Create a Minimalist and Cozy Living Room

Living Room Scene //

In preparation for the Holidays it’s important to get your home organized but to also keep an element of coziness to it, because there is nothing better than snuggling up on the couch after a long dinner party with a full stomach and a warm blanket! Here are some ideas I brought to my living room to achieve this minimalist but welcoming look.

1. Clean up the clutter on your coffee table. I love a tray {like this Raffia one from West Elm} with just a few accent pieces like a Jonathan Adler match striker, a Michael Aram candle, a Mackenzie-Childs magnifying glass, and a cute dish {similar to this}. Notice how I placed everything with a bit of space in between so you can see the pretty raffia. Once you lose site of the tray beneath you know you have too much clutter.

Invest in a tray  //

2. On to my couch. I was on the hunt for some really comfy grey and neutral pillows and I ended up loving one from Safavieh and this one from West Elm. Mixing prints is totally on trend right now as long as they are in the same color family, so have a blast mixing and matching prints and textures. Not sure of which ones to go with? Check out this FH post for fab recommendations or see the bottom of this post to shop some other neutral options.Swap for new pillow cases  //

3. Rather than having throw blankets out on the couch, which can look disorganized and messy if not folded properly, fold them up into a wicker basket {like this one} and place alongside or below your side table. Anything chenille material is my absolute favorite in the winter. Just keep in mind that the colors should be complimentary to your couch and coordinating pillows, so say goodbye that bright yellow smiley face pillow you got from your camp retreat!Organize your blankets  //

4. Simplify your coffee table.  While I usually love a lot of little vases and candles covering my side tables {see this post for what it looked like prior}, it’s best to keep things clean and simple during the Holiday time {translation: easier cleaning!}. I swapped my small votives for larger accent pieces like beautiful bulky candle sticks, a lantern, and a small tray. Again, I like that it looks sparse! Lantern // FashionableHostess.comSide Table Accents  //

5. Then it’s time to enjoy! Snuggle up on the couch with ones you love. The FHB seems pretty pleased with the outcome!FHB // FashionableHostess.comBaby //