After a long day or a hectic week, you just want to come home, unwind with a glass of wine and decompress without having to think about work or anything else. For me, this little corner of the Loft is the living room, where I spend most of my time, whether it’s blogging, taking photos, watching Netflix, or listening to music. This is why it was so important for me to create a homey and ”hygge” (pronounced hoo-ga”) ambiance in this nook.
If you’re unfamiliar with the practice of hygge, don’t fret. I was too. It’s a Danish concept that means cozy. If you want to know how I’ve integrated hygge into my home, keep reading! As mentioned, since I spend the majority of my time when I’m at the Loft in the living room, I wanted to make it a space that makes it inspirational and comfortable as it can be.
The first piece that really makes the room what it is (and it was probably the first purchase I made when I moved out) is my couch. It is a beautiful and spacious sectional that I bought from a Quebec store called Brault & Martineau. It is the comfiest couch I have ever sat on and after most long days, you’ll find me falling asleep on it. It’s a completely custom couch so I chose a warm heathered grey material that’s versatile to match with any colour of throw or cushion, and it matches the neutral and clean look I was going for. To make a space enjoyable, I believe that everything needs to be cohesive and tie in together effortlessly. I have absolutely nothing against people who find antiques or odds and ends to put into their place. It gives a home character, but I’ve always been someone who likes things that flow and that create good feng shui, if you will.
Secondly, I’m someone who’s constantly cold. Whether it’s freezing or boiling outside or in a room, my body temperature is always below normal. You’ll always find me wrapped up in a throw even if I’m wearing the thickest sweater and reading socks, but that’s what keeps me warm and cosy. Throws come in an abundance of colours, materials, sizes, softness and thickness. My favourite ones come from Indigo, Homesense, Simons and Walmart.
Pillows make great accent pieces to a couch. I got really soft plush ones at Homesense, and what’s fun about these pieces is that you can switch them out depending on the season or holiday to bring Hygge into your home throughout the year. You can really have fun with pillows and get endearing quotes on them or an adorable animal. You can also mix and match colours and sizes. Options are endless!
Interior décor brings a room together and succulents are subtle accents in any room. They help clean the air and add a punch of colour and texture. They’re super low maintenance and don’t need much attention.
A gallery wall is a must in any home. They allow you to be creative and to make the space your own. From selecting prints to the frames and the placement on the wall, it’s truly a fun DIY project that’s self-expressive. You can find great varieties of pictures at Homesense, Bouclair and Indigo.
One of my favourite elements in the living room is a candle. I almost always have one lit because it provides warmth and comfort. I also don’t have a fireplace so I see it as being as close as I can get to having one. It also fills up the room with a subtle scent. I particularly love candles that give off a relaxing scent such as lavender or eucalyptus. Bath & BodyWorks have a product line that is made with essential oils.