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My Berlin Home – Dining Area


In my first post I have invited you to our living room. In our happy place in berlin we don’t have much space – so I had to think around the corner to save space. The three magic words that are describing our cozy apartment are: comfy, functional and warm.

Our apartment is an open-plan, that means this room is more like a dining area of a multifunctional space.

The layout of this apartment is set on two levels. The kitchen, hall and dining area are placed on one level, the five little stairs are leading to the living area. Our dining area serves many purposes, from a place to enjoy meals with family and friends to a table which I use as my small office when I’m in Berlin.

It’s a space where we love to gather around having a cup of green tea while enjoying our long conversations. It’s more of a casual dining room than formal one.

We placed our round dining table next to the kitchen. This saves us from carrying meals through the living area – that’s very important in my case as I’m clumsy when I spill food around the rug.


While selecting a dining table I continued with the modern country style. The round solid dining table with a big column caught my eye when I saw it presented in Paris. I’m a regular visitor of the famous tradeshow Maison et object – to keep up with the newest trends and source fabulous designs for Cozy Home. The Lyon Dining Table was shown in Paris and it was love at first sight. You can find the table online and customize it. Trust me you won’t regret it. Choosing a sturdy wood will ensure a long life for your dining table.

Our dining table fits easily up to six people. The benefit of a round table is that it’s perfect for smaller spaces as it has no corners– its even more safe for small children.


Dining Chair

Another option of saving space is when it comes down to selecting the dining chair. I selected the Naomi chairs without a arm rest, that gives me more seating space around the table.

You can find the Naomi chairs at Cozy Home here


Layout and shape of your dining table: You don’t have to buy a rectangular table simply because the room is rectangular. Mixing up linear lines creates interest, so an oval-shaped dining table will provide a nice contrast. The same applies in a square dining room-placing a round dining table often results in a more pleasing outcome for the space.

I love to place a rug below a dining table. It’s more welcoming and cozy when you have a fluffy rug underneath the table. Our rug didn’t last long as we have furry babies!



A chandelier above your table is a must. The light grey wooden beads light is suiting perfectly the color palette and ads a nice atmosphere in the evening. Luckily we have a lot of natural light coming in, so we only need to use the artificial light in the evening time. I installed a dimmer to set the right mood. A dimmer allows you more control over the way the room is lit in the evening. Another option to add more lighting is to place a floor lamp or table lamp.

Next to the dining table I have placed the Lorient console. When we have guests over its an additional space for placing dishes or food items and on the other days I love to play around and decorate it according to the season with seasonal flower bouquets.


Here is a sneak pic of my Easter Decor. Decorating with your family together are the best moments to become beautiful memories. A dining table is so much more than just a table – it becomes a part of the family, so choose it with love.

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My Berlin Home – Living Room


During the break out of corona I decided to fly back home and be there for my mother. The city where I grew up and spend the most of my life time – Berlin.When  I arrived I was greeted by the spring weather and my lovely dogs; a Chihuahua named Sugar and my circus dog the toy Poodle, Raphael Pati Blues (full name by doggie passport).


Our Berlin apartment is a very cozy small place – I love coming here and remembering my childhood. We recently  renovated it and I helped my mum to furnish it – it turned out to be a happy place.

When it comes to creating a home, think about three words you would like people to feel when they enter your home. Our three magic words for this apartment are: comfortable, functional and warm.


Choose your mood

Rather than going for a particular style I first decided the mood. If you want a lively space, a mix of colors and patterns bring energy to a room. If you crave calm, choose subtle patterns or tone-on-tone, textured elements. My mom prefers neutral colors as she feels it’s much easier to decorate around it with funky home accessories and keep changing those. The beige walls are the perfect background to play in more neutral.


Consider neutrals: If you have good natural light, all-white walls can be a great backdrop. Otherwise the space can feel cold and lifeless. A soft neutral like grey or taupe can be a pleasing way to warm a room.

Deciding what you really want

When furnishing our apartment I first thought first about the needs of my mum and my two lovely dogs. The first rule is as the home is for you and your family, mainly consider how your home can accommodate what you enjoy and need. Find solutions for your problems and decide what you really need. Our place is not big, but my mum loves to collect items and they need space. Remember to de-clutter your home you need to give all of your belongings a storage.


You gonna live here so you have to be in love with your home. Most of us want to feel good about our home. We want to like being home and feel comfy and cozy.

A Cabinet is a very useful helper

The home of my Mum’s porcelain collection is a beautiful white cabinet with my favorite espagnolette locks in a nice antique finish. Antique patina of furniture gives the old wood look and makes a place very homie. A cabinet is a big helper in an apartment as it helps to avoid clutter and the items don’t get dusty. We use it for all our glassware, dishes and porcelain. When guests arrive the porcelain coffee set is always ready to serve within close reach. You can use a cabinet to store your books, dishes or show off your favorite home décor.


Simple Solution- Sideboard with TV Table

Another helper to declutter our living room is the Artem sideboard which also serves as a TV Unit. The elegant wood piece offers plenty of storage space for coffee books, dishes and other nick nacks. I’m not a fan of low TV Units as I don’t like to look down. A good option is to hang the TV on the wall, which I feel looks modern and saves space. We went ahead with a simple solution and placed our TV on top. The Artem has a big surface and we still managed to place a flower vase on the side.

You can find the Artem Sideboard at Cozy Home here


Your home will be more beautiful when everything is in place! Find your systems and containers that reflect your personality, suit your style, and make your home more efficient.

#Functional furniture. The right pieces can make all the difference.

The perfect Sofa

We love to spend time together, what is better than a good chat with a cup of tea with your loved ones on a comfy sofa? Our sofa is our main furniture piece and we love it

My mum loves to watch old movies – the classical breakfast at Tiffanys or Mrs.Marple we watch over and over again. The comfy L-shape sofa is extra wide,  extra soft and in an off white color which is the perfect choice for us. The best thing is after many years of use and having two dogs it still looks like new. The covers are removable, we can simply wash it in our washing machine. The fabric is such that it doesn’t show spots fast even though it is a bright color. The cushion durability is fantastic as the cushion are all perfect in shape. Consider to spend a bit more on your sofa, if you would like to keep it for long and always pay attention to the fabric.


A quality sofa will last you a lifetime so invest in a good one. Quality translates into beauty and comfort.

#Textured Fabric; Stands for Warm and comfy

Nest Coffee Tables – practical and useful!

The Nest coffee table is another simple and useful furniture piece. The neutral wood and minimalistic metal frame gives it an airy look and indeed this beauty is light-weight so we can pull it when having a cup of tea – adjust it any way you like! 

The feature on the table is a unique lively vase which my Mum decorates with seasonal flowers. Flowers are an inexpensive way to add life and colors to your interior. In Dubai I prefer to use dry flowers as they last much longer. Create a Vignette you like to look at. Choose what you use – books, magazines, boxes, candles, trays, flowers or objects – according to what pleases your eye.

You can find the Griffin Nest Tables at Cozy Home here


To achive a beautiful vigentete try to create layers. Use objects with different heights. Go for different patterns. Add Flowers! Include a variety of shapes and textures. Stay in the color palette of your room.

I hope you enjoyed my little excursion to Berlin and found some useful tips to create your Cozy Home. Have fun and enjoy the process and remember a home is never ready. Its like a story and you’re adding the chapetrs.

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Shopping Furniture Online – The Benefits and Drawbacks


With all the options available today on the internet, shopping for furniture online is overwhelming!  We all agree that being home in your pajama having a cup of coffee while browsing the internet is a benefit. The convenience is the number one reason why people shop online.


Make your interior dream reality with Cozy Home

You want a beautiful home, that inspiring room from your Pinterest board to be made a reality, but you simply have no time for a shopping tour around Dubai. First that comes in mind is the Dubai traffic with many hours that can go standing in traffic before finally getting a parking and swinging by your favorite furniture shop. Whether you’re a designer creating beautiful interiors in Dubai or a customer with long working hours – you’re busy. Keeping all this in mind we have carefully curated our site to bring you the product catalogue to design your dream home. At Cozy Home you can easily filter and search for the exact item you’re looking for. Our key element is our service: easily accessible, quality high-end furniture paired with great delivery service. You can preview the furniture collection, browse around trendy home décor or simply get inspired.


Why you should be buying from Cozy Home?

We’re not just another online store in Dubai trying to get you tempted with great pictures. We’re a physical store where you can touch and feel your item – take advantage of this service! A smartphone screen can’t accurately depict colors as well as an actual fabric or wood swatch. We curate the best and latest interior design in our showroom. Our team of designers and buyers stay ahead of trends and on-top of what’s happening in the industry to bring you the best and latest in furniture, home accessories, and furnishings. We travel the globe to find one-of-a kind exclusive pieces you won’t find anywhere else.


Try before you buy!

Once you have found your dream sofa on our website, we encourage our customers to visit our store in the Green Community, Dubai Investment Park 1. Feel the fabric before you buy. Most of the time, the material you choose online on some worldwide websites is of a bad quality. In Cozy Home our buyer team is sourcing for you good quality fabrics in Europe, following the latest trends in the furniture industry. We love seeing you visit our flagship store after you have shortlisted your favorite items on our website. While visiting our store you can test them out. You can sit in the chair or plop down on the couch. Put your feet up on the ottoman. Turn on the floor lamp and take a look at the shade. How does the chair feel? Can you picture yourself sitting in it in your home?


Finding the right Rug in Dubai

Keep in mind that seeing the rug in store can be very satisfying while finding the perfect area rug for your living room or a runner for your hallway. At Cozy Home we’re offering a big variety of handwoven rugs and runners to help you create the space you love. From Boho Chic to Maximalist styles you will find big area rugs as well as Indian durries in-store. It’s easier to choose a rug when you see it in real. You can see not only the actual color but also choose the one which is the appropriate size for your room.


If you have made the wrong purchase online or in-store, don’t worry we have an easy exchange policy. You can always exchange the item (excluded are the custom orders) or take a credit note which will be valid for 60 days. With Cozy Home you can order with confidence and without fear of what actually arrives to your doorstep. Our online presentation is matching the actual piece.

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Carpets are always a Good Idea! Endless possibilities to decorate your floor.


I’m sure we all know the feeling when something in the room is missing. Especially when you’re living in Dubai and have one of these ugly cold tiles all around the apartment. Very often you don’t own it and might move on to a new place in two years. But you still need it to be cozy while you are there. At the end of the evening you want to feel relaxed and comfortable.  

To me the most disturbing feeling was the cold tiles that we had in our apartment before our renovation. Waking up in the morning I hated to step on the cold tiles, so the first thing I purchased was a fake fur rug. A soft material makes a luxurious landing pad and my morning felt much more comfy. A wall-to-wall carpet might work the best for a bedroom as it’s the place we’re most likely to be barefoot. But this option turns out to be more pricey than just adding a shaggy rug on each side of the bed. 

There are many things which you can achieve by adding a rug to your room: they define spaces within a larger space; they anchor furniture so that a room “reads” correctly to the eye. A rug can define a conversation space in your living area, while choosing the correct size and color rug, your living area will appear more spacious. A bright colored rug will help you to accent a small area. 


Here are some unwritten rules that will give you first direction to find the perfect rug. 

Living Room: Ideally, the entire sofa set should be completely within an area rug and leave at least 20-30 cm between the rug and the walls. Standard rugs measure 6’x8’, 8’x10’ and 9’x12’. Anything smaller lands up looking like a tiny island in the middle of your living room with a coffee table as its only inhabitant.  If that’s doesn’t work out then try to place the front legs of your sofa and club chairs on the rug. In case your living room feels too spacious and your furniture is floating around ,then throwing a smaller rug over a larger one helps define and ground the space. 



If you have a favorite rug which is simply too small to put in the center of a conversation area – layering is the solution. Try to find a carpet that relates to the one of the colors in your area rug and use that carpet as an anchor. Place the decorative rug strategically in the middle of the area rug, creating a wide border with the under rug, allowing the smaller rug to be admired as part of a rug ensemble. My advice for achieving a harmonious feel is to choose a natural color rug as a base, and placing on top a decorative rug. A splash of color will highlight your coffee table set. You can highlight any area in your home by accenting the space with a colorful rug and direct the viewers eye to that specific area. 


Color and Pattern

There are many tips and “rules” from famous interior designers how to choose the right rug – in the end its your space and rules are made to be broken, so don’t be afraid to play with color and pattern! A bright and colorful carpet can bring so much life into your room. Make a statement with a patterned rug and introduce a healthy dose of visual interest into a space.

A rug that brings in all the colors of the room can pull a space together: a patterned rug is often used to offset a scheme full of solid wood furniture. But don’t feel compelled to introduce a pattern – sometimes a textured solid rug can add all the interest you need.  If you have already a lot of color and pattern than you might stick with a single-color rug. A neutral shade can easily compliment your existing home décor. 


I personally love to change around my home décor and bring new life into the house. When introducing a new rug I always choose some pillows, candles and other knickknacks in the color palette of the rug – that way you will always have the right visual effect. Creating contrast and adding different texture of layered rugs can lift your room to the next level! 

In Cozy Home we have trendy Multi-Colored rugs that can be layered on a neutral jute rug. We also got some fabulous patterns with fluffy threads on them. The Indigo Blue Rug is one of my favourite as it goes very well with white or solid wood furniture. I just love the fluffy texture on it. A room with a mix of different textures feels rich and cozy. 

 “COZY Home & Living we love to inspire you” by founder Aksana Demakina