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How I’m Adding A Little Hygge At Home

Hygge: Jenny

Hygge (pronounced “Hue-gah”) is a Danish term that describes a imbuing your home— and life— with a warm, cozy feeling. Hygge was born out of a dire need to survive the boredom, darkness and chill of long winters, but it’s principles can help you keep your spirits up and survive the gloom of winter.

Hygge has taken the internet by storm, and books like The Little Book of Hygge: Danish secrets to Happy Living are a guidebook for finding happiness in this slower, atmosphere-focused way of life. If you ask me, the ritual of lighting a fire, sipping some hot cocoa and piling on the blankets feels just right during the bitter cold winter months. And it goes beyond your physical surroundings— it’s about slowing down, and making every day moments more special. Adding a milk heart in your coffee, or lighting for your evening bath, it’s all about lingering, and finding pleasure in smaller moments with family and loved ones.

The Hygge vibe couldn’t have come at a better time for the Knobloch household. We’ve been spending a lot of time housebound since our dog had double knee surgery— we’ve had to be home a lot more to care for her, and keep her from moving around too much. That and the rainstorms LA has been having have made it necessary for us to nest a bit. So it’s good timing to be bitten by the Hygge bug, and to find ways to cozy up the house— especially while the weather outside is frightful. (Okay, we don’t have negative temperatures in Los Angeles, but STILL! It’s raining. A lot.)

Here are some ways you can turn your home into a candle-lit winter refuge and Hygge it up at your house— with high and low tech touches.

 

Hygge: Cable Knit Sweaters

Wooly, Cable Sweaters

Lately, wooly sweaters have been my uniform. Perfect for sitting by the fire, or walking the dog out to the yard for a bit of fresh air. Cable knit wooly sweaters are the ultimate in cozy and warmth.

Shop this Madewell Cable Sweater (left), 525 Mockneck Sweater (right), and even more cable knit sweaters here.

 

Hygge: Sweatpants

Sweatpants

If sweaters are my tops, sweatpants are my bottoms. As I write this, I’m wearing this exact uniform— super-soft bottoms (that allow for big pasta dinners— ahem) that are perfect for couch-dwelling.

Shop these Monrow sweatpants (left), Sundry striped pair (right) and even more sweatpants here.

hygge: flannel

Flannel

Whether it’s a robe, or pyjamas, or sheets… I’m always toasty warm. Flannel is a must-Hygge… and if it’s plaid? Even better.

Shop the Sleepy Jones pyjama shirt here, and the Three J NYC Robe here. Shop more flannel options here.

Hygge: Pacific Mini Stove

Light a fire

Don’t have a fireplace? You can still Hygge-out with this portable one, which comes in fun colors and has a modern design.

Shop the Pacific Heat Mini Stove here.

 

Hygge: Parachute Quilt

Quilts and Throws

As someone who is always, always cold, I’m never mad at an extra blanket or two. I’ve invested in a couple new ones, and pulled out all the old ones, scattering them around my family room and heaping them on my bed.

Shop this Parachute quilt here, and even more cozy throws here.

 

Hygge: Gourmia Electric Tea Maker

The Perfect Cup of Tea

Tea brewed just right is instant relaxation for me.  These electric tea brewers take the guesswork out of a perfect brew.

Shop this striking Gourmia tea maker here, and even more electric tea makers and kettles here.

Hygge: Urban Outfitters Shag Rug

Fluffy Rugs

Rugs you want to sink your toes into. Rugs that muffle sound and make a room feel smaller. Rugs that are fuzzy enough to invite you sit on the floor by the fire.

Shop cozy rugs like this one here.

 

Hygge: Notte Lamp

Candle light

The mood-finishing touch calls for candle-light, or an otherwise dim glow (bonus: we all look way prettier by it). Achieve it the low-tech way with a beautiful candle, or with a high-tech smart light (that will blink if you’re getting an important message on your phone).

Shop my favorite Norden candle here, and this Notte Smart Light here.

high tech guest room

A good book

This dimly lit scene calls for laptops to be shut off, devices turned off, and curling up with a good book. But since I do most of my reading on a Kindle, it fits in the picture.

Shop Kindle e-readers here.

 

Feeling the need for some Hygge in your home? Let me know in the comments.

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