Win Wallpaper from Hygge & West

February 5, 2009

I promised a second giveaway this week, so are you ready? Hygge & West would love to give THREE lucky winners two rolls of JULIA ROTHMAN wallpaper valued at $250, winners choice! Isn’t this exciting? I knew you’d just love it. I wish I could win my own contest because this wallpaper is gorgeous. Time to stop procrastinating on that space that needs a pick-me-up, free wallpaper will motivate you!


Hygge is a Danish term for living well, living simply, living cozy. It’s about living in the small moments, appreciating what you have, creating warm, comfortable environments. Please comment below (one comment per person) and share a description that you’ve written, a poem, or a picture (please link to it using only or your entry will not qualify) from your home or office of what living cozy, living well, living in the moment, means to you. Your writing or photography only, please.

Hygge & West will follow all of your answers and three winners will announced on Wednesday, February 11th. Have fun and good luck!

Thank you Hygge & West for this fantastic giveaway!

(images from hygge & west)


  • Reply Kelly February 5, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Wow those are some gorgeous wall-papers…. Ill give it a try.

    Cozy Living – Means snuggling in a knitted cover my grandmother made for me when I was younger. There is something about that cover that is comforting to me and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Plus my kitties enjoy the cozy living on this cover as well. Family cozy living

    Living Well – Is sipping a nice hot Chai tea (My ultimate favorite hot bevrage) Basically doing what I love, and not regretting my choices. Plus I heart drinking my tea snuggled in my cover, either on the couch or while I’m designing. Its the perfect combo for feeling inspired.

  • Reply cari February 5, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Will I have to ask permission to wallpaper my apartment? I don’t even care!

    Living cozy and living well on my front porch:

    caris last blog post: February 2

  • Reply Daniela February 5, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    I love wallpaper, so here we go:

    Living well= red wine + a fireplace + a cashmere wrap x reading the poetry of Rumi (let the beauty we love be what we do, there are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground)

  • Reply Sam February 5, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    For me, it’s about surrounding myself with beautiful things that are useful, practical. that’s what I try to create in my work as well, things that will make your house feel like home, like this

    Sams last blog post: A Love-ly Giveaway!

  • Reply Shannon Shelly February 5, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Curled up on my son’s bed with my dog, my husband and our son after a long day of playing outside in the warm sunshine are what living cozy, living well and living in the moment mean to me. It’s the small stuff that I find most beautiful… watching my son discover a butterfly for the first time, seeing him light up when his Dada comes home at the end of the day, listening to him tell me about his day… those are the times I feel I am cozy, living well and am definitely in the moment.

  • Reply Angie February 5, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    JULIA ROTHMAN wallpaper is well worth it! I can already imagine redoing my whole den that pale yellow and dove gray.

    I love living in the moment because it allows me to indulge in picking up more new yarn (even though I already have a barrel full of it), in buying yet one more picture frame (even though i haven’t yet chosen a picture for it), in stopping at a refurbished/thrift store to browse for new projects (even if I’ll have nowhere to store it but my front porch). I’m very fortunate to be able to to act on my wishes and I never take it for granted.

  • Reply Erin February 5, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    These wallpapers are to die for! So excited for this give away

    my cozy is in our “travel room”. I love to curl up on futon and listen to music, read, or just reminsce of our travels on the wall with DH. Gives me a place to relax or clear my mind – which makes it cozy to me (very relaxing)

  • Reply marne February 5, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    My whole house is small and warm and, well, hygge, but my guest room is the definition of cozy to me. It’s tiny, but comfortable. It’s my nap room and my sit on the bed with my laptop room.

  • Reply Anna February 5, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Living cozy and well is lying down on my couch, partially wedged into the crevice between the seat and the back, with the radio or a movie on quietly. Something so comfortable and blissfully lazy about not doing anything.

  • Reply Stacey February 5, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Lovely wallpaper, my description is short but hope it conveys what I feel.

    Cozy Living – The feeling of warmth and lightness of a cloud engulfing me with sweet scents and found memories all around me.

    Living Well & Living in the Moment – Stopping in a moment amongst the rush and noise to focus on my surroundings and pay attention to all the gorgeous colors and shapes all around me and realize the loveliness that is my life, us and ours.

  • Reply Julie February 5, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Living cozy is finally being comfortable in the house we bought three years ago, and finally being satisfied with what I own, and not what someone else has. It’s sitting on my couch, not worrying about how ugly it is, because I’m cozied up next to my children, who don’t care that the couch clashes with my style because they only live in the moment, happy that we are together and snuggling under an equally ugly, style-clashing blanket.

    Living well is working within my tiny budget to transform my house into a home and not spending myself into debt just to get the perfect look. It’s using a $4 can of spray paint to turn a hideous piece of junk into the perfect accessory for a side table.

    Living well and living cozy are simply…living. Being in the moment, and being satisfied.

    Julies last blog post: Something old, something new

  • Reply Lynnetta February 5, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Nothing says cozy and simple like two kitties cuddled together on a radiator.

  • Reply Norine February 5, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Cozy living – me, my kitties and my husband under a comforter taking a nap in the middle of the day. Raindrops on window optional.

    Living Well — to some people, life itself is the canvas they create their art on. Living well is living beautifully.

    Norines last blog post: Louis Comfort Tiffany

  • Reply LeighS February 5, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Cozy Living is my son sleeping in his crib in the corner of our one bedroom’s living room, blocked only by a screen, while we enjoy the quiet together on the couch. Living well is seeing those moments as few and precious.

  • Reply katierin* February 5, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    ~what a wonderful opportunity…thank you for sharing such pretty & creative designs.

  • Reply katierin* February 5, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    ~what a wonderful opportunity…thank you for sharing such pretty & creative designs.

    {sorry for the duplication of comments, this is a new forum for me!}

    katierin*s last blog post: feeling so awake

  • Reply marlene February 5, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    the bird wallpaper made my day… and made my heart pitter patter.

    trying to live well and in the moment here:

  • Reply Terri February 5, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Oh, what a wonderful contest. I love their site and think the concept of hygge fits my life beautifully. I am a real nester and love spending time with friends and family at home, and love having people and things around me that make me feel safe and loved and comfy.

    We have been working on our new house slowly for the last 2 years, not wanting to spend money too fast, so slowly accumulating things and ideas. Recently, I did a lot cost makeover of my home office because my partner David and I seem to be spending ALL our time here. I notice it’s the one room in the house where we gather together in the evenings as one or both of us use the computer. It is becoming very hygge because instead of surfing the net alone, while he is on the computer (usually on iTunes), I lay on a pillow on the floor and we talk about music. He is incredibly knowledgeable and we talk about who sang what and he plays snippets from the iTunes store and I make requests. We end up spending evenings in the office, laughing and listening to songs while I lay on the floor.

    Just the other night I said to him that what would make the office better is if we put a day bed in it, so I could lay on the bed while he makes his music and we can be together. I also notice he comes and lays on the floor while I read my decorating blogs and I tell him all about my blogging friends. A bed in the office would be perfect for visiting with each other. I always thought of the computer as solitary time, but we are having cozy hygge time together because we both like being in our cozy office, and we both like watching the other and learning about what the other loves. So most evenings, you will find us both in the office with the cat, laughing and hanging around. Who knew an iPod and decorating blogs would make us closer together? I know this isn’t classic hygge, like sitting on the front porch in your grandma’s quilt on a rainy day, but it is something warm and happy I noticed happening in our lives. In this day and age, I think we don’t think of technology and hygge fitting together, but our office is our very cozy space where we love to be together, even if the other is working.

    Here is a picture of our new office, that I just blogged about:

    I am now planning to put a cot or day bed in here, and I think some new wallpaper would make it perfect, don’t you?? : )

    xo Terri

    Terris last blog post: ~ My Home Office: Debut! ~

  • Reply erika February 5, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    The bedroom of my daughters is very cosy
    We would love to win the wallpaper for their new cosy ‘grown-up’ room!!

    erikas last blog post: Printing

  • Reply Mims February 5, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Living cozy is lush, simple, sensual, relaxed, unhurried and sun-dappled whenever possible.

  • Reply Alison February 5, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    I could think of no better way to describe the pleasure I get from beautiful, simple living than with a haiku about my perfect throw pillows.

    A contented sigh
    My everything rests his head
    God bless Thomas Paul.

    (Love the wallpaper.)

    Alisons last blog post: She gives you a treat!

  • Reply erin :: the olive notes February 5, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    patterns. patterns. and more patterns. love them all :)

    erin :: the olive notess last blog post: i have awesome friends :: part 1

  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente February 5, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Oh dear lord….I love these so very much! *sigh*

  • Reply Sofia February 5, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Living well is getting home on a rainy, cold and grey day and snuggling in my sofa with my grandmother’s big heavy blanket. It’s warm in there and then I know “there’s no place like home” while hearing the rain outside:)


    Sofias last blog post: Kim’s Home Office

  • Reply shadow February 5, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    All you creative beauties


    I want to create a home
    where family, friends and even pets are allowed to roam.
    Where hearts and minds are treated with care,
    and try not, a minute to spare
    the opportunities and chances,
    for having fun, creating relationships and happy glances,
    for learning about life and coloring and dances.

    I want to create a home with corners that spill of joys (and a few toys!)
    with nooks and nooks of books to read,
    of pretty things, memories, oh yeah, and this I need,
    more and more pretty WALLPAPER indeed!

    I want to create a space that oozes comfort, kindness and grace.
    Creating a sanctuary,
    when all around and about is aweary.

    This, this is home to me.
    I could blog about home forever, but why don’t you~
    step inside, all the above is what I hope you see!

    mary morawski

  • Reply Laura February 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Living well in my home means being close enough to hold my daughter’s tiny hand, far enough to see her gleefully gallop on an imaginary horse, and inspired enough to ride on an imaginary horse of my own.

  • Reply isla February 5, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    A Sunday, sunlit, silent, afternoon rest – in my studio, up in the hills, surrounded by aqua walls and a white faux bois comforter. Glass jars my husband found covered by soil on a bike ride home, glistening in the light. The ethereal, silent, warmth coming in from nature, consuming me where i lay. I love this feeling with all my heart, it makes take a breath, smile and feel contentment with the world and where i am.

  • Reply sfer February 5, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Two summers ago, I stayed in Denmark for a month participating in a project organised by MS (I can’t reproduce the Danish name, but translated it meant “In search for the Danish mentality). I took this picture in a restaurant in Christiania, and I think it truly represents the Danish hygge…

    Thanks for this great giveaway! I love your wallpapers :-)

    sfers last blog post: Padowan

  • Reply Ashley Crocks February 5, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Living well, Living simply, Living cozy – I spend the majority of my waking hours in a cubicle. I fill it with lovely and practical things I pick up on vacations to remind me of why I work in the first place. Living well is combining the simple and the cozy wherever you are.

    Ashley Crockss last blog post: Her Morning Elegance…

  • Reply leni stav February 5, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Ooo … those wallpapers are amazing!

    leni stavs last blog post: Dinner And A Movie*

  • Reply Sarah February 5, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    What beautiful wallpaper!

    Cozy Living to me is snuggling with my hubby and my puppy:

  • Reply alyson February 5, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Living well is living simply. Summertime in Seattle with my sister. Cheese & crackers, strawberries and iced tea. Sunshine that streams through my kitchen window. Breezy naps and picnics in the shade. Blueberry picking and running through our apartment in nothing but our skivvies.

    alysons last blog post: circus pup

  • Reply Jenny February 5, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Living in the moment means stopping to savor an unexpected reminder of my mother:

    Living simply means stopping to admire the Christmas tree before it is covered in decorations:

    Living well means appreciating the people in my life instead of bemoaning my inability to purchase every item I’d like for our home. But I’ve been fantasizing about this Julia Rothman wallpaper ever since Decor8 first brought it to my attention. I think I’d live a little bit better with it!

    Jennys last blog post: solitary figure

  • Reply Clarissa February 5, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    For me, living well means balancing the drive to create, be, do, and interact with purpose, with the fun of living and decorating spontaneously. Comfy living happens when all of the above are flowing freely and you’ve surrounded yourself with things, people, animals, books, and images you absolutely love.

  • Reply kate February 5, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    I LOVE Hygge & West! This is an excerpt from my journal from a few months ago. I think it sums living well, cozy, & simply perfectly. (A note: Argos is my chocolate lab & Ben is my husband)


    “As I write this Duluth is getting a snow storm. Us three are all crammed on the couch with blankets. I can hear the cars trying to wiggle their way up 21st avenue. Ben is reading, argos is sleeping, & I have a cup of hot tea I’m sipping. I just realized our breathing pattern is falling into the same rythm. even argos- asleep. I think he know’s i’m writing about him because he just twitched his arm towards me….We’re suppose to be driving down to the cities today for the Brunello xmas, but Im glad the snow has kept us here.”


  • Reply amy February 5, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    living well, simply and cozy is surrounding myself with family and friends. books within reach. crafts within reach. and always the sound of my daughters laughter. all in a space that is light filled on sunny days and gray filled on rainy days and filled with sentimental, handmade and colorful finds to keep me refreshed and inspired.

  • Reply leni stav February 5, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Oh wow, those wallpapers really are lovely!

    Here’s my tiny place … it definitely needs something on the walls to make it feel more cozy:

    leni stavs last blog post: Dinner And A Movie*

  • Reply cindy k February 5, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    wow, such an incredible giveaway. my tiny answer would be tiny collections from childhood:

    thank you!

    cindy ks last blog post: fun : a few favorites

  • Reply lounytoon February 5, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    aaah, cozy living is practical living with a touch of whimsy. A happy cat purring over my shoulder as he sits on the back of my armchair and an oversized bowl of hot chocolate in my hands :-).

    It’s the simple things in life.

  • Reply Lacey February 5, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Living cozy is napping in this hammock in the hotel where my husband and I spent our honeymoon

  • Reply Rebekah February 5, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    the wallpaper is so amazing, truly inspirational!

    today I was reflecting on my blog about our family, spending time with my husband and two little boys making popcorn and reading stories in our bed with them. It was cozy, simple, virtually free and the memories of my children’s faces during these precious moments pretty much sum it all up for me!


    Rebekahs last blog post: simple pleasures

  • Reply Amanda H February 5, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    I love this challenge as it is something I have thinking about lately. I had a great time writing a post in response to this, thanks.


  • Reply Jennifer February 5, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Living well is a product of loving well. Loving the things you surround yourself with. And not only the “things.” The people, the attitudes, the very air you breathe. Living well comes from falling in love with that perfect style, and bringing it to your home in whatever form you can muster. Living well comes from finding the love of your life and ensuring every day is spent with him or her, with respect and admiration for who they are, no matter how they may change through the years. Living well comes from finding a way to love the world around you, even when it seems like it doesn’t love you back. Living well comes from finding peace and beauty in nature and working to preserve and recreate what little you can of that beauty. Living well is surrounding yourself with things that you love no matter how old, tattered or silly they may be. Living well is loving well, and that’s really all there is.

    Jennifers last blog post:

  • Reply Dana February 5, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Living cozy, living well, living the moment means to live with love and respect for the other human beings in a comfortable environment inspired by beautiful blogs like yours (I did decorate my bedroom inspired by your posts :)

    Those wallpaper rolls are to die for!

  • Reply trish February 5, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Living well, living cozy: making time for what you love, and surrounding yourself with things that make you happy.

    trishs last blog post: Kyuuto giveaway!

  • Reply kelly February 5, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    here is a shot from my tiny studio.
    i have this one wall with an old mirror from my in-laws and it is surrounded by little bits of my life…. photographs i have taken, or taken by my friends, little notes to myself, ticket stubs from the train in paris… whatever i have saved that reminds me all the little moments that have made me happy.

    i have to say i would be THRILLED to win this giveaway as i am actually moving into a new studio/retail space. this wallpaper would totally help create a homey new space.

  • Reply Jessica February 5, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    OHHHHHH PLEASE. I can just see my bathroom struttin’ this stuff like it’s nobody’s business.

    Jessicas last blog post: I’m a Jerk.

  • Reply Jessica February 5, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    I didnt read all of the instructions so you can delete my post above if you’d like!
    To me, living cozy and in the moment means making yourself happy. It means cooking something delicious instead of going out to a fancy restaurant. It means living in a home that makes me feel complete; not because of the THINGS in it but the memories I create with the love of my life.

  • Reply Courtney McClellan February 5, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    I am dying!! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to put the yellow clouds and white birds in my study!!!! ..or maybe on a wall in my kitchen!

    Living cozy means turning on the fireplace, watching the snow and looking at the birds on your wallpaper while dreaming of spring!

    Living well means loving your family and the cherishing the times you have together.

    Living in the moment means making the most of each day, not dwelling on the past or future!

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    Courtney McClellans last blog post: So happy!

  • Reply sia February 5, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    living cozy: a quiet space in my livingroom, fresh flowers, a cup of Chai…

  • Reply alisa c. February 5, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Living in the moment.

    The sun beaming through the window
    my favorite cup full of bold coffee in hand,

    the few moments to myself
    before the house wakes,

    full of silent excitement
    for the day to start,

    paintings waiting to be painted
    boys wanting to be fed

    craziness of the day awaits
    wondering what kind of day it will be,

    a couple of deep breaths
    and then it begins…

  • Reply Kim Bagwill (aka The Frantic Meerkat) February 5, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Living cozy is my fiance and I in our small two bedroom house, with a nice patio and a garage for a studio. Nothing huge to take care of, but enough space for us, an overnight guest, our art and a little space for entertaining.

    Living well and in the moment was us last weekend when we spent the day looking at nurseries, buying plants, weeding the front yard, digging out old plants and planting the new plants. It was sunny and beautiful and I thought of nothing but connecting with nature and beautifying our little space.

    Kim Bagwill (aka The Frantic Meerkat)s last blog post: She Had A Way With Chickens

  • Reply Heidi Jo O. February 5, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Cozy living… what cozy living means to me is living in an atmosphere that promotes relaxation and creativity rather than stress. It reflects my family rather than what the fad of the moment is. It invites others in as it is a welcoming space that does not take itself too seriously. Things are organized in a way that they are easy to find and furniture is arranged to encourage conversation and togetherness. The colors and patterns are those that make my husband and I smile. There are accessories and mementos that remind of us laughter, sweet memories, friends, family, childhood, and love. The afghan thrown across the back of the sofa may not match perfectly, but it keeps us warm as it reminds me of my grandma who made it. The pillows around the house are cheery colors and are used for comfort, not simply decoration. Warm thoughts, smiles, laughter, tears, love, honesty, goofiness, secrets, exploration, and daydreams are all welcome in my cozy home.

    Heidi Jo O.s last blog post: HELEN AMY MURRAY textiles

  • Reply LUISA MANDRAGORA February 5, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    For what I’ve read so far, and from my own experience, I can conclude that true Cozy living feeling is a direct product from other feelings like success, fulfillment, and:”can life be better than this?”.
    It resumes in appreciating everything you own, old or new, High end tech or 2nd hand vintage… BECAUSE YOU ARE HAPPY! And this inspires you into decorating, painting, baking, reading, blogging, etc.

    Cozy living has been In my life when I only owned a matress and a bookshelf; and It is until this moment, when I’m simply buying groceries with my husband, or trying to find out how to make a terrarium out of DIY tutorials. Happy life!

    P.S. I bought a table later on. And chairs.

  • Reply Cris February 5, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    I bought the farm. Really. Tired of big city living, we sold our condo in Austin and moved to a farm house in rural Virginia with chickens and a garden and horse pasture. I’ve found that the best way to live simply is to simplify the mind; to ask yourself if the things you are worried about can actually be influenced by you. If not, forget it. Enjoy the scenery.

  • Reply Lindsay February 5, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Living simply is the art of remembering to continually re-discover joy in the people and the belongings which make our lives special purely because they have been carefully collected and not merely acquired.

  • Reply Emma February 5, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    I feel like we are living cozy and in the moment, whenever my daughter announces she wants to make what she calls a “peanut butter sandwich.” We all drop whatever we are doing and get together. Her father and I are the “bread” and she is “the butter.” It may last only a few seconds, but always refreshes us.

  • Reply Whitney February 5, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Living well, to me, means that home is someplace that I want to be more than anywhere else. I think that’s rare in a family, but I want for it to be that way for us.

  • Reply laurenleigh February 5, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Living well, cozy & simply for me is:
    *making my bed and then jumping all over it with my beans (kids)
    *using a knubby throw to hide the stains on the couch
    *flowers from our walk in an old jam jar
    *pictures of everyone we love tucked in every nook and cranny
    *hand me downs mixed with the new
    *dance parties in the kitchen
    *stacks and stacks of well used books

  • Reply Lisa Fischer February 5, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Books, books, and more books. Oh, and a beautiful sunny 70 degree day with the windows open and my daughter napping peacefully.

  • Reply al February 5, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    living well is being able to leave the chaos and frustrations but remembering the joys of trying to teach 25 9-year olds. cozy living is having a calm refuge to help you do this.

  • Reply katie February 5, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    cozy living – is laying down on the couch with a fire place and a warm blanket and drinking tea thinking about your day

    living well – is looking back on your day and seeing if you did any good and if not making up for it tomorrow:)

  • Reply Mandy February 5, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    living cozy, living well, living in the moment…though my immediate answer would tend to include being physically surrounded by family, a nice quiet night together and snuggled warmly under the blankets, its far more than that. It is the emotion and FEELING that comes with that moment. the feeling that is almost indescribable. A soothing feeling, a feeling of comfort that puts you at ease and washes your mind of all the worries of the day.

  • Reply mfree February 5, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    hmm… living well is definitely hard to define but i’ll give it a shot. dave and i waited 5 1/2 years after getting married to purchase our first home…a home that was essentially stalled in the 1970’s. we vowed to do most of the work upgrade work ourselves, because we wanted to save cash yes but also because we wanted to enjoy the process. the kitchen was our first big challenge and we lived with out it (in construction mode) for the first 6 months of home ownership. despite all the inconvenience and unexpected delays we had really never been happier. Then we were living well and we still are! this picture of the floor and dave’s feet reminds me of those months.

  • Reply Cameron February 5, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    My bedroom is soft, and warm, and seems to glow. Most things in it are yellow, my favorit color sence I was small enough to understand color, and when the light from the little window slants in the room glows. If I walk past it, with my door ajar, I can see it, shining like a little slice of joy. Inside its all snug, as its a very small room with an amazing yellow four poster bed taking up most of the space, and the walls covered with pretty things I’ve found and loved, in yellow frames. All avalible surfaces are filled with objects I love, and nothing that upsets me or causes stress of any kind. My bed with its yellow striped comforter is in a state of disarray from last nights dreaming, and I havent had the heart to disrupt its cozyness. I know no matter what my day holds for me I can always come back to my magical yellow dreaming bed, and snuggle in the intents of last nights dreams.
    And when I wake up the room will be gilded by the sunlight.

  • Reply Kara E February 5, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Living cozy is being able to move my wicker love seat from our gorgeous front porch into my bedroom during the winter. It’s a little bit of summer all year round that I love to curl up in and knit or read a good book. (It’s also conveniently placed near my radiator so it actually is the warmest part of my bedroom in the winter.)

    Living simply is resisting throw-away consumer culture and purchasing wisely. When I see something I desire I try to first think if I already own something similar or at least the materials to make something of my own.

    Living well is a continuous work in progress; finding balance in my life between friends, family, work and ongoing education. It is also learning new and better habits. Living well is riding my bike to the farmers market and buying local, seasonal food.

    Kara Es last blog post: Tumblr Value.

  • Reply Cindy February 5, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    I think that living in the moment is realizing that milestones reached are meaningless when you forget to stop and appreciate the daily cup of coffee shared across the table from the one you love. Thirteen anniversaries are one way of counting a marriage, but a smile everyday is so much better.

    Cindys last blog post: Amy Butler brown and pink lacework fabric travel laundry bag

  • Reply Virginia February 5, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Living well is living cozy AND in the moment! Honestly, I don’t know that I’m great at living in the moment because I’m such a planner. But I think I am pretty good at figuring out how to live well at home – surrounding myself with people and things I love and spending my time really doing what I want to do, whether that’s switching off the TV and reading while I listen to some dorky classical music or figuring out how to turn something frustrating about my home into something great. Living well is giving yourself those little luxuries.

    Virginias last blog post: character-izing your walls, part 2: molding + wallpaper.

  • Reply Michelle C. February 5, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    To me, living in the moment is simply cozying up with my son on my lap in his rocking chair at his bedtime with the story books that he loves.

    Michelle C.s last blog post: upholstery – COMBO 2 yards of brown and beige fabric

  • Reply Cate H. February 5, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Shoot, I think perhaps my link didn’t work right… at any rate here it is again:

  • Reply Corenne February 5, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Nothing says cosy and intimate like sharing moments together.

  • Reply Laura February 5, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Being satisfied with clean wood floors, hot tea, a good book, and snow outside my window.

    Lauras last blog post: StoryCorps Tips on Recording Family Stories

  • Reply Pati February 5, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Wow Love the wallpaper…..Hi Holly!
    I have been trying to write this for two hours……Mom stopped in and son came home from school.
    Living well to me is looking after myself and surrounding myself with Loved ones. I love to decorate, sew, paint and garden. It feeds my soul to be able to sit outside and listen to the birds. I am most content when I am surrounded by family and nature.I really do live simply and can spend hours watching bugs, or zoning out weeding the garden. I feel being creative feeds my soul and I decorate my home to reflex who I am inside. It is a very personal thing for me. I find inspiration all around me and may not have all I want in my home, but have found the journey far more rewarding sometimes, then actually getting everything you want. As long as I am content and Happy inside everything else seems to fall into place.

    Patis last blog post: Hmmmm….

  • Reply The Maiden Metallurgist February 5, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Living well to me means snuggling down under the down comforter on my bed eating lemon sorbet with my sweetheart. Before dinner.

    The Maiden Metallurgists last blog post: Our Practical Wedding

  • Reply jacquelyn February 5, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    To me living well is appreciating what I have, reveling in the moment, and taking a step back to really enjoy my life. I have a toddler and I am amazed and mesmerized by the richness, love, and joy she has brought to my every day existence. She reminds me to enjoy being myself, to have fun doing silly things, and to just be. She is a daily reminder of what it means to live life to its fullest, and I love her for reminding me of it.

    jacquelyns last blog post: A Sign of the Economic Times: Mainstream Goes Frugal

  • Reply dylan. February 5, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    In my opinion, living well is to be one posh person, just think, everyday there are people living in huts made of sticks and weeds in Africa. They aren’t living well. They haven’t been exposed to the ‘living well’ side of life. They are however, living cozy. People always have been known to live cozy in their own abodes. In homes not their own, it may not be cozy for them but cozy for the homeowners. In this day and age, homeowners are becoming less as jobs are getting cut people can no longer afford to even live cozy. Living in the moment, for the moment, Carpe Diem. Using all the resources at their disposal to keep the bare minimum of comfortably.

    I’m a freshman college student trying to get a degree to continue on the path of life, what do I really know about such things? Your wallpaper is beautiful, keep on designing.

    dylan.s last blog post: dylanbquan: is drafting and doing artsy stuff until 9. Kill me now. No food.

  • Reply shadow February 5, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    for got to give tinyurl address.

    please forgive!


  • Reply Kat February 5, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Living well and in the moment are the same thing to me, at least. To do this, I have to put aside all of the things I SHOULD be doing, according to the outside pressures, and do what truly makes me happy. Saving my money for the things that society dictates I should has no meaning when I could be spending it on something that makes my family or friends happy, which makes me happy as well. It doesn’t have to be a special occasion, there are many times I see something in a store and think “that would be perfect for ___”, and I buy it and give it to them. That is living well to me. Not a cushion in my bank account that means nothing. Of course, that means the beautiful things I see and want for myself never get bought. Like this wallpaper… Even if I win, I would probably end up giving it to someone who would love it, lol.

  • Reply erin February 5, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    living cozy, living well, and living in the moment for me means snuggling up with my little guy (hes 16 months) on the sofa with a few pillows and our white fuzzy blanket to play peek-aboo. seeing him smile and giggle never gets old, and those simple moments really are the best reminders that i am truly lucky!

    thanks for the chance to win this giveaway holly! i’m a wallpaper fanatic!

  • Reply Kristina February 5, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Hygge is letting yourself love what you love. Overcome that big step, and everything around you will be touched by this love of yours, and then you will realize, in your quiet house, how well, how simply, and how beautiful this realization is. Your thoughts will have such importance, such soft pondering, in your quiet head, quiet house.

  • Reply Sara February 5, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    I have been dreaming of wallpapering the wall next to my pc for so long I hope this is an omen. Fingers crossed.
    I was just trying to write about what living well means to me when I turn around and my toddler is drawing the kitchen table with a pen…. Being surrounded by the things you love and cherish.

  • Reply Shashi February 5, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    One of my favorite poems is by Shel Silverstein sums up my feeling about creating an environment that I love, that’s simple, beautiful, and cozy.

    Sandra’s seen a leprechaun,
    Eddie touched a troll,
    Laurie danced with witches once,
    Charlie found some goblins’ gold.
    Donald heard a mermaid sing,
    Susy spied an elf,
    But all the magic I have known
    I’ve had to make myself

    Creating a home and sharing that with people whether it be in person or on my blog has been a great lesson in remembering what is important to me and how can I create that. Taking in inspiration from others is so important as well, and with my own creativity it has created a place that while a work in progress is also a place of magic for me and friends and family.

    Shashis last blog post: Almost done

  • Reply Kaitlin February 5, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    My basement apartment has stark white walls – not exactly my idea of cozy. I’m living in it for just a year, having moved away from my friends and family to take an internship. So while I’m away from my real home, I fill this apartment with things that are important to me and that remind me of the people I care about. My favourite photos in gorgeous wooden frames, heirloom furniture, and most often, fresh baked goods that make my apartment smell like a home.
    For example:

    Kaitlins last blog post: Barefoot Contessa’s Sole Meuniere

  • Reply amy February 5, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    about to buy our first house…
    it’s just big enough for a mouse…
    we’ll snuggle inside…
    the warmth we’ll provide…
    just me and my kitties and spouse…

  • Reply Michael February 5, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Cozy living is about using every space in your house. I would prefer to have a smaller home where I use, appreciate and LOVE every inch of space, rather than a large home where I barely use rooms. Some people feel that more space is better. I’d rather have cozy and comfortable… a home, not a house.

    Michaels last blog post: Feels like -3 degrees

  • Reply deneise February 5, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    Living well is working a fifty hour week then on Sunday preparing a big dinner, cleaning house, lighting mutiple candles and writing Valentine quotes on this months blackboard decor. So that when your family of four sits down with grandparents and great grandparents you can sit back and enjoy stories of yesteryears but you know if you didn’t invite them over maybe that was one story maybe you would of never heard. As your grandma leaves she comments again what a lovely time I had thanks for inviting me and I comment again grandma anytime we loved having you. I button her coat pat her head and say goodbye.

  • Reply puck February 5, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    umm… my entry is not posting… Holly, are you seeing my poem?

    pucks last blog post: kitchen hardware on the cheap

  • Reply Hanna February 5, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Cozy living to me is a place with family around. It is also especially helpful if there is a warm, small kitchen with food being made. My family stayed at the tiniest house once near the ocean.. I think there were 6 people in this little thing, but I loved it! It was warm and comfortable.

  • Reply Summer February 5, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Living well for me doesn’t mean living with a lot. It means taking care of my friends, family and the planet. Therefore, I like a home that’s cozy (I love my wood stove) and filled with things that I have made or others have made and thrifted items…so most things have a story. I think before I buy. Living well also means growing a garden and cooking from that garden (yay…I get to really start doing that this year) and starting traditions that hopefully live on in the following generations with my family. And good books and rad wall paper are also great!

    Summers last blog post: Green Pan

  • Reply dodi February 5, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Although this winter has brought challenges for all of us, and I’ve had to cut back on my usual activities, I’m grateful to be in a warm home with a loving family.

  • Reply puck February 5, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    there is no other contentment, or moment as dear
    as the happiness of motherhood, when my children are near

    four little boys. surely take all my time
    but I’d do it all again, to always call them mine

    baking cookies with care, flour dusting their hair
    my kitchen’s a mess, but yet I feel blessed

    or teaching the oldest to knit, even a boy thinks it neat
    our cat tugs and pulls the yarn, in a ball by his feet

    seeing the youngest splash, a bubble beard on his face
    the beaming smile makes me forget, dripping water all over the place

    once and a while. you catch youself realizing
    “this is really it”. and “it” makes life worth living

    pucks last blog post: kitchen hardware on the cheap

  • Reply Jill @ Lune Vintage February 5, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    Living well, cozy, and in the moment means: having things I love around me. Colors that make me happy. Fresh flowers and potted plants. A growing ever evolving collection. Keeping nothing just for the sake of keeping it, only because I use it, or it makes me happy. Lots of books with pretty pictures. Items with history that tell a story. Photos I’ve taken that remind me of happy times and people I love. Pillows that are allowed on the floor. A notebook on hand for doodling. Sunlight and fresh air. A bare wood floor and not a carpet to be seen. My family to cuddle up with. A place that is ours.


    Jill @ Lune Vintages last blog post: .com

  • Reply coral February 6, 2009 at 12:00 am

    cozy: pets, fireplaces, and hot cocoa

    corals last blog post: new year, new bedroom (almost)

  • Reply Jordan February 6, 2009 at 12:04 am

    I have been pining after these papers for so long! thank you for this chance…

    Cozy living and living well have actually been on my mind over the past few months. Last Fall, when we realized that our toddler was quickly outgrowing our hip pre-baby apartment in the middle of the city, we made the hard decision to move to a more “homey” duplex a few miles away. Oh, how I mourned the loss of my beautiful hardwood floors to the wall-to-wall beige carpet I was trading it in for. Now, when I think back over our first winter spent here, my eyes well up. Our little family has spent the cold days giggling, chasing, reading, and rolling around with each other, all on our fluffy sea of carpet. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about the fact that this is the happiest and coziest time of our lives, and I promise to treasure it always. Thank you beige carpet!

  • Reply Harmony France February 6, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Anything that’s warm. A down blanket. A fireplace. A hot bath. Hot tea or cider. A bowl of hot soup.

  • Reply Kate February 6, 2009 at 12:23 am

    Living cozy is living with warmth in your heart and sharing that warmth with those around you. Living cozy is knowing the price of that warmth and love far outweighs any tangible object and living with the desire to give such a beautiful gift to those who want to be cozy with you.

  • Reply Kate February 6, 2009 at 12:25 am

    OOPS! i forgot to add the link.. heres my entry with the link in it!

    Living cozy is living with warmth in your heart and sharing that warmth with those around you. Living cozy is knowing the price of that warmth and love far outweighs any tangible object and living with the desire to give such a beautiful gift to those who want to be cozy with you.

  • Reply brooke February 6, 2009 at 1:03 am

    living well means relaxing vacations:

    living cozy means a good bed to curl up in:

    living in the moment means impromptu road trips with family:

  • Reply Karen February 6, 2009 at 1:43 am

    Oh my…… just what I’ve dreamed up to spice up my dull dining area……

    Living cozy, living well, living in the moment expresses itself best with my beloved… us and all our animals together under one roof…

    One night I wrote to him:

    ” It is my feeling your body pressed to mine,
    my watching your breath as you sleep, and all the ways
    I love you, that show me how I am The One,
    finding you, asking for reflection.
    —-The mirror image of nothing, but of everything.

    It’s true what you said in the forest,
    all flows back to, dissolves into,
    the infinite.”


  • Reply Mary Kenny February 6, 2009 at 2:24 am

    the sound of the jump rope hitting the pavement over and over again:

  • Reply Jana Souza February 6, 2009 at 2:37 am

    Hi Holly,

    What a fun giveaway. Living well, living in the moment, the best of that for me is being with my family, seeing the joy of childhood through the eyes of one of my lil ones; especially in these stressful, uncertain times, I am continually reminded about what is important; the pictures of my lil Arlise, fingerpainting, organic style, is forever etched in my memory—one that I will treasure. Thanks for the opportunity to reflect on this.

  • Reply Sara Carothers February 6, 2009 at 2:44 am

    My poem about living in the moment, and the importance of comfort and coziness:

    Delivery on Cromwell Road

    The short old lady with her yellow teeth
    like someone stuck pushpins in the pin holder
    of her gums, all odd angles, crooned over my height
    and told me how she’d used to descend
    to the cellar and tell her mother
    she’s going to stretch herself.
    Me—the awkward giant—and two children
    aged near ninety, but now again touchy,
    curious, stubborn, loud-mouthed
    as children, the poise of middle-age
    forgotten, along with the names of states
    and some manners. She played
    with my curly hair, told me how beautiful
    I was, how glad she was her husband is old.
    And like any girl I like hearing it,
    no matter how unsure I am of her eyes:
    happy at having a new face to look at,
    looking too hard to be polite,
    looking like a blue t-shirt washed into grey.

    Over anything, I want not to be forgotten
    like that—in a house with nothing
    framed, nothing hung, nothing covering
    nothing except an old brown rug
    by the door, a few plastic dinner chairs,
    gold-foiled toffee mints. I want smooth
    skin and hair swooped up in a ponytail
    to go for a run and a fresh tounge
    always on the brim of a new language—
    thinking Spanish exotic—and strong arms
    and the option to tell him look,
    we’ve got these revolutions of days into weeks
    into years, these blank white day calendars,
    these second hands these car engines to start
    miles to drive hours to fill scribbling
    to do over all the plans we make
    and we better start, hurry,
    today’s already closing its eyes
    today’s already getting achy
    today’s already the film on the back of your mind
    half-colored and flat.

  • Reply Francine C February 6, 2009 at 3:23 am

    Here’s a blog post I wrote a few months back that I think covers this topic. It was actually inspired by one of your posts Holly!

    Francine Cs last blog post: Take only photos

  • Reply Elísabet Ólafsdóttir February 6, 2009 at 4:46 am

    Living is wondering about beautiful wallpaper on first day of unemployment.

    Elísabet Ólafsdóttirs last blog post: Fegurðin kemur ekki innan frá..

  • Reply Vita February 6, 2009 at 5:00 am

    living in the moment:)

  • Reply juliette February 6, 2009 at 5:06 am

    Hygge would be what happened yesterday: Flipping a fuzzy soft new duvet cover over our down comforter, laying matching milky-white flannel over the mattress and pillows, and sliding into my cozy white fleece pjs. Marshmallowness, warmth, happy to have sheets that finally didn’t clash with our room’s soft green glow, happy that hubby also thinks this room is finally at peace with itself.

  • Reply Lisa February 6, 2009 at 7:34 am

    The concept of Hygge to me is about being at home in your own life. It’s not dependent on money or trends or material things. It’s finding joy in living from the heart and engaging in your life. Being genuine to yourself and others. Taking chances. Trusting. Being inspired. Finding beauty in the everyday. Appreciating the now. Really listening (to yourself, to others and to the world). Creating. Nurturing. Nesting.

    Lisas last blog post: Closed for Opening

  • Reply meg February 6, 2009 at 10:19 am

    I am constantly working on making our home a “home.” I want family and friends to feel welcome and comfortable in our new house, but I also want them to forget that we have a brand new house. I think I have succeeded for the most part, because most that come into my home comment on how our home looks like it has been here forever. My latest accomplishment was decorating our son’s nursery- which I did on a budget, but the overall feel is a room that is warm, fun, and a room that I am happy and proud that my baby can learn, grow, and feel loved in.

    megs last blog post: The Perkins Family

  • Reply Kathleen February 6, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Julia is fabulous!

    Living well, for me, is making my home a sanctuary that is distinctively me. I surround myself with artwork that speaks to me, colors I love…everything I surround myself with speaks to my person and how I like to spend my days. From the favorite drawing I’ve hung so I can see it perfectly when I sit on my couch, to the yoga mat I leave out in my living room…nothing is mere decoration. Everything is some expression of me and how I like to live.

    Living simply is making my home fit my lifestyle, which happens to include a dog and a cat. No museum ropes up here…they have to be able to sit with me on the couch or lounge in a chair or knock something over without me worrying about a stain, something breaking, or the hairballs that will be there no matter how much I vacuum.

    Living cozy seems to come naturally in the winter in New England. For me it is sitting with a blanket and a cup of peppermint tea. It is taking the time to make a huge pot of soup that I’ll eat all week with crusty bread. It’s not wanting to get out from under my down comforter in the morning, even though with white curtains and a yellow and white duvet, my bedroom is filled with light and calling me to rise.

    Kathleens last blog post: A new fabulous year…

  • Reply Kierstin Casella February 6, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Last year, my family & I moved from the center of the city to a small country town on the outskirts of Nashville. In the quiet of day, looking out the living room windows of my century-old Victorian house, a field of maples and oaks suddenly revealed mystery & beauty in ways I’d never slowed down long enough to see before. The simplicity of life—a porch swing and a cup of coffee, baking sweets, the self-serve produce stand, and collecting bits of nature on a hilly walk with my two-year-old son— redefined my definition of living well. It’s about finding beauty and meaning in the smallest of details.

    We’ve been renovating our house ourselves, nail by nail, so creating cozy spaces has become vital to giving us a sense of ‘home’ in the midst of lots of chaos and drywall dust. our beds and chairs are layered with simple, pretty textiles to keep us warm when the drafts come through. dinners are hot and nourishing. between tiling the bathroom and installing doorknobs, my husband writes music in a downstairs room, while i create new paintings and collages to cozy up the walls with something handmade. most of the time, life is at its best and most satisfying when all three of us are together, just enjoying the new life we’re making day by day.

  • Reply Sarah February 6, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Cozy living is creating a place (not just a physical place, but emotional as well) where you and those you love feel welcome, at home, at peace. It’s about being content with what you have, and using inventiveness, creativity, and inspiration from others to update and renew and adapt when you feel stagnant or stuck. It’s about being alive, giving, and loving those around you; appreciating them, and appreciating the small, but oh-so-meaningful things that make life beautiful. Here’s what makes my life beautiful:

    Sarahs last blog post: Silhouettes + Clever Humor = Silhouwit

  • Reply Morgan May February 6, 2009 at 10:50 am

    For me it is living true to yourself. Everyone has that second personality that you put on when you are in public, at a meeting, or talking with coworkers. It is a form of who you are, but not the whole picture of you. It can be the animated congenial side of you, or for some the shy quiet side of you. But for everyone, there is a degree of social graces that must be followed, and everyone has a place, a home, where you can let that all go, and be the authentic you.

    For me, living the Hygge life is when you create a home where you can truly be you. Where your home is a reflection of you in your quietest of moments. That each object that you place in your home is there to make you feel happy, cozy, and at peace. Where the objects resonate with you, and reflects who you are and where you come from. When you welcome your coworkers/acquaintances to your home, to them it is just a place where you live, but to you it is your sanctuary. It is the place where you create memories with your family and friends, and it is a true reflection of you. It is you living simply as you.

  • Reply TDillon February 6, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Living Well/Living Cozy means slumber parties with my husband! We have such a great time snuggling, wrestling, laughing, telling stories/jokes in bed that it doesn’t matter that we are not rich or have a large house. We are living well and cozy because we have each other!

  • Reply Courtney February 6, 2009 at 11:09 am

    here is what living cozy, living well, living in the moment, means to me:

    happiness. love. caring.
    warm and inviting.
    simple. sweet. amazing.
    not a care in the world.
    to feel free.

  • Reply Janelle February 6, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Living cozy is a winter day, snow falling, my cat and dogs cuddled around me as I enjoy a hot cup of tea, coffee, or cocoa. I’m a nester so I love to be at home. I love a simple room, the smell of fragrant candles, and letting myself get lost in the moment.

    I watch the snow fall as my mind drifts.
    I cherish times like this.

    I feel the warmth, protection and love of my pets around me.
    I couldn’t imagine a world with just me.

    Time stands still in this winter wonderland.
    I sit in the quiet and sense something grand.

    I am here in my cozy retreat.
    A simple dot, a mere fragment of the earth’s elite.

    Times like this reaffirm.
    Take time to slow down and enjoy the world as it turns.

    Forget the messy clutter that our minds can become.
    Remember these moments and return to them often.

    Life is simple, precious, and sweet.
    Take the time to enjoy your cozy retreat.

  • Reply shauna & stephen February 6, 2009 at 11:26 am

    we live cozy by keeping things personal.
    we live simple by mixing the things we love.
    we live well by caring for each other.

    for us, hygge looks like this:

    shauna & stephens last blog post: lost river modern

  • Reply Lois Kim February 6, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Living well- mixing and matching high end, vintage, Ikea, thrift store finds, hand-me-downs… here’s a snapshot of part of my livingroom:

  • Reply rachael February 6, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    what better way to live, than in a “nest”…to me, living well means, loved ones close, shelter from the cold, being comfortable with your true self, a place that you can be just that…who you are, and being able to explore the beauty of your environment and larger surroundings.

    thanks holly for a great opportunity and a fun exercise!

    rachaels last blog post: flawed

  • Reply Jenny Vorwaller February 6, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    What a prize!

    Living cozy:
    A breakfast nook for reading and breakfast smoothies.

    Living well: Watching the city at our second home in Buenos Aires with amazing views.

    Living in the moment:
    In one of the coziest environments there is, sharing a photobooth with my little sister, :)

  • Reply Jenny Vorwaller February 6, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    What a prize!

    Living cozy:
    A breakfast nook for reading and breakfast smoothies.

    Living well: Watching the city at our second home in Buenos Aires with amazing views.

    Living in the moment:
    In one of the coziest environments there is, sharing a photobooth with my little sister, :)

  • Reply Tiffany February 6, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    You really can’t beat a bedroom lit with lanterns. We love it.

    Tiffanys last blog post: Currently Loving

  • Reply jessica February 6, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    these wallpapers are so so lovely! and they fit definitely in my idea of my new apartment, so I’ll give it a try ;)

    this is my (and my dog’s) definition of living cozy:

  • Reply Joanna Wood February 6, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Living well, living simply, living cozy – curling up in my husbands arms, there is nothing better or more simple or more cozy than that!

    ~ joanna

  • Reply oliver rain February 6, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Living cozy to me means having a warm home, a handmade afghan (one of my own or my grandma’s), a book, 1 or 2 kitties sleeping by my side, and the knowledge that my loved ones are safe and healthy.

    Here’s a photo of my favourite cozy nest…

    oliver rains last blog post: 36/365 Doubt

  • Reply Caitlyn February 6, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Thank you, Hygee & West, for your inspired designs. I can imagine that living well for you is loving what you do and sharing it with all of us.

    I feel so lucky to be able to say that I grew up around wallcoverings, both my father and grandfather were in the business–the smell and feel of the paper transports me to the hygee of my youth. Still much like a child, I am busy waiting for spring to arrive, happy to let the sun and a warm breeze fill my home:

  • Reply jo February 6, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    living cozy, living well, living in the moment…

    waking up, still in that dreamy state, and realizing my two boys have managed to sneak into our bed undetected. Feeling them curled around, us, all soft and warm… knowing that a time will come, when they wont want to do that so much, when they are too big to fit comfortably. It is that moment when I take a snapshot in my mind, a moment of calm, comfortable bliss…a moment that reminds me; all hearts are happy, cozy and well.

    jos last blog post:

  • Reply Sara February 6, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    A recipe for Cozy
    serves 1

    1 empty house
    2 cups coffee
    4 pillows, stuffed
    2 mismatched socks
    16 ounces favorite book

    Mix and enjoy.

  • Reply Stephanie Briones February 6, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Cozy is finally having wood floors and sunny windows for our dog to enjoy:

    Would love this wallpaper to help cozy up the walls in our new home. Thank you for the opportunity to enter this giveaway!


    Stephanie Brioness last blog post: my ikea style

  • Reply Christine February 6, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Such beautiful papers! Count me in!

    Living well and cozy means to me: Being surrounded by friends and family that require nothing more than spending time with each other over a good meal and a bottle of wine. Sharing stories, jokes, and at times, interesting dance moves. Laughing until you cry and your belly aches with the one you love and falling asleep every night in thier arms thinking you are perfectly happy in that spot. Spending your days creating a beautiful home that you can call your own, that reflects your personality, every little quirck and kink. Surrounding yourself with treasures and one-of-a-kinds, or surprising finds from places you least expected. Sitting down at the end of the day in your favorite room and thinking that everything around you is as beautiful and unique as you wanted it to be. In the end, being happy with yourself and everything you have accomplished.

    Christines last blog post: You know what day it is…don’t make me say it.

  • Reply Brooke February 6, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    What living cozy and well means to me is having lush textiles and surroundings that you can snuggle up in while feeling pampered and lavish. My monochromatic bedding of white and creams in different textures with small touches of metallic bling (like the metal sequins on my Moroccan quilt and a small gold leather pillow from west elm) is just wonderful. I LOVE my bedding, throw blankets and pillows and there’s nothing better than curling up in them to read, watch tv or enjoy a cup a hot chocolate and enjoy my space!

  • Reply Korin February 6, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    It just makes me want to crawl under the comforter for a Sunday nap. Plus it is mine and I really can.

    But it would be even more lovely if there were two rolls of awesome wallpaper in my cozy little house!

  • Reply chiarabelle February 6, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Living well: fresh flowers and good books.
    Simple pleasures!

    chiarabelles last blog post: april showers

  • Reply chiarabelle February 6, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    sorry – forgot the picture link!

    Living well: fresh flowers and good books.
    Simple pleasures!

    chiarabelles last blog post: april showers

  • Reply Katie February 6, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Holding onto the senses of touch and smell the way my grandma taught us to embrace life’s simple things – – that’s what I would say.
    Good luck with your grandma, too, Holly. They’re such blessings in our lives.

    Katies last blog post: Sharing American Chocolate Chip Cookies in Germany

  • Reply Dawn Olinek February 6, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    living cozy + living well + living in the moment –
    my home office offers all of these comforts. i work at a desk that is a family heirloom passed down to us by my husband’s late grandmother. the origination of the desk and chair are unknown to me at this time, but i’m in love with it nonetheless.
    the once gorgeous fabric that lines this desk may be sun damaged and tattered but to me it’s perfect. the moss green silk is enlivened with uniform stitching of pink, blue, and green flowers. on my desk sits a picture of serenity at it’s best; a photograph i snapped of great sand dunes national park.
    the gold wall and jalapeno green window sill combined with the natural sunlight envelop me in an aura of coziness in the here and now.

  • Reply Ashlea February 6, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Hygge for me is having good friends over unplanned and at the last minute, making/sharing a meal together with free flowing wine. Looking around my living room to see a room full of dear friends laughing and enjoying each other’s company is the epitome of living well, living simply, and living cozy for me.

    Ashleas last blog post: luly yang.

  • Reply lori February 6, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    living well, living cozy, living in the moment means to me:

    providing a comfortable, fun, & warm home for my two boys to grow up in while creating memories that will last a lifetime for all of us. it means stopping for a moment in my hectic work day to capture cozy photos like this:
    (all, of course, while trying to maintain my own sense of style and decor)

    loris last blog post: february 06, 2009 – photo of the day

  • Reply Justine February 6, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    fresh air.
    warm blankets.
    beautiful colours.
    all you need to live well.

  • Reply Courtney February 6, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    10’x14′ Studio on Avenue A: A Poem

    with knee-high wool socks pulled up as far as they will go
    i burrow under my cheery comforter
    and sigh with happiness
    the cat starts snoring while
    the radiator clangs out its dreadful attempts at creating warmth
    while the winter’s air lingers outside the window
    begging to come in
    the warm glow of flea market lamps create a homey contrast
    to the rapidly falling snow outside
    photos of family
    of friends
    of nature
    surround the cozy nook that is the entire one room apartment
    my toes are warm
    the candles my mother gave me create a delightful fragrance
    a brand new romance novel is on the bedside table
    and before i open to the first page
    the cheerful whistle of the tea kettle goes off
    and the cat awakens and reaches out her chin for a scratch
    i oblige
    140 square feet of cozy loving happiness

  • Reply eireann February 6, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    You can see my poem here:

  • Reply Jamie February 6, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Wow! The bird wallpaper made my eyes feel good. Living cozy and well to me is being able to take the old and to find the value, meaning, and treasure hidden within it. Here is a link to a hutch that belonged to my Gramps before he passed. I inherited it and did a make-over on it. I cherish it. Thank you,

    Jamies last blog post: Peg Doll Kit Giveaway!

  • Reply Mindy February 6, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Sharing and experiencing life’s quiet moments with those you love most.

    Mindys last blog post: [four, the new magic number]

  • Reply Caitlin Bicker February 6, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    For me the concept is so simply lived but so difficult to translate to words. living simply, cozily, and beautifully is about just being. this ‘being’ is different for everyone but i think it’s about finding that certain room or nook that evokes a warmness. it’s about the comforting smells that you encounter when you walk into your home. it’s about cherishing the people that share your memories and always feeling as if you could imagine being nowhere else. these combined are what bring you into the moment and for me, it’s that hygge that makes me feel complete.

    p.s. your work is wonderful!

  • Reply Katie Stephenson February 6, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Oh I don’t even have to think for a second about this one. Cozy and living in the moment to me is feeding my daughter for the first time each day in her sweet room. It is my favorite place in the house. Every morning I scoop her up from bed and give her a bottle in her comfy chair. I wrap a blanket around us, tuck both feet under my bum and hold her close. I turn on her Ipod and we listen to her “lullaby mix.” When she’s done I take her into our bed and my family which is: my husband, pug dog Toby, Polly, and I watch some TV and snuggle in the softest sheets I have ever known. The morning has always been my favorite time of day for as long as I can remember. Thanks for this opportunity, Holly.

    Katie Stephensons last blog post: Clearly Love Valentine

  • Reply MaryTrese February 6, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    making popcorn and schnugging with my grandbabies – nothing better than that. awesome wallpaper! – i have a bathroom desperately in need…

  • Reply Lindsey February 6, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Living well, cozy living – to me that means building a home that’s colorful, with spaces for quiet and places for being busy. My budget it small and my taste is vintage so my definition of comfortable is a mix of hand-me-downs, Target and Ikea specials, and DIY projects with a variety of success levels. I like my surroundings to be full of reminders of people who are important to me, so pictures of family are plentiful, as are things they made for me such as paintings by my mom or drawings by my nephews. I work in museums so for me things are full of stories. I furnish my space with those stories, my great-grandmother’s spectacles by my grandfather’s books, a new posy pincushion from my wee English friend, and butterfly drawings from my dark goth weird friend in New York. I don’t know what it would feel like to think my home was finished or perfect – I like leaving space for creativity, imperfection, and the next project.

  • Reply Andy February 6, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Living cozy – wrapped in a blanket w/ family on Lake Michigan during 4th of July fireworks.

  • Reply Lisa P. February 6, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    my memory will not serve to return me to every moment in the garden, but this reminds me that for one moment we stopped and contemplated the goodness of enough…and the beauty God puts in the face of each flower

  • Reply Courtney von T February 6, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    the rainbows caused by sunlight-
    skittering along my walls
    remind me of my grandmother’s kitchen
    watching the light play off crystals hanging-
    now i watch with joy as i see the same wonder
    in my sons eyes.
    although she is gone now Nana lives…
    in the teardrop crystals that hang in my studio.
    her home in my home
    as i share my heart with those i love.

    Courtney von Ts last blog post: Too much fun!

  • Reply Deanna February 7, 2009 at 12:07 am

    A comfortable chair to sit in, a friend to talk to, a spouse to love, a child to adore, a quilt to sleep under, a dog to pet, surrounded by memories of a life well lived…. that is cozy living

  • Reply Lorie February 7, 2009 at 1:27 am

    my home is cozy
    full of beautiful warm stuff
    color texture and love

    Lories last blog post: Giveaway: Smitten Blog Designs

  • Reply marika February 7, 2009 at 3:12 am

    living well and cozy – with good friends at the cabin doing a puzzle, dog sleeping at the feet, fleece on the legs, torso and feet, homemade warm brownies and something deliciously warm like apple cider to drink.

    oh, and of course – that gorgeous wallpaper waiting for me at my house…

  • Reply Samantha Brigid February 7, 2009 at 11:20 am

    As the single mother of a 6-year old son, I strive to make our home feel warm, nurturing and happy. Most often I use color and odd accessories to achieve this. At the moment, my son is really into birds, so I’ve created a bird wall (complete with antique bird cage – weighs a ton!- suspended from one of the ceiling beams). I also crave a lot of light in the cold, dark evening, so we have a wonderful odd assortment of vintage lamps – about 15 or so – strategically placed around our 900 sq. ft. home to warm the place up with light!
    See our current living room here:
    I would LOVE to win this wallpaper as I have been planning to vivify my bedroom ever since my son was born…Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Reply eva February 7, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    snuggling under flannel sheets. taking the time to make a simple, homemade meal from local ingredients. a wall full of art made by friends and family. the scratchy sound of the old records from my grandparents. the smell of rosemary on a windowsill. hearing the kids at play across the street while i fix my lunch. blankets and pillows strewn across the living room floor after a movie marathon with friends. drinking a cup of ginger tea on the back stoop. patterns of shadow and light filtering through the kitchen window. the squeak of the mailbox. reading a book in the afternoon light.

  • Reply Rachel February 7, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Living well is arriving home to my new apartment after a chilly bike ride back from the grad student office on campus. This new place, aloft, looking over the back yard and garden is cozy and safe-feeling, which is beyond amazing as my previous place was broken into last year while I was home. Never before had I felt so violated, and I feared that I would never find a place that would feel safe, comfortable, cozy and home-like again. Luckily I found this small place off the back of a large house, with wonderful landlords, situated in a great neighborhood, and close to campus. Simply coming home each day to my great apartment is living well.

    Living simply means waking up early on a Saturday morning and heading to the farmers’ market to greet the people who grow my food, catch up with neighbors, and bring home the wonderful produce of my community.

  • Reply Elise February 7, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Hygge is a rainy evening curled up on the couch with my husband and a bowl of Campbell’s Tomato Soup. A guilty pleasure read under the comfy duvet in our bedroom. Saturday morning brunches with my brother and sister-in-law. Spending hours doing absolutely nothing. Surprising my husband with his favorite candy (gummy bears, of course). Saturday morning garage sales. A piggyback ride getting lost in the middle of nowhere.

  • Reply Gina D February 7, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Thank you for the opportunity of this wonderful giveaway!

    Living cozy is spending the evenings sipping my favorite sleepytime tea. Living well is taking time each day and doing something crafty or artistic.

    Gina Ds last blog post: I am on Twitter!

  • Reply fert February 7, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    Last week, I was snowboarding with a new friend who had just learned which end of the snowboard was supposed to point which way. Halfway down, this friend caught an edge and gave himself a small concussion (it would have been worse had he not been wearing a helmet). It took a minute or two to realize that he was having small episodes of amnesia. He couldn’t the past three days or even what state we were currently in but could remember his own name and, surprisingly, my name. We had met the day before, an event he couldn’t remember, yet he remembered my name and me. Later that day, after he regained all his memory, and was advised not to snowboard for at least two months, we had a chance to think about his temporary memory loss. Wasn’t it strange how episodes of his life were missing and yet people still populated his memory?

    I like to take it as anecdotal evidence that the memories that define our lives can be fleeting but there’ll always be a kernel of what’s important: the people, the small things. So in our lives, there should be importance placed in the small smiles, the pretty vase that reminds us of that grand vacation, photos of loved ones far away. Because living well, living cozy makes up the lives that we can’t forget because they are so important and make us so happy.

    ferts last blog post: yes my friends,

  • Reply noella k. February 8, 2009 at 12:32 am

    woow what an amazing giveaway.. soo exciting
    Living is simply that, a life lived well in the moment :P
    A life lived with no regrets – and if that means sometimes buying something just because even though you don’t have a clue what you’ll do with them, then so be it.
    And how simple can you get just laying on the grass with the blinding sun warming your body on a beautiful blue day.
    A life lived well – appreciating whatever you have be it a home, a family, your health.. these are the things that in the end matter (and if a Julia Rothman wallpaper is included in that who am I to stop fate :P)

  • Reply Erin February 8, 2009 at 12:47 am

    to me.

    Living well and cozy means surrounding myself with images and reminders of times that are the most important to me.

    To wake up in the morning and instantly be reminded of the wonderful people who care about me.

    To remember those times that I laughed probably too hard when I’m running back into my apartment because I am late and forgot my phone.

    To feel loved when I see the pillows my sister made for me (even though I am the one who sews).

    To cheer up after a long day when I see my collage of picture that were taken when my friends and I were laughing.

    To feel warm and surrounded with love by heartfelt letters when I am completely alone.

    To be wrapped up in a blanket my grandmother knitted for me, drinking hot chocolate from a handpainted mug from my best friend.

    To remember the hours my dad and I spent together on a random summer day building a sidetable for my room together when I search for my post-it notes.

    To be reminded about the best moments and people in my life everywhere I look.

  • Reply Liz Wade February 8, 2009 at 3:16 am

    Family naps on Saturday afternoons. Not worrying about housework or errands. Picnic suppers on the living room floor. Movie nights with homemade cookies. Tag inside the house. Tea time every single afternoon. Tickle wars. Knitting. Playing. Laughing. Living simple and well and cozy.

  • Reply Bry February 8, 2009 at 8:00 am

    Live well, live simply, live cosy… well. How better to be all of these than on a cold morning sitting down to a breakfast of milky hot porridge adorned with fresh berries and a drizzling of golden syrup that, when it catches the sun looks like actual gold. These are the moments in life that sneak up on me and take my breath away.

  • Reply Anne February 8, 2009 at 10:12 am

    The German word for it is “gemütlich” – and here’s my personal definition: Lying on a confy couch under a warm blanket with some hot chocolate and homemade cookies, watching a great DVD with my hubby. :-)

  • Reply Alexiss February 8, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    We moved 8 times in 7 years
    A poor young couple dating with no fears
    Hand me down couches and mismatched rugs
    Inside jokes, laughter over coffee mugs

    Cheap rented places, borrowed spaces
    But no set of white walls got us down
    ‘Cause we have memories from all around town

    Of over-painted pantries, and missing knobs
    Our growing love and our change of jobs
    About kitchens so small, and the dishwashers they lack
    Of impromptu parties that make the whole place packed

    Live in luxe lofts, we did not
    But every place was the intended spot
    To nest, to dream, to make our home
    That is what we do wherever we roam.

    And now we’re married
    And buying our first house.
    We have original art, me and my spouse
    A revamped kitchen and a dining set
    And the memory of when we first met.

    We could have nothing
    But each other, our memories, and four walls
    And spite of everything, we’d still have it all.

  • Reply Catherine February 8, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Living cozy, living well, and living in the moment are all pieces to the big puzzle of living happy. My husband and I are slowly redecorating our (eep – hideous 1979!) home so that it feels cozy which in turn helps us live well. I’m unhappy when I’m uncomfortable. Cozy is a fireplace, a comfy seat for two (although I’m equally happy with all that space to myself!), and my favorite music. Living well is living happy with the people you love (even if that means a mattress on the floor and handed down furniture).

    Living in the moment to me is following who you are…not necessarily reckless impulse, but doing what feels right to you…not following what others are doing at the time. Getting dirty making pizza as a family when you really should be shoveling the driveway is living in the moment to us.

    And FABULOUS wallpaper…I’m yet to try wallpaper, but your designs are truly tempting.

  • Reply april February 8, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Oops, I didn’t use the tiny url when I originally posted so here it is.

  • Reply Jen A. February 8, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Fab wallpaper! Here’s my entry:

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Reply Livy February 8, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Living Well: Spur of the moment afternoon ventures to places you’ve never been.

    Living Cozy: Rainy mornings, snippets of yarn.

    Livys last blog post: The Dollhouse: Update

  • Reply kristen k. February 8, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    i think our style – clothing, hair, home decor – is a reflection of what’s within, our loves, preferences, and the objects and colors that express who we are. as much as i love searching for, buying, and arranging the things in my world, the bottom line is that if i’m not comfortable, “clean,” and simply but effectively and lovingly put together on the inside, there’s not much else that can happen well or touch me from the outside. if i’m not appreciating myself or those around me, if my feelings are not warm toward others, if i am not loving well, i can find as many beautiful objects and colors as i want and it’s all for nothing. so my idea of “hygge” is just this – starting well and simply from the inside and letting that overflow to everything else.

    kristen k.s last blog post: pensees de samedi

  • Reply Laura Stewart February 8, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    I think it all comes down to loving your surroundings. Whatever those are, you love them and love the things you see.

  • Reply Julia February 8, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    I get very stressed out easily with it being my senior year in college. My boyfriend can only visit about every other weekend. I always reserve those weekends to simply enjoy being with him. I always wake up earlier than him but love to just spend that extra time looking at him and being happy. THis is the perfect time because i realize what’s most important in life. This simple joy allows me not to stress too much about the little things and I try to just enjoy the peaceful moments.

  • Reply Kasey February 9, 2009 at 2:51 am

    The world is white outside,
    the flakes fall heavy
    and slow. Inside, warm
    and snuggling on the sofa, green
    like the grass burried deep in a Montana winter,
    Hazel drops in my lap
    with a book. Henry wraps us all
    in a blanket and says,
    lets get cozy, mom.

  • Reply alex February 9, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    this poem I wrote is what living in the moment means to me.

    An unfurled moth, his stories are peppered
    with a stretched but not southern “you know?”
    and spiced with so many details, too many.
    just enough.

    This day, day, day, day.
    he brought girls over to play after school
    and then, instead of sitting in the living room he
    took his computer to his room.
    his room.

    under the pretense of homework concern,
    I found him there, crystallized in darkness. I asked.
    he said “there was a bug and I didn’t want it to
    be attracted to the lights.” A simple answer, content with
    the soupy warmth of childhood.
    still him.

  • Reply Kate February 9, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Living cozy, well, and in the moment is this: Drinking chocolate milk while bundled up on the couch with magazine (an old Domino perhaps) with Radiohead playing quietly in the background. Cozy, because I love being wrapped up in blankets, snuggled on the couch. Well, because it is my belief that those who choose should ingest chocolate at least once a day. And in the moment because there are probably a million other things that I should be doing, but thinking about design always makes me take time out to appreciate simplistic, beautiful things. I think it encapsulates the idea of living well, cozy and in the moment because they are all things that make me happy, which is what we should all be working towards anyway.

    Kates last blog post: Fennel.

  • Reply KATIE KELLY February 9, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    I can’t think of anything more cozy than spending the evening cuddled with my husband and beautiful daughter. Living well is being happy with whatever you have at the moment and making the place you live beautiful no matter what your budget is. Living in the moment is those two things combined, or living by my motto K.I.S.S. (keep it simple stupid).

  • Reply Lindsay February 9, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    I believe this picture is my best example of living well, living comfortably and living in the moment.

    This picture was taken 2 years ago, right after my husband and I had got married, and moved into our first home. In addition to making our first home our own and adjusting to married life, I was also in my articling year as a lawyer, working all hours of the day. And then on top of all of that, we adopted a gorgeous puppy we named Molly. It’s a good thing Molly was adorable, because she was a ridiculous handful. I grew up with dogs, but had never experienced one quite like Molly. We spent Molly’s first two months eating supper sitting on top of the Island because it was the only place Molly couldn’t jump on us.

    I had become increasingly unhappy at my job, working all the time on work that far from inspired me. I never saw my husband, couldn’t work on my home and worst of all, was missing my puppy’s puppy months. One night I arrived home late to discover Molly curled up on the comfy (but admittedly worn out) couch with my husband. It was the first time I’d seen her still! I obviously grabbed my camera to capture this miraculous moment, and then sat down with my new family for the first time in ages and simply enjoyed the moment. Shortly following this moment, I made the bold move to leave law, and go into not for profit work. It’s entirely changed the way we live, in only positive ways.

    Watching my hyper puppy lie down and get comfy served as a metaphor to my own life. I discovered in order to live well, we’d all need to slow down and get comfy, not just Molly.

    Lindsays last blog post: So Long Domino…

  • Reply Kim February 9, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    My most recent experience with cozy, in-the-moment living occurred this past Thanksgiving when we hosted our first holiday in our cute little cottage.

    Sweetly simple and full of the most important things in life.

  • Reply yvonne February 9, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Living well for me means being surrounded by family and friends, books, and a fireplace.

  • Reply Erin February 9, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    I love love love illustrations of birds!

  • Reply meowsk February 9, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    I have never really liked wallpaper… then I saw this post. Julia Rothman is an amazing designer and I would love to have her designs grace my walls.

    Hygge is…
    Spontaneous adventure
    Collecting each moment
    Lazy days enveloped in blankets by the fire
    Design appealing to all of the senses
    Contentment despite circumstances
    Everyday inspiration
    Mind & body health
    Mutual love & admiration
    Singing along as loud as possible
    Keeping perspective
    & the soft rumbling of a cat’s purr

  • Reply Maryse February 9, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Taking the time to eat a great breakfast, taking the time to photograph it and share it on Flickr ;) Here is my contribution :

    Maryses last blog post: Défi photo : jour 2

  • Reply Noelia February 9, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Sleeping in my bed with my two little dogs and two cats..waking up and looking through the window to see if the day is good enough to leave the bed or not!

  • Reply gaylei February 9, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    i love looking at my windowsill, especially when the afternoon sun slowly sets into my home. nothing like nature to make a home feel cozy.

  • Reply Cicada Studio February 9, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Sharing moments with my son

    Cicada Studios last blog post: Weekend Warrior

  • Reply mary February 9, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Living well or in the moment means being happy with the simple everyday things.

    Another snowy day. Crisp air, sun, fluffy-easy to shovel precipitation. Yeah- this is a good day! It’s lovely & combined with seeing locally grown tulips at the flower exchange it almost made me do a back-handspring.

    Tulip season at the market is starting and there’s nothing like bringing home a bunch of beautiful fragrant tulips to brighten our cozy home. Spring is just around the bend-can’t wait!

  • Reply Cheyanne February 9, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Living simply and in the moment is enjoying tapas, wine and good conversation with friends.

  • Reply Sandra E. February 9, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    …my car bottoms out at I pull into the drive and I sigh as I put my mitts back on for the short walk to the front door. The stairs of our three story townhouse are ice again. I scoop a pile of salt and listen to the grains tumble as I shoulder the door open and stomp the snow off my boots. A cheery yellow coat rack with a lonely green scarf and a sighing radiator welcome me. Carson bangs around the kitchen.

    I smile as I take my coat off and yell “Curry and banana muffins” into the kitchen.
    “Too easy! What’s for desert?”
    “First clue?”
    “Second clue?”
    “Third clue?”
    “Burnt sugar cake?”
    “Strike one”
    “Nah uh. You’ve had three.”
    “Yeah, but I got curry and banana muffins.”

    I walk up behind Carson and nuzzle into the back of his neck while he cooks. “It’s going to be good, isn’t it?”
    “Very good.”
    “Wine good?”

    Dancing, I set two places at the coffee table and grab a bottle of wine from the bookshelf bar.
    Carson slides two plates of curry into place and rubs his hands together teasingly.
    “You ready?” he asks
    “Oh. I’m ready.”
    He gives a dramatic pause and then “Rock, paper, scissors.”
    I laugh as a flip on the TV. “Looks like Dexter kills again tonight.”
    “Don’t pout muffin.”
    “I wouldn’t dream of it my little creme brulee.”
    “Oh! Oh!” I laugh again.

    Right here, right now. This is what I want to remember when it’s cold outside; when life changes around me. Pleasure can be this simple. Routine can be this beautiful.

  • Reply Cris M February 9, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    For me, living well is being aware and surrounding myself with that which inspires me. Being able to appreciate the beauty in my life.

  • Reply benbo February 9, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    sleeping in late and drinking coffee in bed:

  • Reply Meta February 9, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Living well to me means surrounding myself with people and things that inspire me. It also means being with those I love and enjoying my time with them. One of my favorite times of the day is in the evening just before I put my 16 month old Henrik to bed. He lays in my arms and we read German children’s books. I enjoy sharing that part of my heritage with him and it is something special we can share together. I love this time also because he sits still and lets me hold and cuddle him.

  • Reply Jamie February 9, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    I have the perfect wall waiting…..

  • Reply Traci February 9, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    To me, living cozy and well is living in a small space of well curated and well loved items (and leaving the clutter in the garage).

    Tracis last blog post: On Holiday…

  • Reply Sarah Jayne February 10, 2009 at 2:07 am

    Waking on a Sunday morning in our quiet, peaceful bedroom with nothing planned for the day. Lying in bed with my husband, talking about everything but nothing in particular- the sun coming through the soft curtains, the cupboards full and awaiting our creative inspiration.

  • Reply Tatiana February 10, 2009 at 7:46 am

    Living cozy, living well, living in the moment.
    My rescued friend.

  • Reply alice February 10, 2009 at 8:03 am

    This is mine:

    Having a home with daily life bubbling along.

    :) alice

    alices last blog post: Frozen Yoghurt

  • Reply Aprile February 10, 2009 at 11:09 am

    The walls are important in making a house feel like a home—in my case, built in 1911 I feel comfortable and safe!

    Apriles last blog post: ani-mail

  • Reply Amanda February 10, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Allowing yourself to be humbled; your pretensions to fade; learning to find things to love about everywhere you go, not letting your misconceptions prevent you from experiencing the wonderful things a new place has to offer.
    Realizing that wherever you go, if you can surround yourself with good people (and fantastic food) you can find ways to be happy, even if you feel very far from home.

  • Reply Rachel February 10, 2009 at 11:30 am

    My husband and I have a really old house and were just talking about how perfect some wallpaper would be in the staircase and foyer. These designs are beautiful and I’m going to go check out some of the others. Thanks for the lead!

    Rachels last blog post: Phin

  • Reply madesweet February 10, 2009 at 11:42 am

    cozy, comfy, in the home
    means trying to feel happy
    for whatever comes your way
    even when it’s crappy!

    madesweets last blog post: peonies make this day a little brighter

  • Reply rew February 10, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    living well: surrounding myself with sights, sounds, tastes, textures, colors, friends, activities that remind me that i am beautiful and perfect as i am. that i am an artist in my own right. that laughing and crying and falling and failing are okay. and that success comes in many packages.

    rews last blog post: trapeze!

  • Reply Kristina February 10, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    living well is loving yourself, your home, the people around you, the food you eat, the things you do, and being honest about it.

  • Reply kelly February 10, 2009 at 12:19 pm
    Now that I own my little space in the world, I truly know what it means to live cozily, in the moment. Even if that means working every evening, after working all day, to press and sew curtains for my dining room…the moment that they are hung, plus all of the moments of quietly cutting and stitching before that, is all I need to be happy. The way the fabric captures the light and makes the whole room glow is the very definiton of cozy. I am restoring a beautiful old apartment with only my own two hands — this is what I call living well. It is living well to discover the original bathroom tile from the 1920s, hidden under ugly modern flooring and layers of concrete. It is living well to refinish woodwork and window sashes, after years of neglect. It is living well to redecorate an old space with something fresh and alive.

  • Reply suzanne February 10, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    laying on the sofa with the bunnies & hot chocolate

  • Reply Ashley Bailey February 10, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Living Well. Living Simply. Living Cozy. Savoring the Moment.

    Comfort is being in a place where I feel loved, appreciated, and complete. Comfort is found in the things that make a person happy – maybe it’s a place or maybe it’s your favorite feast! For me, living cozy is sitting beside my husband, in front of a warm fireplace (which would look SO beautiful covered in the Julia Rothman wallpaper!) sipping a delicious cup of joe, enjoying a great book, and listening to our purring cat, Basil, sprawled out on the floor below us. Enjoying the time I have and making the most of the little things in life. Now that’s Hygge!

  • Reply Melissa February 10, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    oh, those papers are gorgeous.

    when we were shopping for our first house a few years ago, we chose between a bigger, yet fairly bland place and a lovely eighty-year-old bungalow that we were afraid was perhaps too small for us. we went with what we could better afford (and what was lovely!) and we’ve been settling into the bungalow since. i’ve completely fallen for its small rooms. we’ve had to be much more deliberate about the objects we bring into the house and it’s made life simpler, but more rich. and living in a petite house means living in a very shared space. that sort of togetherness, even when we’re doing our own separate stuff, is a huge comfort to me.

  • Reply Lisa Renier Thomas February 10, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Appreciating the gifts we have: health, shelter, food, friends.

    Living within our means in our tiny cottage full of found treasures.

    Watching our little one wheely-bugging away from us in her PJs and favourite tutu:

  • Reply maria February 10, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    once in a great while i’ll pick myself up some flowers … they always bring some beauty and comfort to my home. i always end up asking why i don’t do it more often!

  • Reply michelle nguyen February 10, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    cozy living:

    a steaming hot bowl of soup on a rainy, cold night. a frosty glass of iced tea on a humid, hot summer day. a positive thought for yourself each day.

  • Reply Kiara February 10, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Amid the thundering tempests
    Of my spirited city
    I am

    Creating a home
    For kissable kittens
    and weathered friends
    I am

    Allowing my imagination
    To decorate the walls

    I am
    I can
    I will

    At home.

  • Reply Sarah Pabody February 10, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Hygge to me means snuggling with my bay-bee in the guest room (or anywhere he will!).

    Sarah Pabodys last blog post: Early February Sweetness

  • Reply debbie February 10, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    i really need to get the birds wallpaper for a very special bathroom that i will share on this site!

  • Reply Lily February 10, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Here I Hygge
    sheepskin throw beneath my feet
    dad’s old vinyl spinning sweet
    melodies of Neil Young
    lighting candles in small fleets

    Here I Hygge
    in old New York, with high rent due
    working toward what true passion
    lies inside
    seeing things through

    Here I Hygge
    my cat knocking frames onto my ghost chair
    a teacup like a crown upon his fair hair
    as I giggle
    and remember

    that which you cannot see
    is still there

  • Reply Mel Bean February 10, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    “Living Cozy, Living Well, and Living in the Moment”

    To me this means, letting the dishes and laundry wait a little longer so I can spend time on the floor of our den instead. This is where my husband and I watch our twin boys take their first steps, the grins of excitement on their face only matched by those of their mommy and dada. This is where we hear them speak their first words, including “Cecil!” calling to our Boston Terrier, where we are surrounded by only things we love, things with a story. The partially finished 1970’s paint-by-numbers, rescued from my grand-parents crumbling, vacant Kansas farmhouse, a place I love as much as any. The large painting no one wanted, stored for years in my parents shed, before we decided to give it a chance. The books we have enjoyed together, and now the toys our boys leave strewn in their path.

    The sunlight streams through the wall of glass of our imperfect Lortondale home, illuminating for me the fact that the addition of this chaotic mess of toys and diapers has somehow made our home complete, as it has our life together which we cherished so much before. This for me is living cozy and living in the moment, and the fact that I get to do this again tomorrow is living well.

    And, of course, feeling confirmation of the good in people, and ties which bind us by reading these very personal, completely beautiful depictions of what brings each of us peace and joy. What a wonderful experiment!

  • Reply Myranda February 10, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    my favorite time of each day is the moment I get home and sit down. I smile because I am home and all the small things that make my home, mine, surround me and are instantly comforting.

  • Reply Sadie February 10, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Living well is curling up with a foreign magazine on a domestic couch. It’s nurturing a secret vice while maintaining your dignity. And it’s earning the love of a good dog, a good friend and someone who knows how to bake.

  • Reply Katie Lake February 10, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Living cozy/living well to me means soft – well worn blankets and fabrics, happy – colors that put me in a good mood and make me want to get up everyday, inspiring – to be surrounded by things that make me create, nature – growing up in the mountains I have to be surrounded by animals/trees/plants, people – I am nothing without my family & friends and I keep reminders of them everywhere (the items my Bird has embroidered, the blanket my brother gave me, feathers from my momma’s hens, books from my daddy and lots of pictures)

    Katie Lakes last blog post: Projects

  • Reply megan February 10, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    not leaving the house today (and loving every second of it)

  • Reply Valentina February 10, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    For me, living well and living in the moment is just what i’m about to do. Just to weeks ago, with my boyfriend signed the papers to have our own apartment and live together for te first time. I just can’t wait to be living cozy with him, in our little and beautifull new home. We don’t have anything but love, so this amazing wallpapers would be perfect for our new place. Here’s a picture of my boyfriend opening aur room’s window for the first time. Just living and loving the moment.

  • Reply Kendra February 10, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    To me, Hygge is not a whole house of possessions but a few things with a lot of meaning — the bed my father made me with his own hands, the toy chest I’ve had since I was a toddler, the sewing machine my mother taught me on, the curtains she made, photographs of my home town mixed up with photographs of my travels. They all hold memories that make my teeny room my favorite place to be.

  • Reply Kelsey February 10, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    I wanted to submit a poem I wrote about 2 years ago about peanut butter sandwiches on the dock, but I just recently moved to australia and can’t find anything these days! So here you go, a wallpaper original:

    Porch door swings wide
    I see sunshine
    through clouds in the sky
    Hand me the wash
    from the sink
    sweet darlin’
    so I can hang your shirts
    on the line

    You watch from a spot on the wall
    in the shade
    It’s late but you smile
    as though you’ve got all day
    Take me by the hand
    through the grass
    down the lane
    to the spot
    where the neighbours can’t see

    Wind in my hair makes you laugh
    as you lean in
    to say that you love it
    when I know what you mean
    and you kiss
    it instead of my cheek

    Seasons blow by
    twelve months
    four skies
    Shadow slowly wears a place
    on the wall
    Shirts wave freely
    they don’t need me
    we don’t get out of bed these days
    at all

  • Reply Jenny February 10, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Living well is relaxing in a sunny spot on a weekend afternoon – Hygge:

  • Reply Lisa February 10, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    What living cozy, living well, living in the moment, means to me:

    Saturday movie night
    after dinner
    before the kids go to bed

    Warm plate of homemade Magnolia Bakery chocolate chip cookies
    With vanilla steamers
    Little glass bottles of Coca Cola
    Wpopcorn, popped on the stove

    Cuddled up together
    Cozy blankets
    Deep, soft couches

    Family movies from the 80’s
    Mr. Mom, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, E.T.
    Anything by John Hughes

    Enjoying the moments of my childrens’ childhood
    Being reminded of my good old days
    Sharing a laugh with my husband and the kids

  • Reply Monica February 10, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Living well is mending my husband’s beloved teddy bear, Honey Joe, for the thousandth time. It’s potluck dinners with lots of friends, all squeezed onto my grandmother’s worn out bench. It’s a cheesy eighties ballad, sang together in the afternoon sunshine.

    Living well is laughter, love, and not taking yourself too seriously.

    Monicas last blog post: {Hygge contest}

  • Reply lance smith February 10, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Living cozy, living well, living moment by moment.

    All three mean to me the ability to have a place of my own, my very first, that I can spread out in. I can paint, I can decorate, I can hang up pictures and change the light fixtures.

    I can dance around in in my underwear and not care if the neighbors see me. I can have guests over and not have to ask anyone. I can come home after a hard day at work, kick off my shoes at the front door, throw myself on my couch, and lay there until it is bed time.

    I can blast Madonna and look at my place, feeling the butterflies in my stomach rise as I realize that this place is mine (at least as long as I pay the rent) and no one can make me change it or give it up.

    All these, a luxury I have never had but will have March 1st when I move into my very own apartment.

    That is what living cozy, living well, and living in the moment mean to me and I can not wait until I have that on March 1st when I put my mattress on the floor and sleep the first night in my bedroom.

  • Reply Sarah February 10, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Climbing into my bed of freshly changed, clean 500 thread-count bed sheets, wearing freshly laundered pajamas, having just taken a shower, and clean shaven legs.

  • Reply Marisa February 10, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    On Living Well

    Coming home to your first studio apartment carrying a newly purchased vintage table with a twisted grapevine base. Pacing around the tiny New York City space with a shoppers high while daydreaming about the endless possibilities for color and light in only 400 square feet. Sitting on the couch, moving to the bed, dancing into the kitchen, feeling at home sweet home and its looking good!

  • Reply Catherine February 10, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Mmmmm good…
    This is the only actual link I could find to my favorite photo which, by pure coincidence, also happens to typify exactly what living cozy AND living well mean to me. This meaning is as follows…
    *I feel appreciative of the fact that our home lives and breathes art: art made by by husband, art made by me, art made by many previous young students and neices and nephews, art collected by friends and gifted to us. Our home is filled up and beyond with the full color and life of diverse artwork. In this photo, I am sitting with my husband and puppy dog in front of a big ol’ painting made by him. It warms my heart everytime I look at it.
    * I am lucky enough to work out of my home studio making jewelry and hair pretties as a business and having crazy amounts of wonderful materials to choose from.
    * In this home & studio, I drink tea with honey several times a day…. this, in combination with the above points of note, explains exactly my living cozy/living well lifestyle. And if my actual words can’t articulate it well enough, the photo itself should amply express the complete wellness and bliss I feel living and working in this space!
    This was fun… Thanks!

  • Reply shannon February 10, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    i live in a tiny apartment – it’s cozy, and comfortable, and a space that makes me feel creative.

    shannons last blog post: Eames Rocker Girl

  • Reply Steph Bond @ Bondville February 11, 2009 at 12:23 am

    Even in a warm weather country you can still have a cozy, simple lifestyle as long as you have good friends, nice wine, candles, a connection with the outdoors, and for us, our furry friends on hand. Pic:

    Steph Bond @ Bondvilles last blog post: Hip Products: Mud Australia ceramics

  • Reply Vanessa An Lim Greeson February 11, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Cooking with my love, colorful books and sunshine :)

    Vanessa An Lim Greesons last blog post: Yay officially minted!

  • Reply ArsBars February 11, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    cozy living is the only way to do it…snuggled up, with big mugs of hot chocolate overflowing with marshmallows, listening to good tunes while gazing at our lovely new wallpaper of course :)

  • Reply Ali February 11, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Living well and living cozy is …
    being grateful for each day of life that we have left to live, and giving ourselves completely to it.

    It’s hugging your mother for 10 seconds instead of 3, it’s being surprised that your husband brought you water because he saw you were already tucked into bed, and it’s hearing the rain and wind pounding on the windows outside while you and your loved ones are safe under the covers. It’s your dog snoring like a tiny little pig as he dreams of chasing wonderful little squirrels …

    It’s surrounding yourself with those you love and being content in it all.

    Alis last blog post: some serious bling

  • Reply victoria thorne February 11, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    It all means living in a home I want to come home to.

    Which means this wallpaper fits in, perfectly.

    victoria thornes last blog post: Mrs. Blandings Goes To New York

  • Reply debbie February 11, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    being cozy is walking my dog on a rainy day bundled up in rain gear and seeing my dog’s joy that we got to go out.

  • Reply Jay William February 11, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    living cozy, living well, and/or living in the moment is moving to new york sans money and job. it is spending eighteen hours a day hunched over your computer, trying to convince yourself that you are actually making progress while the most generous of all the good folks you’re reaching out to respond with “great work, but we’re not hiring at the moment”.

    living cozy, living well, and/or living in the moment is playing tetris on the platform at the greenpoint avenue stop, waiting for the G, which is never on time. it’s hoping you can get a seat on the train, as continuing your game while standing in the aisle is rather difficult (and potentially dangerous). it never actually finishing the game because the commute is always too short (though you’d never actually complain).

    living cozy, living well, and/or living in the moment is using your girlfriends apartment as an office, so that when you wake up in the morning, you can feel like you’re actually going to work. you have to sit on the floor of the still unfurnished apartment, and you must always remember to fold the kitchen towel precisely as she did, because she’s very particular and more than capable of making you suffer for it; but that’s ok. you’ve got one client, and you’re convinced it will lead to others.

    living cozy, living well, and/or living in the moment is teaching your girlfriend to fart, followed by a heavy dose of humility as she puts yours to shame. humility, but not without pride. she’s rad.

  • Reply garrison hullinger February 12, 2009 at 2:39 am

    Living comfortable and simple can be done in our attic loft space. It’s a small oddly angled room that we painted a wonderful warm grey and I used some of my favorite fabric scraps for the pillows. The room was done on a budget and my best friend with sewing talents helped me keep the budget to a minimum. Garage sale finds that I’ve put a spin on with paint or a new look paired with mostly all natural fibers….don’t you think these walls are calling out for a fabulous wallpaper??

  • Reply Eve February 12, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Hygge is being cuddled up on our comfy couch in a soft faux fur blanket with my snuggly 2 year old, reading books on a lazy winter day.

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