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...

Thursday, November 4, 2010

New Windows!

Can you believe that you could replace all the windows in your house within about 5 hours? Well, thats exactly what we had done by Renewal by Andersen windows and they look great!

It's sad to replace the 1901 wavy glass but not sad to finally have working windows that aren't painted shut and missing all their weight and pull hardware. Also not sad to see the ugly outer storm windows gone too! I think we just massively raised the value of our little enchanted cottage.

Living room  prep work for lead protection by the workers
Needing new windows!
Bathroom before
old window cutout 
New bathroom window!
kitchen before
kitchen after. Still has to be painted. The window sill was deepened too!

outside before
Outside after! So much nicer!

One thing I really hate about this house is looking out my window into our neighbors. Next spring I plan on planting some nice tall privacy bushes to look at instead.

Hurray, we have working windows!!


  1. Boy those windows are so much nicer than anything I've ever used