Thursday, November 17, 2016

Hygge


Last week I posted a picture of a plaid throw on Instagram


and I received a private message from Serendipity Loves asking if they could use my pic on a blog post titled


which I of course agreed to despite having no idea what hygge meant.


Here is my picture shared in their blog post, We Found Hygge on Instagram.


This definition came from the Oxford Dictionaries in a discussion on the 2016 Word of the Year shortlist.


The Danish blog, Skagen, with lots of easy adjectives for hygge helped me understand it best. 


Hygge descriptions talk about enjoying "life's little pleasures" - which for me is flowers in the garden


and a carefully arranged centerpiece on the table.


The words "hospitality" and "warmth" jumped out at me 


and came to mind as I created place settings for our holiday table.


Family and friends were mentioned and I think decorating using old family treasures leans toward hygge in my home.


I'm not sure if I fully understand hygge, but I think I'm on the right track.


How do you bring warmth and coziness into your home?

36 comments:

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Love learning something new. Never heard of the word before, but it does define your blog! I like incorporating old family treasures mixed with new throws, pillows, etc. If I lived at the beach like you, I might just have a few things and just sit and look at the waves all day.

Poppy said...

Definitely a lot of hype about 'hygge' lately! I have already seen it presented, explained and exemplified in words and photos on 5 blogs in the past week! Lovely photos, Carol, of your hygge moments, too!

The meaning of 'hygge' for me also includes something sweet or savoury baking in the oven, candlelight and firelight on a cold and blustery afternoon, seasonal flowers on the table, and all enjoyed in the company of loved ones.

Poppy

Stacey said...

Well that's a serendipitous way to learn something new! I love the way you wove your thoughts and beautiful vignettes together. :)

ANNE said...

beautiful vignettes! and I think I've found my new favourite word! :)

Sarah said...

Your vignettes are each one cozy and inviting. Your home is full of hygge. Thanks for the new word!

camp and cottage living said...

I would say hygge definitely describes your home, Carol. You have a real gift in the art of display!

Celestina Marie said...

Carol I think you got the Hygge figured out perfectly and been creating it in your home all along. Your photos are beautiful. I love it. Now we can say, Hygge up the house!! Have a great weekend. xo

Junkchiccottage said...

Love to learn new things like the meaning of Hygge. How fun. Love your sweet vignettes and how warm and cozy they are always. Love that last picture with the white candle sticks. Swooning.
Hugs,
Krsi

Botanic Bleu said...

Carol,
This is the first time that I know that I've seen the word hygge, but I know I have seen hygge in action in your house every time I visit your blog. I love the rosemary wreath and the card for W wonder. Perfect for Christmas inspiration.

Judith

HWIT BLOGG said...

Oh I was wondering what "hygge" means, now I know...
Your pictures are so nice and cozy!
Love from Titti

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Ahhhhh....so cozy indeed, Carol!

I bring warmth and coziness first with a happy heart. When both Ruben and I deposit ourselves on a comfortable couch with each other, a poetry book, a good movie or just a cup of tea, that begins the cozy. But our surroundings are all of natural elements such as wood, flowers, stone, fur pillows, antiques. I love to surround myself with old and authentic things because of the connection to nature (wood, stone) because these things are older than me, have history to them. That to me, is cozy.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

What a cool word! I think I have hygge in my home with all the colors and textures I use. Your lovely home is fresh and bright hygge!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I think you are on the right track for sure. I like cozy throws and cats to pet while I sip something warm from a mug!

Curtains in My Tree said...


Us bloggers are always onto something new and interesting? hygee LOL
Your pictures are beautiful no wonder someone else wanted to use the plaid shaw/throw picture

Mary 120 Spring Street said...

I create my hygee with throws, gas firelight, hot cocoa (or coffee), and all my long-beloved antiques from my parents/grandparents. My handmade quilts draped over chairs. A mantel with seasonal pretties. Carol you create hygee every day and I love seeing pictures of it on your blog!
Mary

bj said...

I so enjoy your decorating...so loose and flowing and warm and loving and........
it's never stiff and anything you see on almost every blog...of course, every one has their own style that they love...but I love YOUR style and try hard to make my home loose and flowing and warm and loving and.....xoxo

Susan said...

Another of my blogging friends posted about hygge this week. We must all be feeling a need. The sharing of story by candlelight or firelight is something I find important for hygge.

Down by the sea said...

Hygge seems to be featured everywhere this Autumn over here! I was introduced to it a few years ago by another blogging friend who had Danish ancestors. I used to visit Denmark as a child and at Easter there was always a feeling of warmth and comfort with blankets and candles. Sarah x

Tamara said...

A very soulful post, Carol.. That plaid throw is gorgeous, your photos are beautiful and the sentiments are touching. They bring about thoughts of what really matters.. Sometimes the external things can overshadow. And how fun to learn about this word. I will have to look it up. I love what I've learned so far! Who doesn't love cozy? Your arrangements are so pretty. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful weekend!

Xo Tamara

Art @ Home said...

So neat....I learned something new today! What a sweet, complimentary share of your equally sweet vignette!

chateau chic said...

This is definitely new to me, but certainly describes you warm and inviting cottage by the sea. Lovely photos as always.
Mary Alice

Kim said...

I have heard that word before...on a blog! ;) Anyway, I think it's a huge compliment and your style and warm home embody its meaning!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

I never have heard that word before, but the meaning is great.

I try to make my home warm and cozy. Yours is always so warm and cozy.

Happy Thanksgiving.....

Mary

Laurie said...

I didn't know you were on instagram. Going to look for you. I've never heard of hygee, either. But from your description of it, I would say you have it mastered.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Hi Carol there's that word again ... Hygee ... that seems to be out there being reintroduced into our everyday descriptions! Carol I always enjoy your photos of your layering in vintage, floral and collected - yes you demonstrate Hygee but will not include the word in my everyday!
Enjoy your weekend.
xoxo,
Vera

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Evening Carol, Do you know I have been hearing the word 'hygge' for the past couple of weeks.
My understanding of hygge, is surrounding yourself with the things you love, and enjoying the moment. It seems to apply to winter, so cosying up on a settee with a lovely blanket, feeling warm and cosy with the delicate glow of candles, sounds perfect to me.
I love how you described hygge.
Enjoy your weekend.
Best Wishes
Daphne

Cozy Little House said...

I've never heard of it. Doesn't surprise me. I'm kind of out of the loop!
Brenda

Deb from frugal little bungalow said...

This was interesting ... a new word to me : )

handmade by amalia said...

A brilliant new word. I hope to use it often :-)
Amalia
xo

Pamela Gordon said...

Well, there is a new word with an old sentimental feeling of cosy comfort. I like it. Love that table centrepiece. Have a beautiful week.

Serendipity Loves said...

Ah, thanks for the mention. Hygge, was new to us too. We spent sometime researching the word and meaning.

Your picture of the throw is amazing, as are all your pictures. xx

Consider It All Joy said...

Love this post and your 'showcase' of Hygge :) Blessings, Cindy xo

podso said...

i learned about the word hygge just a couple of weeks ago. I love what I think I understand it to mean, and to me the bottom line is coziness and all things about joy in your someplace. I enjoyed your post so much!

Jann Olson said...

A new word to me Carol, but that photo certainly does evoke it. Love everything that you do!!
hugs,
Jann

jackie @ travelnwrite said...

Definitely a good word! Loved your post. . .as always!

Carla said...

Well it sounds like we've all learned something new. You're home always seems inviting and warm. I think you've got this one