Over the past few years there has been a lot of buzz about Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga), but really, what is it? After researching the topic, I’ve come to realize that Hygee is not just a word, but an esoteric feeling of coziness, lifestyle or even frame of mind. Hygee is not a product or service that one can simply buy from a store, so coming to terms with its relevance and application is going to take a little work.
A quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture)‘why not follow the Danish example and bring more hygge into your daily life?’as modifier ‘count on candlelight—almost a requirement for that special hygge experience’
In the recently published Los Altos Town Crier article, How to Cultivate Coziness at Home By Removing Clutter, Los Altos based Interior Designer Celeste Randolph writes;
I have experienced hygge personally. A friend of mine moved to Los Altos from Denmark years ago and her home any day of the year encompasses a feeling of cozy contentment and well-being. She decorates her living room with comfortable white sofas and a large glass cocktail table that sits on a light-colored rug. Her light-filled living room opens to her dining room that houses a Mid-Century style table and chairs. Her home is sparkling, fresh-smelling and organized. Her art is modern, hung on clean, white walls. Her objects are minimal but really chic, purchased from their trips home every summer over the years. Current magazines are placed in pretty baskets near the sofas for easy reading along with soft throws strewn on the sofa for comfort. The aroma of dinner being prepared fills the room. She offers you your favorite drink and places small bowls of delicious snacks on the cocktail table for your taking. Her husband has music playing on their sound system that fills the room. Read Celeste’s full article, How to Cultivate Coziness at Home By Removing Clutter (HERE).
Inspiration For The Home
Where I go for Hygge inspiration
Follow How to Hygge on Pinterest (HERE)… Then, create your own Hygge Pinterest Board and start pinning!
“Discover how to create a comfortable home, spend time with friends and become happy like danish people. They have the higher rate of happiness, are not stressed and enjoy a cozy and comfy life!” – www.pinterest.com/hipeacefulmind/how-to-hygge/
Blogs I Follow
How to Hygge the British Way “…a blog about being hyggely, that’s the Danish word for feeling safe, secure and happy with life, but in a British way. I at the things that the Danes (and other scandi and nordic people do) and trying to find the British equivalent. Sometimes I just talk about things we do in Britain anyway.” – howtohyggethebritishway.com
HyggeHouse.com “…created in 2004 as a way for Alex to connect back to her Danish roots because truthfully, she considered herself more French in style, culture and decor. But in returning to Denmark as an adult, she realised that the concept of ‘hygge’ had been missing from her life and seemed totally absent in America where she had immigrated to. So she created this site to bring more awareness of the concept of hygge by sharing stories and ideas to make the ordinary day, extraordinary through recognizing simple moments and trying to have slow life lifestyle in a busy world.” – HyggeHouse.com
So there you go, you don’t need to Google it. Hygge, as I’ve come to understand, is beyond definition. With the word itself being more a feeling, it’s that something that can’t be defined or bought. By background, my family is Scandinavian, almost 100%, which could be why I am drawn to the idea of Hygee. I have always been a “nester”, and the idea of creating a cozy home, surrounded by comfort and people I love has always brought me peace and calm. And in this digital age we now live, where there is an app for everything and the world moves so fast, I believe it is important to slow down and just be. As my yoga teacher likes to say at the end of each class, “…and as you take rest, try to transition yourself from a human doing, to a human being”. I have found myself repeating this phrase, as I prioritize and focus on surrounding myself daily with what it is that brings me joy.
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