Since my recent discovery of the concept of Hygge, I have endeavored to more effectively, incorporate it's warm, inviting style into my home. As stated in my article,
"While hygge is first and foremost, an attitude of well being, it is also an atmosphere. While one cannot create attitude, (it can however, be practiced) we can create an atmosphere that allows each of us to more easily, be present [and thereby, more able to embrace that attitude]."
So, rather than bemoan the harshness of winter, which I usually seem to do at this time of year, I have decided to instead, embrace winter with an attitude of celebration.
“Benjamin Franklin said it best: “Happiness consists more in small conveniences or pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom.”
This has been my endeavor this past week; to create that kind of atmosphere in my home;
to recognize and relish, the small conveniences and pleasures
that I have previously taken for granted.
My hope is that, as you move through this pictorial tour of my home, you will find inspiration that might allow you to create an atmosphere of Hygge in your own home.
If you've yet to grab a cuppa coffee, brew one now, so that you can scroll through these pics at your leisure. (And if you have a candle nearby, light it! While Hygge seems to be open to interpretation, in my opinion, the one universal essential, is candles!)
Welcome to my home! As you walk through my front door, this will be your initial view.
You can take your boots off and simply leave them on the mat. Hang your coat in the closet and,
make your way to the couch, closest to the fire, and curl up under this luxurious throw.
Feel free to close the book and slip it into the tray on the coffee table.
Sit and relax while I pour you a cuppa coffee, or, if you're so inclined,
I'd love to whip you up a gourmet hot cocoa from my hot coffee/cocoa bar.
As we visit, we can listen to a little music. You'll likely find one of two genres in my home, worship, or Sinatra. (Yes, Sinatra, is his own genre!)
We'll sit together near the fire, and chat together as friends. New or old,
my hope is that you do realize that my heart loves to connect with like-minded souls!
Now, let me divulge to you how I have created this Hygge atmosphere in my home.
My living room is my favorite area in my house.
I love it's cozy atmosphere.
While working toward creating an atmosphere of Hygge in my home,
I chose to incorporate a lot of layers.
It might seem a little strange to hang a scarf with battery operated snowball lights from a set of elk antlers, but I simply love the homey, cozy ambiance it lends.
My coffee table is almost always laden with a selection of books, tissue, reading glasses and pens, so I chose to corral them all on a tray.
I stacked a vintage, wire swimming basket,
an old, glass battery container with a candle inside,
and integrated a few birds from my collection, to add in an element of beauty.
Layering everyday items on one tray makes even the ordinary, extraordinary.
My fireplace mantle blends a simple layering of old and new.
Even my vintage mirror seems layered with the couch and dining table viewed in it's reflection.
I love this so much!
While Hygge does not seem to invoke one, distinct color scheme,
I am personally drawn to natural and neutral. I love the cozy feeling it imbibes in my home.
Being that my kitchen, and my dining and living areas, are all situated in an open concept great room, I've tried to keep a very cohesive look between all three areas. For me, a neutral color scheme lends itself to a very relaxed, Hygge atmosphere.
A lace tablecloth, layered over a check, cloth remnant,
covering two thirds of table feels very Hygge to me.
I try to think outside the box when it comes home decor.
This pretty, vintage look Christmas tree ornament was a gift from a beloved friend,
and I just couldn't pack away with the rest of my Christmas decor.
I decided to keep it out and use it everyday.
It's a reminder of her tender heart and that, in and of itself, is the truest embodiment of Hygge.
I even chose to layer my tea towels.
“Live life today like there is no coffee tomorrow.” ― Meik Wiking, The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well
My friends, was there EVER, a better quote?
I'm not sure why but,
a bowl of nuts seems to evoke the essence of Hygge so simply, yet so luxuriously.
I pulled out my cheese boards and layered them in an antique fruit crate,
alongside a selection of balsamic vinegar.
Such a sweet display of practical items!
Well my friends, that concludes my home tour.
I truly hope you have found some wonderful inspiration that you can use,
as you seek to create an atmosphere of Hygge in your own home.
May you be richly blessed as you and those you love,
bask in the comfort of your own Hygge home.
The Barefoot Warrior
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