the joy of hygge: 6 ways to create a cozy winter bedroom.

Sweater. Jeans. Slippers.  Ring.

Every Sunday, after our 3 hours of worship at church, we come home and the first thing I do is change into my comfiest sweats, make myself a cup of cocoa, and head up to my room to curl up on my bed with whatever book I am currently reading.  It’s my favorite time of the week.  My bedroom is a bright, cozy space filled with the spirit of hygge and it’s one of my favorite places to be in our home. Today I’m going to share the joy of hygge and give you 6 ways to create a cozy winter bedroom.

For those of you who may be wondering what the heck hygge is, let’s touch on the concept of it.  (And I’d be willing to bet you’ve already been living it without knowing it.)

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modern farmhouse family room update.

Okay guys, it only took me 8 months, but I finally have an update for you on our family room makeover.  The one thing I’ve discovered about myself over the last 9 months of living in our farmhouse is that when it comes to designing spaces, I’m a real slow-cooker.  When I have a design pickle, it takes me a while to sort it out.  For example, exhibit A: our family room.  Craig and I started working on this room almost the moment we moved into our farmhouse. (You can see the before here.)  Besides the kitchen it is the most used room in the house.  It’s where we sit by the fire and read, watch movies as a family, play games and just hang out together.

My mom gave me some really good advice years ago when I was overwhelmed with decorating our second house.  It was twice the size of the little crackerbox our first house was and I didn’t really have any furniture or any clue where to start.  She told me to start with one room, and just work on that room until it was finished.  Then I would have one space that was finished, that made me happy, rather than spreading my time and resources across a bunch of spaces and not really making progress in any of them.  It turns out, that was really good advice (that I’ve used in a lot of different applications) and it’s really helped me not get overwhelmed over the last 9 months as we started tackling our farmhouse.

So let’s talk about the family room, shall we?  First of all this room presented a lot of design challenges.  So let me tell you about those and then what I did to work around/with them.  First of all, the family room is a long narrow room, while it’s actually quite large it’s narrow enough that figuring out where to place couches and the TV etc.  Was a little tricky.  It also left us with a big empty space my the entry door and no idea what to do with it.   The ceilings are also lower than more modern houses (just around 7 feet), and the beams were originally stained a dark, dark brown (almost black) which made the room feel a little like a cave.  Also, because our house was built over 100 years before they invented electricity a lot of our lighting is wall lighting, so enter the awkward sconce situation you see below.  When we moved it the wall around the fireplace was this ugly wood paneling and it had a terrible mantel.  Beside those, we have your basic old house lack of level floors and ceiling, but those were the major issues with the space.

click through to see more images of the room and what I did about each design challenge:

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bathroom update and small wins.

Benjamin Moore Advance Paint– Color: Kendall CharcoalMirror- Home GoodsIkea Light Jute RugTowels.Towel Rack.Sailboat Print.Soap Pump.Similar basket.

Hey guys, I know I’ve shown you this little bathroom makeover before, but I wanted to show you again because now that my wall planters finally came in it’s more finished, and because I want to talk to you today about small wins and what they can do for you to help you make progress in life.

I don’t know if you’re anything like me, but as soon as I decide I want to learn how to do something or get better at something, a kind of strange phenomenon happens.  When I actually dig in and get started I get super discouraged by how far I have to go, how much I don’t know what I’m doing, and when that happens, I lose confidence in myself, and in my ability to learn.

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farmhouse style mini bathroom makeover.

shirt. similar jeans. shoes. necklace.

I am so excited to be sharing our little mini bathroom makeover with you today!  But first, let me tell you something that happened approximately 2 days after moving into our farmhouse back in March.  I basically had a mini-freakout.  I was suddenly, painfully aware of exactly all the different projects that needed to be done, and I got completely overwhelmed by it.  Ironically, when we walked through our farmhouse, I was thrilled that it was so lovely and livable and that it didn’t NEED anything done, everything could be fun and cosmetic, done in our own time and budget, etc.    And that’s still true.  It’s a great house.  But all those little projects that I had been dreaming about since we put our offer on it, suddenly felt overwhelming.  I wanted to do them all, and I wanted them done perfectly.

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