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December 18, 2018

Hygge & West Home: Design for a Cozy Life

Look no further than our book... for cozy inspiration now and all year long!

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A Pattern Happy Garland

December 18, 2018

Wallpaper Holiday Garland DIY | Hygge & West

Inspired by having wallpaper remnants and this post, Ola created her own garland this year, and well... you guessed it—we're in love! So, we wanted to share the step-by-step instructions on how to make your own in case you get the itch for some holiday crafting.

Wallpaper holiday garland DIY | Hygge & West

You will need: wallpaper scraps, ruler, pencil, scissors, stapler, and string.

Wallpaper holiday garland DIY | Hygge & West

Instructions:

Select pattern(s) for your ornaments—one pattern will be lovely, but we decided to mix and match. We used Pombal (Coral), Snow (Gold) and Arcade (Cayenne).

You will need 13 strips of paper for each ornament:
• 1 x 2” wide x 3” tall, folded in half lengthwise (that’s the very middle strip, the anchor)
• 2 x 1” wide x 4” tall (innermost layers)
• 2 x 1” wide x 5” tall (middle layers)
• 2 x 1” wide x 6” tall (outermost layers)

Wallpaper holiday garland DIY | Hygge & West

    Use a ruler and a pencil to mark the strips on the non-patterned side of the wallpaper. Cut out all the strips and arrange by length. (If you know how many ornaments you’d like to make, multiply the above numbers accordingly and get strip cutting out of the way.)

    Wallpaper holiday garland DIY | Hygge & West

    For each ornament, line up and staple on one end all the strip pairs and the anchor strip going from longest to shortest to longest again. Make sure the patterned side is always facing outwards. You can glue the strip pairs together for easier assembly.

    Wallpaper holiday garland DIY | Hygge & West

    Pinch all together and staple the other side of the strips.

    Wallpaper holiday garland DIY | Hygge & West

    Link the ornaments together with a string. You can use a hot glue gun, but it couldn’t be located in the garage. Enjoy!

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    Holiday Wallpaper Projects in 10 Minutes or Less

    December 17, 2018

    Holiday Wallpaper DIY | Hygge & West

    Holiday Wallpaper DIY | Hygge & West

    I've been getting scrappy for the holidays with a few quick projects to add even more pattern to my life. First up, I found this Bruno (Gold) sample in the closet in NYC so wrapped it around our tiny little tree for some extra sparkle.

    I also got my very first real adult Christmas tree this year, so celebrated by topping it off with a Florebela (Fawn) star!

    Holiday Wallpaper DIY Project | Hygge & West

    I just googled "easy last minute tree topper star" and found a couple youtube videos that were simple to follow.

    Holiday Wallpaper DIY Project | Hygge & West

    Holiday Wallpaper DIY Project | Hygge & West

    You basically just fold it accordion style.

    And then cut in on both sides at an angle.

    Holiday Wallpaper DIY Project | Hygge & West

    Voila, a star is born!

    Last, but definitely not least, I was also busy wallpapering my bedroom in Queen Anne (Ebony) this week.

    Holiday Wallpaper DIY Project | Hygge & West

    What's the perfect thing to do with a leftover wallpaper scrap? Wrap a poinsettia, of course!

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    Holiday Crafting with Sweet Paul

    December 11, 2018

    Holiday Crafting with Sweet Paul | Otomi Red wallpaper DIY diorama | Emily Isabella | Hygge & West

    The holidays just wouldn't be the same without a little touch of something handmade. Beyond the presents and the decorating and the parties, this season is about taking a minute to slow down, take stock of the year gone by, and appreciate the joy of the moment—sounds pretty hygge to us! And what better way to celebrate the season than with a festive DIY project that can be done (alone or with loved ones!) while snuggled up in your coziest flannels, a steaming mug of hot chocolate in hand, and holiday tunes playing softly in the background? 

    On the hunt for the perfect holiday DIY for your wallpaper leftovers? We asked crafting extraordinaire Paul Lowe, a.k.a. Sweet Paul of Sweet Paul Magazine, to come up with a fun and easy holiday craft using his Hygge & West wallpaper of choice, and boy, he didn't disappoint! Keep scrolling for his Otomi-inspired holiday diorama, and to read why handmade matters to Paul, how he celebrates the holidays, and what hygge means to him (he should know—Paul was born and raised in Norway!).

    SWEET PAUL'S OTOMI HOLIDAY DIORAMA

    Holiday Crafting with Sweet Paul | Otomi Red wallpaper DIY diorama | Emily Isabella | Hygge & West

    You will need:

    ❄️ Wallpaper (Paul used Otomi in Red)

    ❄️ Paper glue

    ❄️ Card stock 

    ❄️ Scissors or craft knife

    ❄️ Bowl

    ❄️ Sugar

    Holiday Crafting with Sweet Paul | Otomi Red wallpaper DIY diorama | Emily Isabella | Hygge & West

    Instructions:

    1. Start by figuring out what motifs you want to use, then carefully cut them out and cut them out from the wallpaper.

    2. Glue them to the card stock using paper glue. Allow them to dry completely.

    3. Cut the motifs out from the card stock.

    4. Fill a bowl with sugar and arrange your motifs however you'd like. Have fun!

    Holiday Crafting with Sweet Paul | Otomi Red wallpaper DIY diorama | Emily Isabella | Hygge & West

    Hygge & West: What inspired this holiday craft and why did you choose to create it in Otomi (Red)?

    Sweet Paul: I looked at the wallpaper and thought that there are so many ways to use it. It's all motifs that can be cut out and used for a diorama like I did, a garland, ornaments, etc.

    Holiday Crafting with Sweet Paul | Otomi Red wallpaper DIY diorama | Emily Isabella | Hygge & West

    Sweet Paul's Nordic Inspired Holiday Wreath

    Holiday Crafting with Sweet Paul | Otomi Red wallpaper DIY diorama | Emily Isabella | Hygge & West

    Soft-Sculpture Holiday Ornaments made by our friend Tamar Mogendorff for Sweet Paul Magazine

    H&W: With so many beautiful holiday decorations available for purchase just a few clicks away, why do you think it's important to craft by hand for the holidays? What does that handmade quality bring to the season that store bought can't?

    SP: For me, holiday crafting isn't so much about the finished products as it is about the making of it. I put on some good music, pour myself a cocktail, and get lost in the material. Invite friends over to a crafts and cocktail night, get creative. And handmade is always best—it has charm and personality.

    Holiday Crafting with Sweet Paul | Otomi Red wallpaper DIY diorama | Emily Isabella | Hygge & West

    Sweet Paul's Copper Leaf Wooden Spoon Ornament

    H&W: One of our favorite parts of this season is all the diverse traditions, new or old, people celebrate with. What's your favorite holiday tradition? Have you created any new ones that you plan to continue this year?

    SP: The main thing to me is the food. Growing up in Norway, I have traditions I like to keep alive. I bake certain cookies from my childhood, make glogg, and make a full Norwegian Christmas dinner with pork belly, lingonberry, potatoes, vegetables, and gravy. I'm a very chill person when it comes to other traditions; I don't need a flashy tree or tons of holiday decor. Simple is good.

    Holiday Crafting with Sweet Paul | Otomi Red wallpaper DIY diorama | Emily Isabella | Hygge & West

    This Safari Animal Gift Tags DIY from Sweet Paul Magazine would be another great way to use your Otomi (or any wallpaper) scraps!

    H&W: This is the season is hygge if there ever was one. What are your favorite ways to add extra hygge to your home this time of year?

    SP: Hygge is a feeling you have inside of you; you can't buy it or order it online. It's hard to explain, but it is a feeling that Nordic people just know. For me, it's about creating a warm, welcoming home, being kind, and remembering that not everyone has a wonderful Christmas. But, of course, candles help and a good fireplace, too. God Jul!

    Holiday Crafting with Sweet Paul | Otomi Red wallpaper DIY diorama | Emily Isabella | Hygge & West

    Adorable Nordic Pinecone Gnomes from Sweet Paul Magazine

    Want more Sweet Paul? Check out his Wallpaper Two Ways feature on our blog!

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    It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

    December 04, 2018

    Angelina (Navy) Wallpaper Bar | Tilton Fenwick for Hygge & West

    We're 100% diving into the holiday spirit right about now. To kick things off, we wanted to share this wallpapered holiday bar in Angelina (Navy) designed by Ariel at PMQ for Two.

    Angelina (Navy) Wallpaper Bar | Tilton Fenwick for Hygge & West

    Angelina (Navy) for the holidays | Tilton Fenwick for Hygge & West

    Angelina (Navy) for the holidays | Tilton Fenwick for Hygge & West

    Angelina (Navy) for the holidays | Tilton Fenwick for Hygge & West

    And her living room is so festive we can't get over it. We love all the happy color!

    Angelina (Navy) for the holidays | Tilton Fenwick for Hygge & West

    Her sweet pup? Icing on the holiday cake! Thanks again, Ariel!

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    Best of November Roundup

    December 03, 2018

    Pombal and Angelina Coral wallpaper | Tilton Fenwick | Hygge & West

    Otomi Taupe wallpaper | Emily Isabella | Hygge & West

    Piedmont Indigo wallpaper | Helmsie | Hygge & West

    November was a big month for Team H&W—it marked our 10th birthday in business (we officially opened our shop on November 24th, 2008)! We celebrated all month long the sweetest way we know how—with lots of giveaways and, of course, cake in some of our most beloved patterns, including Angelina (Coral)—paired with Pombal (Coral) wallpaper—and Otomi (Taupe), which we later enjoyed with a side of Piedmont (Indigo)

    Piedmont Mist wallpaper | Helmsie | Hygge & West

    Piedmont made another popular appearance last month, this time in our ethereal Mist colorway. We think this paper would be so stunning in a powder room paired with veiny marble, cut glass, and white accents!

    Queen Anne Ebony wallpaper | Rifle Paper Co. | Hygge & West

    Insta pal @mel._.mac helped us celebrate Caturday a little early last month with this #catsandwallpaper post that had us feline fine. Isn't this kitty just purrfect with Queen Anne (Ebony)?

    Daydream Indigo wallpaper | Julia Rothman | Hygge & West

    But Caturday, ahem, Saturday, wasn't the only day to see lots of IG love last month. Our Insta tribe loved these Sunday Blues posts just as much as we did! First up was this Daydream-y (Indigo) mudroom shared by @lra_architecture. How cool are those dry erase boards?

    Cosmic Desert Teal wallpaper | Justina Blakeney | Hygge & West

    Next was this Cosmic Desert (Teal) bathroom from @katherinegraceandrejevic and @kitchenlabinteriors that gave us all the magical teal and brass feels. And that sconce? Match made in heaven!

    Peonies Copper wallpaper | Rifle Paper Co. | Hygge & West

    Another Sunday Blues overachiever last month was this bold blue and Peonies (Copper) combo photographed by @sunsetmag. We dig your style, @metacoleman_!

    Angelina Coral wallpaper | Tilton Fenwick | Hygge & West

    We had a November #plantsonbooks moment with Angelina (Coral) and some major styling with help from @mquanstudio that garnered all the hearts from our Insta crew. This is a can't-go-wrong combo that we can't get enough of!

    Daydream Black wallpaper | Julia Rothman | Hygge & West

    Of course, no monthly roundup would be complete without a few Daydream moments. This black-and-white bedroom for two from @oliveandford went all out in Daydream (Black). It's a classic color pairing with a fresh, modern twist, and we love it paired with plaid bedding, clean lines, and that bold table lamp.

    Daydream Gray wallpaper | Julia Rothman | Hygge & West

    For a slightly more subtle dose of Daydream, our friends at @leclairdecor brought us this gorgeous living room outfitted in Daydream (Gray). A cozy, patterned window nook, perfectly appointed built-ins, and a warm rug underfoot sounds like the perfect way to spend the dark, wintery nights ahead.

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    Feeling Like... Team H&W's Holiday Gift Guides

    December 03, 2018

    Hygge & West Holiday Gift Guides

    Call us sappy, but we're firm believers that the giving that comes with the holiday season will always be more fun than the getting. We love scouring our favorite shops for the *perfect* gift for everyone on our lists—and there's just something so heartwarming about seeing the recipients' eyes light up when they open their holiday packages. That feeling, well, that's what hygge means to us.

    Need a little inspiration for your own holiday shopping this year? Each member of the Team H&W rounded up some of their favorite items to give, so keep scrolling to check off everyone on your nice list (and why not be a little naughty and treat yourself to a few, too?).

    Feeling Like H&W Team Holiday Gift Guides | Christiana Coop

    CHRISTIANA COOP

    Hygge & West: Tell us about the gifts you choose and why they pair so well with your pattern of choice.

    Christiana Coop: I chose Florebela (Fawn). I’m moving to a little farmhouse in the country about an hour north of San Francisco, so I’ve been obsessed with farmhouse décor and design. I think this pattern is so classic and perfect for modern, but timeless farmhouse vibes. I’m pairing it with, okay I’ll admit it, gifts I’d personally love (and, of course, would love to give to my country neighbors that I have yet to meet) to enhance the cozy factor around the holidays.

    1. Farm From Home: This book is so inspiring for a unique perspective on moving from the city to a farm. 

    2. Solar-powered lantern: I just love the idea of hanging these from a remote tree to welcome guests and for those afraid of the dark.

    3. Solo stove: Aimee actually got me this and it’s so easy to turn on and move around to any location on the farm!

    4. Stelton kettle: This chic kettle makes it easy to boil water for a lovely afternoon tea quickly and in style.

    5. Table runner:  The pattern and texture of this runner are perfect for a meal gathered around a farmhouse table.

    6. Hygge & West Home: Julie Backer’s chapter is so inspiring for modern (and pattern-filled) country living!

    H&W: The holidays are all about tradition and memory-making. What are some of your favorite holiday traditions or memories of holidays past?

    CC: I actually love our traditional Christmas Eve. For as long as I can remember, we eat my mom’s homemade clam chowder after sitting around the fire eating appetizers—the highlight of which is my favorite tuna dip (it’s basically canned tuna, blue cheese, and cream cheese and I look forward to it every year and eat way more than my fair share!). Then we set up our New Mexican luminarias down the driveway before venturing out to walk around the neighborhood and see the Christmas lights. It’s all pretty simple, but I think having these same traditions every year makes them so special. I just love it.

    H&W: What do you have planned for the holidays this year? How are you planning to add extra hygge into the season?

    CC: This year, I’m so very excited because I’ll finally have room to get a tree and go wild with white fairy lights. So I’m planning to have a lot of friends over for extra hygge evenings around the fire with cheese and pre-holiday bubbles. Then I’ll head to New Mexico to spend Christmas with my family.

    Favorite holiday movie: A Christmas Carol (the one with George C. Scott)

    Favorite holiday song: "I’ll Be Home for Christmas" by Bing Crosby

    Favorite holiday dish or cocktail: That’s got to be a Bloody Mary on Christmas morning. Just my brother and I seem to enjoy them, so we usually make them together and it’s a delicious way to ease into the day and whet our appetites for the big meal!

    Feeling Like H&W Team Holiday Gift Guides | Aimee Lagos

    AIMEE LAGOS

    Hygge & West: Tell us about the gifts you choose and why they pair so well with your pattern of choice.

    Aimee Lagos: This year, we’re taking a family trip to Costa Rica the week after Christmas, so I’ve had travel on the mind. I chose Cities Toile (Ebony) to pair with travel-themed gifts!

    1. The perfect sightseeing bag: If I’m going to be out and about all day, I always take my Small Sutton MZ Wallace bag. It’s lightweight, big enough to hold all your essentials, and the crossbody strap keeps your hands free. It also packs down to nothing in your suitcase.

    2. Peace and (almost) quiet: They’re pricey, but for someone who spends a lot of time on planes, they are game changers. Enjoy being able to actually hear movies, or keep them on while you catch some ZZZs. They almost block out the sound of crying babies. Almost.

    3. Monocle travel guides: Christiana and I have used these on most of our recent trips and we love them. They contain great resources for shopping, sightseeing, and dining, and they also do a great job of giving you a taste of local culture.

    4. Something warm: These scarves are awesome for travel—they’re big enough to wrap up in on the plane if you get chilly, and twist up into a chic scarf when you reach your destination. Plus, they come in so many pretty colors.

    5. A snazzy luggage tag: This will help the recipient quickly identify his or her black roller bag in a sea of black roller bags, and the bright yellow will perk up even the most jet-lagged traveler.

    6. Our book: I know—this doesn’t really have much to do with travel, but we sure did travel a lot while making it, so a lot of my recommendations come from our time on the road shooting the book.

    7. A nice water bottle: I get really dehydrated on long flights, so I’ve started bringing a water bottle along. This pretty Corkcicle x Rifle Paper Co. collaboration is my favorite one.

    H&W: The holidays are all about tradition and memory-making. What are some of your favorite holiday traditions or memories of holidays past?

    AL: There are so many—I have wonderful memories from my childhood and wonderful memories from Christmases with my boys. My husband reminded me of one the other night: my younger son was obsessed with Little Einsteins when he was two. It had just come out, so they didn’t have toys of the characters in stores yet, so I decided I would make him a Rocket. It took hours, and I was up until midnight Christmas Eve finishing it. The next morning, when the boys came downstairs, my son ran over to the fireplace and picked it up and looked at us and said, “What this?” and we said, “It’s Rocket!” He looked at it and threw it down and said, “That not Rocket.” We all laugh about that every Christmas.

    H&W: What do you have planned for the holidays this year? How are you planning to add extra hygge into the season?

    AL: We just finished the first phase of our home remodel, and I now have the kitchen of my dreams, so I plan to do a lot of cooking and baking. We’re also finally able to entertain again after losing our kitchen for four months, so we’re excited to have people over for lots of big and small gatherings. We has our first Friendsgiving the week before Thanksgiving. Instead of making traditional Thanksgiving food, we decided to make everything that we and our friends all love to eat, so it was a bit of a mish-mash, but delicious! And we’ll do our annual Holiday Singalong Jamboree this month, which involves more food, and lots of off-key renditions of holiday songs around the fire.

    Favorite holiday song: "Little Drummer Boy," because it was my Grandpa’s favorite.

    Favorite holiday movie: We watch Elf with the boys every year, so that’s become my favorite.

    Favorite holiday dish or cocktail: Vin Chaud—we spent a Christmas in Paris, and now we cannot have Christmas without this drink.

    Feeling Like H&W Team Holiday Gift Guides | Aimee Lagos

    OLA SUPERNAT

    Hygge & West: Tell us about the gifts you choose and why they pair so well with your pattern of choice.

    Ola Supernat: My gifts center around the theme of aiming to do better by your body and mind. Bruno (Coral) pairs well with my theme—the abstract, fluid lines of the pattern could be a metaphor for how our lives are always in flux and how there is always room—and time—to be a better self. Plus, the Coral colorway is quite festive.

    1. Baggu pouches: These pretty pouches keep you—and your stuff—organized.

    2. Evan Healy Whipped Shea Butter: This luscious shea butter provides fantastic skin protection in the cooler months.

    3. Alarm clock: A real alarm clock (rather than the one on your phone) will help avoid screen time in bed—the phone can stay in another room for the night.

    4. Pumpkin seed oil: Pumpkin seed oil is not only delicious drizzled over fresh bread topped with avocado and tomatoes, but it’s also good for you.

    5. Foam roller: Some may say foam rollers are evil, but your body will thank you! Plus, you can listen to music or (try to) do a little meditation while rolling—a win-win for body and soul!

    6. Hygge & West Home: This book is both a feast for the eyes and a reminder that it’s not just things that make up a wonderfully cozy life.

    H&W: The holidays are all about tradition and memory-making. What are some of your favorite holiday traditions or memories of holidays past?

    OS: My favorite holidays are the ones I get to spend with my family back in Poland. I haven’t been able to go home for Christmas for a few years now, but my thoughts are always there during the season. Some of my favorite memories include baking with my mom and grandma; going to the Holiday Market; eating enough Polish food to last me until the next time I get to go home; ice skating with friends; and long walks followed by hot tea and cake in our warm, cozy kitchen.

    H&W: What do you have planned for the holidays this year? How are you planning to add extra hygge into the season?

    OS: We’re going to Bora Bora for the holidays. It definitely won’t be a white Christmas, but I think island lifestyle goes hand-in-hand with the concept of hygge. We’ve booked our accommodations—overwater bungalow!—and the only plans so far include starting our mornings with leisurely breakfasts on the porch and ending back on the porch reflecting on the day. We’ll take it one day at a time, enjoying everything as it comes (even a torrential downpour, which is a high possibility since we’re going during rainy season).

    Favorite holiday song: Any classic Christmas carol

    Favorite holiday movie: Home Alone

    Favorite holiday dish or cocktail: Potatoes in the US, pierogi in Poland

    Feeling Like Team H&W Holiday Gift Guides | Melissa Andersen

    MELISSA ANDERSEN

    Hygge & West: Tell us about the gifts you choose and why they pair so well with your pattern of choice.

    Melissa Andersen: When I think of the holidays, I think of wintry days spent cooped up in a cozy mountain escape. A rustic log cabin shared with loved ones, a roaring fire inside, a snow storm roaring outside, good food, and Christmas music—does it get any more hygge than that? I paired my gifts with Snow (Gold) because it invokes those cabin feelings with just a touch of glitz and glam—perfect for the holidays.

    1. Dot bowl: This handmade vessel is a beautiful way to make all those holiday treats feel even more special.

    2. Mountain mugs: I have a soft spot for ceramics, especially when you can see the artist's hand. These mugs bring that cozy, mountain-y feel to your coffee or hot chocolate, no matter where you live.

    3. Faux fur throw blanket: Every snow day needs a warm, fluffy blanket to snuggle under. This faux fur version is comfy and cruelty-free.

    4. Dinner bell: Something about a snowy winter cabin makes me long for the simple lifestyle of bygone days, and this steel dinner bell gives me all those old-timey feels with a modern twist.

    5. Fatwood crock: Because how else are we going to get a roaring fire going in our cabin? This crock and kindling serve a purpose and look great while doing it.

    6. Embroidered pillowcases: These embroidered pillowcases make lazy mornings in bed so chic—and a little cheeky, too. 

    7. Shearling slippers: Cozy and cute—what's not to love about these slippers that bring all the hygge and toasty toes, too!

    8. Hygge & West Home: A snowy cabin weekend demands good reading and interior eye candy, and this book has both in spades. Plus, Stephanie Housley's ultimate mountain home is the stuff my log cabin dreams are made of!

    9. Woodland smoker: This whimsical wooden smoker brings the aroma of cedarwood to any space in your home—and looks darn adorable while doing it.

    H&W: The holidays are all about tradition and memory-making. What are some of your favorite holiday traditions or memories of holidays past?

    MA: In my big, Italian family, the holidays are all about traditions, from the foods we eat every year—lots of seafood and pasta, a serious antipasto platter, decadent traditional desserts, and so much more—to the rituals we partake in, like the long process of making and hand-forming dolalucci cookies. But my favorite is definitely driving out to the country to cut down our tree. We make a day of it with lunch and antique shopping afterward, and it's the perfect way to kick off the season.

    H&W: What do you have planned for the holidays this year? How are you planning to add extra hygge into the season?

    MA: My husband and I just had our first baby (!!!) so the holidays are going to be very different this year. Since the baby will only be a few weeks old, we'll likely avoid the big family gatherings and mostly lay low at home instead. We're planning to cook up a big feast for two, binge on Christmas movies, and just soak up every second with our new little bundle.

    Favorite holiday song: Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" for something classic, and Otis Redding's "Merry Christmas Baby" for a little more funk.

    Favorite holiday movie: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation—it's mandatory holiday viewing in my family.

    Favorite holiday dish or cocktail: Dolaluccis! They're a traditional Italian Christmas cookie that's super labor intensive to make, but so worth the effort.

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