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Love It | Boho Style

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LOVE IT - Bohemian Style with Swell Made Co.

LOVE IT - Bohemian Style with Swell Made Co.

I love Bohemian style for spaces indoor and out. Rattan, fabrics and textiles from around the globe, tropical plants, baskets, handmade ceramics and a general carefree feeling. I'll take it all. Mix these items with modern or mid-century pieces and you've got the look.

For this edition of LOVE IT, I have collected Bohemian pieces and tied in a hint of blue to make it feel even more relaxed, but this style can be complimented with almost any colour palette. Hints of pink and green for a tropical vibe? Or, black and white neutrals for a minimal Bohemian look. It's whatever your thing is. Little hints of gold (of course) can be seen throughout and are versatile. Check out LOVE IT Moroccan Inspired Decor, for a similar global look, but with a different palette.

Here are a few of my favourite ways to go Boho at home:

  1. Gold Palms Art Print (11x14) by Swell Made Co. Add a tropical vibe to your space all year-round with this gold foil art print.
  2. Greta Belly Basket in white by Rove Concepts. Store your stuff, or give plants a home with this handmade belly basket. Colour blocked in white. Other colours available including mint. Swoon.
  3. Jassa Basket from IKEA. In March, IKEA launched the JASSA collection which is full of wonderful rattan pieces for the home or patio. This collection is available for a limited-time only.
  4. Palm Leaf Keytag by Swell Made Co. This little keytag shows a love for plants and all things tropical.
  5. Blue Spatter Bowl by Settle Ceramics. Found at Leif. A hand thrown ceramic bowl with blue spatters are a casual way to make a statement on the table.
  6. African Indigo Throw Pillow from Rug & Weave. Vintage indigo fabric from Burkina Faso combined with natural mudcloth, this pillow will elevate and complete any Bohemian space. Rug & Weave has an outstanding collection of pilows, rugs and textiles from around the world.
  7. Mastholem Chair by IKEA. Available all year round. This arm chair is another way to turn up the heat indoors. Mix with eclectic and/or minimal fabrics and textiles for a casual Boho look.

I hope you love these pieces as much as I do. Want more inspiration? Follow Swell Made Co. on Pinterest to see more. Here are a few of my favourites (click the images to see sources).

Confessions of a Solopreneur

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Confessions of a Solopreneur by Swell Made Co.

Confessions of a Solopreneur by Swell Made Co.

We all have pivotal moments in our lives. Ones that set you on a trajectory without intention, but force you (or at least encourage you) to take action. While it was a gradual process, it started in my early twenties. I was fresh out of University and employed at my first corporate job. I was a graphic designer at a marketing company in western Canada. I'll admit, I was hugely naive. Who isn't at 22? I still had a LOT to learn, but I was "good" at my job.

I cringe when I remember sitting in a lunchroom with my boss and co-workers. We were tossing around casual jokes and conversation. I don't even remember what the topic was, or what I said. Then it blindsided me. My boss, in a deadpan tone, called me stupid. Not once, but twice. This person was going through a rough time personally, so I'll give them that; but from that moment forward I vowed to never work in that type of environment again. The corporate world had revealed its true face and it wouldn't be the last time (because, that's reality).

I've endured far more devastating comments and events in my life. Being called stupid is rather petty. I get that. However, that comment from the mouth of a respected mentor/leader haunted me for years. It directed me on a course that has simply allowed me to "do good work, with good people" on my own for the past decade. For that, I am very grateful.

Not all workplaces are toxic. I have had hugely enriching experiences from being employed accross Canada; but if you've experienced one or a few of these environments, you've probably thought about going out on your own too. Thankfully, the definition of work has changed drastically and there are countless opportunities to define and create what work looks like. The majority of my daily interactions are with people who are living a solopreneur life, or making the leap and it's truly inspiring.

I'm no expert. Truthfully, I'm always learning and figuring things out. Aren't we all? Here are a few lessons I've learned (sometimes the hard way) from being a solopreneur. I'm sparing you with the logistics of making the transition. There are loads of articles and books out there to help you out. Plus, it really comes down to you, and how you design that transition. Gradual or quick, there's no right way.


Don't Take Shit
Life is short. It really is. Taking any type of shit from anyone is NOT worth your valuable time (more about time coming up). Shit pay, shit work, shit attitudes, shit offers, shit hours. If you smell shit, walk away. You are so much better than a pile of shit. That goes for anything in life. Phew! Got that one? I'm trying to be as clear as shit. I promise, I'm moving on to more enlightening and serious content.

Nurture Good Relationships
You will meet a plethora of wonderful people throughout your career. You were brought together for a reason. Nurture those relationships well beyond your given time together. It will serve you well. As a solopreneur, the majority of your work and inspiration will come through connections you make throughout your career (employed or solo). Thriving and respectful relationships will open you up to collaborating with talented and smart people, just like you. If a relationship feels shitty, refer to the tip above.

Be Kind. Be Grateful.
Kindness matters and goes a long way. It doesn't cost a thing to be kind. Don't take shit, but be kind even when it's hard. When good (and bad) things come your way, be grateful for them. See the value in experiences big and small and express gratitude. It helps the world make sense.

Don't Stop Creating
Don't stop creating. Whatever creating means to you, (writing, beer making, cooking, photography, painting, designing, etc.) just keep doing it. In your career, you'll go through a body of work and some of it will be shit, trust me. Keep working HARD. The more time you invest, the better you'll become and one day you'll find your way. You'll find yourself. You have talent. Don't give up. This quote by Ira Glass helped me through the creative process years ago. I still repeat it when I hit a rut, as you do. Grit and hustle really do go far.

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, and I really wish somebody had told this to me.

All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But it's like there is this gap. For the first couple years that you're making stuff, what you're making isn't so good. It’s not that great. It’s trying to be good, it has ambition to be good, but it’s not that good.

But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is good enough that you can tell that what you're making is kind of a disappointment to you. A lot of people never get past that phase. They quit.


Everybody I know who does interesting, creative work they went through years where they had really good taste and they could tell that what they were making wasn't as good as they wanted it to be. They knew it fell short. Everybody goes through that.

And if you are just starting out or if you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Do a huge volume of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week or every month you know you're going to finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you're going to catch up and close that gap. And the work you're making will be as good as your ambitions.

I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It takes awhile. It’s gonna take you a while. It’s normal to take a while. You just have to fight your way through that.


- Ira Glass

Guard Your Time
Time is your most valuable commodity. Guard it fiercely. You will always find ways to make money. After all, you're smart and full of ideas. You CAN'T get time back. Spend your time wisely. Personally and professionally. Edit, edit, edit.

Define Your Own Success
Success is a subjective and nuanced thing. Don't worry about what anyone else is doing. Just focus on what success means to YOU. You have an opportunity to create your OWN reality. Define what that means and take the steps to make it happen.

For me, success means doing good work, with good people. I do what I love with equal amounts of discipline and flexibility. I make time for my career/personal passions and for my family. I learn something new every day. Over time, that definition will change and I will continue to adapt. So will you. It's part of the process and life of a solopreneur, but worth every enriching moment.

That's all I got! Keep it real and work hard. If you're a solopreneur, does this resonate with you? What else have you got to tell me? I'd love to hear what you've learned.

 

Netflix & Wine | March Break 2017

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Netflix & Wine - Pairing your favourite shows and movies with delicious wines. By Swell Made Co.

Netflix & Wine - Pairing your favourite shows and movies with delicious wines. By Swell Made Co.

Bring on the Netflix & Wine because it's March Break! At our house anyway. That means days filled with a balance between burning off some energy and having some chill time. When the day is done and the kids are snuggled in their beds, I'll be snuggling up with a glass of wine and some of my favourite shows and movies.

If you're like me, March Break sort of snuck up this year, so I'll be flying through the aisles of my local wine shop (LCBO - where you'll find these easy drinking bottles and tasting notes) to stock up on some of these bottles below. They're all red, because winter is still here in Canada.

  1. Chef's Table - Fantini Farnese Numero Uno Primitivo, Italy

    NEW episodes of Chef's Table Season 3 launched on February 17. If you haven't binged this series already, you're in for a treat. The seasons just get better and better with stunning footage and captivating story lines, that make your jaw drop and your stomach grumble. My favourite episode will take you to Peru's many landscapes. Pair this show with Numero Uno Primitivo, because you have to be numero uno to make it as far as these chefs.

    Primitivo has a very long history that dates back to the times of the Phoenicians and has an lot in common with a more well-known grape variety called Zinfandel. Fantini' s version is an intense ruby colour with aromas and flavours of dark berries, cherry, and prune; full and soft with a harmoniously tannic finish.
     
  2. Sing Street - Flagstone Music Room Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, South Africa

    I can't resist British movies. If you love Brit humour and whimsy, you'll love Sing Street. This film takes us back to 1980s Dublin seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy. While trying to adjust to his new inner-city school, he finds a glimmer of hope in a mysterious girl. With the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band's music videos. There's only one problem: he's not part of a band... yet. Pair this film with Music Room Cabernet Sauvignon.

    Spicy oak, well integrated with sweet black fruits, mint, good focus on the palate. Chunky, rich, well integrated with a light, lifted finish.
     
  3. Abstract - Southbrook Seriously Cool Red VQA, Canada

    Step inside the minds of the most innovative designers in a variety of disciplines and learn how design impacts every aspect of life with this new series that follows a similar format to Chef's Table. As a graphic designer, I found the Paula Scher episode the most inspiring, but all episodes are equally fascinating. Pair this wine with Seriously Cool Red because these designers are cooler than you'll ever be.

    New from Southbrook is this lively red that offers aromas of mulled cherry, candied strawberry and light spice. The palate is medium-bodied and dry with medium acidity and tannins; look for flavours of black cherry, raspberry, and candied apple followed by a lightly spiced, medium length, finish. The packaging is seriously cool and comes in three colourful variations.
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  4. Love - Sandbanks French Kiss Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot VQA, Canada

    Back for another season, Love follows the not so "perfect" pair, Mickey and Gus as they go through the triumphs and tribulations of finding contentment, or love. Pair this romantic comedy with French Kiss from Sandbanks.

    Medium ruby with a garnet hue; aromas and flavours of plums, smoke and clove; dry, medium-bodied with balanced acidity and tannin.
     
  5. Where to Invade Next - Charles & Charles Red Blend Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah, USA

    Michael Moore is "back". He's been somewhat quiet the past 8 years, but with a ripe political climate under Donald Trump, he and his commentary are louder than ever. This warm up documentary follows Michael Moore as he playfully "invades" European countries to see what they have to offer in comparison to the United States. Pair this documentary with Charles & Charles Red Blend.

    Deep ruby; notes of cassis, dark chocolate and vanilla on the nose; the palate is dry and full bodied with moderate acidity and tannins; flavours of chocolate covered cherries, mocha and vanilla.

Love It | Greenery

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LOVE IT - Spring Greenery with Swell Made Co.

LOVE IT - Spring Greenery with Swell Made Co.

Spring is on the way which has me dreaming of everything and anything green. It's only natural, right? After days of grey skies and snow, I always feel "ready" for the shift to warmer days, more sunlight and green spaces.

I'm also crushing on green because Pantone's colour of the year for 2017 is Greenery. "A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings. Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront - it is an omnipresent hue around the world."

Here are a few of my favourite ways to bring greenery indoors:

  1. Gold Palms Art Print (11x14) by Swell Made Co. Add a tropical vibe to your space all year-round with this gold foil art print.
  2. Brass Wall Planters by Umbra. Hang easy-to-care for plants, like succulents and air plants to bring some greenery into your space. These planters add dimension to any wall. On their own, or as part of an existing gallery wall.
  3. Palm Leaf Pendant by Swell Made Co. This little pendant shows a love for plants.
  4. Brass Plant Mister by CB2. Care for your plants with this classic brass mister. It delicately mists plants so they can thrive.
  5. Vevlet Pillow found on Etsy. Maybe you can't quite splurge on that green velvet couch, but you can add a splash of green to any room with this lush velvet cushion.
  6. Micro Greens Planter Kit found on Uncommon Goods. Grow your own micro greens with this stylish and functional planter. They look great and taste even better. Plus, they pack a a lot of nutritional punch. Eating your greens is easy. Add them to sandwiches, soups, pastas and salads.
  7. Faux Palm Leaves by CB2. If you're not a green thumb, add these faux palm leaves in a vase for a simple (no-fuss) splash of green. You can always opt for the real deal too. Just buy stems from your local florist.
  8. Walk in the Woods Art Print (11x14) by Swell Made Co. Nature's simplicity is stunning. This art print will remind you to get outside. Being among the trees is good for your mind and body.

Happy Spring!

Love It | Swans

Inspiration, Gifts, Love ItLesley PocklingtonComment
LOVE IT - Swooning over swans with Swell Made Co.

LOVE IT - Swooning over swans with Swell Made Co.

Valentine's Day is less than a week away. I usually do a Valentine's Day printable or Valentine's Day DIY, but this year I am swooning over swans. This LOVE IT list follows the heart day theme with an adoration of swans and what they symbolize. Creativity, grace, balance, beauty and of course, LOVE. Those are just a few.

Swans have made their way into art and design since ancient times. They're just so lovely. Swan fact - did you know swans mate for life? And, in many cultures they represent light and dreams.

Enjoy this fun list of swan inspired items for your home, or to simply play with. These aren't your grandmother's swans. Although there are some vintage swans seen above. Let's just say, grandma had solid taste in her day.

  1. Queen Art Print (11x14) by Swell Made Co. This art print is as elegant and graceful as the Queen of the pond herself. Pair with King for the perfect match. Or, pair two Queens. Two Kings. Love is love!
  2. Swan Pouch by Indigo. Bring this dreamy, Swan Lake inspired pouch wherever you go.  
  3. Vintage Brass Swans found on Etsy. Bring some vintage (mid-century) elegance into your space with this set of brass swans. You can also find beautiful brass swan planters and use them for succulents and air plants. Make it modern again.
  4. Swan Tumbler by Xenia Taler. I love the simple graphic work by Xenia Taler, including this swan tumbler with metallic copper finish. 
  5. Gold Swan Pool Float by Fun Boy. Float like a graceful swan (hah!) with this fun pool toy.
  6. Gold Stationery by Swell Made Co. Tell your mate(s) how much you adore them with these gold foil cards.
  7. Deco Bottle Opener found at Leif Shop. Swans had their heyday during the Art Deco period. Pop a bottle with this balanced and beautiful brass opener. A work of art to add to your bar cart.
  8. Swan Chair by Rove Concepts. Show a love for swans mid-century style with this whimsical Swan Chair (Arne Jacobsen). Available in an array of shades, but especially stunning in bright cashmere and boucle wool colours.
  9. OUI OUI Art Print (8x10) by Swell Made Co. Because this is a post about love, after all. Also available as a mini 5x7 art print.

Follow Swell Made Co. on Pinterest to see more swan love. Happy Valentine's Day! Much love.

How To | Create a Gallery Wall

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Nothing is more welcoming than walking into a space with a great gallery wall. It pulls a room together by nodding to the design elements of the space by pulling a theme or colour scheme together. Plus, a gallery wall undeniably makes a statement. A personal statement of style. 

We've partnered up with Julie Taylor, Interior Decorator & Style Maker, to guide you through the elusive (but oh-so simple) task of creating a winning gallery wall. Julie creates welcoming, thoughtful and stylish residential spaces. She combines her love of interior design, with a background in fine art to bring an innate sense of balance and harmony into her work.

Let's get that gallery on the wall!


Trust us, it's not as difficult as you might think. Just follow these tips. First, here's what you'll need.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

  • Your collection of framed artwork and objects.
  • A roll of kraft paper
  • Scissors
  • Washi or painter's tape
  • Hammer
  • Hardware for hanging artwork. May vary depending on the size and weight of your pieces.
  • Level 
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Gallery wall styling by Julie Taylor Interiors. Photography by Swell Made Co.

Gallery wall styling by Julie Taylor Interiors. Photography by Swell Made Co.

HOW TO CREATE A GALLERY WALL

  1. Mix it Up or Stay the Same
    The first step is probably the hardest step. Choosing what you want to display on your gallery wall. In a previous post, Becky Freeman and I talked about How To Curate Art with Heart which helps you choose meaningful pieces for your space. There are still some things to consider before creating a gallery wall. 

    When choosing your pieces consider size (various or the same), the style of frame (various for more eclectic, or the same for a more cohesive look) and the number of pieces. It's nice to have an odd number of pieces, but if an even number happens to flow, that's okay.

    Vary the style of works for a more dynamic look. Realism and abstract. Geometric and soft organic shapes. There should be a common element tying them together (colour is easiest, as mentioned below). Too many similar pieces will create competition. Variation allows each piece to shine.

    One final thing to consider is the theme or colour scheme of the pieces. Try to tie in one element for consistency. Is there a consistent colour throughout? Maybe a consistent theme of beaches you love. Colours and themes will easily help create a cohesive gallery wall, but it's not necessary. When in doubt - keep it simple. It's a balancing act, but it will work in the end.
     
  2. Arrange Artwork on the Floor
    Once you've curated and framed your artwork, it's time to develop a composition for your gallery wall. Clear a space on the floor that equals the space on the wall (not too big, not too small) and start piecing together a layout.

    Again, you have a choice to mix it up and create a more random look. Or, you can space things out equally to create a grid which works well when the frames are the same size/style. 

    Anchor your favourite or largest piece in the centre, and gradually work in other pieces around it/them. Keep a few inches between the pieces as you hang them, and try to keep that consistent throughout.

    Play with it until it feels right. It's all about creating a sense of balance. Don't stress! Just follow some simple guidelines, your intuition and some inspiration. There are no real guidelines or rules when creating a gallery wall.

    Handy Tip: Photograph the arrangement while it's on the floor to give a different perspective during the process. Plus, you'll remember where everything goes!
     
  3. Mock it Up on Wall  
    It's time to start working on the wall. Consider the gallery's proximity to the ceiling, furniture, other walls and objects (not too close!). Also consider where the focal point will be. 

    Once your layout/composition feels right, cut out pieces of kraft paper to match the size of your pieces. A roll of kraft paper is perfect since you'll likely need a lot. Now, you can use washi or painter's tape to adhere them to the wall. Mimic the composition you created on the floor and feel free to move things around until it looks right. Don't forget to step back every now and then.
     
  4. Hammer and Hang
    Finally, it's time to commit your pieces to the wall with hammer and hardware. Using your pieces of artwork as a guide for where to hang is the most accurate way. Place the artwork over it's matching piece of kraft paper to see where the hardware will sit. Use your hand or a pen to mark on the paper. Hammer your hardware in place of your mark and simply remove the kraft paper and tape from the wall. Hang your piece! Keep doing this until the gallery wall in complete. If you need to adjust slightly during this process, it's okay.
     
  5. Enjoy!
    Take a final step back, breathe, and enjoy your gallery wall. Feel free to add or take away pieces as time goes on, keeping the artwork relevant to your life. Have fun and enjoy!

For some inspiration, here is a round-up of our favourite gallery walls on Pinterest. Click on the images for links.

Thanks for reading and good luck with your gallery wall.
Lesley, Swell Made Co. + Julie, Julie Taylor Interiors

Netflix & Wine | Winter Warm Up

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It's time for a winter warm up with Netflix and wine. Cold temperatures mean snuggling up, and watching some of your favourite TV shows and movies. Now, just add some of these wines for a perfect night in. What are you favourites on Netflix right now?

  1. Stranger Things - Eleven Eleven Laki's Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa Valley California

    This science-fiction thriller has developed quite a following as it pays homage to 1980s pop-culture. When 12-year-old Will Byers vanishes mysteriously, a group of friends, a frantic mother and a police chief investigate and try to uncover the truth. If you haven't tuned in already, pair this series with a fine wine chosen for its name.

    95 Points - Wine Advocate, December 2015
    “An absolutely brilliant Cabernet Sauvignon from southern Napa Valley. It has a dense purple color, a gorgeous nose of crème de cassis, graphite, blackberry and a touch of oak and a full-bodied, opulent, voluptuous texture, great purity and a stunning finish. This is sensational stuff and a terrific 2013.” - Robert Parker
     
  2. The Crown - Dubbonet Rouge, France

    This biographical drama series follows the early reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Although a bit dry, the performances and historical accuracy are outstanding. Pair this series with the Queen's favourite drink, Dubonnet. She drinks this aperitif wine with gin on the rocks, daily.

    Ruby/garnet red with orange tint in colour; sweet dried apricot, plum and herbal aroma and flavour with a citrus finish.
     
  3. Lemony Snicket - Southbrook Small Lot Natural Vidal Orange Wine 2015, Niagara Ontario

    Based on the popular series of books from the late 1990s/2000s, this dramatic series is sure to please all ages. Capturing the first four books in the first season, the performances are extraordinary and humourous. The set design is mesmerizing. Pair these unfortunate events with the delightful (and somewhat unusual) Small Lot Vidal Orange Wine.

    Bright amber in colour, with some cloudiness from lees in the bottle. Expressive nose with notes of wildflowers, tangerine, marmalade and bergamot. While the aromas suggest sweetness, the wine is bone-dry, with herbal replays.
     
  4. Lovesick - Mojo Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Australia

    A follow up to the comedy series, Scrotal Recall, Lovesick is a witty British comedy that follows Dylan through his love life; past and present. Pair this lighthearted series with Mojo Cabernet Sauvignon. The tasting notes alone ooze mojo.

    Fleshy, vibrant up front notes of blackcurrant pastille and cassis, immersed in lighter dashes of cranberry and crabapple. fruit which seamlessly merge with secondary wisps of chocolate, almond, fresh mint and a lick of stalky high notes. Balanced ubiquitous acid imparts structural support and along with the cedary oak bestows bountiful texture by silkily meshing the palate together.
     
  5. The OA - Vineland Estates Game Changer Red 2014, Niagara Peninsula

    If you liked Stranger Things, you'll love this mystery drama series with science fiction, supernatural and fantasy elements. Pair this series with the Game Changer, an easy to drink red blend. After all, this show is may be a game changer for you!

    Ruby red colour; fruit forward aromas of plum, raspberry and cherry; the palate is extra-dry, medium-bodied showing flavours of strawberry, red plum, spice and a slight herbaceous character on the smooth finish.

 

Love It | Hygge

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LOVE IT - Cozy Hygge style with Swell Made Co.

LOVE IT - Cozy Hygge style with Swell Made Co.

Hygge (prounounced hoo-guh) is the Danish term defined as "a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being." With the holidays past, but still many winter days and nights ahead, the concept of "taking pleasure in the presence of gentle, soothing things" is one that is welcome. A simple concept, that requires simple things to enjoy an understated luxury that brings much joy. As always, I love to keep things simple. 

Hygge is all about creating comfortable spaces in your home where you can enjoy the little things amongst family and friends, or on your own. Little things include a hot cup of tea or coffee (with sweets), lighting candles (many), reading a good book, enjoying the warmth of a roaring fire, soft lighting, getting cozy with knitted socks, sweaters and throws, soft and varied textures, and bringing outdoor elements in. Just to name a few.

Here are a few of my favourite things to help you bring Hygge into your home:

  1. Walk in the Woods Art Print (11x14) by Swell Made Co. to bring the outdoors in. 
  2. Sage & White Blanket by Cambie Design. Made in Lima, Peru this 20% Alpaca Wool throw is perfect to snuggle up in or use as a wearable wrap. Available in many stunning colour combinations. You'll want more than one.  
  3. Kastehelmi Votives by Iittala. Inspired by morning dewdrops, the droplet design brings the outdoors in. Available in a fresh range of other colours inspired by nature. You'll need more than just one candle, after all!
  4. Gray Checkered Reading Socks by Indigo. Settle in for an evening of reading with these warm and cozy reading socks. 
  5. Into the Wild Soy Candle by Northern Flicker Co. Soft outdoorsy scents and light will create the perfect Hygge atmosphere.
  6. Gold Aromagem Diffuser by Saje Wellness. Create a cozy atmosphere with a relaxing diffuser blend from Saje Wellness. 
  7. Bring the outdoors in with some fresh eucalyptus branches. Place in a simple vase, or try a DIY hanging as seen below. Photo by Mary Jo Hoffman of STILL Blog. 
  8. More Tea Please Art Print (8x10) by Swell Made Co.

Follow Swell Made Co. on Pinterest to see more Hygge inspired spaces, products and DIYs like the ones seen below (click on images for links). Embrace the winter months ahead with a little Hygge!

Image credits (from left to right): 1. Front + Main via Brit + Co. 2. Arrow & Sage 3. Sarah Sherman Samuel 4. Murals Wallpaper