I’m so excited to give you guys a sneak peak at our first home (my boyfriend and I). This place is so special to us. Welcome in!
Instead of just sharing pictures of our home, I thought I would share a few tips too! We considered three things when designing our spaces: hospitality, hygge, and heart (see what I did there?!).
Hospitality at Home
Hospitality was ingrained in to both of our upbringings. From the very beginning of house-shopping, we wanted the space to accommodate many gatherings. We’ve done just that on a few occasions already! The open-concept kitchen/living/dining space allowed us to host thanksgiving dinner, with 25 family members.
Sometimes you have to get creative to make things work for entertaining, and that’s okay. Instead of opting for a giant sectional (I find most people won’t squish over anyways – especially here in America where everyone has a space bubble), I chose to find less obvious seating solutions.
Our chair is oversized and perfect for the snuggly couple. The bench by the window? Great for two more when the couch is full; it can be moved around the room depending where we need the seats. Footstools are a great option for extra seating when tight on space. I picked up a thin reclaimed wood bench right before Thanksgiving that tucks nicely behind the couch when not in use. Otherwise, it works perfectly for the table when extended to its full size.
People always make do, whether they find seats in the staircase or stand around the kitchen. It’s not about the size of your home, but the company you share it with.
Even though we’re still working on our guest room/home office, we’ve had plenty of people stay the night. A blow-up mattress or cot do just fine to accommodate friends and family after a fun night in. This is just another reminder that you don’t need to be fancy to be a good host.
Hygge at Home
Hygge is something us Canadians really haven’t picked up on. If you’ve ever been to Europe, especially in the cooler months, you’ll notice this feeling of coziness that you can’t quite put your finger on. A lot of countries have different names for it, but my favorite is the Danish word “hygge” (pronounced hyoogah). There’s a lot to the concept, and if you’d like to read more on the subject, my favorite books are “How to Hygge,” “The Little Book of Hygge,” and “Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness“.
The easiest ways that I like to add hygge into my home are with candles, blankets, plants, and natural fabrics or design elements, like wood and fur. I gravitate towards pieces made of real stuff. That’s why I shop for homemade things or antiques instead of new plastic furniture.
When building our home, my boyfriend and I were insistent upon good lighting, as this is essential to good hygge. Our living and dining rooms both have dimmer switches on the lights, allowing us to get that cozy feeling in the evening without a lamp in every corner or burning through hundreds of candles every year. We also opted for warm-coloured lightbulbs.
The one thing that we are really missing is a fireplace – maybe in our next home!
Heart at Home
The final thing we considered while creating our home is heart. And by heart I mean things we love to do and things that make us into the people we are.
I’ve added whales throughout because my boyfriend used to want to be a marine biologist when he was young (he loved whales especially). We brought the wooden Highland Cow all the way from Scotland because I fell in love with the creatures on our first trip. The Lumineers poster framed in our room reminds me of when my boyfriend surprised me and took me to their concert. Much of the artwork was collected on past travels. So many pieces are antique heirlooms.
There’s not much in our house that isn’t special to us. I never went out and bought a bunch of decorations to fill an area perfectly. The little quirks are what make your home you.
Creating a Home you Love
Creating your home is a process that’s meant to take time. I’ve been collecting home things for years, like I mentioned in this post. I think the best way to make a house a place that you love is to create memories and decorate along the way.
If you’d like to read more posts about creating a home you love, leave a comment below!
Thanks for stopping by,