While on my recent trip to Stockholm, I was exposed to the Danish term "Hygge" (pronounced hoo-gah). It generally translates to "comfortable living." It's a way of life that gets them through the long, dark winters. Everywhere I went there were candles lit, heavy blankets to curl up with, and coffee and tea to enjoy with friends. In short, it's brilliant and we all need more of this in our lives. Below are some tips on how to live a more hygge life!
LOTS of candles. Lots.
I like to have a wonderful scented one for weekends, then lots of cheap unscented around home in candle holders. I also recently bought a lot of battery operated faux candles for an event and I must say- they do the trick. I'll be putting them around my home!
Think wool, soft, chunky Netflix marathon type options.
Really just go for it here. Can't go wrong. Buy the plants, put them everywhere. I recently bought an indoor tree and it's making these cold Chicago spring days feel so much better!
This one is my favorite. Keep it simple! Grab a bunch of Eucalyptus at Trader Joe's for $3 and throw a couple stems in a vase here-or-there around the home. Whole foods also has great options like the yellow guy below. But the best, in my opinion, is Ranunculus. Two stems in a vase is the ultimate cool girl flower arrangement.
Be in the Moment
This is the backbone of hygge: put down the phone, pick up a paper or book, hang out with a loved one, sip a cup a tea. It's about enjoying the moment and company you're in. You can talk about it on Twitter later.