Survival Guide for the 40-Something

Hygge Your Life & Home One Cozy Room At A Time

I first got bit by the decorating bug when I decided to open a furniture store in Massachusetts. I had no real experience with home decor or owning a furniture store, but at that time I loved Mexican Furniture …mostly the raw pine carved furniture. At first I was weary about how the towns people of Wayland, MA  would receive my store, but I was happily surprised by the warmth and acceptance of something new.

When you open  a Mexican Furniture store in a very strict historic town in MA, you have to be ready to show your clientele how this furniture will look fabulous in their 1700’s historic homes. I didn’t know I had it in me, but I did just that and my store and decorating style was well received, so much store I frequently made the paper.

It’s been years since I have been able to do what I loved.  I helped friends and family with decorating tips but nothing that would be completely my doing from beginning to start until now.

When I moved into this house it was still stuck in the 80’s. Can you believe this house was once featured on HGTV Homes? Well, I can see that happening back then but this house so needed a major upgrade.

After spending a year remodeling the inside of the house I still felt it needed something more to make it more of a home. I have been a big fan of the Hygge way of living and I felt like this was the way to go when I decided to bring warmth and love into this amazing home.

What is Hygge (pronounced Hoo-ga)?


“Hygge is about atmosphere and an experience

rather than about things.”

Most of us have experienced Hygge at some point in our lives, it could be as simple as enjoying a cup of hot coffee on a cold day, savoring your favorite sweet that brings a childhood memory, hugging your pet on a comfortable rug, spending time with friends or family enjoying every moment of their company. Hygge is more of a feeling than a thing.

I’m all about comfy, cozy and happy moments. I feel it’s important for my family to feel a sense of longing to be in this house and to have special memories while growing up here that they can look back on when they are older. So to me it was important to make every space special in my home and practice the Hygge concept on a daily basis.

Simple ways to Hygge:


“A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle”

One of the most known ways to get Hygge is with candles. Candles are key…and I mean many candles. They can be scented, unscented it doesn’t really matter, what matter is the more candles the better. Candles give any room a soft glow, a sense of coziness and that is Hygge.


“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.


Being thankful for everything everyday is part of my daily routine. This is a way of life for me, it is something that I also taught my children to do. I take it all in and pay it forward. 


“Some foods are so comforting, so nourishing of body and soul, that to eat them is to be home again after a long journey.”


I love food, I love cooking and I love eating. My earliest memory is all the family gatherings that came together around food. Every holiday we would have special meals prepared with lot’s of love and lot’s of flavor. 

When I need a pick me up, I start baking. Baking to me is like yoga to some, a calm peaceful spiritual journey. Some find peace and balance in Yoga and I find it while baking. 

Food is Hygge. A comforting warm soup or sweet delicious pastry that lightens up your mood and food that stirs a good emotion is Hygge.



“What is a cozy home?

Where you enter and you feel the radiance of your divine self.”



I spent half of my life looking for what I envisioned home to be. Little did I know that home, the feeling of home comes from within and from those you surround yourself with. It doesn’t hurt to throw in a cozy warm blanket and a fireplace in the mix. A Hygge home is one that radiates comfort, warmth and coziness. It doesn’t have to be the entire house, you can have certain spots to sit and just relax and read a book or have a nice cup of coffee. It can be a room with beautiful plants or even your bathroom with big fluffy towels and rugs. Any place that in the house that invokes a good feeling is a Hygge spot.


Author: Victoria Alicea


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  1. Jenn

    Great article!!! I love your sense of style and design. I too enjoy creating “stories” with some
    Of my displays. Creating a Hoo-Gah atmosphere. Lol

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