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How to Create a Comfortable Home

As we head into fall and the weather gets cooler here on the east coast, we long for warmth and comfort. What does that look like for you? There are many trending concepts to support a simpler, back-to-basics, way of life. To name a couple:

Hygge, pronounced “hoo-ga”

Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and author of “The Little Book of Hygge,” states:

“Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience. It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe.”

Wabi-Sabi

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There are various meanings to this Japanese term, here is an explanation from Leonard Koren, author of Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers:

“Wabi Sabi is the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete, the antithesis of our classical Western notion of beauty as something perfect, enduring, and monumental.”

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These concepts embrace the idea that your home should be a place of sanctuary in a simple and clutter-free way. Think about colors found in nature, weathered materials that are truly weathered-by-age. Pull out that old family frame or chest, regardless of the imperfections and add it to a room. The theory is that items loved by time have more meaning and add a peaceful feel to a room.

How can you create a simple, cozy, sanctuary-like area in your home?

  1. Remove the clutter. Create a no-technology zone where you and your guests can take a break and relax.
  2. Get comfortable. Create a comfortable area for you and your guests, with the proper pillows, fun textured throws, and various candles to burn.
  3. Embrace nature. Bring interesting branches or cuttings from your yard into your home, place in a vase as part of a centerpiece, use the colors of the season.
  4. Incorporate old and weathered items into your space.
  5. Have friends over and entertain in a relaxing environment. Have a movie night or a game night, having friends over does not have to be complicated. Think warm drinks such as tea or coffee, and plenty of relaxation.

It’s all about creating a peaceful area in your home, regardless of what is happening in your world, your home should be a sanctuary that is comfortable for you to enjoy and make new memories. If you need helRedesign Right, LLCp picking the proper colors for your home or need a home decorating refresh, call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email.

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. (Featured Photo from Houzz:  Hoedemaker Pfeiffer)

Add Hygge to Your Life and Home

Hygge Style“Hygge is not a thing or something you buy…hygge is a state of mind.” – Morten Georgsen

Have you heard this term “hygge”? It is becoming more and more mainstream in America. The concept originates in Denmark and describes a way of life. It’s pronounced “hoo-ga” if you were wondering.

The Danish exemplify this way of life, every day. The Word Happiness Report voted the Danes as the happiest people, and this is the reason their hygge way of life is catching on everywhere. So, what does it mean? Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, states, “Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience. It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe.” In his book titled, “The Little Book of Hygge,” he recommends:

  1. Get comfortable and prioritize comforting textures.
  2. Be present at the moment not distracted by technology, take a break and relax.
  3. Use proper lighting, use candles.
  4. Build and connect relationships, invite friends over, create memories.
  5. Enjoy the simple pleasures of fresh tea, coffee, or the smell of a baked item.

How can you add Hygge to your decor?

  • Simplify your decorating style. Remove clutter and surround yourself with only things that are peaceful to you and make you comfortable.
  • Embrace natural items. A cozy natural (cotton, wool, silk, linen) thread throw, incorporate plants in your room, bring nature from outdoor indoors in found items, cuttings, rocks, etc.
  • Decorate with and use candles. For information on the best way to burn a candle, click here.
  • Create a hyggekrog. I love this concept! The theory is that everyone should have their cozy corner, comfortable and snug place. I offer five tips on setting up a comfortable reading area in my article titled, Color Me Cozy in 5 Easy Steps, check it out for details.

I hope you can incorporate hygge into your life and make each Redesign Rightmoment feel special. For some inspiration, I created a Pinterest board, view by clicking here. If you need help streamlining a room and creating a simpler comfortable style, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 or email and set up a consultation.

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, and .

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