Creating Hygge With Spring On My Mind
Heavy on my mind, that is!! I don’t keep a journal (I wish I did) and I’m not one that easily recalls a particular year in which a specific event occurred. But, I was pretty sure I had never experienced these brutal, negative temps before. Apparently, the last time for the Midwest to endure anything close was in the late sixties/early seventies. I don’t know that I’ve ever been more grateful to have the day off! Dreaming of spring is now an understatement. I decided to battle against the cold and master the concept of Hygge while combining elements of spring.
Concept of Hygge + Spring
The idea to combine the concept of Hygge with components of spring came to me last night while listening to “Frost Quakes” all around me. Before I learned of what the LOUD BOOMS were, I was more than a little concerned for our home’s well being. Apparently, per the meteorologists, experiencing these quakes is a rare treat. (I can’t say they excite me, but at least I’ll know what those unnerving cracking sounds are if they ever happen again).
Hygge: a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).
I spent some time flipping through the pages of Courtney Allison’s book, French Country Cottage. Her exquisite home is nothing less than French cottage perfection. I’m not sure there is even one page of her book without fresh blooms featured. She uses them all year round, and so I decided to bring forth spring stems even though we are still covered in white stuff. With no fresh florals at my fingertips, I dug deep into my tubs of faux blooms.
I filter through my decor quite often, but one thing I hardly ever recycle is faux greens and florals. My collection has grown quite a bit, and I love having a large variety to choose from. Most of the blooms featured here are from Afloral and Pier 1 Imports. See below for links to these faux beauties.
- Silk Peony Bud – Blush
- Real Touch Rose – Cream
- Real Touch Mini Tulip Bundle
- Real Touch Mini Peony Bundle
- Real Touch Large Tulip – Pastel Pink
Pile It On!
Cozy is a constant here, but one way to amp the Hygge concept is to layer your textiles. I also like to combine a mix of texture. My goal here is to draw you in by imagining your sense of touch. By layering different textures, this space now has “visual weight” instead of appearing flat.
Candles and twinkly lights = instant Hygge. Candles not only help provide natural light, but add substance to the cozy layers in the room. Take the ambiance to a new level by adding fairy lights. They create a romantic and festive feel instantly. Choosing candle holders that have perforated holes will create patterns and beautiful shapes as night falls.
Our fireplace, even though non-functioning, still manages to draw us near. I hope you enjoyed this post and found new inspiration to help get you through these last months of winter.
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Author and Photos – Martha Knake
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