For years – since childhood really –  I’ve been a devoted follower of hygge without knowing it.

Though now I do.

Indeed – there are whole groups of people, an entire country even, (Denmark, “hygge” is a Danish word), who promote and embrace the idea of hygge: originating from a Norwegian word meaning “coziness”. Though hygge encompasses much more than mere coziness – it means to surround yourself with things, experiences (smells, textures, sights, flavors, sounds), and people you love; creating an atmosphere of comfort, well being, acceptance, relaxation.

(Pronounced, so I’ve read, heurgha. Go ahead – I’m sure you can do it!

I try my best with “hue-gah” or “hoo-gah”.)

There are many interpretations of the concept. I have a pinterest board devoted to hygge – and things I find hygge-ish. (Yes I just made that word up and yes I know it looks silly.

I probably wouldn’t use it in public if I were you.

Especially in Denmark.)

And of course there is also our family business Hygge By Post – helping promote the joy and comforts of hygge via subscription box, instagram, and facebook.

For myself, well I’m planning to devote some time during the lovely, upcoming deep-winter months to delve even deeper into hygge. Learning more of its origins while celebrating all those hygge things I already embrace: candlelight, comfortable chairs, pools of warm lamplight, (as opposed to that horrid, harsh overhead lighting), teatime, books, leisurely dinners with friends and family, warm blankets, the fire crackling in the stove.

Naturally I want to share.

So – to start – here are a few of the most popular hygge spots in our house. (I’ve discovered we have many such spots since I’ve begun looking. More than I would have imagined.) votives

First off, some Mason jars and votives. Candlelight, no matter the size, is classic hygge.


My Lovely, (much of it in tatters), Smushy Chair.

(And yes, that’s its official name.) smushy chair


I’ve had this chair for well over fifteen years. (Actually I very nearly gave birth in it thirteen years ago. But that’s another story!)

It has a very pretty rounded, “roll over” back and is tufted. Its fabric is a tea strained, cabbage rose print – originally rather gorgeous and now  – as we say – very well loved. Meaning the arms and front of my smushy chair boast some good sized thin spots and downright holes. Unfortunately I don’t actually sew (though give me a glue gun, a packet of safety pins, and some fishing line and it’s amazing what I can accomplish), still I’m planning on ordering some fabric and attempting a slipcover in the near future. (One of those loose, shabby chic numbers – hopefully helping hide any, um…imperfections, my slipcover will undoubtedly have.) But for now Smushy Chair remains covered with a large quilt and is happily comfortable.

This is where I read – on my own and to my kids. (I was reading this book to my older sons when my water broke with my youngest – incredibly -thirteen years ago.) Watch tv, write occasionally, sip tea, gaze at the fire, stare out the window. I’ve even been known to fall asleep here on occasion, (especially on late Christmas mornings, following the early rush.)

The pink gilded lamp on the table is an antique, (it belonged to my step-grandfather’s mother – I fear I’ve a complicated family history). The table itself was my tea table as a child, (its two matching captain’s chairs are on my writing loft). Scott made the ottoman, and we recovered it with the toile a few years ago.

As you can no doubt tell, nearly every object in our house has its own story. A little, extra bit of something making it that much closer to our hearts. A bit more joyful.


The book filled peace basket, (one of our too many book baskets), contains our current reads – a few naturally, Christmas Reads.

More of those are kept in this sleigh which sits by my family room desk. sleigh of Christmas reads

(And which will all be put away to await next Christmas when the holidays are over).


This cozy spot is also in the family room, hygge family room

(And no it isn’t your eyes or screen – this picture looks fuzzy to me too.

No idea how that happened…)

And, yes, that’s an ektorp chair from Ikea. (After all, Sweden is close to Denmark, home of hygge!)

It usually has a throw or two tossed over it, (they were no doubt in the washer when this pic was taken). You can see the Christmas Tree reflected in the windows and the city beyond, A couple of books from afternoon reading time on one of our own, (another Family Business), “Stump Tables”.

The two books on the Stump Table are The Children’s Homer and The Stories of Hans Christian Anderson – who, as luck would have have it – was Danish. (Honestly this wasn’t planned.)

Don’t you love serendipity?!


The kitchen table is surprisingly cozy as well.

This is an all purpose table: schoolwork, computer work, drawing, hanging out, crafts, and even the eating of meals all happen here. Often all of those on the same day.

It’s looking unusually tidy in this pic, taken a couple of weeks ago just before my bookgroup was set to arrive. Usually it’s a piled up hodge podge.

(That odd looking tree in the background is our “grateful tree”, still in place since Thanksgiving – though at the moment also adorned with some special Christmas ornaments.) hygge kitchen table


And here’s where I’m sitting at this very moment – my family room desk. hygge desk


We installed the cupboards shortly after moving into Witt’s End. The top middle one holds all the electronic gizmos and gadgets which make our surround sound work. (Evidently surround sound is imperative to have in today’s world.

Hmmmm… I don’t think surround sound belong in my hygge world.

Gonna have to think on that one…)

The other cupboards hold desk supplies, a printer, and a good deal of the various books, dvds and such which we use in our homeschool on a daily basis.

I recovered the bulletin board years ago with some fabric I’ve had for ages, (I don’t know if you can make out the large leaf pinned near the top – my youngest. Rory, brought it home from our 2015 Autumn Pacific Coast trip and it’s still holding together.)

The basket behind the desk is where, (believe it or not), I put all those “important papers and stuff I don’t wanna lose.”  Amazingly enough, when I put them there they stay put.

An odd system, but it seems to work so…

This is where I do nearly all my writing – a fan for noise control year round, a small space heater by my feet during the winter months.


While in front of my desk stands “Mom’s Book Basket”. hygge book basket inspiration


(Too) filled with all the inspirational, motivational, “pondering reads” I occasionally mull over. (As well as a stack of bookmarks and a few empty journals I intend to fill up as soon as I find time.

And there’s another post.)


And of course there’s always a cuppa tea sitting on my desk. Usually black, with a bit of sugar or perhaps some Italian creamer. Though I have been seen sipping Sleepy Time tea of late, with a generous dollop of honey added.

This particular “Christmas Trailer Mug” (as I think of it), is a gift from this year’s “Family Christmas Box”. And though I bought and wrapped the mug, (yes – tagging it to myself), it was still fun to open and is lovely to use. hygge teatime mug


Successful hygge, I’ve found, depends a fair amount upon attitude.

And that’s the end of this longish tour!

Wishing you hyggeligt days till next time,





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4 thoughts on “Hygge Winter Days

  • December 28, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Successful hygge depends upon attitude: what a good quote. I love the tour. Your home is beautifully hygge.

    • December 29, 2016 at 4:01 pm

      Thanks Jo 🙂 Attitude is so much a part of most things isn’t it? And thanks for visiting! ~Lisa

  • December 28, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    I love your smushy chair. I went to Copenhagen recently and my favourite cafe was the Royal Smushi Cafe! The lady who ran it said it was pronounced smoosie and means, for them, a cross between smorrebrod and sushi! They sell those small tapas style open sandwiches but I didn’t even try them. Instead I had abelskiver and glog with whole almonds in which was served in a really pretty and dainty cup and saucer. It was lovely and the hygge was immense. The cafe itself was very quirky and had Christmas decorations to browse while in the cafe. There were lots of handmade items including a Christmas tree made of twigs and a child’s play kitchen made of used tins. There were large communal tables and a mix of ages. Outside was an area made of rough seating and reindeer skins with blankets. It was all so inviting. I will try and put the pictures onto my iPad to post to the nook as it was inspirational in creativity and recycling…I love your writings and look forward to them.

    • December 29, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      Oooo it sounds wonderful – I’d love to see pictures! (And put it on my ever increasing list of “Places To Go” 😉
      Thanks so much for visiting!


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