Having a home that exudes "hygge" -- that safe, cozy feeling that makes you want to come in and snuggle up with a warm, fuzzy blanket and a steaming cup of hot cocoa -- is something most of us strive for during the holiday season. Whether you're staging to sell or just decorating for your own pleasure, one of the first steps in establishing that welcoming vibe for your home is to create an inviting entryway. This space is literally the first impression people will have of the interior of your house and sets the tone for the rest of the house. And during the holidays, you want visitors, as well as potential buyers, to feel that your house is a place where they can relax, unwind, and feel at home.
The Danish concept Hygge (pronounced HOO-gah), which can be roughly described as the Scandinavian art of coziness, warm companionship, and little pleasures, has been the "design buzzword" of recent months. Candles, soft blankets, indoor plants, soft furnishings, books, rugs on bare wooden floors and an absence of clutter are hallmarks of the Hygge design style. But Hygge isn't just about design style--it's a lifestyle concept.