CKT Collab: Spruce & Shelf

Today CKT is partnering with Spruce & Shelf, a lifestyle organization company! This small business was started by my cousin, Monica Choquette. She has an amazing eye and a great sense of style--she created this company to marry her passion of home design with organization; creating fresh, livable spaces for clients. I'm personally in love with the company.

Today she talks about how to make your home feel cozy year-round! After this post, I think you'll agree that we all hope she becomes CKT's resident, home and organization expert! (Also, her amazing logo was designed by CKT favorite, Deanna Design Studio)

caroline's kitchen table - spruce & shelf collab

A crackling fire, Nat King Cole crooning about roasting chestnuts, good conversation with family and friends in the warm light from your Christmas tree...

Sounds pretty good at this time of year, right?

caroline's kitchen table - spruce & shelf collab

This cozy scenario is probably the closest American appreciation of a fascinating approach to home and life: the Danish sense of “hygge,” (pronounced “hYOOguh) or “well-being.” The Danes are considered to be one of the happiest cultures in the world. Are they  happy because they have hygge all year around, not just for the month of December like in our culture? I am compelled and intrigued to to bring hygge into my home all year. Could I pull that fuzzy feeling off in March, without Nat King Cole?

Here are my top 3 tips to continue your hygge past January 1

caroline's kitchen table - spruce & shelf collab

 

1. Curate holiday decor when it’s time to put it away. This one hits close to home for my own personal hygge. I once had seven tubs of “Christmas” saved in my attic that was growing each year with white-elephant gifts and mounds of artwork from my children. It took a lot of physical and mental space to store and sort all of the decor, and most of it I didn’t even use anymore, as I only wanted to display my most meaningful pieces. Once these holidays are over, please do not stuff anything in a tub that doesn't truly resonate with your happiness and style! Your “holiday hygge” depends on this next year- keep it clean, bright, and tidy.

caroline's kitchen table - spruce & shelf collab

2. Continue to decorate with natural elements. During the holidays we use garlands, trees, and
berries throughout our house. It looks and smells lovely. Stretch your hygge and continue to bring seasonal natural decor into your home after you put the Christmas tree on the curb. Rocks, driftwood, sand, seasonal fruits and vegetables- anything works!  Visit a local garden shop for a floral selection that is indigenous to your area, or simply go on a walk around your neighborhood! A good friend of mine was once walking her dogs along a public golf course, and found large sections of overgrown holly berry. She came back with scissors, cut two branches out, popped them in a vase, and had a gorgeous display! The added bonus of natural elements is that they don’t end up in a landfill (or your attic) after you tire of the look!

caroline's kitchen table - spruce & shelf collab

 

3. Let there be light! This might be one of the most important aspects to hygge that I have found. The Danes live in an environment where it is cold and dark most of the year. Light is fundamental to creating warmth and coziness. Keep the candles and fireplaces burning through the rest of your winter (which in our case is June in Chicago) and consider what lamps and ceiling fixtures you have. Good, warm lighting is one of the most ignored aspects to a space.  Even in June it’s important,  and you can keep your hygge strong when you pay attention to it!

photo cred: 1. kitchen from, Babble 2. garland from, Norseka Interiors 3. citrus from Something Green 4. Light from, Lonny.