If I got to choose the word of the year for 2016, it would be hygge. I think I paid closer attention to the rise of the idea of hygge since Chris and I are planning a trip to Denmark this spring/summer. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Get caught up here. The idea of hygge has really stuck with me because as a self-proclaimed homebody, I am all about being comfortable and enjoying simple pleasures. I don’t think it’s very hygge to be materialistic, but it’s easiest to show you my hygge favorites when they are tangible items.
I don’t know exactly how the Danes do it, but I would imagine it involves shaggy, wool rugs and slippers. I spend a lot of time at home so I’ve put a lot of effort into making my living spaces comfortable. My West Elm rug is definitely my favorite part of our living room. For all the times I’m not walking around on my shaggy rug, my Minnetonka slippers keep my feet warm and cushioned.
My Illume candle in Woodfire is my absolutely favorite. I don’t know if scented candles are especially Danish but I don’t care. Warm scents are my favorite and even when it’s just Chris and I hanging out at home, we love to have a candle burning. I got this particular one from West Elm and I love how huge it is. Another favorite of mine: Bath & Body Works in Marshmallow Fireside.
To me, records and record players are very hygge. Chris and I have a Bose bluetooth speaker and a Google Home that we could stream music from, but there’s something special about playing your favorite album on a record player. I grew up listening to records during the Christmas season and whenever I play a record, it feels like I’m borrowing a little bit of the Christmas magic. So far, our collection is few but we hope to start to build it up.
Cozy blankets. If these aren’t hygge, I don’t know what is. I’m always cold, even in the summer. I can usually be found in sweat pants and a sweatshirt, fuzzy socks, and a warm blanket wrapped around me. As I’m typing this, my couch is littered with blankets. Two on the cushions, one draped over the back. Our bed is also very comfortable and layered with blankets, including my favorite throw from a church auction many years ago. My dog and cat are especially fond of it as well.
Speaking of my dog. Max is hygge. There’s nothing better than coming home and cuddling with a warm, sweet dog. You will be seeing more of him this week as we are approaching the fourth anniversary of his Gotcha Day. I don’t have human babies, but Max is definitely my kid. Throw all of these hygge favorites together, and I am in my happy place, no matter the time of year.