It’s a new year! I hope yours is going well and that you’re staying warm on these chilly January days here in the GTA. For me, staying toasty often includes a crackling fire, cozy blanket, my fuzzy slippers…the Danish refer to as “hygge” (pronounced “hue-guh”). It’s a concept that caught my attention since it really reflects my approach to life and work.
What exactly is hygge?
There’s no English translation for hygge, which can make it a bit difficult to explain. In Danish culture, hygge is a way of creating a feeling of contentment. It’s about celebrating life’s little pleasures and feeding your soul with simple, good things. Its origins can be traced to a 16th century Norwegian term “hugga”, meaning “to hug”. Thinking that hygge is what it feels like when you’re wrapped up in a big hug is a great way to describe the term actually. This article does a great job of explaining hygge too.
How can you make 2018 a hygge new year?
By now you may be saying, “Sign me up Isabelle!” I have great news. Introducing hygge to your home is easy and winter is the perfect time of year to do so.
Here are a few ideas to help you bring hygge to your home:
Create a cozy cocoon.
As much I enjoy shopping for home decor items, getting hygge doesn’t mean you’ll need to purchase things. Light a woodsy-scented candle, light a fire and curl up with a warm tea and a cuddly blanket. Here are a few more items to help you create in-home hygge-ness.
Feed your soul.
Nothing warms you up on a chilly January day like a bowl of delicious homemade soup. In the hygge spirit of food that’s simple and delicious, try this Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup. Let it simmer all day, filling your home with mouth-watering aromas. Ladle it into a beautiful crockery bowl and enjoy.
Sip on something warm.
Does it get better (or more hygge) than taking a few moments to enjoy your favorite warm beverage? Go ahead…give yourself a few quiet moments to sit, to sip slowly and just enjoy some quiet time.
Invite your friends.
Invite friends over for a fun evening together. There’s no need to get fancy or spend hours prepping a meal. Remember that hygge is about slowing down to appreciate people and moments.
Here’s to a happy, hygge 2018!
Transforming a space often starts with the walls. You can take a room from “ho hum” to “va-va-voom” with a few brush strokes of new paint or the perfect wallpaper. Both are excellent options that offer immediate results. As an interior decorator, I’m always on the lookout for the latest trends that help elevate my clients’ projects. This includes new ways to look at walls.
I’m excited to tell you about three innovative wallcoverings that help create wall-to-wall “wow!”
Digital print wallpaper
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a wall mural is a great way to start a conversation. This isn’t your dad’s “deer in the woods” mural from the 1970’s. Today’s digital print wallpaper injects hi-res impact. Select imagery from a curated image library, or from your personal photos to create a space as unique as you.
Dry erase wall covering
Boost brainstorming and productivity by turning your entire wall into a dry erase board – REALLY! There are options for high gloss, low gloss (works great with LCD projectors), and even magnetic dry erase wallcoverings. Dry erase is a great option for the office, in a classroom, or for a busy household.
Dry erase wall paint
Dry erase wall paint is an excellent alternative to the dry erase wallcoverings described above. Apply it directly over your current wall color to convert a traditional wall into a dry erase board. A bonus benefit is that it also avoids the health hazards and mess associated with chalkboard paint.
Whether your goal is high impact or interactive idea-sharing, these are three excellent options to consider.
Ready to transform your walls?
If you’d like to learn more about incorporating one of these wall coverings into your design project, let’s connect. You’ll also save 20% if purchased by Nov. 15, 2017!
Thank you to Prime Walls, a company whose materials and techniques are redefining excellence in wall coverings, for contributing their expertise and imagery to this article.
The long weekend is almost here, which means summer is almost over. Of course, I never consider it to be officially over until it’s too cool outside for me to wear my sandals! Even so, I have to admit that my excitement for autumn’s arrival is building as I see gorgeous colours and textures for fall from some of my favorite fabric and decor suppliers.
Cuddle up to fabric
Warm up to fall with fabrics in seasonal colours so rich they remind you of a drive through the escarpment in October. You prefer a more subdued colour scheme? Create a cozy feeling with textured fabrics like scrumptious velvets or chunky cable knits.
Layer it on
If summer’s all about taking it off, fall is when we layer it on. Now’s the time to invest in a good quality area rug, or layer two rugs for a modern effect! Another way you can add warmth is with cashmere or faux fur throw blankets.
Pink has been a popular color this year (see my “Color Me Pink” blog post). As temperatures cool down, the forecast is for blush tones to continue to be hot. A fall favorite is Benjamin Moore’s Tissue Pink so look for it, or versions of it, on rugs, furniture, decor and more.