charlotte in Rotterdam – love the white + green plants and also where is the orange/coral patterned cushion from? I love it!

    • Thank you :) I think you mean the ottoman in the front? It’s a DIY project. I made a cover for the ottoman from an old table cloth that had holes and paint spots, but managed to work around those.

    • Allison says...

      Charlotte in Rotterdam -a fellow evening stitching friend! Normally I’d relish the alone stitching time but 7 months later it is getting a little lonely. How nice to see someone having a similar evening! Allison in Chicago

  17. Josefine Garcia says...

    That last picture! Hahahahaha As someone with a similar level of serenity in my home right now, I really appreciated that perspective.

  18. Care says...

    This is such a genuine delight! Thank you for sharing these!!

  19. pm says...

    Love all of these so much, and the last one (Leah in NY) made me laugh out loud! We have a 2 yo, too, so I 100% get it. lol!

  20. D says...

    I thought this was “Crazy Corner” and I was about to send pictures of my whole house. LOL :(

  21. Rusty says...

    Oooh, real people in their native habitat (insert Sir David Attenborough’s voice), never seen before, until now….

    Leah, in NY… hahahaha! 🤣😂 Too funny!
    Carly, in Chicago… now that’s my kind of cozy!!!

  22. Oh my God– this post is so sweet, I got tingles. COZY LIFE!!

  23. Ellie says...

    I’m such a voyeur! I loved seeing these, thanks to the ladies for sharing. :)

  24. Becca says...

    For some reason this wonderful post made me cry. I guess a lot does these days, with so many big emotions (particularly for those of us in the U.S. anxiously awaiting the election) always lurking right under the surface. It’s another reminder of how we’re all so alike, seeking comfort in such similar ways — tea, books, plants, art, kids, music, light, pets, puzzles, blankets — when the world outside overwhelms. And LOVE seeing the homes of “real people,” as others have said!

    • pm says...

      Me too, Becca. <3 <3 <3

  25. K says...

    I loved this post! Please do 100 more of these! I LOVE a good cozy corner and I love seeing other peoples’ corners from around the world. This made me really feel this sense of community, like it’s getting colder and darker but we are all cozied up together :)

    • PB says...

      Exactly!! Would love to see a million more posts on how were all cozied up together this winter 😊

    • Sara says...

      YES to all of this. Please make this a series!

  26. Maria says...

    My cozy corner is on my bed, reading a book with a cup of tea. I love this post 💙 Thanks for sharing!

  27. Georgette says...

    It’s really interesting to see how people make their corners so cozy in different parts of the world. I kind of want a disco ball now for mine? :D

  28. Lizzy says...

    This made me smile so big!

  29. Kelly P says...

    This was a fantastic peek into your reader’s homes. I particularly loved it because my house is in such a state of disarray – it gave me hope that I could create a little corner of respite. I would love it if this became a more regular feature – maybe highlighting all sorts of spots in houses (or yards/gardens?). Perhaps even just a bright spot in a person’s day. It’s such a bonding thing to see other reader’s faces, how their spaces look, and what they’re up to – especially through the winter when a lot of people won’t be seeing many other faces or spaces at all.

  30. Maygein says...

    These are so good. And yes, I want the home tours!

  31. I loved seeing everyone’s cozy spots! And Leah’s made me laugh at the wonderfully honest and beauty of the moment!

  32. Trish says...

    Love this post! I prefer seeing how real people live. Carly’s is my favorite.

  33. SarahN says...

    Love love love all those thrifted framed artworks the best! Wow

  34. Jean says...

    I love all of them to bits (as someone who lives with my mother, I FELT Abby’s situation! :D I have a solution. At some point this summer, I turned our never used dining room into a second living room space for me. Lamp, loveseat, coffee table, and one knock off mid century mod bookcase from Target later, and I was set. It’s open, yes, but it’s still my space. It’s NOT a workspace, and that matters. Haven’t missed the dining room table and chairs once.

    Can we please get a home tour of Lauren’s Alabama house? I need to see more!

  35. Alexa says...

    All so beautiful! And I am gonna need a home tour from Lauren in Birmingham. :)

    • Thanks for asking! It’s a DIY project. I had a dull and plain grey ottoman and made a cover from an old table cloth from my father or my grandmother. I had to work around holes and paint spots, and kept it super simple but I love it :)

    • Oops! Oh gosh I don’t how I replied to your post…it was a reply to someone else.

  36. Lisa Z says...

    This is such a wonderful post! Thanks to everyone who shared a glimpse into your cozy lives. But the look on Leah’s daughter’s face—that one really got me! I burst out laughing at her and her mom’s caption. Love.

    • Lisa Z says...

      Also Lauren, I legit thought the portrait of the woman was you and that you were fabulously rich to have all that original (?) artwork. Then I read the caption and it’s all thrifted. Amazing!

  37. Trisha says...

    Loved them all, but the last picture . . . just thank you for the laughing tears. Absolutely perfect.

  38. Kara says...

    I love all of these but the phrase “screaming at puzzles” got me somewhere deep and I shot sparkling water through my nose

  39. Jessica Smith says...

    As a cosy-lover this post gave me all the feels! More of this please! :)

  40. Maya says...
    • Georgette says...

      Thank you for finding this! I was thinking how gorgeous it was for a paint but numbers. I’m going to have to grab it for my winter project.

  41. Jen says...

    Haha that last one 😂

  42. Eva says...

    This made my day! Thank you all for offering us a glimpse of your cozy homes.

  43. Clare says...

    There are so many things to love in each of these! Smiles, babies, books, pets, pillows, plants, the mother of all gallery walls.

  44. Bri says...

    This is the BEST! Each cozy corner shown gave me a feeling of joy and connection with people I have never met but share an understanding and appreciation of how we all love and thrive in a space we can call our own . During these stressful times seeing these spaces and people enjoying them really made my day. I could use a ‘ space pic’ a day!

  45. AJ says...

    Oh wow. Love this! CoJ readers are seriously cool, stylish and interesting! (Which of course is no surprise) So fun to get a glimpse into your homes and inner worlds. During early lockdown, I created a tiny (and it really is tiny) seating area at the top of the small galley kitchen in my rented flat. I really needed somewhere to sit that wasn’t just in front of my laptop screen but had barely no space (nor money) to work with. It’s just a basic rug and two tinsy IKEA stools and a weeny round table, big enough for coffee and a bowl or two. Above I hung a big print of a photo of some trees I took on a trip to Sweden a few years ago. It’s now my favourite spot.

  46. Sasha L says...

    My children absolutely loved that gnome book! They must have checked it out from our library a hundred times, what a happy memory.

    Jo and company, my gosh, thank you for the little cozy break today, thank you for reminding us of all the small gifts and beauty and calm delightful little moments. I think I can speak for everyone, we NEED this right now.

  47. Bec says...

    Lauren from Birmingham that gallery wall is EPIC!! It’s amazing how you see a lone artwork in a thrift store (or op-shop as we say in Australia) and think nothing of it, but then you see a collection like this and your jaw drops! Well done on creating something so beautiful.

    • K says...

      Right? Wish I could do this but not sure I have the eye.

  48. JANICE O'KANE says...

    Oh my gosh, I want to move in with Charlotte, Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Her cozy corner looks dreamy!

  49. caraline says...

    This should be a hashtag series we can all scroll through and see our COJ peeps :)

  50. Saba says...

    Love them all. And the last photo! Yes. Same here. My little’s cozy spot is anywhere, snuggled next to me and rubbing my chin.

  51. Amy says...

    Love the last pic! Gave me a good chuckle before ending my work day (which happens in my bedroom now).

  52. Elizabeth R. says...

    These are all amazing. I would love a full tour of any and all, especially Lauren and Taylor. Glad to see some cozy, gorgeous spots.

  53. Gretchen says...

    Lauren– what are you wearing on your feet?!?! Whatever they are, they look fabulous! (And also coordinate with your home). I hope you see this and can respond :)

    • Lauren Clegg says...

      Thanks! They are Hides in Hand ballet slipper moccasins. I looove them 😊

  54. Esther says...

    These are all so great and make me so excited to get cozy at home during the winter! It makes me so happy to see someone from Wakefield included as I live in the same area and always feel like I am the only person reading the blogs that I do. Nice to see a fellow eastern Canadian :)

    • Sally says...

      I know! I was actually born in Wakefield, though I don’t live there anymore. I got so excited when I saw this!

    • Nicki says...

      I live in Ottawa and love Wakefield!

    • Jess says...

      I live in Ottawa and love Wakefield. I feel blessed to be so close to the Nordic spa and Gatineau park!

    • Ally says...

      I’m also in Ottawa and also thought I was the only one !!! Hi friends- enjoy another snowy day in the Ottawa/Gatineau/Wakefield area!

    • Elizabeth says...

      Yay! Another NCR dweller here. Hello friends :)

    • SC says...

      How are there so many of us here?! Former Chelsea-ite, current Hullois :)

  55. Kelcey says...

    Read this post, immediately got up and started dragging furniture around. Typing this from my cozy new reading spot in the corners of our kitchen. Thanks for the inspiration!

  56. Jenny says...

    I love every single one! Norman is such a superlative dog name! The peek of chubby baby photo behind Whitney’s monochrome corner, Nicola’s gnomes and that very 40s dress, Kasey’s sweet baby, whose incredible snuggliness you can almost feel! Abby’s mom is a big character in that narrative even thought we didn’t directly meet her, and so is that cool trunk! That absolutely commanding gallery wall is so well curated by tone! I want to thrift all day with her and find out where those shoes are from! Hannah’s cats are clearly masters of cozy corner life. Taylor’s use of low space! Reclamation of the baby chair! That lucite chair by the record player! Wearing a toddler as a hat! Thank you all for these beautiful, vibrant windows into your worlds.

    • Sasha L says...

      Your comment is as good as this post, and that’s really saying something!

    • bonnie says...

      Jenny – Your comment is a gem! I suspect you are, too.

    • Jean says...

      Wonderful!

    • Cheryl says...

      OMG “wearing a toddler as a hat” is my new go-to-phrase for describing in insanity of these times. I don’t care if anyone except COJ readers have a clue what I’m talking about!

    • Rusty says...

      Hahahaha 🤣
      Wearing a toddler as a hat!!!

  57. Deana says...

    Lovely homes and home dwellers! Thanks for sharing.

  58. SP says...

    house tours! I want alllll of the house tours!

  59. Paige says...

    Just chiming i not say I LOVED this post!! Also v v interested in that paint by numbers if Taylor shares it!

  60. S says...

    I love this post! Please do more of these!! <3

    • Jesse says...

      I second this!

  61. Kay says...

    Well, that was pure sunshine! So, so sweet! :)

  62. Jessica says...

    Oo tell me more about that gorgeous paint by number!

    • SJ says...

      Hers came out so well. Mine looks ok but it’s definitely not as good as hers!

  63. So happy to be included in this post! I’ve been a CoJ reader for a decade and, just like most of you, look forward to reading the comments just as much as the posts themselves. This roundup (and all of your kind words about my home and pup) is exactly the warmth I needed on this dreary Chicago day. Wish I could invite you all over for a cozy drink!

    • Sarah says...

      This is so sweet. I wish we could be there!

    • Suzanne says...

      Carly, as I scrolled down and saw your lovely room, I said to myself, “Oh I bet that’s a Chicago flat” and sure enough… ! It has all the hallmarks of a classic brownstone. Enjoy your space.

  64. Jes says...

    My parents have that book about gnomes in the second photo! Such a trippy reminder of my childhood!
    I spent a year scouring the internet for the perfect chair so I could claim a corner of our living room. I finally have a little spot of my own -you can’t see the TV from there, so the kids don’t want anything to do with it!

  65. Kristina says...

    I love this so much! And echo what Maywyn said below: it’s so refreshing to see “people being people”. Would love more posts like this! I now regularly wear fancy clothes to the grocery store per a similar post : )

  66. y says...

    Nicola’s instagram account is hilarious. Make sure you click on that if you haven’t already.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes it’s amazing!!!! immediately followed.

    • Sarah says...

      My long-distance best friend often sends me work bathroom outfit selfies and Nicola’s Instagram reminded me of her. Although the leg up on the counter is a hilarious spin. Forwarded her profile to my friend :)

  67. Cynthia says...

    This post made me feel cozy on this dreary day. Carly’s home in Chicago was my favorite, because it reminds me of many of the homes in the Fan District of Richmond, Virginia. A post like this is what many of us need.

    • Carly says...

      Thank you so much, Cynthia! Never been to Richmond… on my list when travel is a thing again!

  68. Claire says...

    Ohhh this is such a wonderful post! Everyone’s spaces are so lovely and cozy!

  69. Lauren E. says...

    This just made me so happy. I love peeking into people’s homes. I miss walking around the West Village on my way to dinner and looking into the lit up windows.

    Abby, you TOTALLY have room for another chair in that room! Shift the plant a little, and you and your mom could sit in there together. :)

  70. Roxana says...

    Oh my gosh, I love all of these! So much beauty.

    Also, I relate most to Leah’s. LOL! So sweet!

  71. NH observer says...

    Leah, joining the chorus of love for your photo, from all of us who are “wearing” our small children (whether in our arms or on our heads!) every day. Like another reader, I keep telling myself that at some point I will long nostalgically for this phase. At least I now have a lock on the bathroom door.;)

  72. Jess says...

    Leah 100%

    • Jen says...

      Bahaha!! Totally, I was thinking none of these look like my house until I got to Leah. Love it 🤣

  73. Hannah says...

    I didn’t expect to be moved when I clicked on this piece – but it is such a quietly beautiful thing to be allowed into other people’s homes and see what makes them feel safe and calm and cared for.

    • Katie says...

      Exactly this.

    • Sherri says...

      YES!

  74. silly lily says...

    Leah — HILARIOUS

  75. Jennifer says...

    Oh my gosh! Lauren in Alabama – your space is a dream!

    • MEL says...

      PLEASE can we get a house tour from Lauren in AL! :)

  76. Tina Crisas says...

    BEST POST!!!!!!!!!

  77. This is the most darling post! Thank you for sharing these!!

  78. EJ says...

    Reclaiming the nursery chair! What a brilliant idea. We still have a year or two before it’s ready to leave my daughter’s room (and it was in my son’s room before that). I was already dreading being “done” with it. Now I shall just move it to a cozy nook in our bedroom and it shall be my reading chair forever more. :)

  79. Agnès says...

    My cosy corner would be my bathtub ! I read and have tea and then share it with my 7 y old and sometimes my husband gets in there before us. I love seeing this pics and just want to be friend with all of you!!

  80. EB says...

    Wow loved this post! Its so fun to see these different spaces and how they seem to perfectly suit their geography? Especially the rooms in Wakefield and Rotterdam.
    PS Wakefield QC, is such a special spot! When my husband and I were dating we would drive from Ottawa and go for walks along the river and stop at the bakery. We even saw Justin Trudeau and his family out for a walk there once!

  81. ARC says...

    Leah’s is the best! (I loved seeing all the cozy corners though …)

  82. Sharon in Scotland says...

    Nicola from Quebec is reading “Gnomes”, I used to have this book when I was a child and loved it, it’s good to see it out in the world.

    • Hannah says...

      Yes! I had this too!!

    • Krista says...

      Me too! I loved flipping through that book.

  83. Angie says...

    Yes!! I love a good cozy nook. We bought a giant sectional last year to replace our sagging three-seater couch, thinking it would give us all room to spread out. Instead we all pile into the corner seat of the sectional, sometimes literally on top of each other. It’s the coziest place.

    • Marilyn says...

      Absolutely, we also have a huge sectional in our family room and I refer to the coveted corner, as my nest. When I’m feeling generous, I let my husband weasel in beside me.

  84. Bronwyn says...

    Same! I spent hours with the Gnome book in some cozy corners of my own. Absolutely loved it.

  85. Rachael says...

    This is exactly what the world needs right now. Love it so much! My cozy corner is my work from home desk. I have a cozy knit ottoman and work is my mental break from the two toddlers who otherwise run my life. Also my ugg slippers were the best quarantine purchase I’ve made. They make everywhere feel cozy!

  86. Colleen says...

    yes!!!!!!

  87. Alex says...

    Charlotte: where is your peach ottoman from?! It’s gorgeous!

    • Hi Alex! Thanks for asking! It’s a DIY project. I had a dull and plain grey ottoman and made a cover from an old table cloth from my father or my grandmother. I had to work around holes and paint spots, and kept it super simple but I love it :)

  88. Jodie says...

    I didn’t even have to read the caption to know that Carly’s apartment was in Chicago. Classic windows and view. Also, Abby, with a Hyde Park library. Love that Chicago can represent in the cozy department!

    • Karin says...

      Jodie, I felt the same! Miss those bay windows of Hyde Park. Abby, sounds like you need a second chair in that library!

    • Another chair (teal, crushed velvet!) is on the way!! ☺️

    • Jess. says...

      Abby,
      No lie. I got tears in my eyes when you described the second chair that’s on the way. superXOX

    • Em says...

      SAME!!! That photo of Carly’s living room gave me a “homesick for Chicago” shiver down my spine, knew it before I read the captions! (Chicago isn’t even my home but it’s just the city I miss the most). Love your apartment Carly, tell Chicago I say hello :)

    • Jodie says...

      I’m lamely replying to my own comment but I am so happy about that second chair Abby!!!!!!!!!!!

  89. Li says...

    Charlotte your couch is amazing! Where can I find a cozy couch like that to knit on?

    • Frederique says...

      Li, it looks a lot like the SÖDERHAMN couch from Ikea! I had the same thought when I saw Charlotte’s picture, it looks comfortable and chic!

    • Thanks. Frederique got it right! It is the SÖDERHAMN. I really like it, it’s comfy and wide so you can curl up on it and spread out your yarns and projects

  90. Megan says...

    What a FAB idea! Love all these spaces and friendly faces. Here for more cozy content from CoJ this winter!! :)

  91. a.n. says...

    fun! is this ongoing? can we still submit our cozy corners or are we too late? :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Submit! We can do another post!

  92. Courtney H says...

    This is random, but I used to have that Gnomes book as a child and was fascinated by the details! I’m so happy to have had a reminder of it–looking for a copy for myself now. :)

  93. Erin G. says...

    This relaxed and delighted me, thank you!

  94. Hayley B says...

    Lol that last picture cracked me up!

  95. Nina Nattiv says...

    I love your posts that feature your readers! Makes the community so much more real.
    Also, that last picture- hahahahah!

  96. Ann says...

    Coziness! I had that Gnome book growing up. I loved it and took it All in very seriously!

  97. M says...

    Love this!! Thanks CoJ team!

  98. Kelly says...

    That wall of gold-framed artwork is GORGEOUS. Absolutely love, thank you for sharing :)

  99. Emma says...

    LOVE the paint by numbers painting! Gonna go order some on Etsy. Would love to decorate my home with beautiful paintings. :)

  100. Luísa says...

    LOVE LOVE LOVE all of these!!!! this one of my favorite posts of all times <3 <3

  101. Hattie says...

    Hannah,
    In the words of a greeting card I once received,
    “Home is where the cats are.” Yours look blissful.

  102. Marisa says...

    These are all so great! Especially love the idea of being surrounded by artwork to make you feel cozy! Special shoutout to Norman- you are adorable!

  103. Elly says...

    Would love for Lauren in Birmingham to give us a full house tour. Looks amazing!

    • Emily says...

      Agreed! I also did not expect that to be Birmingham, Alabama – looks more like out of England.

      PS – I really love Birmingham, AL. I’m from the Northeast and one of my random facts is that I’ve been to Birmingham more than I’ve been to most major American cities. Very sad that COVID has canceled my next trip there.

    • Lauren says...

      Yes Please! Would love an Abby home tour!!!!

  104. Katey says...

    Abby, what an awesome library! Wow, it certainly looks cozy and I covet the sanctuary you created. I want a library. :)

  105. Um, that Whitney sure is a BABE. I wanna see a beauty + morning routine!!!

  106. Laura says...

    This is such a sweet post! It’s so fun to see fellow cup of jo readers. Abby, I laughed out loud about you and your mom fighting for the chair. And I Ioooove the fern.

  107. laura says...

    I LOVED this post! Amazing spaces. I want to see more!

  108. md says...

    Charlotte – your hair is stunning! My hair goals.
    Marianella – I love your home’s aesthetic.

    • Marianella says...

      Thank you! I’m a full time plant mom these days :)

    • thank you! I’m totally blushing now.

  109. Jean says...

    What a fun change-of-pace keep it real post : ) Good idea COJ team!

  110. Michelle says...

    Leah! Hahahaha I’m with you!! Sunday we watched Peter Pan on our giant couch and both my girls ended up on top of me in the corner. Mildly painful, completely magic.

  111. Samantha says...

    I love all of these! While it’s fun to see aspirational home tours now and then, I confess I prefer to see homes I can relate to–imperfect but cozy. Some of my particular faves here are Carly’s Chicago place, which looks weirdly like a San Francisco apartment I lived in for 12 years, and Lauren’s elegant spot underneath her art collection.

  112. Julie says...

    Lauren!! The art wall! I am moving and have a vision of similar artwork for our new space. This is inspiration for sure, thanks for sharing!

  113. katie says...

    I don’t have a “favorite” place in our condo, well, besides our bathtub where I go for some alone time. My dream favorite place is small sun room with a oversized, comfy chair, ottoman, small table and lamp. I’d curl up with a good back and never, ever leave.

    • Libbynan says...

      My hubs and down-sized a couple of years ago. In our old place I had a sunroom with three glass walls on the north side of the house. It was my favorite place. I spent hours there reading, listening to music, needlepointing, and just watching the sun and moon go by. That room is what I miss most about my old house. My son-in-law now uses it as his recording studio and loves it as much as I do. I totally agree with your dream space and pray that you will have it someday.

  114. Rosemary Laurin says...

    What a great and fun post. Love the comment that working from home has offered a chance for folks to fall in love with their homes again. Wondering if you can find out the source for Carly’s (Chicago) rug, it’s beautiful.

    • Rebecca says...

      It’s not too hard to thrift for rugs like this. This one looks like it might not be antique, but I’ve become a huge fan of antique, wool rugs with a similar distressed look. I love that they aren’t fake fiber and that they all have stories. I have had great success on Ebay (look up: vintage oriental rug) and at Rug Source online. Good luck!

    • Carly says...

      Hi Rosemary! I got the rug here: https://esalerugs.com/rust-red-7×10-lexington-area-rug-22334186. Doesn’t look like it’s available anymore but lots of similar ones there and on Overstock. Would much prefer an actual antique/vintage rug one day but this fits the bill for now :)

  115. Grace Farris says...

    I love this!! So fascinating to see!

  116. Noelle says...

    Ok, now I REALLY want to go thrift for art. Lauren has so many amazing pieces! (The frames are incredible too). I second all the comments for a tour of her home!

  117. Maywyn says...

    The number one blog post…people being people!

  118. JR says...

    Nicola! I’m also a Federal public servant in the NCR and we’re moving just a few minutes away from you to Chelsea, Quebec. One of the biggest draws to the new house is the word burning fireplace. Seeing your pic made me excited about a move that is otherwise feeling pretty daunting (lots of change). PS – enjoyed your insta ;)

    • Stella says...

      Yes, Nicola’s insta is great! Reminds me of the leg-on-the-counter bathroom work selfies I used to take at my old job! I hated that job; I worked with all men. The woman’s bathroom was my refuge, and I could take all the outfit selfies I wanted in front of those ugly stalls!

    • Nicola says...

      Oooh what department are you in?? Feel free to DM me on insta if you need some reassurance about moving to this area! The wood fireplace really is so comforting :)

  119. Love this!

  120. These are so great!! Brb moving to Canada or Chicago. Love the reader crowd sourcing. It’s really nice to see how other people live, especially outside the highly curated world of Instagram influencers and photos sourced from major cities. And given that all we’re doing these days is living inside our homes.

  121. Sadie M Arneson says...

    I’ve gotten really into staring out the window with my dog. But maybe I need to try staring at a disco ball!

  122. liz says...

    daaamn, ladies, you all have some stylish corners!

  123. Katherine says...

    Shoutout to Nicola’s Gnome book!! I just re-discovered my copy of the same book in storage and it has quickly become one of my most treasured possessions again! It was such a magical read when I was a kid, and is still magical now! Truly the coziest thing on winter nights.

    • Samantha says...

      Katherine, I almost yelped when I saw that Gnome book! We had that book growing up and were obsessed with it. It’s probably in a box somewhere at my mother’s house…may need to unearth it. Had no idea other people were Gnome-intrigued as well!

    • Nicola says...

      yes!!! it’s my favorite :)

    • Emily says...

      I’m legit so excited to pull mine out when I get home.

    • Lauren says...

      Yes!! I haven’t looked past that picture yet–I just had to search the comments for “gnome”, and I’m not disappointed! The indoor underground pictures were my favourite. . .it’s still nice to think of visiting them there :)

    • Carly says...

      Ditto! This was such a staple of my childhood. I recently ordered another copy (my sister has our old one) for my kids when they’re a little older.

  124. Lesley says...

    Abby – I used to live in Hyde Park. I really miss it. Looks like you found a beautiful apartment!

    • Christine says...

      Love the shout out to Hyde Park, Abby (and hi Lesley)! I live there and am gazing out at the beautiful trees (covered by a bit of snow) on Promontory Point.

    • Jessie says...

      Hello, I’m a Hyde a Parker too! It truly is the best neighborhood, so many special places. I feel like I am constantly falling in romantic love with it, haha ;)

  125. m says...

    hey Taylor in Brooklyn, where’d you get the paint by numbers kit? it’s so well done!

    • CJ says...

      Yes, I would also like to know the paint by numbers kit! It’s a pretty one

    • Bridget says...

      Yes! Please let us know where to get the paint by numbers kit!

    • MG says...

      Those paint by number people are not gonna know what hit them once everyone here finds out which one it is.

    • April says...

      Yes, if someone knows a good place to get these, please share. Was thinking of getting some for a winter date night and online reviews of some websites that sell them are not good. Thanks :)

    • Libbynan says...

      Amazon has them! Naturally….

    • Ali says...

      I need those pink candlestick holders, where are they from? So pretty!

  126. Sabirah Oniyangi says...

    Abby, I love your little library room and I love that you live with your mom. My mom is halfway across the world and I miss her so much. We both love reading and I’d give so much for us to have a room for books where we could just read <3

  127. Emily says...

    These are incredible! I have that same gnome book :) looks like I should break it out again.

  128. Sophia Fugent says...

    Oh my gosh, I think this is a response to my request on Harling’s home tour for reader spaces and I am SO excited (should have submitted, but my house is like a much messier Leah’s these days). Also, Nicola’s Gnomes book! I LOVED that book as a child and obsessively pored through all the super detailed illustrations, and I’ve been hunting for a good used copy for my kids for ages :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Yes!! Thank you for your great request!

  129. Priscilla says...

    THIS WAS SO INSPIRING! I loved it!

  130. Lisa says...

    Ah, Leah and I are living the same life. I have an almost identical picture of me trying to do a conference call with a toddler climbing on my head

    I love the idea of a library in your own home! So luxurious

    • Hannah says...

      Can we get Lauren from Birmingham’s home tour? When I first scrolled by I thought she was in an elegant mansion and then I read it was all thrifted! I must know more!

  131. Anna says...

    Wow! Nicola, Carly, Charlotte, Marinella … ?… look like amazing house tour candidates <3

    • Carly says...

      Thank you so much! Would love to do a house tour :)

    • Marianella says...

      Thank you! I’d be honored :)

    • Thank you :) would love to share more of my home (after a good tidy to the not so cosy corners ;)

  132. Ellen says...

    LOVE this!

  133. Jane says...

    Love this post. I literally GASPED at Lauren’s thrift store gallery wall. I can’t believe what she’s found and how beautifully she’s displayed it. Those frames!!

    • Mallory says...

      SAME! Lauren house tour please!

    • McKenzie says...

      RT!! We want allllll the details

    • y says...

      Yep. Third a home tour request for Lauren. I have a similar gallery wall, but only wish I had those gorgeous frames.

    • MEL says...

      How lame is it that I’m literally reading through all these comments just to support any request for a home tour from Lauren in AL?? Maybe don’t answer that. ;)

  134. I loved this! So nice to get a snippet into how everyone relaxes and where! I love all the thrifted artwork it’s so unique and fascinating! Also loved seeing all the plants!

  135. Colleen says...

    I want to move into Carly’s gorgeous room and snuggle up with Norman and a book. That space is exactly my vibe.

    • Carly says...

      Come on over! Glad you like it :)

  136. Sarah says...

    LEAH, I HEAR YOU AND I SEE YOU.

    Also, seeing all these wonderful little spots where people “cozy up” and “drink tea” and “read” makes my heart ache a little bit for days when I am not in Leah’s shoes! But pregnant with our fourth those days are a way off, still! Sarah Grace’s little bit was so lovely. That she had those wonderful days doing that intense full on care for her babies and now gets to enjoy some time to herself sometimes. Trying to embrace both now and what I/we have to look forward to later.

    • DeeAnn says...

      I definitely understand what you’re saying, Sarah! I remember thinking the same thing on the overwhelming days of taking care of small children. I loved being with my babies—it is what I always wanted, but it’s natural to long for time and space to yourself! Believe me, it’ll happen much more quickly than you can believe right now! You’ll blink and they’re in college, as mine are. Best to you! Hang in there!

  137. Em says...

    Abby’s daughter living her best quarantine life!

    • Em says...

      Oops, i meant Leah’s
      (quarantine brain)

  138. Brynn says...

    Abby, love the energy in your special corner and THAT BOOKCASE!!

    Sarah Grace, your little blurb brought me to tears.

    I love this thread. I hope we see more of these!

  139. Ashley says...

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE these! More, please!

    Also, can we get an apt tour from Laura in Birmingham??

    • MEL says...

      LAUREN HOUSE TOUR! LAUREN HOUSE TOUR! (That’s me chanting. ;)

  140. Ruth says...

    Love all of these so much!!! Makes me feel even more connected to all you wonderful COJ friends!

  141. Kristin says...

    These spaces are all great. I particularly love Abby in Chicago’s library! I love the idea of a whole room dedicated to reading. Also, Leah in NY–that is my life now too. Thanks for the laugh! :)

  142. jane says...

    That last photo 😂
    Sighhhh, it’s so nice to see everyone who reads here.

  143. Lora says...

    Leah gets me. hahaha

    Also, so many pretty textiles and artistic things!

  144. Louisa says...

    Add a lamp to a useless, dark corner and it becomes a nook! It’s magic! I had a corner in my bedroom- useless except for a pile of outgrown clothes to donate. Two months ago, I had to move furniture up here because our little pod has taken over the basement, and so I stuck a chair in the corner AND A LAMP. It looks so cozy and inviting now, and I do half my work in that chair. (I ordered an electric throw blanket yesterday to complete the cozy.)

    Pre-COVID I left home at 7 and got home at 6 and the house was basically where we made dinner and slept. I have fallen in love with my house these past 6 months.