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Embrace your Inner Hygge

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Can you believe it’s already the beginning of December? The official start of winter is right around the corner. We’ve even had our first snow, and it’s actually snowing now as I write this. Nesting urges are coming on strong. It’s time to cozy up my house.

So, I’ve decided to make our chats on the blog this month all about celebrating winter and making your home a cozy, cold-weather nest.

And there’s no better way to get this coziness started than by embracing a little hygge (pronounced “hoo-gah”). You’ve all heard of hygge right? The Scandi-cool Danish term is all about enhancing your well-being by creating a calm, relaxing environment that uplifts your soul and makes you smile. It’s about slowing down and warming up, connecting with others, living in the moment and taking time to enjoy the simple things in life.

So turn off that unflattering overhead light, get those candles burning, throw on a comfy oversized sweater and pour yourself a hot toddy. It’s time to bring some hygge into your home and start reveling in the space around you.

Hygge at home is all about anything that makes you feel comfy, cozy, content and peaceful. Chunky knits, blankets, roaring fires, sink-in-soft furniture, sheepskin rugs, textured bed linens, natural woods, flowers and plants all add to the vibe.

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Any room in your home can feel the warm glow of hygge. Here are a few inspirational spaces that I feel represent this unfettered lifestyle perfectly.




Welcome home to a feeling of open, airy contentment. Loving these soft gray wood and glass barn doors.

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Baskets, pillows and lots of winter white, oh my! They all contribute to a simple calm that is so hygge.

Round mirrors figure prominently in these lovely entryways.

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Small but mighty, we designed this kitchen to be the perfect gathering space for both dinner parties and intimate gatherings.

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Hygge isn’t always about white. These dark kitchens are cozy and welcoming.

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I just love this luxe, lived-in kitchen. Everything about it works, and it definitely gives off a hygge vibe.




Light and bright with natural design elements, such as the rattan chairs and the gorgeous wood table, these dining rooms are a breath of fresh air.

Textures, such as these amazing Mongolian lamb fur-covered benches and live edge tabletop, play an important part in creating hygge in these spaces.



Textured linens, lots of pillows and super soft blankets make these bedrooms undeniably comfy and inviting. And, of course, candles.

A woodland mural adds such a sense of serenity to the bedroom in the first photo, and in the second, more texture, more pillows, more fur, more greenery and more winter white. Hygge at its finest.

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Contemporary spaces can have hygge, too. The first photo of a minimalist bathroom with a touch of rustic mixed in is a good example. And how great is this aged Belgian urn  that doubles as a sink in this powder room in the second photo?

Sumptuous fur and an antique wood mirror give the bathroom in the first photo, with its showstopping tub, a huge dose of hygge. And an indoor/outdoor bathroom in the second photo is the ultimate way to get back to nature.



Light and bright or dark and moody, minimalistic or full of treasures, contemporary or traditional, rustic or refined; each of these living rooms is a welcoming gathering place to relax and unwind.

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All fireplaces, traditonal, rustic and contemporary, by their very nature give a space hygge. Add in a few more elements, such as antlers, weathered brick, or a branch with berries to up the hygge vibe to the max.

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And if all this hasn’t convinced you to add a little hygge spirit to your home, just remember, your cat or dog will love you for it.

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So what do you think? Is your home in need of a little bit of hygge? Remember, adding hygge doesn’t mean you have to overhaul your entire space. Sometimes even the smallest addition, such as a new chunky knit blanket or candles can transform the moment. And as always, if you’re ready to make a big change, give us a call at 314.395.1114 or CLICK HERE to contact us.

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P.S. Don’t miss next week’s post when I talk about decorating with winter white!

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