How to Add Hygge Vibes to Your Dining Space

01.16.2018 4 Comments

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Meet our one and only dining room! I don’t believe you’ve been properly introduced, but I figured it was about time we showed her some love. We recently made some small updates to this space that really upped our ‘hygge’ factor and I’m digging it. Really diggin’ it. What is ‘hygge’ you might ask? Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) <—– yeah, I was saying “HIG” for the longest time 🙃…. is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cozy, charming or special.

Interior wise, hygge can be achieved through calming color palettes, cozy accessories like furs, comfy pillows, layered rugs, candle light, warm drinks – basically anything that makes you go “ahhhh” after a long, busy, blustery day.

We’ve slowly pieced this space together over the last year, starting with the dining table (I designed our entire kitchen layout with the placement of this rectangular dining table in mind).  Our beautiful Peruvian Lady joined us shortly after and then came our pantry barn door (a 15th century mega-antique door 😱). But still, this area felt a little cold and unfinished – that is until Nordic Knots entered the picture!

This black and cream Tiger Stripe beauty of a rug added some much needed warmth under our table. It’s 100% New Zealand wool and SO soft (not at all what I had come to expect from most flat weave rugs).  If you won’t take my word for it, at least listen to our little pup. She has impeccable taste in rugs… No seriously. You can let her loose in a stranger’s house and she will seek out the most expensive/best quality rug in the entire home and claim it as her own. I couldn’t even finish unrolling our rug before she was breaking it in. Girl’s got good taste, what can I say?

 
 

With all the intricate, woodsy textures in this space, the bold pattern adds the perfect contrasting, modern element. And the cream and black color palette ties in beautifully with our Loloi rug in the adjacent living room.

Another little ‘hygge’ addition was the seating corner at the edge of our kitchen.  For a while, it was a struggle deciding how to utilize this awkward little nook, but thanks to my chair addiction, I experimented with a spare mesh World Market chair and dressed it up with a Mongolian sheepskin (my latest obsession) and a fun kilim pillow. The teak stool (I originally purchased for our unfinished guest bathroom) found a home with the chair too. With all the bold colors and patterns happening here, I’m not convinced the textural art is “strong” enough to stand up to the rest of the room, so for now, I’m still on the hunt for the perfect piece(s) that will coordinate but not fight with our gorgeous Peru woman.

Our dining space is definitely feeling cozier these days and the hygge force is strong. Next on our dining room checklist?: A light fixture!!!!

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Sources: Tiger Stripe Rug | Dining Table | Dining Benches | Peruvian Print | Dining Chairs | Mudcloth Pillow | Brass Candelabra | White Mesh Side Chair | Mongolian Sheepskin | Teak Stool | Barn Door Hardware | Table Runner

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4 Comments

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    Carly

    01.21.2018

    Where is your table runner from? I absolutely love it! Beautiful space.

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      Kelsey

      01.22.2018

      Thank you, Carly! I found our table runner on Etsy a few years ago for our wedding. I’ve just added the link to the post 🙂

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        Carly

        01.22.2018

        Thanks so much! And, that’s so bizarre! I was actually trying to source this for MY upcoming wedding!

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          Kelsey

          01.22.2018

          What a funny coincidence! Congratulations! They are nice long runners, perfect for large wedding tables (mine is folded in half in the photo). I would recommend ordering with plenty of time to spare because they took almost 1-1.5 months to arrive from Thailand if I remember correctly. I was starting to sweat lol

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