Now isn’t this bedroom C-O-Z-Y? This bedroom is so many things. I love it! Yellowstone Traditions is an Architectural Firm out of Montana. Yellowstone Traditions It’s hard to say cozy once you are inside the room. Cozy always brings a more humble picture to mind. But comfort is key. And this room is soooo comfortable.
So this is not quite Danish Style even though it is hygge!
The amount of texture is incredible. The stone fireplace and stone daybed! Contrast with the soft pillows. The furry throw on the bed. The smushy cushion on the rock solid day bed! I’m sure the view is exquisite! Let’s not forget the beamed ceiling. The short pile carpet provides softness underfoot.
This is just as much hygee as the bedroom above (below). But the casual has been heaped on every square inch! The pillows, the candles, the variety in texture are all on the same page if a different hygge paragraph. The coming together is so emphasized with the gathering around the coffee table. The cozy has become extended with the gorgeous view, one is under the stars and cozy. Just awesome. Congratulations.
Danish Design and the now hugely popular Hygee Lifeystyle tends to be a clean (above) and uncluttered way of life. Our Beautiful Interiors Newsletter BI # 284 Embrace Hygge Style! shows rooms with lots of pillows and extra throws. Remember Denmark winters are brutal and long. The nights are even longer. Warming up the house, your home with these creature comforts does a lot to dispel seasonal affective disorder.
Cozy Living Room:
With all the discomforts of cold, snow and long nights, making home the place to be dispels the idea that their is someplace better you should be. The mindset of contentment seems to be a huge factor. Being content with hot chocolate and a movie is a far cry from dancing at the club all night. Doing all of this home stuff with friends and family is just as important as the cozy fire.
We are starting with a casual table setting today! Then something more formal. Always think of the event, of the mood, of your party or dinner theme. Even your personal style. Do you tend to be a casual or a formal guy or gal? Think of who the party is for, a ten year old, someone graduating college or a grandparent?
This is very elegant casual. (above) Most times styles can be blended. The silver is the elegant addition, the herb on the napkin is gorgeous. Making the butter knife the place card is darling. So many ideas can be gathered as you read this blog and even my Beautiful Interiors Newsletter!
This is our formal tabletop. (below) The crystal chandelier sets the tone. The beautiful candlesticks on the table. The formal leather chairs and the stemware add to the formality.
The bouquets look they were cut from the back yard. The tablecloth looks casual, and loved – a family favorite. So this is elegant-toned-down- just- a-hair with the simple bouquets and the tablecloth. The tablecloth might be a flag or a sail, but it is not brocade which is definitely formal. Do you see how the blending happens? No one is complaining – nothing looks out of place. Of course if you are a matchy-matchy person, you may not like the three different bouquets. The burro on the tabletop is very personal and adds humor, whit. Always remember to do what you like. You have to be happy. There are a hundred million ways to do everything. To set a table anyway. Enjoy your entertaining!
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How to Get Started:
Do you see how simple it is to make a pretty table? Candles and fresh fronds will always do the trick. Being simple or ‘not having much’ is no reason not to have friends over. It might be a big jump, but I made the jump many, many years ago, and have always had a wonderful time, whether I’m entertaining kings, family or friends. 1. Your home just has to be clean. 2. Your menu has to be good. You have to start at A to get to Z. I entertain frequently. I serve potluck, leftovers, pasti’s. I serve formal, steaks – salmon – cordon blue! The variety is humungous. The same with decorating styles, food styles, people styles. Variety is the spice of life!
Fresh fruit is as beautiful as fresh flowers. (below) The above table setting is what you have on hand. (candlesticks, greens, pretty glasses and tray) To put together the below table setting takes a bit of planning. You need fresh apples, matching place mats. Enough candles sticks and white candles. The stripe tablecloth with the green apples makes a delightful picture.
We started with a Halloween Table in LLI Beautiful Interiors for a table setting. We will start here with Thanksgiving. There is no particular order. Just lovely table settings. Using gourds, lamps, candles, colorful linens or neutrals and flowers are all part of any design arrangement. It’s good to peruse and see what you like, what you have, what’s easy for you to procure and go from there. I always give myself at least half a day to set up the table.
Entertaining is a big affair, it’s a fun affair. Making it look spectacular is all part of the fun. I always set the table, whether for two, four, six, eight or ten. Whoa! I never have a table for ten, if I have more than eight for dinner, I set up two tables.
This (below) could be any time of year. It looks like the starter, hors d’ oeuvre, with the wine, cheese and olives.
Notice the combination of flowers, fresh fruit, and candles. The colorful purple linens. The shiny table ware and the rough textured table. All very smart. Who wouldn’t have a marvelous time sitting at this table?
Nothing has to be special or expensive. Flowers from your yard, fruit from the grocer. Setting the table with all the pretty china and glassware you have makes a beautiful presentation. Have a wonderful time with friends and family!
One of our guestrooms is also our office so this (above) demonstrates another way to handle a multi-purpose room. We have a sofa that becomes a bed, a futon. In this room, the bed is the bed but you have a semblance of privacy with the curtain. Of course, when you have guests using your office, I would definitley take what I need for the time, so that the guest has ‘their own room.’ If they were to bring their own work with them, they have a lovely space. Or if they just want to read the newspaper with a cup of coffee it’s a perfect space.
There is a lot to be said for having a chair in your guest room. (below) This way, alone time, is more doable. Reading, doing a puzzle, knitting, are more comfortable when you have something with good back support.
These chairs were upholstered in Pendleton Blankets. Isn’t that a great way to ‘use what you have’? Another great example of putting your bed on the window wall. The open closet is another great idea! No doors that will take-up valuable floor space. Keeping the same pretty color everywhere makes everyone included and therefore happy.
Every case is different and every case is doable. Talk with someone. Make a list. Go for it! Ready for guests!