What does “cozy” mean to you? For some, it’s the feeling of being wrapped in a big soft blanket or putting on a pair of socks that are warm, fresh out of the dryer. For others, it might mean being in a physical space that brings you emotional contentment. Regardless of what it means to you, crafting spaces that make us feel cozy, cultivating hygge, is important for our mental and physical well being.
Wait just a second, you might be thinking to yourself. What was that hygge word we just casually slipped in? Pronounced whoo-ga, this Danish word means “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.” More simply put, it is a comfortable lifestyle that brings you contentment. So, while the physical space or situation you’re in plays a huge role in your comfort, maybe it also means seeking out moments that make your heart happy…the feeling of a hug from a loved one, the feeling when your little one snuggles in your lap, that moment you catch someone’s eye and smile, sharing each others’ joy for just that second.
Let’s make a pact this year to find ways to create spaces in our lives that make us feel happy and comfortable while also actively working to bring moments of “comfortable conviviality” into our lives and the lives of others.
The intersection between comfort and function
You want your home to be beautiful, but most importantly, you want your home to work for you. But, while a functional home is ultimately the goal, that doesn’t mean it has to be boring or lacking in your personal style or concepts of beauty!
Want to learn more? Check out our article in Baltimore Fishbowl “Comfort Doesn’t Have to be Plain!“