So I am on the countdown to the big house move and I cannot wait to get my hands on the house to do it up. I am really into the whole ‘hygge’ movement at the moment and will be using it as a starting point as I think about how I want to decorate our new home.
Here to talk some more about all things Hygge is Sam who blogs over at Dove Cottage. Go and check out her blog, Instagram and Facebook. She gives me serious house envy, I think she has one of the most beautiful Instagram feeds I’ve seen in a long time. Over to Sam!
How to ‘Hygge’-up your home this winter
Unless you’ve been hibernating so far this winter (frankly, well done you if you have!) you can’t have missed the latest craze taking over the home décor world – hygge.
Pronounced (hue-gah), it relates to the Danish idea of cosiness – something you’re probably already used to when the dark evenings roll around – but more specifically taking pleasure from everyday activities, and enjoying the simple things in life. While it might seem like another ‘fad’ that everyone’s talking about, there is a lot to take away from the idea that you can apply to your life and home décor, which you can returning to every winter.
During the winter months, sub-zero temperatures and just seven hours of light a day is pretty much the norm for the Danish, so they’re definitely the experts in creating a welcoming, warm and relaxing feeling within the home.
Hygge can be anything you want it to be – cosying up with a blanket in front of the fire, drinking hot chocolate by candlelight, or hot water bottles and mulled wine – the concept focuses on creating an atmosphere within your home in which you can relax and forget about your day-to-day worries. Let’s face it, who hasn’t rushed home from work in the dark, dreaming of curling up on the sofa with a cuppa?!
So I thought I’d look at some ideas you can use to transform your home into a hygge haven this winter.
This seems to be the central theme to hygge, and there are lots of ways you can quickly and easily create this in your home. Think lots of fluffy blankets and thick socks – I can’t live without my thick ‘house socks’, or what about some cosy slippers? Primark are currently selling some made with memory foam – how snuggly do they sound?!
If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace, definitely get a crackling fire going, however if like me you haven’t, just whack the heating up and make sure to shut all the doors and curtains! Might sound like an obvious thing to do, but it’s always worth trying to keep as much heat in the lounge (or wherever you’re spending the evening) as possible, and can save you a fortune on heating bills too!
There’s nothing I find more relaxing than the flickering glow of candlelight – I always seem to have hundreds of tealights lit in the evenings! – so investing in some beautiful candles is a must. If you’re looking to push the boat out a bit Jo Malone and The White Company make the most beautiful candles, however I love my £4.00 Sainsbury’s Winter Spice candle which fills the lounge with a Christmassy scent, and what about this giant beast of a candle I picked up from Home Bargains for only £6.00?!
You don’t have to stick to candles though, what about some fairy lights draped around a bookcase or door frame? At the moment I’m loving wire fairy lights which can be easily moulded around fixtures such as banisters etc. – Sainsbury’s are currently selling a range in different lengths from £6.00.
Think lots of hot chocolate or mulled wine – how about investing in some mugs ‘for best’ too? My personalised Emma Bridgewater mug always makes drinks feel that little bit more special, however there are some lovely wintery themed mugs available on the high street this year.
So what are you waiting for?! Get yourself on the sofa with a blanket, whack a few candles on, grab a hot chocolate and embrace the Danish trend that’s the perfect excuse for staying in this winter.