Winter decorating

10 Comfort Tips for a Cold Winter’s Night

February 23rd, 2016 Winter decorating

People in Denmark celebrate the concept of “hygge.”

As the country’s official tourism website explains, the term — pronounced “hooga” — roughly translates to “coziness,” but there’s more to it than that: “Hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Friends and family – that’s hygge too.”

We think the Danes have the right idea. This can be a bleak time of year. The sun goes down while most of us are still at work, and the world outside can seem like a white and grey desert for weeks at a time. Continue Reading

How to Fend Off Cabin Fever

January 12th, 2016 Winter decorating

Winter is in full swing, and what might have seemed cozy around Christmastime now seems confining. Daylight is in short supply, the outside world is a slushy wasteland, and you’re inside feeling cooped up, irritable, lethargic and depressed.

Welcome to the world of cabin fever.

Cabin fever may not be a psychiatric diagnosis, but it is a real thing, clinical psychologist Joel Klapow told TIME magazine in 2014.

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