Why do we curse these long, cold winter days? How can we embrace this time, as the Scandinavian culture does, as a time to relax, get cozy and enjoy the closeness of friends and family? There's a word for it in Danish. "hygge", (pronounced "hoo-guh"). Although there's no English translation for this Danish term, the dictionary defines it as "a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being." Some things that may conjure up a feeling of hygge are warm blankets, roaring fires, mugs of hot tea, nubby slippers or dinner at home with friends. In my home I try to create that cozy feeling with baskets of blankets, LOTS of throw pillows, and big mugs ready to be filled with coffee and hot chocolate. I think of it as that moment when I'm on the sofa wrapped in a blanket and wearing my "soft cloths", with a glass of wine and a good book. Or on a cold day gathered around the dinner table with friend's, laughing and enjoying a warm meal.
But most recently my "hygge" comes from my shop, ROOST Home. Whenever I walk in I get a sense of warmth and happiness. It comes from the age of the building, the history, the textures that fill it. But mostly it comes from the people who walk in the door. Their smiles, willingness to share a piece of their day and conversations about their plans and homes are what fill the shop with "hygge". I hope you feel it too and that your visits with us give you a moment to relax, warm up and think about the people and places in your life that mean the most.
So thank you for making this winter, for me, not only something to endure but something to embrace.