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How to Create Outdoor Coziness

Hygge (pronounced HUE-gah), the Danish concept of creating coziness, can extend to the outdoors despite brisk weather and early dusk. Soft lighting, warm scents, inviting foods, and cushy seating are essential. Bring hygge to your outdoor gatherings this fall with these elements:
  • Photography by Marty Baldwin

    Add a Fire Pit

    Warm and brighten the evening with a hearty fire that invites people to linger. Firepits, either DIY or purchased or hardscaped, continue to rise in popularity for good reason.

    Faux Tree Stump with Spark Guard—Plow & Hearth; plowhearth.com

     

    Date Published: August 23, 2017
    Date Updated: August 23, 2017
  • Photography by Marty Baldwin

    Comfy Seating

    Plenty of seating options, from wooden benches to wicker chairs, invite people to sit down and linger. Combine the seating with plenty of cushions, pillows, and soft blankets to banish chills and soften edges. 

    Better Homes & Gardens Camrose Farmhouse Mix and Match Stacking Wicker Chairs—Walmart; walmart.com

     

     

     

     

     

    Date Published: August 23, 2017
    Date Updated: August 23, 2017
  • Photography by Marty Baldwin

    Soft Lighting

    Accent lighting from lanterns, candles, and string lights create a cheery and inviting glow.

     

    Forest Lantern—Bare Bones Living; barebonesliving.com 

    Allen + Roth 10.5-foot White Tinted Glass-Shade Globe String Lights—Lowes; lowes.com

     

     


     

    Date Published: August 23, 2017
    Date Updated: August 23, 2017
  • Photography by Marty Baldwin

    Warming Drinks

    Cocoa, tea, hot apple cider or mulled wine will keep you and your guests warm inside and out.

     

    Insulated Growler—Duluth Trading Co.; duluthtrading.com

    Stoneware Black & White Mugs—Magnolia Store; magnoliamarket.com

     

     

    Date Published: August 23, 2017
    Date Updated: August 23, 2017
  • Photography by Marty Baldwin

    Comfort Foods

    Roasted hot dogs, s’mores, and popcorn not only introduce nostalgic scents but seem to taste better when eaten outside. 

    Marshmallow Twig Roaster—Terrain; shopterrain.com

     
    Date Published: August 23, 2017
    Date Updated: August 23, 2017
  • Simple Games

    Handcrafted wood dice, yard or board games make for relaxed fun (no screens allowed). 

    Giant Yard Dice—Uncommon Goods; uncommongoods.com

     

     

    Date Published: August 23, 2017
    Date Updated: August 23, 2017
  • Nature

    Take time to enjoy the textures and shapes of trees and rocks, the earth below your feet, the stars above, the scents of fresh air tinged with wood smoke, and the rhythms of a crackling fire. 

    Date Published: August 23, 2017
    Date Updated: August 23, 2017
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    For more ideas on how to preserve the bounty of your garden and make your outdoor spaces glorious, subscribe to Country Gardens magazine!

    Date Published: August 23, 2017
    Date Updated: August 23, 2017

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