CoziNest Antiques and Decor – We are Moving!

CoziNest Antiques and Decor has Moved

It is a bittersweet time at CoziNest Antiques and Decor. We are closing the “proverbial” doors to our booth at Daphne Antique Galleria. I’m sad to be leaving all the great people at the place I’ve lovingly called “DAG” for the last 3 years. I’ve had great times, made great friends and met so many wonderful customers. But, it is time to consolidate to one location instead of two, so I’m happy to announce my one and only shop. Please visit me at:

Southern Antiques & Accents

Booth #115

254 Greeno Road

Fairhope, AL 36532

Our next Ladies Night Out, will be Tuesday March 19, 2019 from 6 – 8 pm. I hope you can stop by for a fun night with door prizes and a 10% discount throughout the mall.

Just so you know what you’ve missed at previous Ladies Nights:

One month in the Heart for Dixie booth, I served biscuits and gravy with sweet tea, y’all.

Last month in my new location, I served peach cobbler with whipped cream.

For March, how about mini cheesecakes with cherry topping? This will be delicious with a glass of wine while you shop!

CoziNest Antiques & Decor

Send me an email if you plan to visit soon and I’ll let them know how special you are! New friends who comment below or send an email will get 10% off any purchase over $100.

I will always cherish my days in Daphne. I’ve had great fun writing about the fabulous finds in this mall. You can read about them below. I encourage all my readers to stop by regularly. You will never be disappointed.


Don’t Forget the New Location!

CoziNest Antiques and Decor

Please stop by Booth #115 and say hello!

Accents and Decor – This Weeks’ Top Stories

Accents and Decor: The Next Big Thing for Winter

I don’t know about you, but the time between Christmas and Mardi Gras is the hardest for choosing the right accents and decor for my home. I tire of Christmas pretty quickly and there’s only so much you can do for Valentine’s Day. There’s only 3 more weeks until the roses, hearts and colors of pink, red and white start to show up. In some places, like Walmart, it is already on the shelves. I love the colors of Mardi Gras and Valentine’s, but what to do in between that is easily transformed for the next holiday theme.

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The Days Between December 26 and February 10

The six weeks between December 26 and February 10th are honestly the hardest to keep my  home looking trendy and cheerful. The days outdoors are frosty, dreary and cloudy. That is hardly the look I want to bring indoors and thankfully the accents and decor we can bring inside in the winter can be beautiful. Whether your style is traditional, modern, transitional or minimalist, you can still create focal points that highlight the warmth of the season.

accents and decor christmas candle lantern
The interior of our homes is where we get cozy, cuddle with a loved one and make the most of the short days of the season. Since there are many who suffer with SAD (seasonal affective disorder), it is important to brighten our homes with affordable, inspired pieces. Hibernation doesn’t have to be groggy and gray. So how do we highlight the beauty of the season?


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  • Bring something live or live-like into your rooms. Ferns, small pine trees like a Norfolk, winter cactus or African Violets can add a lovely breath of freshness to your rooms. If live doesn’t work (like for cat lovers or those with a brown thumb), shop for decorative “drop-ins”. You can find real looking Iris, Paper Whites and Magnolias that are great transitional pieces until Spring. You simply “drop them in” to a heavy container for winter and swap them out for drop-in blooms before Easter.

Rustic Winter Decor by LizMarie

accents and decor Rustic Winter Decor by LizMarie

accents and decor sweater wrapped candles


  • Bring in large pieces to balance scale of your smaller pieces. Large mirrors, artwork or potted trees add height and texture to a room. Fiddle Leaf Figs are beautiful, green and add scale to the room. They are still in style. Olive Trees are on the way in, so place your orders now if you’d like to add that to your accents and decor. Comment below if you are interested in life-like olive trees and I’m happy to order one for you.

accents and decor indoor olive trees


  • Add brightness with lighted branches, fires in the fireplace, battery-operated candles and a touch of pattern. Animal print, fur rugs and velvet add beauty as well as texture and pattern.
accents and decor leopard print lantern
  • Botanical prints on easels or hung on walls add a sweet addition of greenery to the space.
  • Stacks of hardback books give a whimsical touch of fantasy, color, texture and a sweet fragrance of days gone by.

Shopping Local is Always First Choice for Accents and Decor

Shop Houzz online for modern, minimalist accents and decor. Shop CoziNest at Daphne Antique Galleria or Heart for Dixie at Southern Antiques & Accents. for your local winter accents and decor.

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Is winter decor important to you? If so, why? Is it to add cheer during the cold days before the spring thaw? Is it because you love the coziness of winter?

Or is it not important to you because you are a minimalist? Less is better and more is just more? I’d love to hear your thoughts on winter accents and decor. Comment below to enter a raffle for a pair of winter candle holders. Winner to be announced on Valentine’s Day.

Disclosure: Bear in mind that some of the links in this post are affiliate links. If you click through them to make a purchase, CoziNest will earn a commission. Keep in mind that these companies and their products are chosen because of their quality or my personal experience and not because of the commission received from purchases. Thank you so much for reading. My goal is to provide you with the best recommendations possible.


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How to Create Balance with Highs and Lows

Day 11 of 31 Days of Decorating Tabletops: How to Create Balance with Highs and Lows

In the beginning of the movie, Grease, Sandy is a sweet and shy girl that’s “too pure to be pink.” By the end of the movie, she struts through a funhouse in heels and leather pants, giving Danny chills that are “electrifying!”  Like millions of other fans, I love this movie and especially this scene. Every time I see it, I can’t help but wonder how many takes it took to walk through that wavering funhouse in heels. Keeping her balance while singing, walking, smoking and trying to look sexy was quite the stunt, in my opinion. Especially for a young girl who had no idea what she was doing. Creating balance in your funhouse rooms with high and low furnishings can also be quite an achievement.

Placing furniture and/or accessories so that one side of the room seems heavier than the other creates a whap-sided feel to the room. (That’s my technical term!) And it can make your family feel like you’re stumbling through a funhouse, only without the giggles. The rule here is, if one side of the room is heavy, try to balance the opposite side of the room with something similar in height or weight.

(I apologize for the poor quality of these photos. Busy day and no time to retake them.)

Balancing the adjacent wall of a large window

This is a large window and is the focal point of 007’s mancave. We placed the sailboat in the window and needed something to balance the size of the window on the opposite wall.

Balancing an Opposite Window Wall

This is the opposite wall to the window and we made the gallery of art the same width as the window and almost as tall. (New piece for bottom center is on our wish list.)

Dining Room China Cabinet

We have an open-concept living and dining room, with only two walls for furniture placement. On the end wall, we’ve placed our china cabinet and on the adjacent wall our small cocktail bar.


Diagonal from the china cabinet, we placed this antique buffet that was passed down from 007’s grandmother.  A painting and sunburst mirror reaches to the same size as the china cabinet.

Cottage Style Guest Room

This is our cottage-style guest room. We have twin beds that face each other for ease of morning conversation should there be two guests sleeping here. The window, chest, chair and bed make this side of the room very heavy.

What We Love Most

So, over the other twin bed, we placed a gallery of paintings among these words: “What we love most about our HOME is who we SHARE it with.”

Horse Painting

In the guest bath we have artwork of similar heights facing each other to balance the mirror and shower curtain.

Roerich Painting

The movie Grease seemed a little whap-sided at the end. The floor rolled beneath Sandy’s heels. The leather pants, wild hair and cigarette became a sharp contrast to the “too pure to be pink” girl we met in the first scene. But the result was pleasing to the audience.  There was light and there was dark on the screen. Come back tomorrow to see how to use contrast in your decor.

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My Not-So-New Idea for French Country Decor

Ok, so there is nothing new under the sun.  I agree with that.  So, that means I can borrow ideas from others and adjust them to fit my needs.  Right? So here’s my not-so-new idea.

My Not-so-New Idea for French Country Decor

You’ve seen the Julie & Julia movie several times by now.  Well, don’t worry, I’m NOT going to cook my way through “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” like Julie Powell did; but I am attempting something similar for a possible French outcome.

I recently watched the documentary about Nora Ephron, the director and screenwriter for the movie, Julie & Julia. I had no idea she was so prolific. It’s funny how we know all about the actors in our favorite movies, but little to nothing about those behind the scenes. There are so many French designs that I love.  I love French Country, French Industrial, and although I’m really not that much into Farmhouse, the French Farmhouse is equally adorable. So, my not-so-new idea is to share with you some of my favorite bloggers who do the French styles so well. Instead of cooking through a French cookbook, I’ll be sharing little things about these looks, their origination and what it is that makes them French.

My trip to Aix en Provence a few years ago was the icing on the cake for my love of French style. Our few souvenirs from that stop remain some of my favorite small decor accessories. You’ll find more style if you keep reading.

Designthusiasm is the first French Country Website to consider when planning this style for your home.

Lory at Designthusiasm began her blog sharing her tablescapes with friends and family. Her Easter table is divine.

The flowers remind me of a rolling French landscape brimming with blooms. And look at the gorgeous frosted glass poppy bowls from Annieglass.  Poppies are all over Europe, so to add this breathtaking glass to your table is oh so French!

Now if you want the real authentic French Country living experience via the internet, do not miss Sharon Santoni over at My French Country Home.

On her blog, she shares lovely stories of chateaus, writer’s residences, and the things we are all missing, like tea for two. Her series, “Country Homes Around The World,” will entertain and wow you at the same time. Everytime I visit her blog, I want to put my house up for sale and move to Europe. Just for fun, read all about her staff and how many of them have done just that!.

Cindy over at Edith and Evelyn would be the next blogger I have to include in this French “movie.”

After you read her about page, you will fall in love with her – even if you don’t care for French Country style. I was blown away that she named her blog after her mama (Edith) and her mother-in-law, (Evelyn). You can tangibly feel the love she has for these two women in her story.

The story of how she grew up in southwest Missouri and then moved to the deep south, is what won me over to seek her out on Instagram. It was a double blessing when I found her booth in a local antique mall near me. 

Cindy’s use of religious relics in her everyday decor is beautiful. Her post on Sacred Hearts now has me on the hunt for these beautiful hearts.

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Cedar Hill Farmhouse

You’ll find Anita Joyce celebrating her 10 year anniversary of blogging at Cedar Hill Farmhouse. Her website is filled with project pictures, her books and tours of the remodel of their farmhouse near Round Top, TX.

French Country Cottage

The style and photography of Courtney at French Country Cottage will make her your new addiction. Her Spring door decor is straight out of an Italian seaside town. The European styling of her olive baskets make them a perfect addition to this French Country tour.

olive baskets by French Country Cottage

Maison Decor

I found Amy Chalmers at Maison Decor while trying to find a tutorial for reupholstering a chair. I read that post over and over again as I started my own project. That post is coming soon. But I have to thank Amy for her detailed pictures and tutorial for reupholstering a French chair. But, after I read the post about the chair, I found myself loving her other posts about her dollhouse, French courtyard, Florentine pumpkins for Fall and spending Christmas at home in 2020.

Love French Style

And finally, I end this French Country tour with Love French Style by Katie Anderson. The thing I love about her blog is that yes, it is about French style, but it is also about simple home life…. in France.

flea market finds in France

My not so new idea was to take the idea of working through a French Cookbook and stroll through French Country blog sites that I love. This post was originally about cooking through a diet cookbook. I decided that was boring! So.. for a much more fun post….These are bloggers who are consistent and keep up my appetite for French design. And, the calories are ZERO!

The simplicity, vintage and relaxed style of French style make for a lovely home. What do you think of French Country? Do you have a favorite blog you follow?