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Welcome to my rebranded blog, Hygge Home. When I started my online shop, Hygge & Wool , I didn't plan to rebrand my blo...

Sunday, February 07, 2016

A Love Letter to January: Intimacy is Hygge

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Bloggers across the web are all wrapping up the previous month with how much they hate January. After the holidays, people create resolutions that they may or may not keep, which weighs heavy on them. The weather is gloomy and often cloudy, and it's cold days without holiday cheer to keep them warm. Whether people are doing "Whole 30" or "Sober January", they are wishing that the month will be over as quickly as it started.

But me? I love January. After all, it's my birthday month. Although I miss the holiday season, some businesses and homes still have their decorations up. There are less events around town so more evenings are spent at home. It's a nice month to get back into routines of laundry and grocery shopping - the things we neglect during the previous two months of holidays. The colder weather makes us stay inside more, but then that means really hearty dinners and red wine galore. When we do decide to bundle up and head out to a restaurant or bar with friends, the feeling of being greeted by a warm gush of air when the restaurant door opens, after walking against the cold wind to get there - that feeling is definitely hygge. The anticipation of a great meal ahead, of cheerful conversations, and unique cocktails, it's all hygge.

Lately, these past few years I have not had a birthday "party" where all of my friends get together. Normally it's a small thing these days, such as dinner with S at a restaurant I've wanted to try, drinks afterward with whichever friends are free, and it's typically days after my birthday itself. But I really don't mind not making it a big thing anymore. I'd rather celebrate with friends over dinner or drinks throughout the year, in smaller, more intimate groups, rather than trying to round up everyone together. I think that's why I like January, the whole month feels more intimate.

So, January, it looks like it's just me and you. I'll always love you, even when others publicly shame you. I'm okay with that because it's sweeter when it's just us anyway. 
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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Blog Rebranding

Tuesday, February 02, 2016


Welcome to my rebranded blog, Hygge Home. When I started my online shop, Hygge & Wool, I didn't plan to rebrand my blog. However, it felt right, and I wanted to be able to promote my shop in my every day life. Having a blog with a completely different focus (Tender Roots), felt like I was holding onto too many different things. I want to focus more clearly on my blog as a both a personal space and shop space. A shop that sells cozy home knitwares and one that allows for a blog that lets you into the creators life. I don't mind continuing to share personal stories, travel, adventure, home life, etc. But I do want to also share quality content that can help inspire others to create a hygge home for themselves through home decor tips and perhaps even sharing recipes.

What does a hygge home look like? It looks like a space to share creative home solutions. Getting organized in a tiny home office, or styling vignettes around the home, and even sharing the stories behind some favorite decor pieces. 

You may notice with this change that my social media handles to my name, Yelle. I thought that this would be a long-term solution to any changes in the future.

Lastly, the name Tender Roots no longer felt applicable. We are still renting the home that we live in now, and we plan to rent for a long time still. However, my roots feel more grounded each day. On weekends we get to explore Chicago, and it welcomes us with every new discovery. Thus, I feel like our roots really are grounded now.

Thank you to Labina Studio for her talent in custom web design! 

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Things That Made Me Smile: January

Sunday, January 31, 2016

List of things I'm thankful for, things I'm loving, things worth sharing...
  • My inspiring high school friend made it on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.
  • I was sick this month, but thankfully had ingredients in the pantry to make this lovely homemade chicken noodle soup. It was perfect. 
  • Launching my online shop for home knitwares, Hygge and Wool. This has already become something I'm looking forward to growing in 2016. The shop itself was a mere thought, and I decided to run with it. I'm so glad I did because I'm finding inspiration in the unlikeliest of places. While out shopping, I'm so much more keen to attempt to make something that I see. This gives me the opportunity to curate a home and wardrobe of things I can customize to my preferences. Friends and family are ordering custom items, which is creating co-designed pieces that I love, like the Constellation Blanket for my cousin.
  • I love getting inspired and creating new pieces for the shop. Even when mistakes were made on new designs, I'm inspired to keep going. I was working on a striped blanket and accidentally made the second set of stripes thicker than the first. So I ran with it, increasing the stripes size as I went, and it came out better than if all the stripes were even. 
  • Working with Labina Studio on a custom web design for my blog rebranding. It feels really nice to be able to create something from scratch, instead of picking a template that is already created. I've been purchasing templates from Labina for a while now, and I am always impressed with her talent. Stay tuned!
  • Practicing photographing on manual mode. I am finding so much better quality photos on manual mode, and although I have read plenty of blog posts about that, I never took the time to really practice with trial and error. I've been having a lot of fun with it by styling the photos and re-shooting in order to get the lighting just right.
  • Mordechai has been so good lately. The weather has warmed up just a bit, enough for him to enjoy his walks again. I think he's also adjusted to the routine of being inside more. He's such a gem. 
  • Eating so many avocados. The produce market near us sells tiny avocados, the perfect size for a week day breakfast, or weekend brunch with eggs on toast. They sell them as low as 10 for $5! Good fats, right?
  • This illustrated film that the museum created in honor of Bill Stanley. I only got to know him a short time, but he was such an inspiring person, and his curiosity was contagious. 
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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Bright Lights, Big City, Quiet Days

Sunday, January 24, 2016

When we first moved to Chicago, I fell in love with the skyline. I love the buildings, how they are all different, but how they are all monumental in their own way. I fell in love with the neighborhoods. I remember staying at an AirBnB in Logan Square, which was full of trees and the residential streets had birds chirping in summer. I love how only five miles away from the first photo, is the second photo. 

In Chicago, the wind has a sound. And not the sound of it rushing past our ears. It's the sound of the void of space between the buildings downtown. A hollow rush that whistles between towering metal and cold stone. It can be heard from the lake as I walk to work.

I'm looking forward to the first 60 degree day with sun. I haven't felt the sun on my skin in what feels like a very long time. And I'm really glad that I'm craving it. I took the eternal sunshine for granted in Florida, and never really enjoyed the warmth when it was always there. Now that summer is shorter and finite, I definitely appreciate it more for what it is. Because in between those golden and sunny days are many cold days that are spent inside. I'm thankful for those too. I'm knitting more and enjoying the feeling of relaxing at home. By being contained this winter, I feel like I am able to be more inspired by the items around me or the things I see. When I'm always doing something, I find myself too stimulated by the world to actually think and reflect on my thoughts. Spending more time indoors has meant spending more time in my head, and I feel really grounded because of that. When there was a time that I thought I was losing my sense of self, Chicago winter came and wrapped me up inside a warm blanket of thoughts.There is less to do these winter days, but there are more thoughts to grow whole with.
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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Ready?

Thursday, January 21, 2016

My poor dog. The Chicago winter is definitely here. Our first snowfall in Chicago was pretty lovely. I was working, so I went outside on the steps of the museum that have a view of downtown. The city skyline was obscured past the snowfall, but it was still a beautiful sight. S said that he went on a long walk through our neighborhood that night, enjoying the peacefulness.

The next day, we took Mort to the suburbs for a greyhound play date with the Greyhound Alliance group. It was the first time we saw him in snow. We adopted him at three years old, so we really don't know if he's ever seen snow before. Either way, he didn't act much different to the snow that first day. He had his warm coat on, the snow flurries stuck to his nose, and it was really cute.

However, these past few weeks there has been snowfall with cold weather dropping to single digits. It was below zero with the wind chill, and while I could bundle up for it, I don't think Mort was really prepared. Poor thing has not been enjoying his walks like he normally does. So these days we are spending less time outside, and more time inside with extra treats. I feel terrible for him, he loves going for walks, and these days they are quick visits outside and then we go back into the warmth. I feel like a bad mom, bringing him to a climate like this, taking away one of his favorite things (walks). We had one day that it was in the forties, in between days of below-zero, so I made sure that we walked a long time, exploring streets he hasn't smelled before. I could tell it was the first walk in days that he enjoyed.

Besides feeling oh-so-sorry for my dog, these days have been very relaxing. I've been getting a handle on my responsibilities at the museum now that I've been there nearly six months. I also have been writing and editing more for my at-home marketing job. And lastly, in addition to two jobs and giving extra attention to Mort, I've been knitting. A lot. I find it to be so relaxing and comforting. It's also a great way for me to multitask while I enjoy shows on Netflix. That way, I don't feel like I'm completely wasting my evenings to movies and shows.

We have plans to visit family and friends in Florida next month. While the warm weather will break up a cold February nicely, I am most looking forward to spending time with people. We're making plans for dinners, bar-hopping, brunches, and even camping. It's funny how things change. We used to plan these things with Florida friends maybe a week in advance. Now, we're planning them a month in advance.
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Monday, January 18, 2016

What Yelle Wore: Winter

Monday, January 18, 2016
What I Wore
Coat c/o: New Chic // Leggings: Onyx Boutique // Glasses: Firmoo // Scarf: Hygge & Wool

I always wanted a winter coat for special events and holidays. I have two warm, puffy jackets for brutal winter days, but they aren't nice enough when attending special events. With many of my favorite things occurring during cold weather (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Eve, and my birthday) this coat has kept me warm without looking like a walking sleeping bag.

Recently, we brunched downtown with friends at Bohemian House where I enjoyed an incredible pork schnitzel sandwich with an egg over-top and the most delicious horseradish cream underneath. Afterward, we decided we needed to walk off our big meal and headed to a building that is well known in the architecture world, the Chicago Athletics Association. It's our friend's favorite building, and they shared a little gem with us, Cindy's, the enclosed rooftop bar. Cindy's is serving up drinks with a gorgeous view of Lake Michigan, The Bean, and all of Millenium Park. The Chicago Athletics Association is charming with it's gothic architecture. It's currently a hotel and it's gorgeous lobby has fireplaces and carved dark wood details, where people can read books on the large, leather couches and lounges, or work on their laptops by the vast windows. There's even a game room with a bar, as well as pool tables and indoor bocce. The icing on the cake is really Cindy's. The Beverage Manager (AKA Spirit Guide) brought us some breakfast negronis that had a little cinnamon stick in them. I sipped it slowly because I wanted that delicious drink to last forever.

I kind of wanted that day to last forever, too. After exploring some Chicago gems, that evening there was a surprise fundraiser for our friend. We were surrounded by amazing new friends, great food, delicious drinks, and a gorgeous city. We are truly lucky.
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