6 HYGGE ACCESSORIES YOU WILL LOVE FOR YOUR HOME…

Just love these SIX Hygge accessories for your home. This typography cushion from Red Bubble is perfect for any chair or bed in your Hygge home. The cushion cover is 40x40cm and is only £15.60

A fabulous A4 print on Etsy of a pretty Copenhagen cityscape style illustration, featuring some of the beautiful buildings in the city. With waterside Nyhavn buildings, with some of the cities towers in the background. The illustration is digitally coloured and printed onto a high quality 170gsm matte paper. Digitally coloured in pretty pastel shades. It’s a Helen Carrington print available on Etsy for only £15.

Diffuser’s for a Hygge home – their description of this diffuser is Hygge [HU-GAH]. Hygge is Danish DNA, a reflection of the Scandinavian art of creating intimacy, fellowship and cosiness in the smallest everyday moments. With echoes of brewed tea and baked strawberry cake, rose petals and wild mint this room diffuser from Skandinavisk will scent a room for at least 3 months, available from Trouva for £35

I LOVE this Clockhouse Log Table available from Grace and Glory Home for £165 – Made of oak with a painted wooden top, it stores logs neatly and provides valuable tabletop space for lamps, books, or cups of tea!

Cosy up with this comfortable luxury faux fur bean bag at £79.99 from Bean Bag Bazaar. Only the highest quality, hand-picked faux fur is used for this chic bean bag. The bead inside has insulating properties meaning the seat will feel warm and cosy, especially with the thick faux fur cover. This luxury bean bag features a matching faux suede base panel to prevent slipping on wood floors and gives a high-quality finish that shows attention to detail. The faux suede and faux fur fabrics were selected for their realistic look and feel.

Finally, this pretty set of three photo frames will help embrace the notion of family, friends and togetherness by displaying your most treasured photos, mementoes and keepsakes for £17.95 available from Grace and Glory.

 

 

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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! 

BRINGING HYGGE WALLPAPER INTO YOUR HOME…

Wallpaper Warehouse say with hygge in mind, how should you go about selecting wallpaper that jives with your understanding of the philosophy? What should you look for in a wallpaper design to fully express coziness and relaxation.

Textured wallpaper is one of the best ways to promote hygge in your home environment. Textured walls are the ultimate cozy addition, and they make you want to snuggle up on the nearest couch and stay a while. Whether you choose a pattern or stick to a solid, textured wallpaper helps you achieve hygge in your living spaces.

 

If you look at examples of hygge-style homes in the pages of a decorating magazine, you’ll notice that most of the walls are light-colored. While most hygge designs shy away from darker colors, there is no rule that dictates a wall’s color palette. The warmth of a rich red or vivid orange can help create a hygge home, especially if those are the colors that you associate with comfort.

Remember, hygge is about what you find cozy and peaceful — your home should be an expression of you and your family, and what brings you joy.

Some of the best hygge wallpapers are those that recreate a natural look. Faux wood wallpaper can create a cabin-like coziness. Green leaves or a forest scene can have a similar affect, tying your home interior to the natural world and promoting a stress-free environment.

Are you looking for hygge wallpapers to complete your home’s cozy design? Wallpaper Warehouse has a range of products that will help you live out your philosophy, and decorate with family, friends and comfort in mind.

A HYGGE EASTER WITH COMFORT FOOD AND GIFTS…

The Scandinavians excel in comfort – family, friends, a good atmosphere, long meals, relaxation and an emphasis on simple pleasures. They even have a word for this kind of cosiness that comes with spending quality time in hearth and home when the days are short: hygge. Trine Hahnemann is the doyenne of Scandinavian cooking and loves nothing more than spending time in her kitchen cooking up comforting food in good company. This is her collection of recipes that will warm you up and teach you to embrace the art of hygge, no matter where you live.

This gorgeous book “Scandinavian Comfort Food”, by Trine Hannemann is full to the brim with delicious easy to follow recipes. Great for anyone interested in hygge and Scandinavian food.

Another great book for anyone who prefers baking is the “Scandinavian Baking: Loving Baking at Home“, by Trine Hahnemann.  Trine Hahnemann is the leading authority on Scandinavian baking, and here she holds the hand of the uninitiated baker and leads them through the mysteries of baking bread, always with an eye to the practicalities of creating great bread at home. Here you will find no complicated recipes, or sourdough starters that need as much tending as a baby. Instead, Trine teaches you how you can fit the making of bread into our busy lives, without compromising on quality. Scandinavian crispbreads abound, as do savoury tarts and recipes from the smorrebrod. And then there’s the sweet baking — a recipe for each kind of Danish pastry you could ever wish for, a cookie for every occasion, and mouth-watering layer cakes, coffee cakes and cream buns.

My mouth is watering just writing about it. 

On the beautiful website Hygge Style, they have an Easter Shop with some great gifts in like these blue and white ceramic chicken egg cups. Decorating your home at Easter is one of the most charming of Scandinavian traditions. Bundles of twigs or pussy willow in large jugs or vases look wonderful when teamed with hanging eggs. £5.49

and these Gingham pastel egg tree decorations by Gisela Graham, £5.49

or these hand painted Easter egg tree decorations again by Gisela Graham, £6.49

My final favourite is this yellow spring Easter Egg gift tin by Gisela Graham which would look good in anyone’s kitchen, £4.49

 

CANDLELIGHT THE HYGGE WAY…

Candlelight is very important to Hygge style. One of the very basic things you can do is light some candles.

Big ones, small ones, real ones, battery ones, it doesn’t matter. Turn off the artificial lights and sit by candlelight.

Scandinavisk has some lovely scented Hygge candles for sale. With echoes of tea and baked strawberry cake, rose petals and wild mint. A painted glass votive with a blend of perfume and vegetable wax with a 100% cotton wick and engraved beechwood lid.Designed in Denmark, assembled in France. Dimensions: 8.4×7.6cm. £35

John Lewis stock a Mint Velvet Revive Citrus and Mint Candle by clothes designer Mint Velvet. Breathe in the luxe scent of tranquillity with this Hygge candle from Mint Velvet.

With a unique blend of essential oils, it will have you feeling relaxed and glamorous in an instant in true Mint Velvet style.

Sparkling, zesty citrus and a blend of grapefruit with orange and bergamot. Spiced with nutmeg and ginger and with essential oils of lemon and peppermint. This is a perfect gift and comes in a chic white glass with a wooden lid. £22

A great part of the year darkness rules in Denmark. One of the primary instruments for doing so are the candles. In the long dark period of the year, the Danes gather at home in the gleam of the candlelight.

Amazon sells a Paddywax ‘Hygge’ Rosewood And Patchouli Scented Candle. Dimensions (HW): 6cm x 8.5cm . Ceramic vessel with copper lid and soy wax blend at £15

Another great site with lots of Hygge style products is Hyggestyle who have ingredients that are exclusively handmade for them by Alchemistress, an artisan aroma blending company specialising in using natural ingredients.  This candle has a calming and relaxing aroma of Lavender and Clary Sage with a hint of Rosemary and Marjoram. Beautifully gift boxed, 20 cl glass at £15.95

Yes, light some candles, open a bottle of wine, and try to forget about your credit card balance. It’s a key element of practicing hygge. Create hygge by burning candles more often and during simple, everyday moments. Light a candle in the morning, afternoon, and evening.