How to create a Hygge DIY Home without going overboard

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Inside: Tips for a Hygge DIY home that will feel cozy, welcoming and simple. 

This post should probably be called ‘how to stop shivering in this Canadian deep freeze and start enjoying life’ lol, but I wrote a post about Hygge last January, so I figured I’d update you all on how my Quest for Hygge is going! There is definitely a close connection between the Danish art of Hygge and home decor, so today, I’m sharing tips for how to create a Hygge DIY Home without going overboard (and feeling like you have to makeover your house!)

Before we get to that, you might want to start small and check out how I created a sweet and simple Hygge tablescape for our dining room.

What is Hygge and how do I bring it into my home?

It all started for me when I read about Hygge in this book. I have since flipped through it countless times, searching for inspiration on how to simplify, cozify (<- not a word) and bring an air of ‘realness’ to our home. If you are new to the Hygge concept, I highly recommend picking this book up and keeping it on your nightstand. In fact, the act of doing that is ever so Hygge! 🙂

The definition of Hygge

In truth, Hygge isn’t really about home decor, but about the feeling a home or a space creates for its occupants. Because it’s a Danish concept, and it gets super cold and wintery there, it has become a ‘winter’ idea in North America. My goal is to be Hygge all year!

How to blend Hygge and the Home

For now, one of the main things I do is incorporate blankets onto almost every seat in the house. From our two living room couches to occasional chairs to the basement playroom, no space is without a blanket. I’m so in love with all the faux fur ones around now! They have become so popular that you can get them at reasonable prices, which is great when you’re like I am and want to switch things up!

The next thing I do is cozy up US!! LB is almost walking (and she’s talking up a storm!) and we’ve been basically letting her live in these little baby Padraig slippers. They have padded bottoms and knit tops with elastics that keep them on her tiny feet. They are the coziest of cozies and people comment on them all the time.

I am now obsessed with wearing cozy sweatshirts and thermal long pants every evening when we are hanging out as a family. I am OBSESSED with these Hanes Thermal pants because they look decent enough to wear around the house and I can also wear them to bed on super cold nights. Combined with GIANT knitted reading socks and I am the belle of the basement playroom ball. LOL But in all honesty, they make such cute sweats now, it’s hard to resist owning a couple.

In terms of home decor, I like to keep the house soooooooo simple in the winter, like borderline austere. I keep the table set with some woven placemats and I’m really loving having some eucalyptus branches around. They are fresh and wintery at the same time. Keeping these out on the table means it’s always ready for a warm cup of soup on a chilly weekend afternoon, or for a quick family meal on weeknights. It’s a super small thing – but it totally makes a difference when you’re combatting the winter blues.

Larger Projects that Create a Hygge DIY Home

The other thing we’ve been doing is …. wait for it… making efficiency upgrades to the house. This is not a home decor thing and in fact, most of this is stuff you can’t even see. But plugging holes, stopping draughts and conserving energy all fall under the umbrella of Hygge. 

You can also consider adding more natural elements to your walls – with botanical art pieces or creating a small feature wall with wood. We added barn board to our dining room and it’s quite Hygge in there now.

DIY Barn Board Wall

Other DIY Crafts that are Hygge

If you are still looking for more about Hygge – make sure you subscribe to my blog because I’m always writing about this! You can also have a look at these great DIY projects that will bring more light, coziness and hygge to your home this season.

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