Add Hygge To Your Home This Fall
As the temperature drops and we wave goodbye to Summer, many of us have our sights focused on Fall and all of the fun yet cozy things it has to offer. My favorite thing of all time is adding comforting touches to our home in October. Introduce Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) practices into your life and cozy up your home with these six simple actions:
1. Interact With Nature
Hygge stems from the deep appreciation Nordic countries have for the nature that surrounds them and how it is a part of their identity. The point of the lifestyle is to be present among nature, in a cabin seeking peace as they escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. Out of reach from wifi signals and disconnecting from the digital world.
You might be thinking well isn’t it rather cold outside to be interacting with nature? It’s important to get outdoors and get fresh air during the colder months to clear your mind and calm your soul as you reflect on the very essence of what living is about.
Go for a walk outside in the woods or at your local park. The fall colors will be/are in full swing, so opt for outdoor activities that will allow you to disconnect and admire the change in season.
Bright fluorescent lights can be rather harsh and are typically not very comforting. Hygge tradition opts for small lamps and more importantly candles to provide soft and subtle lighting. On average the Danes have more than 5 candles lit in their home every day. The soft lighting provides warmth and attracts people to that soothing space.
3. Warm Beverages
Now that we have built a welcoming ambiance it’s time to add the cozy extras. On crisp fall nights snuggling up with your favorite warm beverage next to a crackling fireplace may sound like just the thing to help you wind down for the day. It will allow you to reflect on your day, clear your thoughts and relax in that moment.
4. Chunky Blankets
One of the most comforting things is waking up on a cool fall morning, tucked under a heavy set of blankets. Thick sweater blankets or traditional wool blankets provide a comforting weight and added warmth as you snuggle up on the couch or in bed. We highly recommend stocking the house (living room, bedrooms) with chunky blankets during the colder months.
Here are some of our favorites:
5. Food With Friends and Family
Food is often the catalyst of conversation amongst friends and family. Whether it be at a restaurant enjoying a meal or when you host a dinner party. Hygge culture stresses the importance of sharing meals with loved ones and enjoying the conversation that happens during those gatherings. Some of the best conversations I have had with friends is either over a pastry and coffee or appetizers during a dinner party. Food has a way of bringing people together.
This could apply to a variety of things in life. Self-sufficiency applies to the obvious, being able to provide for yourself and your family. Whether it be growing your own food in your garden, eating according to season, or even owning your own business to know that you will have a job to provide for your family the best you can.
Frugal is how many describe Hygge living. This doesn’t mean being cheap by any means, but instead only buying things that make sense to you and your overall goals. Let me explain a little further… Being frugal with your money and home means only buying things that serve you instead of buying a hundred things that kind of serve you.
I’m excited to see the changes Hygge living brings to our home this fall and winter. I have already introduced a few more candles in the common areas and it has added the coziest atmosphere during the cold fall days we have been having already. If you try any of these Hygge practices take a picture and tag us on Facebook or Instagram. We would love to see how you introduce it into your life!