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The Light Has Come

Looking for an easy way to quickly de-stress your home? Get back to the basics and set the mood with some candlelight! The flicker of candle light is romantic, calming and cozy. Candles are referred to as the living lights (or the levende lys) and are thought to provide an emotional happiness to mankind.  Those who practice Hygge most likely burn multiple candles on a daily basis and in Denmark, the land of Hygge, candles are lit in classrooms and offices daily throughout the country.

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Add More Lavender to Your Life

What’s not to love about lavender? Traditionally, the color lavender represents spiritual connectivity and the lavender plant that is native to many parts of the United States provides many healing properties. As we try to shake the winter blues and look forward to the coming of spring, use a little lavender to lighten your load and lift your spirits. We wanted to share some of our favorite ways to add more lavender to you life!Read More

Hygge and The Conscious Home

My dear friend, Lys, recently sent over a fascinating read in the San Francisco Chronicle that I think truly expresses “Conscious Home”.   Denmark, the number one country on the U.N.’s Happiness Report, has found their joy and bliss through hygge, pronounced “Hoo-ga”.

Hygge is a word that doesn’t have a direct translation in the U.S.  But some examples include: “the pursuit of everyday happiness”, “all things warm and fuzzy”, “living simple pleasures as a way of life”, “beauty in minimalism”, or my favorite – “the art of creating intimacy”.

Alex Bauchamp, author of www.hyggehouse.com refers to it as “leisurely charm”.  She describes it as “the feeling or mood that comes from taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, everyday moments more meaningful, beautiful or special.”

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Up the Ante – Designer Styling Tips for Your Home

Do you like your home or do you LOVE it?

Did you start your home design project but never quite finished?

It’s easy to run out of steam, especially as life spins you in another direction. For many, placing the furniture is the easy part. But a well-designed room has various layers. Art, throw pillows, blankets, vases, objects, trays, books, crystals, stones, flowers, plants, candlesticks, etc. are all important to making a space feel complete and bringing the room to life. But pulling it all together gets tricky — and that’s where people most often get stumped.  Designers have all sorts of tools on their belts so I thought I’d share some with you here.   Up the ante of your home by following these guidelines below:Read More