I happened to be watching a Rick Steves show on Denmark and in the show they were describing a way of living that they had. It was called hyggelig (hoo.gl.ee). This hyggelig meant you always have a drink, some food, and at the very least a candle between you and your company. It meant feeling cozy at the very base translation of the word but actually much more, it was your surroundings without anything that would make you feel ill at ease or emotionally overwhelmed. It was actually the pursuit of serenity, of comfy, of homey, of anything that brought that warm fuzzy to your soul.

My jaw dropped at this Danish discovery of self. That one single word summed up the pursuit of my entire life. Hyggelig!!! This blog is about just that, all the things that make me feel hyggelig. My only hope is that they inspire you to find your own hyggelig too. Imagine a world full of hyggelig, just imagine...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A hyggelig Halloween

My Honey and I bought our first home five months ago. This is after many travels and adventurous moves. We chose to settle in a little chic town that reminds me of my youth in Germany, town bells and all. We can walk right into town and buy a brotchen (german bread rolls) or the best cup of cocoa you might ever have the pleasure of sipping.

I always dreamt about a home so modern that it was organic in feel and touch, solar powered, self sustaining, clean, fresh, and alone on a bleached grass hill. These dreams rarely come true (as in we bought a 1901 craftsman style home). So whats a german / euro obsessed girl to do? Well, she indulges in her other love and creates a little euro cottage to feel all hyggelig in.

This room still has some transforming to do. Like a cushion for the window seat, new blinds, new windows, a refinished wood floor, and a proper mirror over the buffet. Although, for now I think it's feeling quite hyggelig enough to tackle another room for the time being.

Incase you were curious what the room looked like before the hyggelig transformation here are a few pics of the home before we bought it. Luckily I saw beyond all the cloudy day colors, tiny mismatched light fixtures, and missing outlet covers. One thing this little house has is potential!

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