As the winter chill welcomes us into the new year, so does the excitement of all the possibilities that await us in the coming months. We set goals, make plans, fill our calendars with events and gatherings. We dive back into work and the bustle of our lives.
But just as we may be feeling the need to speed up, we are only beginning the winter season. It’s a time to regroup and pay gratitude for the previous year and steadily prepare for the new. It's as if the frosty weather outside forces us to slow down and retreat to the habits that solely bring us comfort. Last year, we discussed embracing the Yin Season and finding mental stillness. This year, we're looking to build warmth in the home.
This feeling of “going inward” has been most accurately captured by the Danish concept of hygge, which refers to finding comfort, pleasure, and warmth in simple, soothing things such as a cozy atmosphere or the feeling of friendship. The Scandinavian term encompasses a feeling of coziness, contentment, and well-being found through cherishing the little things.
Engage yourself in activities that bring comfort in the coming months. I have been spending time relaxing in front of the fire with my pets and enjoying beautiful winter sunrises.
- Reading by candlelight
- Journaling on a comfy sofa wrapped in a cozy blanket
- Enjoying the company of friends around a fire
- Sharing a meal
- Creating cozy rituals such as making the bed every morning, preparing a cup of tea, making a floral arrangement and using a gratitude journal.
A major aspect of hygge is creating a warm and restful space in which to retreat to.
Rugs instantly create warmth in any space and bring aesthetically pleasing visual textures. Shapes Handwoven Mat shown above.
Wrap yourself up in a beautiful handmade throw and snuggle up with a good book or a movie. Aloka's repurposed sari quilts are the perfect size and weight for cuddling, shown below.
Candles create a soft, calming light and fill the room with soothing scents. A perfect way to wind down from a busy day.
There’s really no better way to warm up from the frigid outside temperatures than connecting with loved ones over home cooked meals. We love the look of Chilewich's durable and unique placemats combined with local ceramics.
While the outside temperatures may be too cold, you can still fill your home with items that convey the texture and colors of our natural world. Although contemporary, our style is influenced by the beauty of nature. Our goal is to feel connected to the planet through sustainably sourced wood, steel, and decor.
I hope that you are able to find and create spaces that inspire contentment and comfort this Winter. January is our month to reconnect and plan for the year ahead at Steel + Plank. The shop will re-open with normal hours in February, and we hope to see you then.