For years I’ve had a fascination with creating the coziest life possible.
I’ve filled my dresser drawers with fuzzy socks, covered my couch with as many throw blankets as it could hold, and selected the biggest mugs to hold my coffee. I’ve added to my candle collection, sought out the fluffiest comforter, and invested in a robe as soft as they come.
I look forward to weekends where something will simmer on the stove all day long, filling the house with warmth and delicious smells. When I walk into a home that has a cozy feel to it, with friends gathered around a table talking and enjoying one another’s company, I take note of what is so special about it and wonder how I can incorporate that into my own place.
I didn’t know there is an actual term for this until this past year when I stumbled upon an article about the Danish concept of “hygge.”
Simply put, it is a term that captures that feeling of coziness, warmth, charm, and simplicity. Helen Russell furthers the definition by adding that it is the “complete absence of anything annoying or emotionally overwhelming,” with “a focus on togetherness and prioritizing the people in your life.” Sounds pretty dreamy, right? It seems like something we all want to do.
If you’d like to practice “hygge,” here are a few things you can do. I should add this is a great way to help beat the winter blues!
These are just a few ways to hygge and capture that feeling of coziness and simplicity so many of us are always seeking. For more ideas on how to hygge, be sure to pick up Issue 11 of Bella Grace!
What’s your favorite way to hygge? Share with us in the comments.