COUNTRY GARDENS AND DREAMY OUTDOOR LIVING THE HYGGE WAY…

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ONLING THE ULTIMATE DANISH HYGGE CLOTHING…

Onling, the ultimate Danish Hygge clothing is an online shop full to the brim of all you would embrace in Hygge wear.

Knitting atmosphere with yarn, needles and zippers

You immediately think natural exquisite materials which make you look and feel great.

Not only do they sell clothes but they also sell wool and run workshops and events ( although not very local for us Brits).

One particular class which has totally sold out and caught my eye was ‘knitting class for experienced knitters, learn to read English patterns’. 

Chabel hat with stripes of light grey, dark grey and dusty rose, made in wool and alpaca

Onling say “We believe that the fashion industry needs to change by producing better products that last longer and are environmentally friendly.

At Önling we select fabrics that leave the smallest possible impact on the environment, as we know that a piece of clothing will not stand a chance of becoming the modern consumer’s favorite, if it is not responsibly produced.

We select the best, natural fabrics for our clothes. We only use organic cotton, we buy left-over fabrics – called deadstock – from other brands, and we incorporate sustainable fabrics like bamboo, Lyocell and fish leather into our limited collections. We only produce 200 pieces of each style, which means that you will get a unique product, when you buy Önling.

In addition to that, we have completely avoided plastic in our packaging, as we do not want to add to the plastic islands floating around in the pacific ocean. All our products are wrapped in recycled paper bags and even though this might sound like small thing, for us it is big. We have saved the environment for 70.000 polybags by now, and we are proud to take on this responsibility.”.

Lets hope others follow this lead and become as environmentally friendly as Onling.

Choosing natural fibres for sustainable design

HOW TO ENJOY A HYGGE LIFESTYLE…

Nearly every paper that I pick up today has at least one article on HYGGE and how it is influencing people all over the world to enjoy this type of lifestyle.

Being happy and content with your life is how the Danish lead their everyday life which isn’t really practised in Britain, and yet most of us would love to lead this way of life.

So, how can you enjoy a Hygge lifestyle? Well, it all starts off with what you have around you. Are you surrounded by clutter, is your room full of bits and pieces that you keep meaning to go through? If so then start by going through all your clutter one room at a time. Don’t try and clear every room straight away as you will probably give up immediately. Work on one room at a time and then you will see how wonderful you feel with the decluttered regime.

Now, look at your colours. What colours are in your room, could it do with a little more light or a complete make-over. First things first, look at what is letting the light into your room. What sort of curtains or blinds do you have up? What sort of lighting have you?

These simple steps of changing a rooms curtains/blinds and lighting could completely alter the theme of your room. So much so that you might not need to give it a complete make-over you may be quite happy with the paint colour or decide to just change one wall to a lighter colour. If you look at any book or website on Hygge you will immediately see how the right colours and lights can change a room completely.

Finish the room with the right accessories. It’s amazing how accessories even down to the right plants can completely change the look of your room.

Some of my favourite websites with Hygge living ideas are Pinterest, Houzz and Hyggestyle.

THREE FREE INTERIOR DESIGN BOOKS WORTH READING OVER THE BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND…

  1. How to Declutter and Simplify Your Life: Essential Tips on Getting Organized and Living in a Stress Free Home by Kathy Stanton – You’re about to discover essential tips on how to declutter and get organized. This book will teach you the importance of living in an organized home. It will also explain how clutter affects you and give you some great ideas on how to deal with clutter. Also, it will give you a list of advantages that working in a clutter free area can offer you. A clutter free area can lead to many positive changes in your life! Now is the time to take charge of that clutter and start fresh. Once you apply the techniques learned in this book, you will reap the rewards of living stress free and organized! 
  2. Interior Design : Dream Design on a Shoestring – A guide to Feng Shui, Decorating, and Interior Design on a Budget by Jennifer Lake (Author), Ron Rothwell (Editor), Lilly Stone (Foreword), Freddie Bing (Narrator), Peter Rogan –
    Today, a large number of people are involved in this profession, and even more people are interested in joining. Some are just left behind because they don’t have a way to start. Here in this book, our target readers are those who have a passion for interior design and just need some guidelines on where to start. Whether you want to design your own house or step into the world of interior design profession, this book will provide the foundation for that goal. We have tried to focus here on the basics of interior design: how to prepare yourself to be an interior designer, the basic principles and elements of interior design, etc. We also discuss some popular interior design styles that can serve as an inspiration for beginners. Instructions are also given on how to start a business as an interior designer. A careful reading of this book will provide a variety of useful information for beginners. Our goal is to present the basic ideas and rules of interior design to the readers, whether they are designing their own house or working for others. Hopefully the information in this book will help you design your first project successfully. 
  3. DIY BOOK – 25 Modern Tips and Suggestions on How to Refresh Your Home and Save Money by Baldwin Foster -It has become incredibly hard to stretch a dollar these days. And with mortgage, utilities and upkeep rising every single year it can seem like a real uphill climb just to improve and manage your home. This book manages to find ways to beat the economic downturn however and through the magic of ingenuity you can too! In this book we will take an in depth look at just how you can make great improvements to your home and save a lot of cash while doing it! Utilizing proven techniques of affordability make your house stand out from the rest! Learn how to put in affordable flooring, new electrical wiring, install new pipes and even roofing all on a low budget! This book is empowering, cutting right through the nonsense and placing the dictates of home improvement right back where it belongs; with the home owner! Learn 25 DIY home improvement projects that you can afford no matter what your budget is!