BEAUTIFULLY SMALL SPACES HYGGE STYLE…

We all have some small spaces and struggle to know how to fit everything into it that you need. In Beautifully Small, by Sara Emslie embraces the positive aspects of living in small spaces and offers creative design and style solutions to the practical problems associated with limited living space.

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In Chapter 1: Inspiration, Sara draws inspiration from truly tiny spaces such as boats and caravans as well as her own home – a diminutive workman’s cottage in Richmond, London.

In Chapter 2: Elements of Design, she discusses how even the most straightforward planning decisions can be complicated by the constraints of small spaces and suggests clever design solutions.

The third chapter, Elements of Style, explores ideas for making compact interiors work through creative styling and decoration.

In Chapter 4, a series of case studies take a closer look at imaginative treatments for pocket-size interiors, showcasing a variety of tiny spaces including a terraced ‘two-up, two-down’ worker’s cottage, a tiny studio with a clever mezzanine that incorporates a bathroom and a pint-sized coastal hideaway.

Another of her books – Urban Pioneer: Interiors inspired by industrial design. Sara Emslie investigates the practise for transforming non-residential spaces into homes, the key elements of the look – from exposed brickwork to copper piping and metal roof trusses – and the related rise in the popularity of the industrial design. She then explores twelve inspiring and varied real-life homes that showcase the very best of the Urban Pioneer look.

Urban Pioneer: Interiors inspired by industrial design

Lovely books for your coffee table.

THE ART OF MAKING MEMORIES HYGGE STYLE…

The Art of Making Memories – How to Create and Remember Happy Moments is a book written by Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute Copenhagen.

The Guardian wrote about a masterclass Meik Wiking held in May of this year.

Do you remember your first kiss? Or how the first rays of spring sun feel on your skin? How about the best meal you’ve ever have? Every year, we are given a fixed number of days. Some pass us by and others stay with us forever. Memorable experiences are characterised by intensity of perception, depth of feeling, or a sense of profound significance, which causes them to stand out in our minds.

But what ingredients produce these happy memories? Why is it that a piece of music, a smell, a taste can bring us back to a moment we thought we had forgotten? Is it possible to learn to create and retain happy memories?

Through a combination of research and mnemonics (learning techniques that aid memory retention or retrieval), expert and researcher in happiness Meik Wiking took clients through how and why peak experiences are made, stored and remembered. He went through the science behind memories and encouraged attendees to tap into their own memory bank, ultimately giving them the ingredients for a library of happy moments.

The course content included – Reflecting on happy memories, how memories are stored and why we remember some better than others, plus the ingredients for happy memories and memory-making tips.

Meike Wiking has been described by The Times as probably the happiest man in the world. He is a leading voice in the field of self-help/personal development. In 2011 he founded the world’s first Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark, and as part of this work he contributes annually to the UN World Happiness Report.

He consults cities, governments and organisations around the world on happiness, and has worked with the Minister of State for Happiness in the UAE, the state of Jalisco in Mexico, and the city of Goyang in South Korea, among others. He holds a degree in business and political science and previously worked for the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. When he’s not studying political science and writing several books and reports on happiness, wellbeing and quality of life, Meik enjoys photography and playing tennis (quite badly) with friends.

About his book The Art of Making Memories, he told The Daily Mail, ‘it’s now recognised that being able to retrieve happy memories keeps you healthy. Nostalgia is considered a useful psychological mechanism, which counteracts loneliness and anxiety. All of which makes it more important than ever to find out how we create happy memories and how we hold onto them.

As we get older, we need to give our brains a regular workout and learning how to remember and retrieve happy moments is one way of keeping our memories fighting fit.

Our global study helped us identify the very best ways to do it . . .

This isn’t the first book from author Meik Wiking, his first book was the best selling ‘The Little Book of Hygge’ The Danish Way to Live, plus ‘The Little Book of Lykke’ The Danish Search for the Happiest People.

On Amazon the details on the book ‘The Art of Making Memories ‘, says Happy memories are essential to our mental health. They strengthen our identity, sense of purpose and relationships. Meik’s new book will teach you how to create and remember happy moments and will change how you think about happy memories.” Dr Rangan Chatterjee, Number One bestselling author of The 4 Pillar Plan and BBC Breakfast GP

The third book from the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute and internationally bestselling author of The Little Book of Hygge, Meik Wiking.

Why is it that a piece of music, a smell, a taste can take us back to something we had forgotten? How is it that we remember our first kiss in detail, but barely remember anything of a fortnight’s holiday from five years ago? Memories are the cornerstones of our identity, shaping who we are, how we act, and how we feel. But how do we make and keep the memories that bring us lasting joy?

Happiness expert Meik Wiking has the answers. In The Art of Making Memories he brings together his extensive research drawn from the world’s biggest study on happy memories(which involved 1000 people from 75 countries), conducted at the Happiness Research Institute, along with data and diaries, interviews, global surveys and studies, and real-life behavioural science and happiness experiments, to explain the nuances of nostalgia, the different ways we form memories around our experiences, and how we can become better at recalling them.

Written in Meik’s warm and funny trademark style, filled with infographics, illustrations, and photographs, and featuring “Happy Memory Tips”, The Art of Making Memories is a life-affirming read which show you it’s easier than you think to make your life unforgettable.

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!