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10 Cozy Spaces We’d Escape to on a Chilly Day

by Erin Austen Abbott

It’s officially the best time of the year. I am not shy in sharing how much I love sweater weather, fire pits, leaves changing colors, and ultimately, being cozy. I feel completely more creative and energized in the fall than any other time of the year (that might be because I live in the South and it’s hard to feel much of anything, other than heat, when it feels like 112 degrees outside at night in the summertime).

“Cozy” could be the feeling a paint color gives you, a small nook you like to retreat to, a place you like to create on a cold day, or a warm bed. Either way, fall is here, and we have rounded up 10 spots from the archives that will make you want to curl up, relax and get cozy. —Erin

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This sitting room's desk and chair, which were left behind by the previous owners, look out onto "abundant mango, macadamia, banana and passionfruit trees." The map is published by National Geographic in this Australian home.
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This pantry has stayed with me since it was posted on the site six years ago. The natural wood and the soft blue work so well together. Makes me want to drink coffee and write or read through recipes.
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This room mixes textiles and pattern with black walls and soft window treatments to give it an overall, very cozy feel.
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Michele and Ryan sleep here each night, at the very tip-top of their home, in a hideaway nook.
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Natural and organic elements have been added to the bathroom to try and soften the black and white color scheme in the home of Emma Reddington.
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The pages from a vintage book give this San Francisco bedroom a softness, while also doubling as an art installation.
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“This is a little bed nook that we built into the hallway. Originally it was just a big empty space with a weird table in it, but we knew instantly it was calling for a built-in bed like this. It’s so perfect to be perched up there looking out the window down at the back pond. I can’t say I’ve had much time to spend there during our renovation, but it seems like a spot that will get lots of action once snow-watching season is back,” shares Tara Mangini and Percy Bright of Jersey Ice Cream Co.
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The cozy daybed in photographer Rinne Allen's home feels like the perfect spot for cuddling up and reading on a rainy day.
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This Swiss farmhouse kitchen is the hub of the home, thanks in part to its having the best view. Katrin made the curtains and the bench cushions here. The warm tones make it inviting and a good place to watch the leaves fall.
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Elma's beautiful bedroom may be painted blue, but it's far from gloomy. Layered textiles from superfussy and indigo fabric from an African vendor create the cozy escape she cherishes. Whenever she needs a minute to think or unwind, she'll put on her always-handy headphones, slip into her comfy bed and zen out.

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