Exciting news!!! I’ve been working for months creating a guide to hygge, and I’m wrapping it up now! ‘Hygge: Coziness, Intention, Connection,’ is a guide on how to hygge and how it makes our lives more…well, cozy.
As a little introduction to my book, ‘Hygge’, I’ve written about creating a more Hyggelig (Hygge-like) home below…This post was originally a guest post for Two Sisters and A Story and offers a look into the type of writing and images that will be in coming out next week, in ‘Hygge: Coziness, Intention, Connection’…
What is ‘hygge’?
Hygge, pronounced “hoo-ga” is a Danish word (hence the unusual pronunciation). In English, it translates to ‘cosiness’. Over in Denmark and other Scandinavian countries, it is considered more of a lifestyle than just the ‘cosiness’ that we think of when wrapped up in a big blanket, a cup of tea in hand . . . but those things are where we’ll begin today, as they are considered the bare necessities of hygge, or ‘cosiness’, in your home.
The Hygge Home Essentials
This is so essential that people often associate hygge entirely with lighting itself.. Soft light, natural light, candle light… This is the kind of lighting that will bring a more natural, calming atmosphere to your home. Avoid harsh fluorescent lights as much as you can. In our house, we like to use white string lights to create soft lighting and of course lots of candles… I often tell my husband that I don’t need a lot in life, I just need a lot of candles!
Another hygge essential is blankets. However, I believe that soft materials in general are what matters. During the winter months, you’ll of course want some cozy hand-knit blankets, but other softer materials that work year round are white, gauzy curtains (I have a blog post on making some for $6 here). Organic linens, tea towels, rugs… Soft materials give us the sense that our homes are a soft place to land… A place of comfort…
Bringing nature indoors is a wonderful way to add more natural elements to your decor. I really like using rustic elements in my home…. On walks I’m always collecting interesting branches and sticks… and bringing them home to decorate with…
Buying handmade is something that I really believe goes hand in hand (literally) with hygge. There is something intrinsically ‘cozy’ about celebrating makers and cherishing their work. I like to buy handmade ceramics for my kitchen, because not only do they look beautiful but I love thinking about all of the careful dedication that went into making each one. We also buy handmade soaps, lotions, baby clothes, and linens. I love knowing that I’m support small businesses when I buy them, and even more when I can connect with and befriend the lovely people who make them.
Taking Pleasure In Simple Things
Essentially, hygge teaches us to get back to the basics…to find pleasure in the little things in our homes. As an example, I love storing all of my baking ingredients in glass jars. I line them all up on the counter and a have a couple on the kitchen table, and it just gives me so much joy to see them there. The glass jars are inexpensive to buy, and they look so much prettier and more simple than the containers that my flour and sugar and such come in. It is a little detail, but I feel it adds an element of charm to my home. And while I’m no expert baker, I do enjoy making dessert for my family (we call it Fika) . . . and having all of my baking ingredients ‘on display’ reminds me of the times we’ve shared over freshly baked cake and endless glasses of milk.