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Everything You Need To Know About Hygge

With the winter months in full swing and a weekly forecast of cloudy skies and full rain cover, it is time for us to embrace the Danish and Nordic tradition of Hygge. If you’re anything like us Christmas in our space is magical. Filled with fairy lights, beautiful winter greens, and color, our living space is transformed in a wonderland. Once the tree and bulbs get put away it’s easy for a living space to feel somewhat bland and sterile. No problem Hygge is here to help! Pronounced hue-guh it is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cozy, charming, or special. It isn’t so much about a lifestyle, but rather a conscious slowing down during given times of the year.

It truly is the art of slow living. With identifiable practices and rituals, find moments to create this cozy feeling throughout your home and space. There are a few things we’ve adapted and allows for the perfect feelings of coziness throughout the space, perfect for nights in bringing a bit of life back into our space.


1. Start with the senses. 

Take time to find a favorite blend of essential oils that feel fresh and cozy. We love some of the pre-bottled blends of Doterra and diffuse them throughout our air, cleaning it, and keeping things fresh. If you’re looking for something that will keep everyone healthy find blends of peppermint for respiratory needs. (We love breathe.) Other blends that are great include citrus and cinnamon (On Guard) or for something simple use a few drops of lemon.

Gluten Free Chocolate Buttercream Cake 2. Embrace a few new cooking techniques.

When it comes to Hygge, take time to make food that are labors of love. Whether it’s a delicious cinnamon rolla chocolate layered cake with stunning winter decorations, or the most delicious soups, take a cue from outside, and experiment with new cooking techniques. We’ve loved cooking our way through cookbooks that were purchased as gifts throughout the holiday season. Another skill we’re hoping to master in 2018? Making our own bread and homemade pasta. These past times are perfect for the winter months.


3. Create the perfect setting.

Light a candle, bring a bit of outdoor greenery, and place books and magazines around your space. These elements come together and create a lovely cozy corner, perfect for reading throughout the winter evenings to come.

4. Embrace cozy textiles.

Knubby wool, crushed velvets, and faux fur are the perfect layers to bring warmth for long winter evenings. Our townhome lacks the architectural details of a fireplace or mantle. In light of this, we keep the ledge of where our television is filled with lanterns, hurricanes, and tealights. If all the candles are lit in our home, it immediately becomes cozy, warm, and similar to a fireplace.


5. Invite others in and host a dinner party.

As the winter months go on, invite friends in for a simple gathering. Whether you end up playing games at the end of the night, enjoying a bottle of red, or savoring a simple dish, allow others to enjoy the cozy space you’ve created. Allow our food and gather archives to serve as inspiration.

What are some of the way you’re embracing the long days of winter?

We’d love to hear from you! Let us know in the comments below.

Minimal Ornament Wall Hanging

Minimal Ornament Wall Hanging DIY

When it comes to DIYs we love things that look minimal, are easy to execute, and can be accomplished without many supplies. If I must be honest, I wouldn’t consider myself a crafter. While I’m creative, I don’t necessarily spend hours on projects outside of setting the occasional table. For me, this makes sense and keeps the items I store as minimal as possible. (As a kid I had endless craft supplies and as an adult I try to only purchase items I know I will use.) After living in the same townhome for three year, I choose simple DIYs and am saving my energy for when I decide to tackle a fixer upper. This DIY is one I choose to do every year and this year’s I love. Providing the much needed negative space for the eye in the living room, this DIY can be made with a few supplies on hand.

Keep reading for the full how-to after the jump!

minimal ornament wall hanging minimal ornament wall hanging Minimal Ornament Wall Hanging DIY

Supplies

  • Fishing line
  • Black macrame cord
  • Copper Pipe, 4 ft in length
  • Tape Measure
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Assorted ornaments, in color and scale (We used a 4 small copper, 4 medium matte gold, 4 shiny evergreen, 4 matte blue, and 2 matte merlot ornaments.)

Directions

Begin by cutting black macrame cord to length. On a large flat surface lay out ornaments with even spacing. Begin by cutting your first length of fishing line to  3.5 ft in length. Attach to copper pipe and tie with a double knot. Add ornaments and tie with a single flat knot. Continue attaching each ornament and trim the excess fishing line. Tie on each subsequent row with the middle two rows being 4 feet in length and one additional ornament attached to the bottom. Attach 2 feet of black macrame cord to the end of the copper pipe. Hang on wall with a simple finishing nail. Sit back and enjoy your hard work!

 

 

Home Sweet Holidays

Home Sweet Holidays

Every year our Christmas decor gets updated and this year has been our favorite to date. While we love the use of multiple metallics and neutrals, it was time to embrace a bit of color back into our decor. As I looked around at fresh trends there were two ideas that came to mind- flocked trees with white lights or jewel tones. I wasn’t ready to make the jump to a snow flocked tree quite yet. Upon trying to source a palette I wasn’t fully satisfied with the jewel tones I was finding. They seemed to be straight out of Bollywood and incredibly bright. Instead I chose a melding of old and new. Using gold and copper ornaments from previous year, this anchored metallics throughout the palette and paired beautifully with rich colors of red, blue, green, and gold. This tree has become a favorite to date. Playing with texture and shine, it glistens in the light and adds visual interest, not to mention brings back a bit of color to the living room.

See how it all comes together throughout the house with this edition of Home Sweet Holidays after the jump!

Our color palette
Filled with evergreen, merlot, purple, and blues, a smart contrast of matte and shiny, it was a luxurious feast for the eyes and was a recurring trend in many packaged palettes. For an added touch of luxury, our faux fur tree skirt and copper glitter branches worked, bringing a touch of the unexpected to this tree.

Under the tree
At the foot of the tree, you’ll find gifts wrapped in the most stunning silk dupioni ribbon from Midori. The texture of the raw silk is a gorgeous statement. We happened upon this ribbon in a subscription box five years ago and it is every bit as soon worthy as that day. When paired with a sprig of rosemary or berry bundle and custom printable tag, they’re some of the most elegant gifts I’ve ever seen.

Arrangement
This year we moved a bit of our furniture upstairs, providing more space in our living room. By bring both occasional chairs to the same side it allowed for plenty of room for the tree to be beautifully placed in center of our front facing window. We love this arrangement and the way it invites conversation. There’s cozy nooks and vignettes around every corner.

Hanging the stockings with care
Every year we use the same artificial garland we purchased from the dollar spot many years ago. Over the years it’s become more and more thin looking. By doubling the garland and adding sprigs of fresh pine, eucalyptus, and berries, it added life back into this garland and formed a beautiful backdrop for the stockings to be placed. With extra bulbs added, and a wooden monogram ornament over each stocking, it is the personal touch our staircase needed.

The feature wall
Every year we change out our wall hanging and come to love it. (Find previous years DIYs here and here.) Last year we loved the wall hanging so much we left it up all year. This year we wanted to play with symmetry, balance, and color. By using fishing line and a bit of order, we took extra ornaments and tied them in a beautiful pattern. This wall hanging adds negative space and breathing room, with just the right amount off color.

Vignettes
The difference between a good and great home is simple. It’s the artful use of vignettes. As you look to an isolated section of a room, does it make sense? Is there visual balance? Does the room feel cohesive and balanced or does it feel overworked? Through the repeated element of bottle brush trees, candle holders in mixed metallics, bulbs in lush tones, and sprigs of fresh greenery, we were able to establish cozy vignettes throughout our open space. (Including our letterfolk board with a bit of millennial slang.) No space was overlooked including the bathroom that got festive with a few strings of berry branches in a gallon jug and sweet printable in a gold frame above the towel rack. (Get the free printable here.)

The table
Sourcing a stunning candle holder, we placed sprigs of fresh greenery and bulbs inside the glass box. This centerpiece is anchored on a linen table runner that can be used for countless gatherings throughout the season. With the touches of gold, it brings together all the elements of the home, creating something beautiful without much effort.

How do you decorate for the holidays? If you travel do you still put up a tree? When do you start decorating?

We’d love to hear from you! Let us know in comments below.

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Minimal Evergreen Wreath

Minimal Evergreen Wreath

One of my favorite parts of this year, is the ability to find seasonal decor right outside my door. Whether it means upcycling Trader Joe’s bags as gift wrap or foraging eucalyptus or pine for decorations, it’s the adventure and walks outside that add a bit more fun to this DIY. When it comes to living in Redding, it’s somewhat challenging to source craft supplies and floral, making being resourceful and utilizing the web all the more important.

Keep reading for the full DIY after the jump!

Minimal Evergreen Wreath

Here’s what you’ll need:

Rawhide Cord, Cut into 4 inch lengh
Foraged pine and holiday greenery
Floral wire
Wire cutters
3 inch wide green satin ribbon, 2 feet
Fabric Shears or sharp shears
Metal brass ring

Instructions:

Begin by taking your shears and clipping sprigs of pine. I go with shears in hand and a plastic bucket to collect everything I find on site. Usually clipping more than I could ever need, I’ll used the extras as I continue to deck the halls, adding a few fresh elements to Christmas decor each year. Begin by laying out your wreath, placing bunches of various pines in hand and using floral wire to wrap it together. Wire to the brass round. Where the bunches meet, tie a simple knot of ribbon. Find the top at the center and add a simple rawhide lace loop and knot at the top. Hang on your door and allow it to greet your guests with beautiful and simple holiday cheer!

Looking for other wreath DIYs? We have another minimal one here and a paper wreath here.

How do you make your wreaths? Any favorite tricks I should know?

We’d love to hear from you! Let us know in the comments below.

 

holiday printable gift tags

Holiday Printable Gift Tags

It’s almost time to place a stack of gifts in your living room and get started wrapping! Every year I have a wrapping marathon where I put on a few good Christmas albums, make a delicious hot chocolate, and wrap until the wee hours of the morning. It’s one of my favorite traditions and a great way to knock out holiday wrapping quickly. Every year I try to spice up my wrapping- so this year I made 7 tags just for you!

I’m always inspired by handlettering and love the ways these custom designed tags turned out!


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As always just print, trim, and use a hole punch with ribbon to adorn your gifts.