What does Hygge mean? Why is it suddenly everywhere?!
What is Hygge and why is it popping up everywhere?! Hygee pronounced (as well as we can) Hoo-Gah deriving from Denmark we're doing our best to define it in English. That said, it is basically the art of living most cozy. Imagine all of the greys, creams, blacks, rich walnut browns and pair with a thousand pillows, sheep rugs everywhere and a wood burning fireplace anchoring it all. Also, a few fabulous magazines to thumb through, the ones that ignite your imagination with the sweetest dreams you've ever had a tall pour of Silver Oak red or Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon, just one large ice cube. Relaxed yet? I thought I'd dig into some of the things I surround myself with when I just need to unplug and forget about the stressful things around us.
Be intentional with the things you have around your home. We don't need everything in the world that we see that is cute. A few things, sure but be intentional and selective. Before you buy for your home, pause - set it down, walk away, if you can't stop thinking about it go back. I'm talking for 24 hours+, then return. If you go back and it's gone, it wasn't meant to be. If you find something online, put it in your cart and then minimize the browser, open it up the next day or week, still love it? Purchase it. But be thoughtful. I probably take this to the extreme with some things in my mind for a year before I commit but I want to make sure that I can have it for a long time and that the message it's giving really adds value to our home. Or the service it provides will be done well and long lasting. I'm not trying to buy the same damn thing over and over. Here are a few items that I love. That I look forward to reaching for. That allow me feel warm inside when I catch a glimpse of them out of the corner of my eye. Items that I want my kids to grow up seeing and have them impressed on their hearts. I have a few of those from my own childhood, still in my mind so vividly.. they make me feel at home.
GOOD print magazines, coffee table books. Worth every penny and every page turn feels satisfying.
OPENHOUSE - I picked this up while on a trip to Portland visiting the very best of friends. I knew that the quality of the print is my taste. I know I look forward to feasting on these inspirations. I know that every time I see it, I'll get to relive walking through the sweet streets of Portland catching up with my Linda girl as her handsome (think Jude Law) husband is pushing my most precious creation in his stroller. These are the things I want to experience.
I saw this letter press sign probably 1.5 years ago. I've been contemplating it and lately, I've been catching myself saying this phrase throughout the days. The long days. The hard days. The sweet days, the ones that feel like I could easily press rewind and relive over and over. The days that feel messy, the mornings that feel cherished and fleeting, the days where I want to give the dog up, skip the chickens and hunker down for a few days with our phones off and plenty of movies to keep us preoccupied. So I'm buying it. It's in my cart this second and it's being purchased as soon as I find my wallet. Also, I don't keep my CC saved in my browser because it creates more mindful purchasing than a way too easy click. What is the phrase, kare? Click here!
Our culture has been pressing in the direction of slowing down for a while now. I mean, of course, we're all still WAY too overstimulated, on our phones in unhealthy proportions and rarely without music in the background but also we're craving for the pause. Selah becoming more frequent in the vernacular of our communities and it becoming increasing more taboo to be on your phones or have with the screen up during any form of quality time with another human. I'm thankful for this. We need to slow things down. This blanket, the sight of it, the feel of it, the cozy feelings it starts up- this helps. Get one. You won't regret it.
And of course, where we crawl into sleep at night, to enjoy some quiet time with the one we love, to cuddle our babies in the mornings, invest in some good sheets. I am crazy about my Brooklinen sheets. And actually, Threshold brand from Target is so so super cozy and soft too. Especially after 3 washes. This is the one I like, I do not recommend their performance brand.
Speaking of, I think I might go cuddle up in that bed and take a nap, while Amos is napping. The dream. xx-k