I'm Jen and I am the designer and maker of the products here at Cosy Room Designs.
I like to combine my graphic design background with my love of interiors to create original designs for your home or for that special gift.
Here in my little, boutique online shop, you can pick up a gift and greetings card in one place.
Or perhaps treat yourself to a pretty accessory for your home.
All of my home accessories are handmade by me in my studio at my home in the Suffolk countryside. I do get a little help from my husband with some of the power tools, as I can't be trusted! My daughter also helps when I'm busy, from making my thank you tags, to adding my branding to carrier bags or assisting me dropping off your parcels at our village Post Office.
Everything I make I would like to have in my own home, or give to someone as a gift, so all of my products are made with love. All purchases are beautifully wrapped and come with a handwritten thank you note from me, as each and every sale is so important to me and my little business.
If, like me, you love interiors and ideas for home accessories, then please follow @cosyroomdesigns on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook, where you will find lots of inspiration for your home and unique gift ideas.
I like to write about our life here in Suffolk, or subjects close to my heart such as interiors and 'hygge' living. So if you've got a spare five minutes, make a nice cup of tea and have a read of my blog.
Thank you for stopping by and if I can help with anything, please drop me a line.
Five minute tea break
How are we all doing? This is such a strange time isn't it. I hope you are all managing to stay safe and well. I'm a true home-bod and I love my home, but I am getting a bit fed up of looking at the same decor day in, day out. Our big DIY project for the kitchen and dining room is obviously on hold, so I'm looking at what smaller DIY projects I can get done whilst we're in lockdown.
It is difficult to get some supplies at the moment as a lot of places are shut, but there are things we can do to freshen up our homes and make rooms look a little different.
I often have a little change around at home and I usually start by taking all of my accessories down and think about where else I can put them to create a different look.
Try stripping a couple of rooms of their accessories and soft furnishings (cushions, throws etc) and then spend time arranging your accessories in different rooms and on different surfaces. Group a few items together to create a display in a window or on a tray on top of a coffee table or a large footstool. Things like a small pile of coffee table books, with a candle or glass cloche will not only look pretty but add interest to a room.
If you have old hardback books that you no longer read, you could paint the outer hardback covers in subtle shades of emulsion (we've all got half empty tins of paint in the shed) and stack them in a pile or display them on a book shelf.
If you're lucky enough to have a garden or your daily walk is in the countryside, make use of the pretty weeds (cow parsley is my favourite) and greenery and create a lovely display in a vase, jug or even a pretty jam jar.
Give your photo frames a lick of fresh paint and arrange them in a group on a shelf or as a cluster on a wall to make a feature. Or change the photographs that are in the frames. We certainly have the time at the moment to go through our photographs! A job, I keep putting off.
If you have the space, try rearranging your furniture to give you rooms a totally different look or even function. I've recently done this with our Snug and it looks so much different to how it looked previously and it's not a huge room. Swop your dining room with your lounge for example. Create a cosy reading area by positioning an arm chair in a corner, with a lamp and a small table where you can place our cuppa. The perfect escapism for an hour or two, and we all need a bit of that at the moment!
Have a tidy up. I love a tidy up! Remove throws from your sofa and chairs, roll them up and display them in a pretty basket. That way your sofa looks ready for Spring / Summer but the throws are still available to snuggle under on a chilly, Spring evening. Arrange pretty kitchen linens like
tablecloths and napkins in a basket on a shelf or on a shelf in a cupboard with a glass front. That way you can see your pretty linens all stacked up neatly.
As the weather is warming up and we no longer need to light the fire, fill the front of your fireplace with candles to create a pretty glow in the evenings. Or make a floral display using fresh or dried flowers.
I call this process "faffing". I love a bit of "faffing". Have fun and you may be amazed by the results of just moving a few things around and displaying items a bit differently.
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My plans for July
Summer is here! Having been in lockdown for so long, summer seems to have crept upon us. This summer sees my little girl finishing Primary School as she is off to "big" school in September. It's been a funny ole time, so her year six haven't been able to celebrate in their usual way with a big finale. But their teachers have done a fantastic job in giving them a special send-off within the guidelines of social distancing.
Her time in Primary School seems to have gone by in the blink of an eye. She is growing up so fast!
So I'm hoping to take a little break during the summer hols to spend some quality family time. Hoping for sunshine so we can have fun outside in the garden and maybe get to the lovely Suffolk and Norfolk coast for some much needed sea air. And an ice-cream of course!
There are also lots of jobs to be done around our home and garden, which we'll get on with. I've always got a project on the go. At the moment I'm planning storage ideas for my boot room / utility room.
I'm also looking forward to a little down time. Curling up with a good book either in the garden or in our reading corner will be lovely.
However you spend your summer, I hope it's truly special and you all manage to stay safe.
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