Hygge Your Holiday

We recently had our cottage on the Chincoteague Island Homes for the Holidays Tour and we decorated it for the season following simple Hygge principles. Here are some of the guidelines we followed to easily and inexpensively decorate our house for the holidays.

1. Place the decorations in and around your existing footprint. In other words, don’t re-arrange your whole house to accommodate Christmas trees, Santas, reindeers, etc. I have a small spot at the base of our stairs and found a super narrow pre-lit tree that fits perfectly and holds my collection of sun, moon and star ornaments. We wrapped greenery around the bannister and hung a few stockings, pine cones and wood ornaments to complete the look.

2. Sprinkle fairy lights, candles and Mercury glass all over the house. It draws your eye around the room and creates a pretty, twinkling glow at night. We hung a string of lights over our bed, put a few LED, battery operated light strings on tables and clustered Mercury glass votives on a mirrored tray. We also tied vintage ornaments to our kitchen light fixture and hung copper bells from the chandelier on the front porch.

3. Add in a few pops of color with fresh flowers. We have a vivid purple orchid on our porch and an amaryllis bulb in our kitchen window. The waxed amaryllis bulbs are fairly inexpensive, don’t need to be potted or watered and make great hostess gifts over the holidays. A table covered with plants by a sunny window with a bowl of colored glass ornaments makes a gorgeous display. And don’t forget lots of apples, oranges and lemons in the kitchen.

4. Mulled wine or cider simmering away in the crockpot or on the stove, helps create the smells of the season. For mulled wine, mix together a bottle of red wine, 2 cups of apple cider, the zest and juice of an orange, 1/4 cup of honey, some cinnamon sticks and whole cloves and 1/4 cup of brandy. Serve warm with ginger snap cookies. If you don’t have a live tree, burn a pine scented candle for an hour or two every evening.

5. Finally, get out the Christmas music or put Christmas Jazz on Pandora, light a fire and your favorite scented candle, put on your comfy cozies and snuggle in with your loved ones and furry friends. Time to relax and take a deep breath!

Resources: Christmas trees (H&H Furniture), string lights (World Market), Amaryllis bulbs (Lowe’s), LED lights, Mercury glass votives, Rainbow twist bells, Balsam Fir and Cinnamon Spice candles (Hollyhocks).

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