First and most importantly, get cozy
Africa Studio/Shutterstock Among many well-known Scandinavian traditions is the Danish “hygge,” a term that means many things—but follows universal themes of comfort, warmth, and peace. These qualities are especially important to remember during the winter months. “Hygge is all about self-indulging. There is no hygge without something to eat or drink,” says Nadine Levy Redzepi, author of Downtime: Deliciousness at Home and wife to world-renowned Danish chef René Redzepi. “You want to cook something that fills your whole house with this hearty smell and elicits feelings of warmth and anticipation. When you step into your house, you’re hit with that emotion that comes through the smell.” Learn how to bring hygge into your home.
Up your ambiance
“You make an effort with the little things—we light tons of candles in the house during the wintertime. We always have music on at home. Always,” Levy Redzepi says. Richard Tellström, Swedish historian and professor at Stockholm University, agrees. “You live your life indoors, but with a lot of light,” he says. Consider giving your home a full sweep to declutter, too. Organized homes are happy homes.