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!
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.
I recently enjoyed some R&R along the Carolina shore. What a goldmine of design inspiration! From delicate seashells and windswept dunes to brilliant sunsets, the options to create your own seaside oasis are endless. Even so, it can be a fine line between going coastal and turning your home into a Key West beach bar. Let’s face it, parrots and palm trees should be kept on Hawaiian shirts –not in your living room! To help avoid potential décor disaster, here are a few tips on creating that laid-back beachy style for yourself.
Whether you prefer beachy hues in soft neutrals or more saturated colors, look to nature to help guide your coastal color palette:
Beautiful turquoise waters
I personally love Benjamin Moore Calypso Blue 727. Here, you can see it adds a bright, vibrant energy to this dining room, especially paired with modern green.
Soft sea glass greens & blues
Capture the colors of sea glass with these Benjamin Moore coastal colors:
Keep it Natural
Nothing says coastal style like rattan, jute, sisal, linen. Luckily, there are loads of options to help inject these natural fibers into your design.
Select laid-back furniture in crisp cotton or linen fabrics.
Invest in rattan or cane furniture. Keep it comfy and classic – nothing too formal.
The options to add images and accessories that speak to your coastal style are practically unlimited. Whether it’s on a seashell-encrusted pillow or a piece of art, this is where your personality really shines through.
If you’re feeling inspired, contact me today for more decor and design ideas to help bring the beach to you!