Date Archives November 2020

I Moved! Meet Hygge House

Big news folks, I moved! Readers, meet Hygge House. Hygge House, meet the blog

A while back, I mentioned that Beau and I would be moving into our own place soon, and we finally did! We’re in a cute little three bedroom, one bathroom home not too far from each of our parents’ homes and not terribly far from Beau’s office.

Fall exterior photo of Hygge House


It was a super stressful week leading up to it, the closing ended up being pushed two days, and the morning of, we weren’t even sure that we would be closing! So it was a very low stress time for me, obviously. But closing day itself went so smoothly, everything was signed, sealed, and delivered by 10 AM! Immediately we jumped into work mode. The hot water heater had to be replaced, we made the world’s largest Costco order of cleaning supplies, and everything started getting boxed up. It was a chaotic day that we ended with pizza, champagne, and our families over the house. 

That first weekend, we moved in so many boxes and made the first of many Ikea trips. It’s now been three weeks since we moved in, the place still looks a bit like a bomb went off (just a little!), and we’re so excited to be here. The house is a great starter home, and we couldn’t be more excited to make it our home. We’ve been slowly getting into projects, most of which so far have been fixing, cleaning, and prepping for winter! 

DIY Work

There hasn’t been too much work to do inside, nothing that can’t be proper DIY’d! We’ve replaced the hot water heater, a cabinet door, and I’m just about an expert on repairing toilets by now! Outside, our landlord had a company come in to do the heavy lifting work. Taking down a dead tree, repairing the old retaining wall, and upgrading the fencing. We still have to take down the old shed, seal the wood on the deck, mow everything, and the raking, my gosh, the raking we’ve had to do! It doesn’t help that the grass is super long and most of the leaves are wet from all this rain we’ve been having. It’s been a lot of work getting everything in shape again, but we couldn’t be happier to be doing it!
There are a lot more exciting DIY projects on the horizon too! Painting, furniture building, and maybe even a sneaky wallpaper, if I can get Beau on board with it! Keep an eye here and on my Instagram for more projects as they go!

Our Style

Finding our goal design was a tough one for us. Beau and I aren’t not boho or farmhouse or minimalist kind of people. It took a while for us (mostly me) to figure out what kind of style we wanted for our home. When we thought of our home, we thought about warmth, coziness, and feeling at home the second you stepped inside. After many hours on Pinterest (see the inspo board here!), we (mostly me) settled on a ~vibe,~ the aesthetic cabin core. We’re not going for Pinterest perfect right away, it’s definitely a work in progress to get there, but it helped us pick out our colors and first pieces of furniture!

Hygge House

Blame it on romanticism, blame it on the trend of naming cars, or blame it on the eight thousand times I’ve listened to Folklore, but the house needed a name. She just did. And it was so hard to come The house itself felt like she needed some TLC, emphasis on the L. There’s a bunch of small pieces of junk in the backyard, the shed’s seen better days, inside is a lot of hammer to fit/paint to finish. She needs some open arms, mom hug kind of house love and appreciation. That need, plus our ideal cozy cabin aesthetic lead us to one name pretty easily, Hygge House. If you don’t know what hygge means, it’s a Dutch word for the quality of cozy, charming, or comfortable that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being. Then, finding this adorable doormat at Ikea, it sealed the deal for us, our house became Hygge House.

Hygge Ikea mat in front of Hygge home

We’re so excited to be in our own place, be more independent, and make Hygge House a comfy, cozy home! Keep an eye out for more home-related content on the blog, or see it as it happens on my Instagram.

Book Explorer Vol. 3 | Majesty and More

Happy November! Halloween is over, Thanksgiving is on its way, and Christmas music is playing! And as it usually is, it’s been SO stinkin’ busy. Some really exciting news coming to the blog soon! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably already seen it, but I’ve got a whole post coming up about it too. 

Despite the crazy amount of work, I still thankfully found time to read a little bit. The most important read of the month, I tore through the American Royals sequel, Majesty! Keep reading for my review of Majesty and more!

Book Majesty by Katherine McGee propped up on a bookshelf with two photos of women in frames in the background

Currently Reading

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams (I’m about halfway through this one, and it is dragging let me tell you)

Finished Reading

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Trash. Garbage. Not with the pages it’s printed on. Real talk, this book had so much hype for me. The book that, as far as I had heard, defined the generation of the 60s. The beatnik bible of sorts. All kinds of cool, late stage Beatles vibe. Nope. In all honesty, On The Road is just some privilege-ridden fever dream for wealthy white boys playing poverty to see the “real America,” leaving destruction in their wake for actually impoverished people. The book is fiction, but based on the real travels of Jack Kerouac and his friends, which makes me wonder, how true to reality is it?
The moral of the story, terrible book, I never want to read it again, and I’m angry I wasted my time reading it, 0/10, would not recommend

Majesty by Katharine McGee

I had a rave review for American Royals, and I loved Majesty too. Had a great time reading it, ripped through it in like 3 days. I have a few more critiques of Majesty than American Royals, but not too too many. The biggest issue, all the characters felt pretty jammed in. I really liked Beatrice’s parts, Nina’s were pretty good, but Samantha’s were a little rushed, and Daphne was jammed in the book. The Himari plotline felt almost like it was cut short and quickly resolved for the sake of length, and didn’t feel in line with the character, the very little we did get to see of her. I get it, but also, it doesn’t make for a better book. One issue I had with American Royals that I didn’t previously mention was with the lack of dealing with race, especially given its rise to popularity this spring, right after the George Floyd protests began. The influence of these events is clear to see in Majesty, as it’s mentioned, but it’s definitely an afterthought, feeling like it maybe had been added after the fact. I’m glad it was mentioned, but I feel like it could’ve been handled better. And, smaller critique, Jefferson was in the book for, like, three pages? Max? He was a major character in the first book, and then an afterthought for Majesty.
Seriously though, Majesty is fun, it’s a good read, and it’s a slightly more realistic version of the romantic fairy tale that the first book was. It was a really enjoyable book, and a fun escape from reality for a while. I think it had a few areas it could improve upon, but on the whole, would recommend and read the book again!

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Where the Crawdads Sing was a really random pick for me. My mom brought it home from the library and I had been hearing about it for months, so I figured I would give it a shot. I didn’t go in with a lot of expectations, but it wasn’t the book I thought it was! I quite enjoyed Where the Crawdads Sing and the plot went to some unexpected places. It was a pretty happy ending, and it was, on the whole, a great book. I would definitely recommend it!

Recent Buys

On a whim, the Beau and I stopped by a local coffee shop, The Coffee Bouteaque, and the used book store called LBI Book Swap. They’re closing up for the off-season soon, and we definitely took advantage of their 30% off sale! Beau picked up HG Wells’ The Time Machine (which I’m totally borrowing) and I got an old edition of Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov and Elizabeth Gilbert’s City of Girls. I’m a huge Russian lit fan and have been since my senior year of high school. Dostoyevski’s Crime and Punishment is one of if not my favorite book of all time, Brothers Karamazov was the third Dostoyevski book I read, and I enjoyed it almost as much as C&P. So when I found this beautiful 70+ year old edition of it, I had to have it for my old books collection! City of Girls was a really lucky find. It’s still a pretty new book, just over a year old, and I recently read and really enjoyed the chapter-long preview I downloaded on my Kindle Paperwhite. I loved it but wasn’t really ready to buy the book full price. So when I found this used copy on sale, I had to have it! Annoyingly, it is a large print, I got it for a super fair price, so I won’t complain!

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The Guest List by Lucy Foley

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