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The Cozy Nook - Creating Your Very Own "Getaway Space"

Let's face it...Life can be hectic! If your not running crazy from A to B, then you are undoubtedly thinking of about it and all of the things that you have to do. If you are like me, I wake up in the middle of the night with a full committee meeting in my head working out things that need to be done and how to get them done. If I can't adjourn said meeting within a few minutes, then I grab my phone and start typing in my to do list so I don't forget by morning. 

Would I change a second of my life though? Absolutely not! I love the mayhem and I enjoy being a business owner, interior designer, wife and mom to my fur babies Miss Sophia and Lady Bella, blogger, ARB Board Member, Junior Leaguer, Charleston chapter President of Femfessionals and the occasional world traveler..Phew.  However, I have to find time throughout the day to "escape" if only for a while. 

Miss Sophia and Lady Bella sitting for a treat. (Photography by Patrick Brickman)

Miss Sophia and Lady Bella sitting for a treat. (Photography by Patrick Brickman)

Although I live in my car most days, I also spend a lot of time at home in my office or upstairs work room creating inspiration boards.  Working from home is fabulous.... However, it can also be hard as you never do seem to "clock out". Because of this, I find time throughout the day to "escape" if only for a few minutes at a time.  It gives me time to reset and when I walk back to my project, I see it in a whole different light! One of my favorite places to escape, besides the back corner of a closet where nobody can hear me scream (kidding!), is my keeping room banquette, which is in a cozy corner of the house, full of natural light and comfy pillows.  I usually prop up on there with my iPad and mindlessly pin on my Pinterest boards with a hot cup of tea or coffee. It's fabulous and "my thing" when I need a little break. 

Whether you work from home, or stay at home with the kids (that's also actually working from home!) or just need a space to call yours, I have some great ideas below to create your own cozy little nook! 

UNDER THE STAIRS:

This is one of my favorite space adding techniques! Whether you are building a new home or renovating, that little area that so many people never give another thought to, can be so functional! I've seen everything from reading nooks, to desk areas, to pull out storage. Even bumping the wall in just a few feet can make a huge difference in the space. ย 

THE LANDING:

The landing is another spot that often goes unfinished to its full capacity. ย 

 

IN A CLOSET:

I adore closet nooks! It's brilliant! If you have a closet just collecting junk...Repurpose it! ย 

 

THE BACKYARD:

So many people have started creating easy to build structures in their back yard! I love this idea and it creates not only a relaxing spot to get away for a while, but can also be a wonderful place to entertain! ย 

 

THE FRONT OR BACK PORCH:

Nothing is better than relaxing in your porch as you watch the world go by. Anything from a comfy lounge chair, to a porch swing full of lush pillows or a hammock will do the trick! No matter how small the space...You can create a relaxing escape in no time! 

 

ANYWHERE:

No matter the space, these little nooks below are fabulous and a great source of inspiration!ย 

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What the Flamingo??

I'm not sure when this happened, but gone are the days of the flamingo being anything but "tasteful" in the eyes of many.  For the longest time, this beautiful bird was mocked and taunted because someone decided to make little statues of him/her and put them in their front yard.  However, times have changed and it's time for this lovely pink bird to shine! 

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From flamingo pants, to flamingo cake toppers, everywhere I turn, there is something adorable, might I add, with a flamingo on it.  And how can you do anything but fall in love with those beautiful pink feathers and that stunning stature.  

Original photo courtesy of Linda from  Flickr.  

Original photo courtesy of Linda from Flickr. 

I officially hopped on the bandwagon weeks ago, when I saw the most adorable flamingo bridal shower posted on Instagram. The collaboration was with BHLDN and The House that Lars Built.  I was sold from that point on!

If you want to see a whole lot of flamingo cuteness, be sure to go to,  The House That Lars Built  to see a bridal shower they did!  I am in love with the whole thing! 

If you want to see a whole lot of flamingo cuteness, be sure to go to, The House That Lars Built to see a bridal shower they did!  I am in love with the whole thing! 

If you have already had a sip of the yummy pink flamingo cool-aid, or just want to see what all the hype is about, be sure to take a look below at some products that are currently "ruffling my feathers!" 

Adorable Monogrammed Flamingo Iphone Case by  Magicmonogramm on Etsy 

Adorable Monogrammed Flamingo Iphone Case by Magicmonogramm on Etsy 

I love these little "Let's do cocktails" invites.  Take a visit to the  Oh Happy Day  blog to get your free printout! 

I love these little "Let's do cocktails" invites.  Take a visit to the Oh Happy Day blog to get your free printout! 

I adore this beautiful flamingo pink room by  Parker Kennedy Living  (they are one of my favs!) 

I adore this beautiful flamingo pink room by Parker Kennedy Living (they are one of my favs!) 

Everyone needs a flamingo was seal in their life and it can be obtained from  this fabulous Etsy store! 

Everyone needs a flamingo was seal in their life and it can be obtained from this fabulous Etsy store! 

I'm crazy about these little pink and gold flamingo prints that I found on  Etsy by Beach House Gallery.   I love all their prints as a matter of fact! 

I'm crazy about these little pink and gold flamingo prints that I found on Etsy by Beach House Gallery.  I love all their prints as a matter of fact! 

BHLDN is always my go-to for unique and very Style-Me-Pretty-esq items.  These  Flaming Flamingo Cake toppers , Styled by BHLDN and The House that Lars Built, are the cutest!  

BHLDN is always my go-to for unique and very Style-Me-Pretty-esq items.  These Flaming Flamingo Cake toppers, Styled by BHLDN and The House that Lars Built, are the cutest!  

Talk about making flamingos look fabulous.  I adore everything Kelly Golightly posts but this was one of my favorites.  Be sure to check out her fabulous flamingo party  here. 

Talk about making flamingos look fabulous.  I adore everything Kelly Golightly posts but this was one of my favorites.  Be sure to check out her fabulous flamingo party here. 

I'm a huge Audubon fan and this flamingo print, which you can get on  One Kings Lane  right now, needs to find a place to live and I think my home has just the spot for it! 

I'm a huge Audubon fan and this flamingo print, which you can get on One Kings Lane right now, needs to find a place to live and I think my home has just the spot for it! 

Miss Sophia wanted to make sure I didn't leave out something for the fur babies.  This adorable  flamingo collar  may need to go on our wish list! 

Miss Sophia wanted to make sure I didn't leave out something for the fur babies.  This adorable flamingo collar may need to go on our wish list! 

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