That Danish Life: Products.

Cozy head to toe.
In the house, grey and rainy
Forever I stay.

Let’s get hyggelit. Join the #1 happiest nation in the world and indulge in comfy and cozy moments. These are the things we find essential for hygge in our home.

Cozy slippers - I can’t recommend these enough. These felt slippers are made of 100% pure natural wool with a sole of soft calfskin. I recommend the open heel to slip right on, as I’ve read their other options require being pulled on. I want these for summer.
Cozy pants from Everlane
These chairs
Blankets (my daughter's blanket of choice); though The Citizenry has a beautiful selection
A hot cup of French Press Coffee
Candles (DIY to come)

We can't get enough of our weekend morning reading sessions. Let's do more of this.

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Home Renovations.

You can make it yours,
Build stuff and get hands dirty.
Work is never done.

This past summer 2017, we moved to Portland, Oregon, and bought a house! We bought it from flippers who left it looking pretty, but after moving in, the 1955 birthdate started to show. We’ve had to redo pipes, do extensive waterproofing, and have plenty more to go. Thankfully, we get to mix in fun projects with the bad, and I have loved tackling everything from wiring new lights, to building shelves, to making and painting perfectly sized canvases for our living room. I’ll share my projects, discuss plans, and daydream over wishlists in this series. I don’t expect to have every detail of my renovations for you to follow to do it yourselves, but that might evolve over time. As always, never hesitate to ask a question!


Minimalism: Books.

What is it you really need?
Books can help us learn.

A year and a half ago, I picked up The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo at the library. I joined millions in the pursuit to declutter and organize my stuff and my life. I talk about my journey on The Practical Minimalists' Podcast, so I won't recount it all here.

Around the same time, I was reading about the human brain and how it gets programmed in specific ways according to how we're raised and the habits we form. About how it takes a lot of effort to make changes and reprogram, but it can be done.

I've always had a tendency toward materialism and shopping addiction, so a life of decluttering and then buying less was going to be tough. It took reprogramming. I started with Kondoism and was intrigued, but knew I would need more to stay on the path. So I kept reading and over time, it got a bit easier for my default setting to change from "I need this" to "Do I need this?"

Honestly, I could use some more reprogramming recently. My brain rewiring has taken a big hit after buying a house in Portland. I've saved money here and there by doing projects myself, but I'm still constantly tackling new projects and buying the goods needed to do so. And in my quest for a well organized home, if what I already have isn't the perfect picture in my head, I'm likely to bring something new into the house that is.

I feel good and bad about this. Our home brings me a lot of joy, but my wish list is usually long, and I find myself wanting more. I think it's time to take a break from the Hygge Reading List and get back to being happy wanting less.

After Marie Kondo, I went on to read my favorite book on the topic, Simple Matters: Living with Less and Ending Up with More by Erin Boyle. Her blog and Instagram are of the few that I consistently read. I don't have the constraints of a tiny apartment, but her advice always feels relatable.

Next was The Joy of Less: A Minimalst Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify by Francine Jay. The biggest benefit of this book was reinforcement for that brain reprogramming. I also used it to help guide me through my house room by room.

I bought Make Room for What You Love: Your Essential Guide to Organizing & Simplifying by Melissa Michaels, but honestly it is still on the shelf with a bookmark not very far in. I will probably revisit it some day, but Melissa's perspective is very tied into her religious path, which just wasn't what I was looking for at the time. If that's what you're looking for, you'll likely love it.

Finally, I read Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path by Erin Loechner. This one has a similar perspective as Michaels' book, but feels more like a conversation in pursuit of inner peace. It brought the minimalist considerations beyond stuff, to self.

I just picked up Remodelista: The Organized Home by Julie Carlson and Margot Guralnick at the Amazon Bookstore the other day. It's filled with practical advice and beautiful images. But I'm in need of another Boyle-esque book to get back on track. Remodelista will be lovely, and I'm sure it will instill all kinds of organizing ideas that have me sneaking off to the Container Store. Do you have any suggestions to reinforce the "Do I need this?" training?

Note: The painting in the background of the photo is by Emily Jeffords.

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Film Photos: Dubai 2017.

Once my profession,
Now a hobby to enjoy.
Time to share photos.

Though it's no longer the purpose of this blog, I would still like to share some of my film photos with you from time to time. I'll start with our trip to Dubai in March of last year.


That Danish Life: Books.

Enter hygge world.
Get cozy with piles of books.
Then nevermore leave.

I am 100% on the Hygge bandwagon. Enough so to start a series about it. First up: books.

Have you read The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking? If not, you should. It's the perfect start to a basic understanding of hygge. From there, I went on to read The Danish Way of Parenting by Jessica Joelle Alexander and Iben Dissing Sandahl. The chapter on no ultimatums is the best parenting advice I've read in years (seriously check out pages 116-120.) I'm currently finishing The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell. Some chapters, I'm ready to pack my bags and move to Denmark; and others, I settle that a trip will suffice. I’m expanding my Scandinavian reach and The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life by Anu Partanen is up next on my bookshelf. I even grabbed a copy of Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking, and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way by Lars Mytting to study in preparation for using our fireplace next winter.

Others on my wishlist include: Lagom: Not Too Little, Not Too Much: The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life by Niki Brantmark; Nordicana: 100 Icons of Nordic Cool and Scandi Style by Kajsa Kinsella; Live Lagom: Balanced Living, the Swedish Way by Anna Brones; Fika: The Art of The Swedish Coffee Break, with Recipes for Pastries, Breads, and Other Treats by Anna Brones and Johanna Kindvall; and Tasting Hygge: Joyful Recipes for Cozy Days and Nights by Leela Cyd. I'm sure there will be plenty of overlap amongst these titles, but I truly don't mind some repetition with this genre. A bonus is all of these books make quite a beautiful shelf.

I’ll post updates on my reading list from time to time, and you can always catch my current read in the sidebar.

I’m all in and am very much rooting for a 2019 Scandinavia expedition. I better get back to my Danish lesson on Duolingo!

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