Hygge-pronounced ‘hew gah’

By Debra Worthington, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
"Southern comfort meets New England proper" Debra Worthington, a well-seasoned professional Interior Designer, merges her southern upbringing and values with her New England traditions to assess your lifestyle. For your home or commercial space we design spaces with timeless beauty. Worthington Interior Design is located in Newburyport. Whether you're a traditionalist or modernist; we work in all genres- " antiques can always be infused with a bit of of playful urban-mix."
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Hygge – cozy comfort ways to bring small pleasures as we approach the end of February. I first saw this word in a Scandinavian cookbook recipe for ‘That Banana Cake.’

Now I read in the New York Times we are obsessed with Hygge!

My home has always been an important part of my life and little did I know that the Danish are all about cozy comfort!

So I thought I’d give you a few ideas to help you nestle your way through winter. This time of year candles can bring you soft warm scents and change the light in your home. Buy a new throw for watching your favorite shows.

How about digging up a family recipe to bake so your home fills with wonderful smells of cinnamon, vanilla or lemon goodies.

Try baking bread from scratch, instant Hygge! All throughout the Winter I’ve been baking bread and it warms the kitchen.

What’s better than a good pot of tea and a sweet at this time of the year.  The English break at 4pm daily for their tea and crumpets.

Thought about moving around your furniture? If you have a fireplace, gather your seats closer to snuggle up close. Add a pouf or small ottoman to gather friends around.

Change your lamp light bulbs to the low setting at dusk. Any lights that are in the glow position if you will give you an instant sense of warmth and intimacy.

Hygge is of Danish origin and given the weather in this part of the world, if the Danes don’t know what makes your home and life no one does. Taking your children ice-skating and bringing along a blanket and a thermos of hot cocoa is another way to bring about Hygge!

Now for the grown-ups try a wonderful cordial of Bailey’s Irish Cream and coffee or a great Kentucky Bourbon and chocolate cream cordial chased with coffee and voilà.

Beautiful Johnston’s Elgin from Scotland home products are just beauty in laying over a sofa or lounge chair.

“Enjoy the rest of the winter and cozy up in your home and with friends and family.”

or as the Danish say….

“Nyd resten af ​​januar og hyggeligt op i dit hjem og med venner og familie.”


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