As we all start begrudgingly digging out our fall coats and closed toe shoes, it's time to admit that summer is over. With the impending cold season afoot, don't resign yourself to cold and bland days.
Breathe life into your winter months by introducing a little hygge into your life. What is hygge you might ask? An expression used by the Danes, Hygge (pronounced 'hooga') roughly translated means the "art of intimacy (or coziness)".
Living with hygge means to enjoy the good life with wonderful food and friends.
Here's a quick list to get you started on your pursuit of coziness:
SPEND MORE TIME WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY
Conjure up memories of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Sitting around the fire with good company and a mug of mulled cider warming your hands. Who says you can't make occasion to pass time with your loved ones a la Christmas on a regular basis?
KEEP THINGS SIMPLE
No matter the time of year we all have to work a regular schedule. Simplify your life. When cooking, favor one-pot meals or roast a chicken in the oven with seasonal vegetables. Warming, savory food with one pan to clean is the ideal.
CANDLES, CANDLES AND MORE CANDLES
Sitting by a window streaked with raindrops? Surround yourself with the warm and soft glow of candlelight. Illuminate while you are reading a book or even while sitting under a blanket watching TV. Bonus points for candles scented with warming natural scents such as vanilla, cinnamon, cranberry & cedar.
Wood features and simple greenery brings a relaxing and spa-like feel to your home. During Christmas season, there is nothing like walking in the door to the smell of a natural Fir tree wafting through your hallways. Inspire every day with sprigs of fresh cut greenery from your surroundings. Decorate with natural local wood pieces such as side tables or lamp bases.