Hygge Krog

Hygge- the feeling of comfort, warmth, appreciation, friendship- is growing in popularity around the world. In a world dominated by electronics, long-distance communication, and rushing through the work week, no wonder people are starting to embrace it.

Hygge krog is basically a hygge corner. A nook set aside to embrace that feeling… to unwind, to slow down, to read, to remember to enjoy life.

A nook doesn’t take long to create. Grab your favorite chair. I got mine ten-years ago for $25 dollars, when it was ripped and very much in need of a vacuuming. Put it somewhere you find relaxing, where you will enjoy the view. Layer textures by adding your favorite throw (or throws) and pillow. Add some books, a journal, a candle, a favorite picture of friends and family, a plant, a place to set a hot cup of tea, twinkle lights… any of those things that will bring back familiarity and warmth in an otherwise frantic or hectic day.

Challenge yourself to sit and journal or read or think for 10-15 minutes every day. My favorite time is right before bed. By slowing down and dimming the lights, I help calm my brain so that I fall asleep faster.

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Making Cozy: Twinkle Lights

Twinkle lights add a certain charm and warmth to a room, especially during cold winter months when the sun sets early in the evening.

When I was in high school, I had the multicolored lights (80s child) outlining the walls in my room. I loved the soft glow it gave. Since then, I’ve come to enjoy the warm, golden white lights and have been looking for ways to use them this season to brighten up the chilly evenings.

I’m finding they are quite versatile. They can outline door frames and windows.

They can be draped over tops of furniture and curtain rods to create a sense of whimsy.

They can also be placed in a container or contained space to create a condensed, brilliant glow.