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Hygge & West Home: Beyond the Book Part 1

July 09, 2018

Hygge & West Home | Stephanie HousleyStephanie Housley's stunning Jackson Hole home at dusk.

Working on our new book, Hygge & West Home, has been one of the most fun projects we've ever embarked on. We fell in love with every person we interviewed, every word they shared with us, and every home they welcomed us into. Deciding which interview answers and home photos made their way into the final book was incredibly hard (like I said, we loved them all!), but luckily we had our friends at Chronicle to help make the cut. Luckily, there are no page limits on the internet, so we can finally share these gems from the editing room floor! Keep reading for a behind-the-scenes look at what didn't make the book and a few sneak peeks of Hygge & West Home

Hygge & West Home | Katie Rodgers

A sneak-peek spread from Katie's interview in Hygge & West Home

KATIE RODGERS

Hygge & West Home | Katie Rodgers

Hygge & West: You grew up in a rural town outside of Atlanta, Georgia, and now you live in an apartment in New York City. How does life in the country differ from life in the city?

Katie Rodgers: It’s quite the change! Luckily, I had some smaller starter cities - Pittsburgh and Boston - along the way to help me adapt. But of course, there is no place like New York. I loved growing up in the South, surrounded by nature. I cherish that, but I never once thought about staying there. I always had my heart set on exploring what else was out there in the world. I wanted to see more. I decided to move to New York City four years ago and I’m so happy that I did. It’s a wonderful place to experience living in at least once in your life, if you have the chance.

H&W: What inspires your art and your style at home?

KR: I’m constantly inspired by nature, so I think you’ll find a lot of Earth elements in my home. I’m inspired by travel and art and simplicity. I love the thought of whimsical storytelling in homes and bringing in elements from my favorite childhood stories. I also want my home to have a sense of calm so that I am inspired to create.

Hygge & West Home | Julia Rothman

A sneak-peek spread from Julia's interview in Hygge & West Home

JULIA ROTHMAN

Hygge & West Home | Julia Rothman

The entirety of Julia's interview made it into the book, but somehow this beautiful photo of her home workspace didn't! We think this space is just too pretty not to share.

Hygge & West Home | Stephanie Housley

A sneak-peek spread from Stephanie's interview in Hygge & West Home

STEPHANIE HOUSLEY

Hygge & West Home | Stephanie Housley

H&W: Your rescue dog, Paco, couldn't be cuter. How has he affected the way you decorate? [H&W NOTE: Sadly, Paco has since passed away. We're so grateful that we got to capture this handsome, loving boy with his mom (above)!]

SH: Paco is a character and the best pal anyone could hope for. We always have to leave a large space for his dog bed (he is an Italian Mastiff), which I try to make as comfortable as possible. Other than that, we sometimes have to put away books and papers when we leave the house so he doesn’t chew them up. Depending on what type of pet you have and what their individual animal and personality qualities are, you need to work with those inherent traits and behaviors so that no one is disappointed.

Hygge & West Home | Stephanie Housley

H&W: What are your tips for others who work from home and want to create a space where they can feel comfortable, yet productive?

SH: I am big on functionality and making it easy to work. Whatever you spend most of your time doing, make sure you make that space the most conducive, comfortable, and functional to the type of job that you do. And know your downfalls - if you get distracted easily, make sure what you are looking at encourages focus. Make the tools you use regularly easy to assess, and make sure they are good ones.

Hygge & West Home | Stephanie Housley

H&W: What is your most prized possession in your home?

SH: The house and the land itself. I feel like I could fill it with a broad variety of things and feel equally excited to wake up every day. The things that we do have in the house are intentionally there, because they are useful or functional, and hopefully aesthetically pleasing, too. But being able to live and work in this space feels like the greatest prized possession I can imagine.

Hygge & West Home | Liz Kamarul

A sneak-peek spread from Liz's interview in Hygge & West Home

LIZ KAMARUL

Hygge & West Home | Liz Kamarul

Hygge & West: How does living on the go differ from a home that stays put? Where will you go?

Liz Kamarul: We plan to travel all across the Southern U.S. and to the East Coast, then decide if we want to go up or down from there. We're really excited about visiting the South in particular; neither one of us have ever been there. New Orleans, for example, has always been a dream for both of us. We both love to travel and have done a lot of it in our lives, but nothing long term like this. The amazing thing about traveling in the RV is that no matter where we visit, we never get homesick. As soon as we step inside, it feels comfortable and like home.

H&W: What are your tips and tricks for mixing pattern in a small space?

LK: When I pair patterns, I try to find a similar color scheme and then mix larger prints with smaller prints, or busy with simple. That balance helps calm the chaos.

 

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Cabin Sangria

July 02, 2018

 

Hygge & West Home Sneak Peek | Cabin SangriaHere's a quick little sneak peek from Hygge & West Home: Design for a Cozy Life! Yes, that's Aimee's infamous Cabin Sangria. We know, we know, it's not the most high brow situation in the world, but this is literally the thing I look most forward to when I go up to her cabin. All you do is mix Vanilla Coke Zero (or non-Zero) with inexpensive red wine to taste and pour over ice. It's delicious!

Cabin Sangria

Once you're done floating in the lake with your Cabin Sangria, head to the nearest fire pit with your family and friends, make s'mores and chat the night way. That's our other recipe for a wonderful summer weekend and/or a happy 4th of July!

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Behind the Scenes: Stephanie Housley, Wyoming

June 27, 2018

Hygge & West Book; Behind the Scenes; Paco the best dog

We're going to be sharing some behind-the-scenes from our book photo shoots over the next couple months, and what better way to start than with one of our most favorite trips to Stephanie Housley's (owner of Coral & Tusk) beautiful cabin in the woods outside Jackson Hole, Wyoming. First thing is first. Stephanie had the most wonderful dog, Paco, a mastiff rescue dog and truly the most gentle giant we've ever met. He sadly has since past away, and we feel lucky to have been able to spend some time with him.

Hygge & West Book; Behind the Scenes; Snow in the morning

We had scheduled the trip for the end of October hoping to set a cozy scene with some snow. When we arrived... no snow. When we woke up? SNOW! Also a stroke of good luck.

 H&W Book; Behind the Scenes; Workshop

H&W Book; Behind the Scenes; Workshop

We spent most of the time there working, we swear, but did swing in to town for a few more of Stephanie's pillows for the shoot from the lovely store, Workshop. Yes, we also did some personal shopping. And we loved meeting their shop dog too!

H&W Book; Behind the Scenes; Coral & Tusk

H&W Book; Behind the Scenes; Coral & Tusk

A couple action shots of Stephanie, Aimee and Paco :)

H&W Book; Behind the Scenes; Coral & Tusk sunrise walk

H&W Book; Behind the Scenes; Coral & Tusk sunrise walk

H&W Book; Behind the Scenes; Coral & Tusk sunrise walk

The last morning, we woke up early (in spite of possibly having too much red wine the night before) and took a sunrise walk. It was freezing, but well worth it.

H&W Book; Behind the Scenes; Jackson Hole airport

And then we were off, and leaving from one of the most beautiful airports we've even flown out of!

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Behind the Book Cover

June 08, 2018

 Hygge and West Home | Hygge & West Book | Book Cover

Did you hear the news? Our book, Hygge & West Home: Design for a Cozy Life, is now on pre-sale (order your copy here)! We ended up choosing our Nethercote pattern, designed by Julia Rothman, for the cover because it most closely reflected what's on the inside - classic, cozy, hygge, unique homes!

Behind the Book Cover

We'd considered doing our Daydream pattern, but... we weren't sure it felt connected enough to the home tours inside.

Behind the Book Cover

We were going to call it This is Home, but had a last minute change of heart. Which is extra lucky because another decor book just came out with that title. Phew!

Behind the Book Cover

We went through different layouts as well, but once you see the inside dividers, you'll see why we went with the diagonal cut. Plus we liked it the most.

Behind the Book Cover

Behind the Book Cover

We also considered pulling the cover image from a photograph from the inside (oooh, consider these a sneak peek of what's inside!). Some options above... But they didn't seem to capture the entirety of the content (and they were a challenge to crop correctly) so we landed on rolling with our pretty Nethercote pattern instead.

Behind the Book Cover

We're truly thrilled with how it turned out. We just received our author copies, and it was a true pinch-me-moment to see what we've been working on these past two years come to life!

 

 

 

 

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Copenhagen Bound!

January 25, 2017

Copenhagen Bound!

We're heading to Copenhagen today! It's for work on our book, we swear. But of course, we're looking forward to getting out of Dodge and having some fun. Follow along on our Instagram Stories for some behind the scenes!

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Hygge & West Book!

October 18, 2016

 Hygge & West Book!

We're making a book!!!

Hygge & West Book!

Not since our senior year yearbook have we worked on a project anything like this together. Will the cover glow in the dark this time? Unlikely. Was having a glowing cover to celebrate Los Alamos's 50th year anniversary a catchy idea? We still think so.

Hygge & West Book!

We did our first two photo shoots last week - so much fun! It's truly so exciting to see images come together through the power of a professional photographer. And not just any photographer, because we are lucky enough to be working with our friend who has the most fabulous eye, James Carriere.

Hygge & West Book!

Will there be dogs? Many.

Hygge & West Book!

Hygge & West Book!

Will there be wallpaper? Absolutely.

Hygge & West Book!

It will be published by Chronicle Books in 2018, so now basically we can't wait to get even older. More to come!

 

 

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