Happy New Year!
Contentment, Comfort and Connection are all words that describe how I want to present my home to my friends and family in 2018. They are also 3 words that describe how to live a HYGGE lifestyle.
Hygge is pronounced “hoo-guh”. It is a Danish word that is kind of hard to explain or define even in one paragraph, not because it is difficult to describe, but because you can describe it in so many ways…
Unfortunately, the word Hygee does not translate into one English word, but many English words can describe Hygge like: Contentment, Comfort, Connection, friendship, thankfulness, joyful, content, and living simply.
You know that feeling when you walk into a room and the fire is going and there are comfy places to sit and warm drinks being served with a soft throw blanket and your favorite people are with you?…that’s Hygee…
4 Steps to create Hygge in your home…
1. Being Cozy…
By a fire.
Taking a day off every now and then.
Putting your feet up. Being able to just be still. Creating spaces in your home that invite people to connect with one another…to put down the phone and be present!
2. Being Grateful…
For the little things. For everything.
It’s starting your day in prayer and ending your day in prayer. Thanking God for all that he has blessed you with.
Being thankful for the little things in life that brings you joy. Maybe it is lighting candles, or having your favorite family photos displayed, or a sea glass collection in a bowl on your mantel.
The things in your home that when you walk by them each day they make you smile or bring to mind a special memory.
The wall below used to have a TV on it. We already had a tv room so we decided to take it down.
Now this wall just holds photos of our family. Our Boys’ graduation photos and 3 signs with words that I want everyone to feel in this room! “pray”, “peace” “gather” and “love”. When I walk in this room and see this gallery wall it floods my mind with memories of each one and makes me so thankful for all that I have been blessed with .
I wanted a cozy room that would be intimate and connecting when I spent time with my family and friends. This isn’t a big room, but before the furniture was spread out on all walls so you felt far away when you were in this room with someone. Now, it is so cozy, calm, peaceful and welcoming. The door above in the corner is to our mudroom, so it is the first room that welcomes you to my home.
3. Being Present…
Not worrying about the next appointment or the next hour, but rather giving your attention to whomever you are with at the moment.
It’s being able to have a coffee date with a friend without looking at your phone.
Helen Russell, a British journalist who wrote “The Year of Living Danishly,” defines the term as “taking pleasure in the presence of gentle, soothing things”. I Love that thought of finding pleasure in things in my home that have meaning to me.
They may be sentimental or they may carry a memory…photographs or handmade throws…
my mother made that white chunky loop throw, it is so heavy and soft & the stripe throw was made by my son’s girlfriend. The thought of them knitting them just for me makes me so happy when I not only use them, but see them displayed in my room!
& this pillow from Kendra at Linen and Ivory, has dates on it that are special to our family.
Place items in your home that remind you to be thankful!
This ottoman was a no-sew-project you can see here. It is a different ottoman, but the same fabric & tutorial!
I love the silver tray passed down in my husband’s family from Sweden actually, another Hygee country! I can use it to serve food on, or take it off and everyone can put their feet up…the ultimate cozy state!
4. Creating an Atmosphere…
It’s not about getting more stuff or even being a minimalist.
It’s definitely about getting rid of clutter and keeping things organized, but at the same time not having a sterile home, but rather a cozy inviting space. Nothing says cozy like candles, so have a lot of candles!
Hygge is the opposite of a “staged” home. It is clean, organized, but lived in! A place where you can put your feet up and relax. I’ve been to people’s houses that look like hotels, nothing personal is around. A Hygge home tells you the owners personality and a little about their story.
A home where everyone feels welcome & they want to stay awhile!
Hygge not only is created with warm fires, throw blankets and candles, but also with a hot drink…like some homemade hot chocolate!
To me, Hygge is more than a Danish way to describe living a thankful life,
but it is also making a conscious effort to carry the presence of God with you and to understand that through any of life’s struggles His Joy is our strength…
What I think that means is, because we choose to lean on God, we can experience joy & peace.
We experience that peace because we know that God is looking out for us and meeting our needs, and answering our prayers. Maybe not in our timing, but in the waiting we are drawing close to Him! That is what “the Joy of the Lord is our Strength” means to me. And because of that strength I can live in the moment and enjoy the day and not worry about tomorrow.
I can pray to be a better wife, a better friend, a better daughter, a better mom. Starting my day off in prayer sets me off towards a day being content. That is what living Hygge is to me!
I’d love to hear your ideas about how to have a Hygge home!
Jessica | Honey n Hydrangea
Dara | Hood Creek Log Cabin
Nina & Cecilia | Nina & Cecilia
Lisa | Shine Your Light
Beth | 1111 Light Lane
Martha | Simple Cozy Charm
Yuni | Love Your Abode
Kristin | White Arrows Home
Kellie | Gratefully VIntage