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...

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

More Nooks And Cranny's

Come to think of it my same sis gave me that lantern too many years ago!

This little nook is in the kitchen. It used to be where the old land line phone was hooked up to back in the 1950's. It was ugly and still had the wires sticking out of it. So we painted it the same color as the a joining mudroom after cutting the wires and smoothing it over with wall putty. I think it turned out quite nice. We keep a little bowl of matches there for the tea light lantern and a little owl painting my big sis gave to us as a housewarming gift.

Here's the before. Not the best pic but you get the idea.

We've made so many improvements to this little house that have made big impact. Now that ugly wall is an interesting and happy focal point. Almost everyone that comes into the kitchen for the first time remarks on how they love it. When we replace all the cabinets I plan on painting the walls a very fresh herb green. There is still so much to do in this house. I just have to remember all that we have done and remember just how awful it looked when we moved in compared to now... work, work!


  1. Pretty pretty pretty!! I am loving how the house is coming along. You are a really good designer Ang.

    <3 Melissa M.

  2. prolly before the 1950s. just guessing

  3. Thank you Melissa! It's so nice to hear that after all this hard work. And thank you for commenting!

    Scot, you really think it's before the 1950's? I guessed the fifties since I know thats when they did the little remodel back there and the style. hmmm..

  4. I LOVE the owl painting and what a perfect spot you found for it. I love the blue and yellow shades together.

  5. I'm a sucker for yellow and blue, it's so soothing and makes me feel so hyggelig! It's all around the house. I should post more pics of the house soon. Some before and afters. The Owl painting was from this huge art festival we have in our town each summer. Mo and I both saw it and wanted it but she gave in and let me have it for a housewarming gift. Isn't she the bestest?