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Cozy at Home

Interior designer Valerie Brandt’s infectious laugh is matched only by her flair for originality.


Valerie: In this time of 24/7 family togetherness, it’s important to find a cozy space for a bit of “me time” to reflect, meditate or just dig into that great read you’ve been saving. For peace of mind, I try to create a place of my own in which I can take a bit of solitary happiness (even if only temporarily). And if a four-legged friend refuses to accept the boundaries and demands a snuggle, well just fine.


  • Pick a corner of your bedroom with good lighting.

  • Choose a room with a view, perhaps a window seating nook, to enjoy the outside from cool inside.

  • Add happy splashes of color, like fresh flowers and colorful candles to set the mood.

  • Place a tray atop an ottoman for tea cups (and, okay, for snacks for Netflix binge watching).

  • Allow a snuggly pet to bring that healing unconditional love; here, Zula, my daughter’s dog.

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