Pronounced “hoo-ga,” this word from the Danish is a concept that cannot be translated exactly to one single word. It is a bunch of words: cozy, contentment, well-being and, enjoying the simple things in life.
According to the BBC, hygge is a means to cope with those brutal Nordic winters. Denmark can go dark for up to 17 hours a day during the worst of the season, and the average temperature is frequently around 32 degrees.
Wow! 32 degrees sounds like a heat wave! The temps here in Minnesota have been hovering around 0 degrees all week.
The holiday decor is put away for the most part.
I have a lousy cold!
Seems like a great time for some Hygee around here!
It would be tempting to just pile up a bunch of stuff and make some nests! That really doesn’t embrace the style. The goal is to create a serene but cozy atmosphere. If you are like me….clutter and serene are pretty much opposites!
In the spirit of “Use What I Have”, I decided to look for ways that we naturally do to embrace Hyggee. Then I “shopped” the “stash” for things to use that will add more elements of Hygee to Sweetwater.
Coffee is pretty much a staple around here.
Well that is one staple….
And then there is wine!
This concept is truly one that embraces Hygee!
Throws and Pillows…..there are lots of these around here already. A pile of couch pillows always call to me to come sit and relax with a magazine or a book. There is usually a cat to add to the cozy feeling! I think the addition of the handwoven tapestry on the back of the white couch adds some texture. The sofa pillows are the softest velvet….also pretty cozy!
Twinkle lights and candles….I was going to put my battery powered twinkle lights and candles away after the holidays. I am so glad to have a reason to keep them on display!
Natural elements….Taking the obvious holiday items off the mantel and just leaving the natural greenery brings a touch of nature into the room. This grapevine wreath with some touches of greenery is a leftover from the holidays that still looks nice.
Wardrobe…leggings, woolen sweaters and fleece lined slippers may not be the most elegant outfits…but they certainly embrace the sense of comfort that is Hygge.
Finding your spot….the photo below might just be the epitome of Hyge! I found a bright sunlit window with a cozy throw and a special grandboy to spend some quality reading time with! True joy!
Here is wishing you Hygge in your life!
I would love to hear how you find “comfort and a complete absence of frustration”! Here’s to a calmer 2018!