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How To: Hygge While You Eat

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How To: Hygge While You Eat

Melissa Dohmen

 Hygge is all about creating cozy, thoughtful spaces in your home. Our collection is aimed to do just that.

Hygge is all about creating cozy, thoughtful spaces in your home. Our collection is aimed to do just that.

Hygge (pronounced "hoo-gah") is a little, well, ambiguous to define. But here's the basics:

  1. It's a Danish word and it's pretty much a way of life in Denmark.
  2. The closest translation we have for it is the word "cozy." But others go a step further: hygge could also be defined as intentional living. Creating a space / sanctuary and surrounding yourself with people that support it. 
  3. It's all over home and interior trends for 2017. So get used to saying it, spotting it and explaining it to friends. 

My mind translates hygge to something like reading by the fireplace with a cup of handmade hot cocoa in hand. Or cozying up with a loved one in a bed of pure white with hand-knit blankets while you journal.

This little exercise got me thinking: how does one hygge in the kitchen? Or at the dining room table? The good news is eating together is so hygge. Sharing a curated, thoughtful space with people you care about is pretty much the definition.

So how do you curate memorable, hygge-approved mealtime? We've got a few tips. 

 Our hygge trivet is hand knit with wood accents, like this tiny wooden beads. It's most hygge when it's sitting next to my favorite mug -- from my great-grandma -- and cup of Zen tea.

Our hygge trivet is hand knit with wood accents, like this tiny wooden beads. It's most hygge when it's sitting next to my favorite mug -- from my great-grandma -- and cup of Zen tea.

ADD TEXTURE

Choose items that are natural, tactile and pleasing to the touch. That means opting for your wooden spoons, spatulas and serving sets instead of bulky plastic. Or choosing a woven or fabric placemat instead of cheap plastic or mass-fabricated items. 

CONSIDER THE SOURCE

Hygge is partially about channeling memories and sharing stories, and a lot of that has to do with where and when you got something. Hygge means using your grandmother's old tablecloth or the mug rugs your bought at the farmer market. Not just setting the table with your latest Target haul. 

KEEP IT SIMPLE

 Add texture to your dinner table. Opt for wood, glass and metal. Skip the plastic.

Add texture to your dinner table. Opt for wood, glass and metal. Skip the plastic.

With hygge, less is more. And it's not necessarily about spending more, either. The art of hygge is best achieved when you surround yourself with things that make you happy ad bring you joy. So pare down your dining experience to the essentials and choose things that bring you happiness.

MAKE IT PERSONAL

Again, hygge is about memories and creating thoughtful experiences. There's an easy way to translate that to the kitchen: make something personal. Hygge gives you permission to skip the online recipes and instead grab your recipe box or hand-me-down cookbooks and bake something your grandma made you. Or cook your moms renowned chicken noodle soup from scratch.

LIGHTING IS KEY

Hygge is about setting a mood, and nothing does that better than natural light and candle light. Choose wooden candle blocks or hand-poured soy candles as a centerpiece to your next meal. 

GO GREEN

Plants and nature help create a calming, peaceful sanctuary. This is true in your kitchen or at your table, too. Pick succulents or small indoor plants that can serve as a centerpiece on your dinner table. Or try a hanging air plant or cactus in the kitchen.

 Hygge is about surrounding yourself with things that make your happy & have meaning. Our bread bag reminds me of my inspiration for this item, Women's History Month (March), and I love baking bread. Especially with my mom or grandma. 

Hygge is about surrounding yourself with things that make your happy & have meaning. Our bread bag reminds me of my inspiration for this item, Women's History Month (March), and I love baking bread. Especially with my mom or grandma. 

How do you plan to hygge this year? Let us know and check out some of our favorite hygge-ready kitchen pieces below.