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Hygge Home Decor: Comfort for all Seasons

You may have heard of the Hygge home decor trend that is sweeping the globe, after it burst it’s borders of origin in Denmark. Although Hygge loosely translates as ‘coziness’, there is much more to it than that; so if we want to get the look and feel right, we need to understand more about what it means and what it’s trying to achieve. And as we all look forward to the Spring arriving, are we just going to pack away all our Hygge? No, because Hygge home decor is for all seasons. Read on to find out why…

hygge home decor all seasons

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What is Hygge?

Scandinavian style has been huge for some time, and although we all still love it, we’re starting to want a bit for warmth to our spaces. In ‘Home Design Trends 2017‘ I mentioned that pure whites are on the out, and warmer colors and textures are on the rise. I also noted ‘coziness’ as a trend for the year, so what does this look like and how do we get a piece of it? Hygge is considered by the Danes as more of a philosophy than a style, because the Hygge way of living describes relaxation and warmth, family, conversation with friends, and that fuzzy comforting feeling inside. It’s an atmosphere worth a fortune if only you could bottle it. Hygge is about slowing down the pace and enjoying the moment; and it’s said that the Danes are happier nation because of it. Who wouldn’t want a piece of that, it sounds marvelous. 

Hygge Home Decor

I can’t deliver friends, family, love and cheer to your home, I wish I could. However, I can help you enhance your Hygge home decor with some inspirational spaces and small details to bring some of atmosphere into your home. Although we can all envisage curling up with a loved one next to an open fire in the winter, getting that Hygge feeling in the summer may not be so simple. So I’m bringing to you a Hygge home decor style that works for every season, I hope they bring you a case of the fuzzier…

Winter

For winter you’ve got to look at your bedroom. When it’s cold outside there is nothing better than getting into your PJs and snuggling up under a cozy duvet. To maximize the atmosphere of Hygge, think layers, blankets, varied textures and plenty of scatter cushions. You’re after chunky knits, faux furs, and a little pattern too. You want your bed to look so comfy, you wish your arms were long enough to wrap around and give it a big hug. In fact, I might have to change the official translation of Hygge from coziness to hug. It’s so much more appropriate.

Hygge bedroom
Source: myscandinavianhome.com

The bedroom shown above is the face of lifestyle blog ‘My Scandinavian Home‘. I love the layering and the hints of fur, and the warmth of the rustic wood to tone down all that white. Mix up with furs with other textures like corduroy  or a chunky knitted blanket, the ultimate Hygge accessory. I’ve got my eye on the one shown below from Ugg. We all know how cozy their boots are… put it in a blanket and what have you got? Hygge.

Get the Look:

Sacho Baloo Faux Fur Cushion
Ugg Oversized Knit Blanket

Spring

For Spring we are going to the Lounge. As the sun comes out we’re ready to escape from beneath the blankets and start to socialize. To inspire a feeling of Hygge, we need to create spaces that can easily, yet casually invite family and friends to perch and chat. Comfy spots to drink tea and catch up on the latest news, without the formality of a three piece suite. Ottomans, bean bags, scattered chairs and cushions, all invite people to linger, relax and share.

sincerely jules office
Source: sincerelyjules.com

This is the LA Headquarters of lifestyle blog Sincerely Jules. The different seating options allow this social space to stay casual, and I chose this look for Spring because I just adore these hanging basket chairs. They feel really outdoorsy, and with the planting in the background I am feeling some major Spring Hygge. If hanging a chair from your ceiling seems a little too much to take on, there are alternatives. How about a banana leaf ottoman that can easily be tucked out of the way, or this fantastic orinoco rocking chair.

Get the Look:

Esteri Banana Leaf Ottoman
Orinoco Rocking Chair

Summer:

Time to bust open those doors and bring the inside out. Take every opportunity you can to eat outside in the summer, and soak up some serious Hygge with family and friends. Let the evenings get long, and make the most of the season by lighting up the perfect spot in your garden or terrace. Candles are not just for winter, so look out for lanterns and candlesticks you can bring to the table for intimate ambience.

outdoor dining
source: pinterest.com

Despite trying, I do not know to credit for this fantastic space, it really sums up summertime Hygge for me. Clusters of hanging bulbs, miss matched chairs that look like someone’s had to grab one from inside to fit an extra seat at the table. Scattered flowers, candles and pots. Even the cabinet brings the perfect welcome to to this space, which oozes Hygge home decor without looking so obviously Scandinavian. Go on, give summer a hug.

Get the Look:

Globe String Lights

Fall

Long walks, leaves falling and a bubble bath at the end of the day. For bathrooms it’s about the cozy details – a little wood, plants, candles, and don’t be afraid to bring some fabrics into the bathroom to warm things up. Take your time, pamper yourself, enjoy the moment and soak up the Hygge.

Source: fashionmenow.co.uk

This little snippet of bathroom Hygge is courtesy of Lucy Williams of Fashion Me Now, and her Ultimate Bath Recipe. My bath is seriously lacking in luxury at the moment, so a design intervention will be happening at some point. Watch this space…

Get the Look:

Olive Wood Bath Bridge
Tom Dixon Candle

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I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling pretty warm and cosy from from all this Hygge. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

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Extraordinary Plates for People with Personality

This was to be a interior design post all about the different things you can hang on your walls. I was going to start with plates, but I got totally carried away, and I’m now delivering to you a whole blog post on plates… whoops. I had no idea how many creatively designed, extraordinary plates there were available, so I just have to share a few of my favorites.

extraordinary plates

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You can be sure that when you pull these out of the cupboard at dinner time, everyone is going to be surprised. And if you’re looking for a gift, there’s something for every personality…

For the Traveller

Map fanatics everywhere need to get their hands on the ‘City on a Plate’ collection by notNeutral. There are multiple cities to choose from other than classics like London and New York, and I love that some of the smaller cities like Austin make the cut. I’ve picked Seattle, Washington DC and Chicago to feature because they’re all cities I would love to visit and haven’t yet managed to yet. I’m thinking about making a dinnerware bucket list…

Seattle
Washington DC
Chicago

 

For the Casual Comedian

I was excited to find these plates by British designer Jimbobart available in the US, partly because I think they’re awesome. I’m also hope featuring them will remind my dear friend Max Halley that he needs to go to the post office and send a limited edition Jimbobart plate (only available at Max’s Sandwich Shop in London). If you’re in London, go get an epic sandwich. If you’re not, but you love good food, ducks and foul language, I highly recommend following @lunchluncheon on Instagram. You’re welcome Max… where’s my plate?

Doughnut Destroyer
Cake Crusader
Cheese Sloth

 

For the Fashion Lover

Who knew the eccentric french fashion designer Christian Lacroix had branched out into homeware? Amazing. 

The Christian Lacroix brand subsists through timeless values. The result is a fabulous and richly entwined universe, which can be continually reinterpreted, re-mixed and illuminated. (christian-lacroix.com)

I was just going to say these plates are really pretty, but – what he said.

Dona Jirafa
Queen Bull
Woman

 

For the Sci-Fi Geek

These Star Wars dessert plates are an absolute bargain, and come as a set of four – sorry Luc Skywalker, I didn’t have space for you. Despite their price, don’t underestimate how cool these plates would look on your wall, I love the monochrome simple design. Of course they’re good for cake too.

Yoda
Darth Vader
Storm Trooper

 

One for the Kids

These melamine delights from designer Jackie Shapiro are adorable, and I know my daughter Elsie will think they are totally cool. I love that each band member comes complete with their own instrument, and what kid won’t enjoy those bold colors? Bring out your kids’ inner musician, and dish them up some nuggets on these beauts…

Guitarist
Drummer
Singer

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That’s it for today… I got so carried away with extraordinary plates I haven’t had a chance to think about anything else. Let me know what your favorites are!

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DIY Coffee Cup Hanging Planter

In my post ‘Hanging House Plant Ideas‘ I explore a number of options for creating impressive plant installations, out of the reach of little ones and somehow suspended from the wall or ceiling. Through these ideas I came up with my own project for the wall above my blog station… the Coffee Cup Hanging Planter. 

coffee cup hanging planter

It took a little longer than I had hoped, not because it was difficult, but because I wasn’t prepared with all the right materials and tools. I thought I’d save you the three return trips to The Home Depot and put together some instructions…


DIY Coffee Cup Hanging Planter: Materials 

coffee-cup-hanging-planter-materials

 

  • Wood planks for shelves. I used 2 x pine planks (3ft/5.5″/0.5″) which cost less than $5 each.
  • Wood stain (optional). I used ‘MinWax Wood Finish Penetrating Stain – Classic Grey 271’ which cost less than $5.
  • Steel cable. I used around 14ft of 1/8″ cable, costing under $5 in total.
  • Screw eyebolts. I used 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ eyebolts, the two pack cost $2.
  • S-Hooks. I used 1/4″ x 2″ hooks, the two pack cost less than $3.
  • Wire rope Thimbles. I used 1/8″ to fit the cable I chose.
  • Ferrule and stops sets. I used four sets at a total cost of $6.
  • Stackable coffee cups. I bought two sets from World Market at a total cost of $26. There may be cheaper vessels but personally I feel the coffee cups make all the difference.

Tools needed:

  • Swaging Tool;
  • Wire cutter (alternatively, get your cable cut into two equal length in store);
  • Drill and drill bits;
  • Hole saw drill bit (size to match coffee cups);
  • Stud finder;
  • Sandpaper;

DIY Coffee Cup Hanging Planter: How to…

  1. Cut holes for coffee cups in the wooden planks and sand the holes to a smooth finish.
  2. Drill a small hole at the corner of each plank using a drill bit just a little larger than the thickness of your steel cable.
  3. Stain the wooden planks (optional).
  4. Cut your cable into two equal length pieces (mine were about 7ft each).
  5. At the mid point of the cut cable install a wire rope thimble and a ferrule using a swaging tool. If you have no idea what I’m talking about have a look at this youtube video. NOTE: We want the loop in the center of the cable, not the end as the video shows.
  6. Feed the two ends of the cable through the small corner holes in the planks and use the swaging tool to apply a stop beneath each hole. This step requires careful measuring as it not only affects how low your shelves will hang, but also whether they will be level.
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for the other length of cut cable.
  8. Attach the additional shelves below the first using the same method. Remember, measuring accurately is key!
  9. Use a stud finder to find the joists behind your plasterboard ceiling (unless you have lovely exposed beams of course). You need a good solid connection to hold the weight of the planter. Drill a pilot hole for each screw eyebolt and install by twisting it into the ceiling.
  10. Connect your S-hooks to the eyebolts, hook your hanging planter onto the S-hooks and drop your coffee cups into the holes in the wooden planks.

Complete… Do let me know if you’ve tried it!

coffee-cup-hanging-planter


‘Hanging House Plant Ideas’ if part of a series of naptime makeovers… including these:

Accent Wall Ideas
How to Arrange Pictures Creatively
Modern Interior Door Handles

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Hanging House Plant Ideas: Naptime Makeover

I have been browsing hanging house plant ideas on Pinterest long enough… it’s time to do something about it. Maybe you, like me, are looking to add more green to your home in 2017? You may also have small children and animals that like to dig, chew and knock stuff over. It’s a problem, and the best way I can see to overcome it is to avoid large pots on the floor and stick to hanging hanging house plant ideas.

hanging house plant ideas

I’m making a new year resolution to try and keep some plants alive, something I don’t have the best history with. I’m also trying to bring some more style and warmth into our home that’s feeling a little unfinished. So before I get stuck into another baby naptime makeover, let me share with you some of my favorite hanging house plant ideas.


Hanging House Plant Ideas

Glass Terraniums

hanging-glass-terraniums
source: brit.co

These hanging glass terrariums are all the rage at the moment so you can get them from a number of different mainstream stores and even buy them ready filled on Etsy. 

Hanging Pots on the Wall

living-wall-white-pots
source: shoppigment.com

Made from recycled milk jugs, these ‘living wall planters’ are self watering and are perforated with air vents. The fantastic plant arrangement was designed by plant artists at Tend Living, and I think it’s just perfect. More on the design, with tips and tricks for creating something similar over at San Diego based Pigment.

Macrame Hangers

macrame-pots
source: tapasnalingua.com

Whether you make them yourself or buy in the skills of someone else, there are endless unique designs for macrame hangers. I love the warmth of the crafted look, and particularly enjoy the bronze beads and the dip dyed ends on the centre pot. These particular delights are available as DIY kits or made to order from Casulo, the online shop of Spanish blogger Ana at Tapas na Lingua.

Mason Jar Stacked Hanger

stacked-suspended-shelves
source: constantcontact.com

Is there anything you can’t do with a mason jar? Designer Susie Frazier has come up with yet another use for them here with this suspended vertical shelf using metal rods and small pieces of wood. More about Suzie and her ‘Earthminded Style Tips‘ here.

For the Adventurous…

hanging-trees
source: vtwonen.nl

I just love this image. It has a kind of modern Hobbit feel about it. I found this idea at Dutch design blog/shop vtwonen. As the site is written in Dutch, I used my best Google translate skills to find out how we go about creating such a masterpiece…

“Remove the plant from its pot and loosen the soil around the roots around. Then tie a big lump of damp moss with wire around the roots and hang the tree with sturdy rope to the ceiling.”

It’s a simple as that, apparently. Go on, I dare you… and send me a pic of the tree, and the carpet below one week later.

For the Traditionalist…

hanging-baskets
source: thedesignfiles.net

Hanging baskets… they’ve been around for years. No need to invent the wheel, just do it really really well. That’s what Korean floral designer Wona Bae is doing at her workshop in Collingwood, Australia. Wona describes Loose Leaf’s studio space as “a jungle of plants suspended from the walls and ceiling” in her interview with The Design Files.


Naptime Makeover: Hanging Plant Ideas

I’ve got to say this has been the most fiddly makeover to date. In principle the idea was simple, in reality it was one of those projects that involved going back to the Home Depot three times and calling in a lot of man strength help from Husband. Did it fit into naptime? No. Would it have fit into nap time if I had all the materials and equipment ready when I started? Maybe. Nevertheless, I am super excited about it because it turned out even better than imagined. I keep stopping and staring at it as I pass by the kitchen… 

coffee-cup-shelf-makeover

For instructions on how to build what I’m calling the ‘Coffee Cup Hanging Planter’ visit my other post from today. 

coffee-cup-hanging-planter
I’m loving my new workstation!

If you missed my other naptime makeovers, take a look at:

Accent Wall Ideas
How to Arrange Pictures Creatively
Modern Interior Door Handles

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