How to Have a Happier Winter Home: Hygge-Style

How to Have a Happier Winter Home: Hygge-StyleAnne Chessin Designs

When it’s chilly outside, there’s no cozier place than inside. Am I right? Yes, I miss the sunshine as much as anyone. But I don’t seem to mind the weather as long as I can stay home. :).

You may have already made this observation about me, but I’m always quite into the whole Hygge experience this time of year (seeking coziness at home, comfort and gratitude for simple pleasures). Perhaps you crave it, too?

I had to smile at a newly released study by Sterling’s Best Places. The top three most Hygge cities in the U.S. are:

1. Seattle
2. Portland
3. Minneapolis

Ahh, of course Seattle is Home Sweet Home for Hygge. That’s where I live. I’ve actually lived in all three top cities (and I’ve only lived in those states!). Embracing an attitude of coziness and comfort at home is what I enjoy best about this time of year.

Here are five ways to have a happier winter home…hygge-style!

How to Have a Happier Winter Home: Hygge-Style

Add Creature Comforts

Lay a fluffy blanket over the end of your bed. Shop for ingredients to prepare your favorite winter meals, perhaps a hearty stew or soup. Pile a stack of winter books and magazines to inspire you right by your most inviting chair or sofa. Gather firewood for your fireplace. Add cozy shades or curtain panels to warm up cold windows (my woven shades can be found here and you can shop my home and curtains here).


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Make Memories

Feeling the chill of winter doldrums inside and out? A warm ‘winter beverage’ gathering for friends and family can be just what the doctor ordered. Even if you set up a coffee or tea station just for you, it’s very Hygge to make the preparation of a hot beverage an enjoyable winter ritual. Savor the warmth of the mug in your hands! For more hostessing tips, gathering ideas and inspiration to welcome guests into your home, you can find my latest book Simple Gatherings here.

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Pretty Puttering

Winter is a delightful season for a little puttering around the house. I like to start with a cleaning frenzy. Once the house is generally clean, it’s fun to move on to beautifying. Fluff or rearrange the pillows, move things from room to room, change up your shelf displays, switch out throw blankets. Add a pretty bouquet on the table or some plants on your shelves.

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Beat the Blues with Some Tunes

Music can energize the mood of a cold winter’s day. My kids got me an Amazon Echo Show for Christmas and I just love it! We set it up on our kitchen counter so we can turn on the tunes while we clean or cook, but you could also use a phone or stereo. Set up a winter playlist that will inspire you.

How to Have a Happier Winter Home: Hygge-Style

Design a Scent-sational Home

We home lovers often think about how our home looks or feels, but how our home smells can bring us comfort, too. Of course, I love candles, but I don’t want to inadvertently add toxins to the air so I prefer using essential oils in my diffuser (you can find the essential oils and diffusers I use here).

I love lemon and peppermint essential oil in the mornings to help wake me up even when I want to stay curled up in my bed. Joy and orange create a positive mood. Lime and bergamot inspire the feeling of many of my winter afternoons. Cedarwood and lavender in the evenings help me wind down and prepare for a good night sleep.

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Create a Cozy Atmosphere

Softly layered lighting will change the atmosphere of a room. Turn off your overhead (center) lights and use twinkly lights, fireplaces and ambient lighting instead.

How to Have a Happier Winter Home: Hygge-StyleRelated Posts:

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10 Cozy Winter Kitchen Rituals (and part two)

Hygge and A Cozy Winter House

Masculine and Moody Rooms: Get the Look

Masculine and Moody Rooms: Get the Look

Emma Collins Interiors

Hello, friends! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I sure did! My family and I spent some time on the ferry traveling across the water this weekend. We had the most glorious weather in Seattle…it almost felt like spring! While there are still two months left of winter here, it was a great reminder that sunnier and warmer times are ahead.

Until then…today I’ve gathered inspiration for moody and masculine inspired rooms. I love all the contrast and drama these spaces have.

Masculine and Moody Rooms: Get the Look

House Beautiful

Masculine and Moody Rooms: Get the Look
Chris Loves Julia

Masculine and Moody Rooms: Get the Look
Photography by Philip Ficks; styling by Pam Morris via Remodelista

Masculine and Moody Rooms: Get the LookWilliam McClure

Masculine and Moody Rooms: Get the Look

The Faux Martha

Masculine and Moody Rooms: Get the Look
Baldwin Harris

Masculine and Moody Rooms: Get the Look

Emily Henderson

Masculine and Moody Rooms: Get the Look

Create a ‘masculine and moody’ look in your home with these great finds in my shop (and scroll through a few of my favorites with the arrows below!).

Masculine and Moody Rooms: Get the Look

Masculine and Moody Rooms: Get the Look

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Masculine and Moody Rooms: Get the Look
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