The weather in Denver has dipped below 50 degrees, which means… Fall is here! Okay, so I’ll be the first to admit that I am #basic when it comes to fall. I have already rocked my flannel with a vest, pulled out my ugg boots, and have taken a classic changing of the leaves photo. However, believe it or not- I have yet to order a pumpkin spice latte. That’s all my husband. He loves PSLs. Needless to say, our household absolutely loves fall. So, in honor of the changing of seasons, I want to share with my wild tribe how we are welcoming in Fall the Hygge way.
What is Hygge (Pronounced HUGH-GUH)? I’m glad you asked. Chucky and I spent some time in Denmark last winter and were introduced to this amazing concept (keep an eye out for a new post on Why We Adopted Hygge into Our Lives). There is no one word in English that it translates to, but it is essentially the feeling of coziness and warmth by living in the moment and being intentional. Minimalism and Hygge go hand in hand because both focus on creating a beautifully crafted living space to promote peace and calm. With fall in full swing (I hope! Who knows what global warming has in store for us…), I wanted to share a couple of ways you can bring hygge into your home as well.
Welcoming Fall With Hygge
Knitted anything, actually! Hats, scarves, throws… you name it. Anything that screams “please cuddle up with me!” I absolutely love our throw blankets on our couch because when I wake up in the morning, I can just wrap myself up while drinking a nice hot cup of coffee. My morning immediately starts off on the right foot because of how cozy I can get. It’s almost like getting out of bed, to get into another 🙂
2. Pay Attention to Lighting
When you think of dim lights- you think of being out at a nice romantic restaurant, paying close attention to the person across from you. Or maybe a yoga class where you are focusing on every inhale and exhale coming from your body. We get an overwhelming sense of calm and happiness when the lights aren’t blinding us. So go ahead… turn your living room into a nice oasis with dim lights by using lamps or white Christmas lights, and lots and lots of candles. Tea candles are the way to go because you can have multiple going and have a beautiful ambiance from it.
3. Bring the Outdoors In
What is better decoration for fall than pumpkins? Pick up some small pumpkins and place them around your house to give it a good ol’ festive feeling. I’m really excited to also pick up pinecones and twigs from our walks with Ollie to bring nature inside. Ollie is VERY good at picking out twigs! It’s such a great feeling to be able to experience the season while sitting in your living room. (Note- pick up items that have fallen already. It’s nicer that way:))
4. Seasonal Dishes
Roasted butternut squash and brussel sprouts, anyone?! I LOVE cooking up autumn dishes. Squashes, walnuts, cranberries… everything! There is nothing better than some warm comfort food in your belly when the temperature starts to dip. While you eat, make sure you mindfully enjoy. Pay attention to all the flavors, and savor them. Not only is that good for your health to slow down, but it is also a meditative feeling when you really pay attention to all the details.
5. Using Your Olfactory Senses
To compliment your dimly lit haven, you should kick it up a notch by adding scented candles that capture the time of the year. For me- I absolutely love the smell of clove and cinnamon. Currently, we have a Yankee candle that was a wedding gift, but once that goes out we will continue using our diffuser. I highly recommend the InnoGear Diffuser from Amazon found here. Smells are linked to memories, and being able to reminiscence on the feeling of comfort and peace makes for a relaxing moment.
6. Embrace It
The biggest concept surrounding hygge is to be present and make your environment as cozy and warm as possible. Since the seasons are in the transition, we haven’t exactly felt the full-on force that summer is over. We could easily be heartbroken that we can no longer wear our jean shorts or our cute summer dresses. However, doing so will just make you think of all the things you will miss about summer, and not welcome fall in. That, in turn, will make you start off the season in a slump. What you need to do is to embrace the new season and think about all the amazing activities that come along with it! Pumpkin patches, thanksgiving, layering, and to my husband- PSLs!
Take a moment to be thankful for this very moment that you are in, and let fall in with open arms.
Does anyone have other fun ideas to add to this list? I would love to hear about it!