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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LemonTree + Co. Interiors is an interior design studio and decor shop based in Elora, Ontario. 

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