In this post we will be sharing with you how to create a frugal friendly hygge home. According to Google, Hygge is a Danish word to describe, “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being”. What is the English equivalent? I would venture to describe Hygge as comfort, peace, coziness, tranquility, hominess, sensuousness, or any other word that describes the simple pleasures that home can offer.
Our Journey to Create a Frugal Friendly Hygge Home
But when we take a step back, we realize that we have been blessed beyond measure with an abundance of beautiful things to make our house feel like a truly hygge home. And more importantly, the presence of the living God is in our home. So with gratitude for Jesus’s abundant provision to our lives and home, we want to share our 15 simple luxuries that will help you create your own hygge home. We hope it inspires you!
15 Affordable Luxuries to Create a Frugal Hygge Home
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Create Ambiance with Great Music
We’re old school and love CDs. Isn’t that so nerdy?! But we are just people that prefer tactile things. Being able to hold a CD cover and look at the lyrics and photos is just fun. So consequently we have a huge collection of music on CD. Some of our favorites to put on for background music in the evenings or during a meal are Billie Holiday, Blossom Dearie, Julie London, or Harry Connick Jr. I mean, have you ever heard Billie Holiday play on a rainy day while you’re under a blanket reading a book? If not, you’re missing out!
Cotton and Linen Sheets and Blankets are Essential
The same can be said for sheets. Sheets should make you feel happy to crawl into bed. They should feel cool and crisp to the touch. Not to mention natural materials are just better for your body in general.
Essential Oils for the Win
Putting some wonderful essential oils in a diffuser can make your home feel so hygge. Scent is such an amazing memory jogger. I believe bringing something that smells delicious into the room brings a whole other level of relaxation. Some of our favorites are rose, geranium, lavender, and patchouli.
Books and Magazines
We grew up in a home with parents that absolutely loved to read. Walking down the steps in the morning to see my dad wearing his reading glasses, reading his Bible with a cup of tea is such a great memory of mine. Having books in the house makes me feel as though I am surrounded by endless possibilities of knowledge and growth. I can learn anything, or travel anywhere in these books. And books are another tactile thing that you can actually experience with the senses- sight, touch, smell.
Some magazines sitting on the coffee table are so nice to flip through as well. They spark interest. Magazines can show you beauty you may not have access to in your area. They can help start interesting conversations.
I know that sounds a little funny, but is there anything more homey than a bowl of eggs on the kitchen counter? It brings to mind so many Martha Stewart magazine spreads I can remember as a kid. Fresh eggs were often the star of the show on a countertop or recipe. Seeing fresh eggs evokes a feeling of comfort and country charm to me.
Homemade Bread Will Make You Smile
Bread has gotten a really bad wrap in the last 10-15 years. What’s funny is that bread has been the staple of many cultural diets for centuries. Jesus is referred to as “the bread of life”. Bread CAN be done right. The sheer pleasure of a freshly baked loaf of real sourdough bread is enough to make my mouth water. It warms the soul, my friends! And seeing it sitting in a quant country kitchen makes you remember why you love the stuff in the first place. It’s beautiful and delicious. And it makes the kitchen feel so hygge.
A Water Boiler
Is a water boiler a new concept to you? When I moved to Germany many years ago (I was 19), the family I lived with had a water boiler. It was like angels sang, “Hallelujah!” when I discovered this wonderful new contraption. My mom only ever boiled water on the stove (which is fine!), but a water boiler means a hot cup of tea or french press coffee in a fraction of the time. And it turns off automatically, so no need to worry about forgetting to turn the kettle off!
It’s funny, but I’ve seen a few friends hesitate to get our cloth napkins dirty. They think they’re fancy. On the contrary- they were made to get dirty! And to be washed! And to help prevent more disposable waste from going to a landfill. So we get to feel fancy, and save the environment all at the same time. And I would, again, prefer to wipe my face (and the faces of my loved ones) with a piece of well worn cotton than a piece of paper. Hygge.
Fresh Cut Flowers to Brighten Any Day
Artwork for All the Walls
This goes along with the theme of beauty again. Surrounding yourself with truly beautiful artwork brings such a cozy feeling. Florals, nature scenes, and landscapes are some of our favorites to display in our home. My personal favorites are from Monet. Impressionism to me feels glowy and dream-like.
Houseplants are Friends
That’s a hashtag I saw on Instagram one time. Isn’t that cute? It’s funny because it feels kind of true! We love our houseplants. They bring color and depth to a room. They make it feel old-fashioned, like a Victorian hot house. There are so many shapes, sizes and colors to choose from as well. Something for every taste and time schedule. They clean the air as well. What’s not to love? House plants are so hygge.
Candles Make Everything Feel More Special
Be it dinner or just a quiet rainy night, candles always bring an ambiance of relaxation to a home. They can make something ordinary become extraordinary. Add them to a cut crystal candle holder and you can enjoy the dancing light reflecting all over the room. Now that is hygge.
White Lights Feel Magical
Similar to candles, a string of white lights makes a room feel magical. One of our favorite examples of this is Nigella Lawson. In pretty much any season of her different cooking shows, you will find her kitchen, living, and dining rooms full of simple white lights. They are strung along cupboards and looped through bookshelves. It’s a real treat to the eyes. Try it for yourself and you’ll love the hygge feeling you get from your home.
Nice Pots and Pans Make Yummier Food
Does that sound silly? Well, trust me, it’s true. I have to put my plug in for cast iron enamel cookware because it is simply our favorite. It holds heat so well, doesn’t allow things to easily burn, but most importantly (okay maybe not MOST importantly) it comes in every color of the rainbow. It is truly a beautiful way to cook. My favorite is the pink and pale blue pieces we have.
And along those same lines- doesn’t eating a delicious, nourishing, homemade meal bring all the warm fuzzies of hygge to your heart? I think so. It’s as though when you cook your food with real ingredients, and love, in a beautiful white-light filled kitchen, in beautiful cookware, the food is bound to taste better. And I believe I can vouch that it certainly does!
We Love Our Pretty Dishes
Florals are at the top of my list. Who wants a big ugly coffee mug with their tea if they can have a beautiful floral tea cup instead? We have lots of mis-matched floral china that we use for every day. It’s not fancy or expensive, but it looks so pretty.
How to Create a Frugal Friendly Hygge Home Honorable Mention
Turn off the TV. Throw out anything from your home that doesn’t bring peace or goodness. Oftentimes the TV is the worst culprit. Read a book, play with the kids, take a walk, get your hands dirty in the garden. These are the things that bring life and goodness to the world, not the TV set.