With the nights drawing in and the weather on the turn, we could all do with a little Hygge happiness in our lives. I’m sure you’ve all heard about Hygge as it seems that every lifestyle book hitting the shelves this Autumn is about the secrets of Nordics living and my Instagram-feed is full of faux fur throws, soft slippers and lovely log fires.
If you weren’t sure it’s pronounced ‘hue-gah’ and translates simply as a culture of cosiness and joy in English – what’s not to love about that? It’s often cited as the reason why Denmark is voted as one of the happiest countries in the world. From warm cinnamon pastries to candlelit evenings, I’m exploring how to achieve the coveted ways of Hygge living this winter…
1. Cosy mittens. I truly believe the key to cosiness is a good pair of mittens for winter and I found the perfect pair. Created using the softest leather in stormy pale grey with a soft fur lining, these North Polar Bear mittens are incredibly cosy. Whereas gloves separate the fingers, mittens keep them together making them a warmer alternative and mine are absolutely adorable as they’re personalised with my initials – how cute!
2. Curl up with a hot drink. It’s impossible to not feel cosy when you’re holding a warm mug of loveliness so make yourself a hot chocolate and don’t forget to treat yourself to lots of cream and, of course, a cinnamon bun on the side.
3. Light candles. Nothing is more romantic than twinkling lights so fill your home with candles and fairy lights for a warm winter glow. Having dinner? Eat by candlelight! Watching a film? Wrap up in a blanket and light a scented candle! Apparently Danes burn more candles per head than anywhere else in Europe so if you want to do Hygge right, get glowing. If you’re worried about candles in the house these Wrought Iron Chandeliers create a similar glow and are beautiful.
4. Create a Hygge Haven. Sheepskin rugs, chunky-knit cushions and faux fur throws. I’m getting cosy just thinking about it… Make your home somewhere you want to snuggle up and those dull, grey winter evenings will suddenly transform into a special time for you to enjoy your own sanctuary of cosiness. You can find some Hygge Home Ideas from Not On The High Street here.
5. Dress for the weather. The Danish having a saying, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” Now that the colder weather has settled in keep some extra layers in the office so you can keep snuggled up at work as well as home. Think cashmere cardigans, soft scarves and a spare pair of socks for when the rain soaks right through yours!
How do you Hygee? Comment below to let me know and follow my Hygge board on Pintrest!