Hygge - The Danish way of enjoying Life's Simple Pleasures !

What is Hygge ? 
It's the lifestyle trend that is catching on real fast ! Pronounced as Hoo-Gaa , there is no one definition to this Scandinavian term. It said to have no direct translation in English either , though “cozy” comes close.  It is often described as a warm feeling of contentment ... a happy state of mind perhaps. And I think it sums up to being a concept about enjoying life's simple pleasures. 

Hygge is such an important part of being Danish that it is considered " A defining feature of our cultural identity and an integral part of the national DNA," according to Meik Wiking, the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. This national obsession with all things cozy is credited as one of the reasons why Denmark is always at the top of the list of the world's happiest countries, despite their infamously miserable winters. Now the rest of the world is beginning to catch on to this wonderful way of life.   - House Beautiful

So that means ... when I am enjoying my fav' latte in a local cafe or reading a book on a lazy sunday afternoon { yeah right...that happens once in a blue moon } or when I am baking desserts with my daughter ... I guess I am living the hygge lifestyle . 

Originally considered only for the chilly winter season { picture you sitting by the fire , in your fav' sweats & sipping on hot cocoa } , this style is very IN for the summers as well { picture you at outdoor soirees & dining alfresco }. As a decorating style, it is predicted to go strong in 2017. 

Here are 6 decorating & design elements that I think that are essential to this concept ...

  • Candles & Fireplaces
  • Natural Materials & Neutral Palettes
  • Textiles & Fabrics
  • Layering with Rugs, Throws & Pillows
  • Cozy , Comfortable & Intimate Vibe
  • Simple Styling 
Sharing some of my fav' inspiring snapshots of my version of the Hygge style ...

3 reasons why I like this decorating style so much ...
  1. Neutral backdrops with pops of colors : I personally love using grays, whites & blacks accented with the pastel-y shades. Make the spaces feel so bright & light !
  2. Effortless & Casual styling that is so warm & inviting. Brings in a feeling of being welcomed into the space.
  3. The style suits everyone. You can show off your personality ... either with muted tones or bold decor.

The best part of creating the hygge look in your home is that you don't have to go buy new stuff for it. Start by rearranging your existing furniture & layering accents to create intimate settings , a nice conversation area or a cozy reading nook. It's all about having what you like and enjoying the space with your loved ones.
Will you be taking on the Hygge style this year ? Let us know. 
Until then... Happy Styling !

Minol Shamreen
Certified Professional Home Stager + Interior Stylist , B.Arch
RESA Central Texas - Austin Chapter Board Member
Studio M Designs | 408.858.1438 | Austin TX


Best of Houzz Award 2017 - Studio M Designs : Home Staging & Styling

Got back home after a wonderful { long } vacation in India & was all ready to kick-start 2017. Sat at my desk & as always, logged in to check my emails. There it was ... an email from Houzz ...We had earned the Best of House award - Customer Service . 
Our goal { for every project ... no matter how big or small } is to provide Excellence in the Home Staging & Styling experience to our clients. So this award is like a testimonial that lets everyone know that our clients enjoy our work and have benefited from it. Needless to say ... I am thrilled & it is no doubt a wonderful start of the new year for me. 
A big 'Thank You' to all my amazing clients & realtor partners. 
Wishing you all a fabulous 2017 !

The official press release from Houzz :

Studio M Designs of Austin , Texas : Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017
Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World.

Austin, USA, January 13, 2017
Studio M Designs : Home Staging + Styling of Austin, Texas has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. This Austin based Home Staging & Design firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.  

“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Studio M Designs,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

About Houzz :
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. For more information, visit houzz.

About Studio M Designs :
Minol Shamreen is the Owner & Creative Director of Studio M Designs in Austin, Texas.
She offers customized Home Staging & Interior Styling solutionranging from Consultations-only to Turn-key projects. She has partnered with Homeowners, Real Estate Agents, Brokers, Investors & Flippers to help bring in top dollar & faster sale of the property. 
An HSR certified professional Home Stager, she also serves on the Board of RESA ( Real Estate Staging Association ) of the the Central Texas - Austin Chapter. 
For all your design & staging solutions call Studio M Designs @ 408.858.1438 today !

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Color Trends for your Home in 2017

The holiday season is upon us and we are all in full swing making plans, entertaining, decorating, shopping, gift wrapping and doing all the fun stuff { I know, it can be stressful too }. This also means the new year is just around the corner. If you are anything like me, you have already made a list of home improvement projects for the upcoming year. Freshening up your space with new wall color is typically one of the easiest ones to accomplish ... { once you have decided on the color that is }.

So today I am going to share some simple visual inspiration for using colors in your home ...

Sherwin Williams  one of the industry's leading paint companies has come out with 4 color palettes that they are predicting will reign in the year 2017. They say that the state of color has never been more restless. New spirituality, cultural flux, feisty self-expression and soulful nostalgia are combining to paint an emerging portrait of our shared future. 
Let's look at the 4 palettes and the interpretation ...


Sustainable design and radical transparency are the new standards. As our daily transactions move further into the cloud, acquiring experiences is becoming preferable to buying more things. "Doing good" is the new looking good, and it’s taking the form of "voluntourism," healing retreats and eco-travel. We’re in pursuit of an elusive ideal: a fair luxury. The roads of this journey are lined with arctic neutrals, blush rose and wild browns.                                                                     Intrepid

The virtual and the real are blurring in the form of seamless commerce and "office anywhere" collaboration. Impatient for social and political change, we’re reinventing ourselves first. Identity has never been more fluid. "You do you" is the mantra of a generation primed for self-expression, cheered on by their own #squad and tossing aside old categories. 

There’s a feisty energy to our present moment, arriving in fiery tones and vibrant, kimono colors.


It’s among our most precious commodities: night. We’re craving a refuge from urban streetlights and glowing screens, space to turn our gaze inward and recharge the spirit. Mindful melancholy is fueling a new romanticism marked by medieval patterns, revived customs and bittersweet beauty.

The Dutch masters knew the secret: dark hues set a dramatic stage for sensuous luster. This palette is rich with vineripe fruits, Nordic blues, moody neutrals and golden yellows.


Global immigration is redefining borderlands, national identity and our sense of coexistence. We’re all citizens of the world now. Brands are becoming more purpose-driven, communities more connected. Design is adapting to more diverse populations. Overconsumption is, well, over. 
We’re more likely to invest in the best we can afford — crafted and customized — and then keep it forever. Global consciousness is a mural painted in earthy mustards, ocean blues, corals and mud.


As an Interior Stylist & Decorator , I will most probably gravitate towards the 'Unbounded' color palette. There is so much room for mix n match of styles. Crafted & Customized is what I like. 
But as a Home Stager , I would lean more towards using the 'Holistic' color palette in my staging projects - with the neutrals being a much safer bet to attract more buyers for the listed property. 

Which one of these palettes do you like ? Share with us. Until then,
Happy Styling !

Minol Shamreen
Certified Professional Home Stager + Interior Stylist , B.Arch
RESA Central Texas Chapter Board Member
Studio M Designs | 408.858.1438 | Austin TX

credits: Sherwin Williams

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