You’ve heard the term hygge by now, right?
In case you’ve been pronouncing it wrong – it’s “hue-guh” – and it’s a Danish word for…
“acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special” (source)
I haven’t read all the books about hygge, but from what I can understand, it comes down to creating special moments out of your everyday life. Getting in the habit of small rituals, gathering with neighbours and friends, and appreciating the present.
Anything that feels charming and cozy.
I think those in colder climates (like me here in Ontario!) are better at creating hygge in their lives, because if they didn’t, they would likely be bored, begrudge the winter months, and just stay in ‘survival’ routine.
By using simple acts or rituals – like making a delicious espresso coffee in the mornings, or having neighbours over for tea, or creating a cozy ambiance in your home every evening at dinnertime – you are incorporating that hygge feeling into your daily life.
I’m a big believer in small rituals like this. I love being at home, and in the winter especially I like to create little moments of comfort. Anything that feels special, or brings together community. It helps me to alleviate symptoms of the winter blues, and makes me appreciate the colder months.
Now, hygge isn’t about buying things. That’s not the spirit of the word. But, it does place importance on creating simple rituals without effort, almost as an art form. You hear people talk about using real china mugs for tea, having a lot of throw blankets and pillows to create a cozy spots in your home, wearing cozy wool socks, etc.
Think about the rituals you could start practicing in your own life. What do you need in order to start putting them in place?
Get Hygge at Home:
Here are some “hygge decor” items from one of my fave home decor sources – Wayfair – that might help you along the way. Anything that adds texture, coziness, ambient lighting, warm woods, and helps you practice those rituals in your home.
Want more examples of Hygge at home?
4 of my blogger girlfriends from across Canada – as part of our Modern Handmade Home series – have all posted about how they create these cozy rituals in their own homes! Make sure to go check them out:
Disclosure: This post was brought to you in collaboration with Wayfair. Thank you for checking out the amazing brands who support The Sweetest Digs!
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