Fall literally arrived overnight. Which means it is time to hygge. This Danish term pronounced hue-guh is used when acknowledging a moment or feeling, alone or with friends, home or out, as extraordinary, cozy or special.
If you have heard the term before, it is possible that you were confused into thinking this involves a checklist of items you need to buy. Although there are items you can check off to make your home more inviting, hygge is a lifestyle.
Here is a list of ideas to help you adopt the hygge lifestyle this fall:
Light the fire
Cozying up to the fireplace is a quick way to get toasty and relax. If you don’t have one there are other ways to incorporate the twilight throughout your home. Spark up the candles to spread light through your home in a soft relaxing way. Think placement on mantels, tabletops and especially in the bathroom for a luminous place to unwind.
Another reason to use candles in the home is bright lights can be harsh when you are trying to relax. Rely on candles and lamps to light the way. I enjoy keeping a salt lamp next to my bed, that is just bright enough for reading before bed.
My friends laughed at me when I said I was going home to pull out my quilt for the season. I don’t mess around when it comes to having the ultimate cozyville in my house. Lay down rugs and keep soft, textured throw blankets on sitting areas to create a warm and inviting space.
Cozy clothes are necessary too. Pull out the sweaters, leggings and robes. My personal favorite to wear around the house (and gift from my mama,) are my Muk Luks - literally a sweater, sock, and house boot all-in-one.
Bring Nature Indoors
Although the changing of the leaves is beautiful, the absence of blooming plant life can leave us feeling drab. Brighten up your home with plants throughout the cold weather months. If you’re like me and can’t keep any plants alive, stick to low maintenance plants such as: Bamboo, Aloe, Snake Plants and Spider Plants. If your green thumb truly is as sad as mine, bring in other natural materials such as leather, marble and wicker to soften up the place.
One might not typically think of their bathroom as a place to make cozy. However, this is the perfect space to unwind. A few small touches around the powder room will go a long way. Think of candlelight baths, essential oils, soothing bath salts and eucalyptus tied to the shower head.
A hygge lifestyle is about finding pleasure in simple moments. The summer months can be all about being outdoors, beaches and big BBQ parties. Enjoy the simpler things this season by finding contentment in indoor hobbies. Take up knitting, start sketching, learn macramé or simply read. Snuggling up with a good book or starting a gratitude journal will help you to feel more mindful and grounded.
Although technology is good when it comes to setting cozy playlist, or getting your “Netflix and Chill” on, take some time to turn down the internet and phone time. You may find yourself connecting with others even more this way.
Invest in Relationships
Being a publicist and bartender means spending a lot of time at social events, bars and large outings. I know I’ll be taking some time this season to invest in more intimate relationships and deep conversation.
Here are a few ideas for at home hangouts:
Pot lucks or big dinners around a candlelight dining room table
Nights spent playing board or card games
Movie nights over your favorite take out place
DIY spa night
Pajama day, spend the day being cozy or invite friends over for brunch
Clothes swap your favorite preloved items with girlfriends
The Great Outdoors
It might be almost impossible to leave with a home that feels so warm, but there are plenty of great reasons to get out of the house this fall too.
Take a bike ride or go for a walk. Once the winter comes everything seems grey. Get outdoors and enjoy the sun while soaking up that vitamin D. Spend the day at Belle Isle Park having a picnic or visiting the Belle Isle conservatory.
With the cold weather comes lots of soothing warm drinks and sweet treats. Spend the morning with a friend enjoying the most basic bitch and indulgent pumpkin flavored drink you can buy.
Swap out the summer flowers for fall mums and cornstalks when you spend the day at Eastern Market. Make sure to stop by Eastern Market Antiques while you’re there to find a great piece to add to your hygge space.
Summertime pool parties and beach days are over, but don’t put that bathing suit away yet. Head to the Schvitz for co-ed night or ladies brunch to get steamy and relax.
Drop down and get your Hygge on —
xoxo, lately with lo