How to “Coorie” up your Home February 16 2019
I have spent some time this winter tracing my ancestry and found a strong connection with my Scottish roots. My journey to better learn about where I came from lead me to a new take on an old concept from Scotland called “Coorie”. Historically the word means to “cuddle” or get “cozy” but has transformed over time to take on a new meaning. Gabriella Bennett took the time to explore its new meaning and wrote a book on the subject. After reading her book I had a realization that many of the described aspects of “Coorie” are very similar to what I use in everyday life and in my Home Decor. Bennett’s official definition of the word is...
“The Scottish art of deriving comfort, wellbeing and energy from wild landscapes and convivial interiors”
Bennett’s book goes into great detail on the commandments of Coorie, examples in food and drink, some traditions and the history of the word. It is an amazing read and I highly recommend it. The biggest takeaway for me was how to live a “Coorie” life here in Vermont and create a “Coorie” home by creating decor from what is found around me in my environment and community.
Here are some examples...
-Sheepskin hides and pillows: we are lucky to have lots of local farms in the area that we can visit and purchase hides from. Its an experience and hides make any home instantly cozy and chic.
-Rocks from Lake Champlain: Lake Champlain has some of the coolest rocks, they are smooth and are a cool gray color with lots of stripes and patterns of white. They look great in a glass container, I use them in containers to plant bulbs indoors.
-Deer and Moose Antlers: I have a couple sets of moose dropped antlers that look great hanging on the wall or as a centerpiece on a table.
-Moss: We like to take our dogs and kids out on walks in the woods, which is a great opportunity to collect moss. I use it at home on top of my potted plants, it looks great and adds great color to any room.
-Wool and knit items: I love to knit, especially in the winter evenings. We have so many great local fiber folks that sell amazing yarns from sheep and alpaca.
-Feathers: My husband is an avid upland hunter and while its not an activity I plan to partake in anytime soon, I love to use the feathers from the fowl in my decor. I add them to vintage glass bottles or in flower arrangements for some texture.
-Branches: I clip branches from my yard and bring them in and put them in vintage glass jars. They look great and eventually start to bloom green leaves which are so pretty and a real treat in the dead of winter.
-Eggs: I have had chickens for almost 12 years now and while I enjoy their company everyday, their eggs are such a treat. I keep ours in a basket on the counter, they are so pretty to look at. They are of course the freshest eggs you will ever eat as well!
-Greenery: whether its spring, summer, fall or winter I am always clipping greenery from the yard and bringing it inside. Place it in baskets, jars, vases, whatever you can find. It brings a room to life.
While the term “Coorie” is derived from Scotland, its a perfect way to describe how I live here in Vermont. It makes quite a bit of sense as the challenging climate here in Vermont is similar to that of Scotland, and you have to embrace it (some days are easier than others). I have come to learn that its important to spend time outside enjoying its beauty at any time of year and why not gather something to take home as decor and create an inviting space. Bring the outdoors in, it will help to create a well balanced life, a content life.
So I invite you to give it a try, “Coorie” up your home... get outside take a good look around you and bring something home to help create a cozy and comfortable home while living a content and balanced life!
Book Source - “Coorie” by Gabriella Bennett on Amazon