In the process of building my own house, a rather annoying limitation of interior design was highlighted for me:  the principles of design can create a beautiful, functional house, but that’s as far as they can take you.  Interior Design can only achieve Step 1.

There’s a Danish buzz word going around these days…”Hygge”. Have you heard it? In a loose translation, it’s to live well. Cozy – Relaxed – Slow. It’s the feeling of Home.

It’s Step 2.

The sad reality is, that Step 1. is STRESSFUL AND EXPENSIVE! Most people want a break from the entire process once they move in to their new house, so Step 2. seems like a distant and unrealistic dream.  It also happens to be the most requested topic, when I book in-home consultations. “How can I finish decorating my house to make it feel more like a home?”.

To me, home is all things simple, natural, imperfect, honest, comfortable, informal.  When you can use the same words to describe both yourself, and your home, you’ve achieved your authentic space.

This is what I’m passionate about. This is my comfort zone. Step 2 is my jam.

So, after taking a break from blogging, I have decided that I will jump back into it, and share with anyone who’s interested, how I Hygge. It doesn’t take a lot of money, if you follow my tips – but it will take time and it will require careful editing of the pieces you already have, while mindfully curating others. I will tell you where to find such pieces, how much (or little) you should be paying for them. I will talk about what materials, colours, shapes, sizes or textures you should be looking for. I will help you train your eye, so that when you walk past a garage sale or thrift store you will zero in on ONLY the pieces that will elevate your house to a home. Step 2. is the opposite of clutter. It’s less is more. It’s quality over quantity. It’s authenticity. Step 2. goes beyond your furniture and your flooring, it seeps into your pantry, your linen closet, your shower, your wardrobe, your fridge…your heart.

Why don’t you join me as I live it and learn it.  Let’s Hygge together!


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8 Responses to Hygge

  1. Meredith Martin January 25, 2017 at 9:30 AM #

    Yaaaaas! Sophia, I’m ready to hygge with you. Teach me!

    • Sophia January 25, 2017 at 10:03 AM #

      Yay Meredith! Let’s do this :)

  2. Sarah Duplessis January 25, 2017 at 7:05 PM #

    Sophia it’s unbelievable, the serendipity of this post right now to me. I feel like I am very much moving into Stage One! But I have found my mind contemplating stage two, which I didn’t know was “Hygge” but the definition exactly describes what I’ve been thinking and feeling. Hygge is where I want to move towards, and this renovation is really a perfect opportunity. Serendipty :)
    Looking forward to following your renewed blogging, and experimenting and implementing some of your ideas and suggestions after a good purge!!

    • Sophia January 26, 2017 at 6:17 AM #

      Hi Sarah, How exciting! I love that you are already contemplating Stage 2 :) I think a lot of us picture our completed renovations, without realizing that there is a gap between house and home to bridge first. I’m so glad that you’re on board and ready to do the work! We’ve got some great resources in our area (that I’ll share in my next post) so I’m sure you and I will be bumping into each other as we work towards our quest for Hygge! P.S. I’m excited to see your new kitchen!

  3. Luz Perez Brown January 25, 2017 at 10:52 PM #

    Hi Sophia!

    I came across your post on Instagram. Great minds think alike! I actually just finished writing an article about the very same concept and am hoping to publish it soon. It’s titled Interior Design with a PURPOSE. I’d love to share it with you. :) Check your inbox and let me know what you think.

    Cheers from Atlanta.

    • Sophia January 26, 2017 at 6:23 AM #

      Hi Luz from Atlanta!,

      Thank you for sharing that, I look forward to reading it! It’s nice to hear that you feel the same way about Interior Design as I do. Checking my inbox now…

  4. Jacquelyn January 26, 2017 at 6:29 PM #

    Looking forward to the next post – it IS the curation that can be sooo hard!

    • Sophia January 27, 2017 at 6:15 AM #

      Thanks for reading my blog,Jacquelyn. It’s certainly time consuming and most of the curating is accidental, so impossible to have a clear cut shopping list. That’s also what makes it so special :) I’m happy to have you follow along and would love to hear any tips you may have as we go. You’ve got such a creative mind, your perspective will help.

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