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If you’re asking yourself what the heck hygge is, you’re probably not alone. Pronounced hue-gah or hoo-ga, the Norwegian word was originally used to mean well-being, but was later hijacked by nearby Denmark and used to connote a quality of cosiness and comfort that results in a feeling of contentment or well-being. In fact, the Danes have truly embodied the meaning of the word even on their darkest, coldest days, somehow remaining some of the happiest people in the world despite the region’s moody climes.

So, how do you translate a word and its meaning into a real-life atmosphere and feeling within your own home? We’ll walk you through all the basics of bringing hygge into your life.

Set the Mood With Lighting

Whether it’s with candles or a warm fire, the right lighting can do a lot to make your space feel more homey and cozy. In fact, lighting is one of the most essential elements when it comes to giving your home a soft glow that’ll help you feel more peaceful and relaxed.

Hearth & Hand Candle Holder

This candleholder will make a great addition to your mantle or the center of your dining table with its clean, simple design and warm brass color. Add some candles to it as-is, or include your own personal decor in the center to customize it for your space. We love the idea of using mini string lights or moss balls.

Rewined Candle

If you love relaxing at home with a great glass of wine, this candle can help replicate the feeling while giving your house a nice glow. Not only are Rewined candles poured into repurposed wine bottles—their scents are inspired by the aromas of popular wines.

Hearth Center

If building a roaring fire is more your thing, this log holder will not only keep your firewood all in one place, it also neatly stores all the tools you’ll need to make the perfect fire. It’s shaped like a cute little woodshed and the modern styling will complement any decor while keeping your hearth organized.

Add Neutral Textiles and Texture

One of the easiest ways to make any space feel instantly cozy? Plenty of soft blankets and rugs to add a layer of physical warmth. To create a look that’ll appeal to all your senses, try mixing different fabrics and textures to give your space a unique style that’s all its own.

Faux Sheepskin Rug

Fur is a super luxurious fabric, but most people don’t want to pay for the real thing or even have it in their homes. To enjoy the same cozy feeling fur gives without the guilt, opt for this faux sheepskin rug to make your space look and feel a little warmer.

Throw Blanket

There are few things better than wrapping yourself in a blanket on a chilly day, and this chunky knit throw is the perfect accessory to add to your living room to facilitate that. Available in multiple colors and patterns, this medium weight cable-knit blanket has a sherpa backing, which makes it the perfect thing for cold nights or afternoons by the fireside.

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Faux Fur Pillow

What’s a good blanket without a comfy pillow to go along with it? This fluffy faux-fur pillow is super plush and soft, making even the quickest nap a little more comfortable and luxe. Toss it into an arrangement of pillows on your bed or couch for some extra warmth and coziness while lounging.

Upgrade Your Apparel

Embracing the hygge spirit doesn’t stop at revamping the space you live in—it can also mean giving your loungewear a bit of an upgrade. From warm slippers to a new pair of soft pajamas, relax in comfort and style with these accessories.

Slipper Socks

Slippers are a must-have for cold winter months, but certain styles can be a little clunky. Streamline your indoor footwear with these slipper socks that’ll keep your feet warm without it feeling like you’re wearing shoes. Lined with faux shearling material for extra softness, we bet you’ll have a hard time taking them off.

Pajama Set

There’s nothing better than climbing into bed in a pair of soft, comfortable pajamas, and these will definitely help keep you warm during the winter months. Made with stretchable cotton fabric in a light grey color, you’ll stay snug and relaxed all night long.

UGG Duffield Robe

Whether you’re stepping out of the shower or just want an extra layer on while lounging around the house, a good robe can make all the difference in keeping you warm and comfortable. With a shawl collar, pockets, and an ultra-soft fleece lining, this is one we guarantee you’ll find yourself throwing on often. Plus, it’s available in a variety of colors.

The Finishing Touches

Even when you make your home as cozy as possible, the everyday stresses of life can easily deter you when it comes to feeling relaxed and calm. In addition to giving your decor and wardrobe a hygge makeover, these items can help remind you of what hygge means and how to embody it every day.

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living

Looking to really embrace the lifestyle moving forward? In this book, you’ll find all the tips and tricks you’ll need to make over your space the hygge way. You can even pass it on to interested friends to help them learn more about how they can feel cozy and well in their own lives, too.

Hygge Definition Print

When guests come over and want to know what your secret is for creating such a warm and comfortable space, why not let the decor do the talking for you? This streamlined print will let anyone who pays you a visit know the type of vibe you’re trying to achieve, and might even inspire them to do the same.

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