Staying In with Safavieh

a Better Happier Home story

cozy winter nook inspiration

& a recipe for a warm spiced turmeric latte


With the holidays behind us, and the New Year’s intentions set, it’s that time of year when the craving to stay in and hibernate fully kicks in for many of us.

Remember that “hygge” craze from a few years back? I didn’t know too much about it before then, and I am still not over how much I appreciate the concept. I’ve made it a point to embrace the colder months, whether that be inside or outdoors. There’s something about the air this time of year, it feels entirely rejuvenating to the system, like a necessary way of keeping our internal rhythm in balance. Growing up in a colder climate, enjoying the outdoors was a normal part of winter, and so was embracing the warmth and coziness of a fire at the end of it. I have major fear of missing out whenever I see homes with fireplaces and wood burning stoves. I grew up in a house with a little wood burning stove that managed to heat the entire floor it was on. I have so many memories of curling up like a cat in front of it after a day spent in the snow.


The first things that comes to mind when Americans think of “cozy” typically include soft blankets, warm slippers,
and a roaring fire (or scented candles, in a pinch). But while all of those items play a role in the concept of “hygge,” that’s not all it’s about.

What typically gets lost in translation is the fact that hygge also revolves around kinship, nature and simplicity. “In essence,
the world of Nordic hygge is about getting back to basics, prioritizing what’s important, and simplifying your life,”
explains Signe Johansen, author of "How to Hygge: Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life."

-Signe Johansen via this NBC article on how to bring 'hygge' into your home


If you’ve taken note of where a lot of the pieces in our home are from, Safavieh likely sounds familiar. I’ve managed to find so many gems from them that fit the natural, mid-century vibe of our little house. When the opportunity to collaborate on a home story came up, I was so excited to feature a couple of pieces from their collection that are perfect for adding some hygge to the home. The warmth of the velvet chair, luxe faux-fur throw, and sleekness of the étagère have created the perfect little nook for cozying up with a pile of inspiring books, and a warming turmeric latte that I’ve shared below.

I like to bring the outdoors in, so when I started playing with how to style this new bookcase addition to the guest room, I knew it needed some natural elements. I love mixing textures and materials, wood with brass, and worn books with sleek bookends, and on that note… this room is nearly complete! She said with jazz hands. I’ll be sharing a full tour of all the details soon, as soon as I wrap up the finishing touches.

As you settle into winter, I hope you can take some time to get out and embrace the chill that’s in the air. It makes cozying up with a good book and a warm drink all that much more enjoyable.

Warm Spiced Turmeric Latte

1 cup coconut milk
2 tsp raw honey
1 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp sumac
a pinch of nutmeg, for topping

•Whisk the coconut milk, raw honey, turmeric, ginger, and sumac in a small saucepan until smooth, and bring to a boil •Once boiling, remove from heat and let steep for 5 minutes •Pour into a mug, top with a pinch of nutmeg, and serve immediately


the books

the details


Étagère, Throw & Chair c/o Safavieh


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