Danish-speaking people say “hygge,” which roughly translates to creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people, particularly in wintertime. Hygge is all about using all 5 senses to absorb the joy of even the simplest things: the smell of apple and cinnamon cake, the words of a lovely poem, the feeling of lying in your bed in freshly ironed linen, or just looking out at the colors in the garden. Hygge is everywhere; you just need to discover it. This social media trend is one you should consider trying and we have a few items and tips to help “hygge” your home.
1.) Incorporate light
Warm light from a candle, string of lights, or lighted Village piece creates a warm ambiance for every room.
2.) Add textures
Soft textures such as chunky knit blankets, tweed pillows, and fluffy woolen rugs add comfort and dimension to your space.
3.) Tiny or simple additions can have impact
This is not about overhauling your home; tiny additions can make an impact! Consider adding some of your favorite personal items that hold meaning- such as a Snowbabies piece.
4.) Enjoy your space
Don’t focus on what might wow or impress guests but rather what kinds of items make each one of your rooms feel like a sanctuary.
Department 56 Sculptor Kiri Namtvedt and Artist Tate Yotter give an insider view on what it was like creating the new and quirky Department 56 Pusheen ornaments.
“The first time I ever saw Pusheen I didn’t even know what her name was, but the image resonated right away because this little cat was sitting in an open refrigerator eating all the pie and I could totally relate. Pie is the best food, after all. When I found out that we were doing Pusheen ornaments I thought it was so fun to see a three-dimensional Pusheen – so simple and round, like a pet rock, but still having all the fun adventures.”
“Let me start by saying that you don’t have to be a cat-lover to love Pusheen, but it definitely helps. For those of us with cats in our lives, Pusheen’s mannerisms are on point. If you don’t know Pusheen, Google her immediately, and let the giggling begin. You might remember her from Facebook. You might know her from her adorable gifs on the interweb. You may even know her from the plushies released last year by our sister company GUND.”
“If you’ve never heard of her Pusheen is a tubby little gray lady kitty. And she’s hilarious. She likes to eat pizza and doughnuts, loves spending Christmas with her fluffy friend Stormy and of course, like any cat, enjoys napping. Basically Pusheen is my spirit animal.”
“Artist Clare Belton created Pusheen. The tubby gray lady kitty was born of Clare’s comics on everydaycute.com. Sadly this site no longer exists. But fear not! Pusheen has become an Internet sensation. This year I had the pleasure of working with Pusheen Corp and Clare in developing a line of ornaments for Department 56. I was so excited about this line and am hoping you find these little ornaments as charming as I do.”
Pusheen ornaments will be available starting this summer at your local gift retailer and at www.department56.com
In areas of your home such as the living room it can be almost impossible to avoid open shelving. Not only can bookcases double as showcase-worthy storage for all your favorite treasures, but you can also style your reading material to look design-savvy. Before beginning transforming your bookshelf into a fun photo-op, you’ll have to get rid of any items that you don’t want on display. Try to narrow the focus of your shelf to roughly 6 or 7 items.
Books. Well, it is a BOOK case after all. Keep your favorites on display or purchase something for the sake of the cover design.
Tall accent pieces. Each shelf should have layered heights. If your shelves are tall make sure to include tall items or it will look like something is missing. If you don’t think you have anything tall enough, improvise by stacking books and placing an object atop.
Picture frames. Keeping a few simply designed frames to tell your story is incredibly important. This is your home!
Greenery. Adding a few faux or real items can bring some life to your shelves.
Objects of interest. Break up the monotony of straight and repetitive lines that books can create with unique items such as geometric spheres, vases, or geode crystals.
Boxes. Pretty and functional! Depending on what you choose this is an opportunity to bring in additional textures, designs, and the perfect way to hide any smaller treasures.
THINGS TO AVOID
Not having a plan. Although jumping in is exciting, make sure you have an idea of where you want your items to go! The easiest place to start is deciding on how you want to organize your books- by color, author, size? The possibilities are endless!
Unnecessary objects. Unless you are a librarian, you probably don’t need every book you own on display. By spacing out the books and breaking up the spaces with an item such as a vase or art makes it more visually appealing.
Size does matter. Larger items help create visual landmarks for the eye to follow so that you are not too overwhelmed. When you start styling your shelves consider starting with the larger items and fill in the blanks with accessories.
Ignoring white space. Incorporating interesting items can be fun, but make sure to remember to leave white space. Just like when you look at a photo your eye will want space to rest between visual elements.