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Hygge House Update: New Living Room

We’ve been in Hygge House for almost a whole year now, which is absolutely crazy to think. We’ve gone through so many ups and downs, we gained a pet, we lost a pet, I learned to cook, I put together furniture, and Cody learned how to deal with me putting together furniture. But despite all this time in our home, we’re still developing our interior design style, and just finding what we really love. Check out the changes we’ve made in our living room in the past year.

Focusing on Slow Design

Slow design is a newly coined term, but it’s really just interior design for the average person. It means taking time to find the right pieces for your home and your style, not just grabbing the first trendy pieces you can get. Another major element of slow design is building out your home with budget-friendly pieces, no matter what your budget. 

For Hygge House, this was a tough process. We didn’t have much furniture starting out, I had no clue what design style I actually liked, and I went a little wild in IKEA right off the bat. After my initial new-home-fever had passed though, I took stock of our new setup and really took the time to learn what I enjoy and what would look best in our home. Lots of time surfing around on Pinterest, spending time in interior design FB groups, and far too much time on Canva mocking up rooms with new furniture

Living Room Today

Dog Crate (similar) / Dog Bed / Schwinn Bike / Yoga Mat (similar) / TV (similar) / TV Unit / Rug / Coffee Table / Couch / Chair (similar)

Now, nearly a year later, we have a new couch, new coffee table, and a whole new layout!

The couch has been an experience. Finding a good couch was super difficult, especially given that we had a super tight budget. It was also something that Cody had some non-negotiables over. There wasn’t much he had an opinion on for the house, so when he did, I made sure to take them into account. It had to be long enough for him to stretch out on and “just be comfortable,” and I wanted to have a chaise on the couch. We loved the Ikea Ektorp and Uppland sofas, but with unknown shipping times and costs, it wasn’t really an option. We ended up with a fairly priced cough from the local Value City. We’re not entirely happy with the couch we have, but it was better than waiting a mystery number of weeks for the stock to come in at Ikea. 

Other new-in items to the living room include the coffee table, the entertainment center, the spin bike, and the crate.

The coffee table was swapped from the Ikea Lisabo to the Ikea Hemnes table. The Lisabo was great, but just not the right dimensions for us. The Hemnes is a little big overall, but the wide shape allows me to have the decor I want, and for us to actually use the table too!

The entertainment center was a pretty easy upgrade, we found what we liked quite quickly and the old center was pretty wobbly, so we were in a rush to get it!

The spin bike was a great addition, I loved spinning before, but my local gym has since closed (if someone wants to go in on it with me, let a gal know!), and I hadn’t been able to spin for a while. Early this summer I found a Schwinn bike on Facebook Marketplace and I love using it with the Peloton app.

Levi’s crate was a less pretty addition to the living room, but after a lot of trial and error with leaving him home alone and moving the crate to different rooms. Levi has naps in his crate, sleeps safely when we’re out of the house, and eats his meals in there now. Eventually, we’ll upgrade him to a nicer crate, something that looks more like decor than just a metal crate, but while he’s still a little destructive, we’re fine to use this one.

The most important change was rotating the whole room 90 degrees. While I would prefer the TV to be hung, it’s so much easier this way! Originally, the couch felt SO far from the TV, and the entertainment center was almost in the doorway. This new layout puts the TV at a comfortable viewing distance, gives Levi a safer corner to have his crate, and makes the room feel a whole lot cozier!

Things will definitely change again, we’re looking into paint colors, the bike may move back to my office, the chair will definitely be replaced, but we’re super happy with the progress so far. It feels good to have one space that really feels like home. Especially when the rest of the place is still in flux!

Adding A Foyer Area

Our home is on the smaller side, and one thing it didn’t have was a foyer. The surprising perk of this new sideways layout is we gained a foyer area! Right now it’s a bit of a mess, and in my true open fashion, I will shamelessly share that with you

Ok, I’ll admit to tidying it up a little before the photo. But while the space is a bit of a hot mess for now, we have big plans.

We’ll eventually be relocating the TV mount to our bedroom and removing the shelf-o-stuff, replacing it with the Ikea Besta as our entryway cabinet. We’ll be accessorizing with an AT record player, my favorite lamp, and a mirror on the wall (any reccs?), just to start. After having the all white furniture for a while, I’m excited to start incorporating some warmer wood tones too with the Besta doors and a new front door shelf coming soon!

Let me hear your thoughts and reccs below or on social! The best way to find me is on instagram, @MoiraTheExplorer or keep an eye out for new things happening in the FB group sphere!

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

Closing

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.