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Author: Janis Monachina

Friluftsliv ~ open air living & Hygge ~ indoor cozy!

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.”  Ok, maybe when you are planning for an outdoor exercise session, another type of winter sport activity, but socializing?  Yes!

Mirror mirror on the wall…

I have a fun home styling tip for you today.  One fun shopping activity that is really affordable is called, shopping your own house!   After my ongoing house update the
Pink Door in Garden

Make It Pop Like Pink Champagne!

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way. ~ Georgia O’Keeffe I love the movie, An Affair To Remember, with Cary

For the Love of Books & a Dog Named George

A room without books is like a body without a soul. – Marcus Tullius Cicero I have an old section in my bookshelves of old books. We inherited them from

Autumn Whimsy & Wabi-Sabi

Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your

The Season of Wonder and Winter Hygge

Freezing rain Ice and snow Bitter winds Winter woe But in the depths The flowers grow. ~ Joyce Monachina ( my mom) We have been in a cold snap here

The Magic of Autumn

“And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.” ~ Oscar Wild It has been an amazing transition into the Autumn Season here in The Berkshires.  Although “they” are saying our

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy!

Our version of Summer Living is to incorporate Hygge in the garden ~ twinkle lights, candles, scents of amazing flowers, a fire in the chiminea, and amazing atmosphere! Hygee may

Spring Hygee

and I think to myself, what a wonderful world… I have been drinking a bit of turmeric tea lately. I make it a few different ways depending on my mood.

Cozy Winter Hygee

“In our hurried world too little value is attached to the part of the connoisseur and dilettante.”   ~ Edith Wharton How to survive winter is a topic we love