Hygge (pronounced HUE-guh) is a Danish word. Here it says, "In essence, hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people."
To me, personally, hygge is all about comfy clothes, just the right music, twinkling lights, a warm beverage...and making art.
If you're wondering why I didn't mention being around people, it's because I'm an introvert and sometimes I need people-free time in order to recharge.
We've had a few cold days in our area lately which inevitably puts me in a cozy frame of mind. This will be my first Autumn/Winter in my new-to-me studio space (it was the kids' playroom) and I'd like to be able to encourage hygge moments in it as I create.
What does that look like?
- a quick neatening of my art table
- if it's during the day, opening the curtains on the windows so I can see out
- both my task lighting and cozy lighting (twinkly lights) on
- lots of art making
What does that feel like?
- comfy clothes (lounge pants, a paint-spattered t-shirt, and cozy socks if it's cold)
- a soft throw on my lap
- a heater keeping the room from feeling frigid (the previous owners made this room by closing in what used to be the garage and their DIY work left the heating and cooling situation in this room inadequate)
What does that sound like?
- putting on a favorite playlist - Christmas or instrumental playlists are my go-to when I need to bump up the cozy factor
- in lieu of music, sometimes I'll find a favorite show or movie to play as I work
- my boys and/or my Hubs will often wander in to chat, see what I'm making, or share with me what they're working on
- our gentle giant of a black lab, Rocky, snoring at my feet