It took me about a year to learn how to say quinoa properly. Keen-wahh. Fancy. So what’s this new design trend that I have a hard time pronouncing but am madly in love with and have been trying to replicate in my living space, for you know, ever?! Throwback to when I was ten and would make my friends come over to “play” so I could have the manpower to rearrange my room twenty seven different ways to see what felt best. Turns out, that feeling actually has a name and it’s a pretty fancy one at that for a not-so-fancy concept. Spelled h y g g e, pronounced hoo-gahh. Say it with me, hoogahh. Not to be confused with hookah, yuk. Hygge is the Danish word for “taking pleasure from the soothing, ordinary, and inexpensive things in life”. Translated into home design, it’s cozy, intimate, warm. Tuck in with your favorite cushy blanket, light that delicious smelling candle and grab your hot, but not too hot for sipping, mug of tea and check out the latest hygge picks we’re coveting for our next #NixonPack project. Heck, who am I kidding? I’ve already placed my etsy order and the “project” is me!
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An African JuJu Hat. You need it. I have seen several versions scrolling through my Insta feed and happen to own this one. Simply put, it makes me happy. Plus, it’s an awesome conversation piece and will add not only a cool design element to your home, but great texture in any space. Most of them I’ve seen are placed above the bed. A nice spot, but not one all of your friends will be able to appreciate. My suggestion? Put it by the front door and start the hygge off right with the good vibes greeting all who enter.
Harry Potter Candles. I recently read this article where adults are reading Harry Potter novels to cope with all of the bad things happening in the world. So imagine filling your house with those scents? Sounds like the perfect hygge setting to me.
Hanging Plants. I happen to be a card-carrying member of the Black Thumb Brigade but man do I try. Maybe I just need the right planter? There are so many benefits of surrounding your living space with plants; less stress, better air quality, staving off illness. All good hygge, right? I’ll just keep making friends at the greenhouse and try to pick up their tips.
Cozy Bedding. If there’s one room in your home where you need hygge the most, it’s your bedroom. Think about it. That’s the space where you are supposed to be most relaxed and get all of your restorative zzz’s. That starts with good bedding. Right now, in the dead of winter, I’m craving all the layers and a good deal. This is one of my favorite shops to score something trendy, but also environmentally conscious and at a great price.
A Chunky Blanket. This is something I have been coveting for fifteen months. Yep, that long. If you re-read the definition of hygge, it’s an inexpensive way to invoke this feeling of cozy. The blanket I love is like, $400. #donttellJon. But a good friend of mine suggested I start a “list of life enhancers” and this is on it.
Quality, Handmade Thank-You Notes. Here’s where I ask you to spread the hygge. Imagine sitting down with that mug of tea and reading a note that someone took the time to actually write, in pen? It’s so rare to receive something other than bills and junk in the mail. So spread the warm fuzzies to a good friend and send them some love today!
How do you make hygge magic in your home? Share with us below!