American Cozy by Stephanie Pedersen

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American Cozy: Hygge-Inspired Ways to Create Comfort & Happiness by Stephanie Pedersen
English | April 28th, 2020 | ISBN: 1454930357 | 224 pages | EPUB | 8.96 MB

The wildly popular phenomenon of hygge gets a warm American twist with this gifty, illustrated guide from bestselling Danish-American author Stephanie Pedersen.

With their overscheduled lifestyles, Americans can’t always find time for the people and things they love. Enter American Cozy, which uses the Danish phenomenon of hygge—comfort, togetherness, and well-being—to bring coziness and ease to readers’ homes, work, and lives. Filled with charming four-color illustrations, it explores organization and home décor, entertaining, cooking, creating a happier, more productive work life, de-cluttering, and slowing down.

Americans are welcoming people. We love to use—and share—our time, our resources, and our homes.

I call this American cozy. It’s a celebration of our unique brand of comfort, personality, and togetherness.

I was introduced to American cozy when I moved as a child to the United States from Canberra, Australia, where my parents had been living, working, and attending university. Our first American stop was the small Nevada town of Logandale, near the Arizona and Utah borders. This was the home of my mother’s parents, the Hutchings family. Their house, though overfilled with furniture and mementos, felt friendly. It was crowded with a mix of antique and new furnishings. Each room—from paint to flooring—was a different color. Each table and shelf displayed a mix of knickknacks. Framed family photos, religious sayings, oil paintings of the desert, and needlepoint hangings competed for space on each wall (even the garage and storage shed walls). The oversized chairs and sofas were draped with homemade afghans. And, best of all, their home was perfumed with the permanent aroma of pot roast and chocolate chip cookies.

If they weren’t cooking or eating, cleaning or wandering around outdoors, my grandparents and anyone else who was visiting would congregate in the living room, sitting on the sofas and chairs, using the organ and piano benches as seats, or (usually the kids) reclining on the shag carpet. Together, we’d talk, watch television, play checkers, or even nap, as my grandparents would sit in their matching recliners and read scripture (my grandmother) or crochet (my grandfather).

Ever since then, I have thought fondly of American homes. The colors, knickknacks, and aromas may change depending upon the lives inside, but the homes remain places of warmth, comfort, and togetherness, decorated in the trimmings of lives well lived. In fact, from the stories my American friends tell, the Hutchings homestead wasn’t that much different from their own families’ homes.

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