Come on...admit it - some of you share my weird sense of humor and when you saw the title, you had a flashback to this scene from "Elf" when Will Farrell's character attempts to show some affection to a raccoon who wasn't in the mood for a hug, not even from a well-meaning guy in yellow tights.
The first time I saw the word "hygge" I assumed - incorrectly - that it was pronounced like we pronounce "hygiene" and probably had something to do with a tidy, well-maintained home.
But I assumed wrong on both counts. This Danish word (and concept) is pronounced "hue-gah" or "hue-gae" and its origins are where we get our word "hug."
Think cozy, friendly, enjoyable, hospitable.
Hygge isn't a thing....it's a feeling.
It can be with friends or family....or some quiet alone time.
Now that we're past the winter solstice, our days are slowly get longer again, but we've still got plenty of cold weather and dreary gray skies before warm weather returns to stay. So it's the perfect time to seek out some hygge in our lives and our homes. We find it in small, simple ways - wrapping our fingers around a steaming hot, hand lettered Murfreesboro or Tennessee mug from Nashville Farmhouse, lighting a sweetly scented candle from Southern Momma, and propping our stocking feet on a chunky reclaimed barn wood coffee table in front of a crackling fire.
As 2018 unfolds, we're focusing on making our #littlelogcabin a place that invites us and our guests to experience hygge. We want you to feel warm and welcomed when you visit, and inspire you to take home some ideas and even some new pieces to create cozy moments in your own life and home.
Everyone told us we should go to market. For the uninitiated, "market" in the southeast means AmericasMart in Atlanta. Three towering buildings in downtown Atlanta, with floor after floor of every type of home good and apparel you can imagine.
As if that isn't impressive enough, each January the market has a special week when wholesale vendors from all over the country swoop in and set up special temporary spaces with their shiniest and prettiest new wares.
There are other special weeks throughout the year, but January is the must-see month if you want to get a jump on the newest trends for the year.
So we went.
You've probably heard the expression, when in Rome, do as the Romans. We've finally fully embraced that mindset in our shop, which is located in a #littlelogcabin. After the holidays, we did a two-day massive shuffle and moved nearly every piece on the ground floor to create a series of rooms so you can envision how these pieces would fit in your home.
We thought we'd take you on a little tour today and show you how we're creating a fresh modern farmhouse style that combines clean midcentury and industrial pieces with rustic and primitive elements.
Our hearth room features several handcrafted tables nestled in among these tufted upholstered pieces. Wood lamps echo the MCM vibe. Since we snapped this picture last week, a pedestal table and chairs has gone to a new home, and the rest of the hearth room is being updated with a new study vignette and another dining room.
In our large gathering room, a dining room vignette is currently featuring this beautiful Art Deco burled wood buffet. To chase away the winter blahs, we've paired chunky farmhouse candle pillars and a cathedral arch with succulents in a macrame hanger and tucked in potted ferns and botanical prints.
A new table with chairs are on their way to replace the table and chairs that sold from this dining room. (Tables and chairs don't stay long here, so if you see one you like, don't wait too long!)
One of our two farmhouse bedrooms blends rich deep blues and soft grays with off-whites and distressed tables for a tailored look. A waterfall armoire with bakelite handles offers stylish storage for linens or clothes.
A second bedroom next to this one features soothing taupes and creams with some natural wood pieces.
In our bedroom displays, you'll find painted and wood furniture, from beds and dressers to nightstands and vanities and desks, along with pillows, hand lettered signs and other items to feather your nest.
Our last stop on today's tour is this farmhouse dining room that we worked on after-hours this week. It features a large dining table that we're updating with General Finishes "Java" gel stained top over distressed white base, and an industrial wood cabinet re-invented into a fabulous primitive pantry.
We hope we've inspired you to do a little rearranging in your own home. Need more inspiration? Stop by and see what's new!
WHO WRITES THIS STUFF?
I'm Terry Lea, owner of Re-Invintage Home, a vintage home goods shop just south of Nashville in Murfreesboro, TN. A lifelong passion for vintage picking led me to open a shop with my picking pal, Sherri in 2017. Come see us!