6 TYPES OF BEAUTIFUL DRIED FLOWERS FOR A HYGGE HOME…

Dried and pressed flowers are the in thing at the moment and come in a large selection of flowers to choose from. Here are six of my favourites.

The beautuful dried Ivory Phalaris which you can also get in Pastel Blue, Pastel Green, and Purple, all £10.50 a bunch from Homewood & Rose.

Commonly known as Canary Grass, Phalaris Canariensis is a large coarse grass with hairless stems and oval flower heads.

My other favourite is Lavender, I have it in drops in a bottle of water to spray onto my ironing. I put drops in my diffuser. I love it in the bath with a bath bomb and they look amazing dried and last a long time.

A great place to buy Lavender from is direct from a Lavender Farm. Lavender World have dried Lavender Bunches from £7.95 and you can buy the oil from them at the same time.

Finally Roses, I mean there is nothing to not like about a Rose. They are by far my favourite in drops for my diffuser and this stunning bunch on Etsy would look lovely in any home for £9.91

BOOK REVIEW – KINFOLK HOME by NATHAN WILLIAMS…

Kinfolk Home by Nathan Williams. Although not a new book (2015) I couldn’t stop looking through this book with Kinfolk’s focus on slowing down and creating a more intentional, beautiful home where they say the attention is shifting.

Through luscious photographs and insightful interviews, the author takes us into 40 homes around the world, from the Americas to Europe, Asia to Africa, ending in Australia. The homes range from an old cabin in the woods to clean-lined modern apartments, from singles living in small spaces to sprawling, multi-generational houses in the country. Each will feel unmistakably Kinfolk.

Nathan Williams is the author of The Eye, The Kinfolk Entrepreneur, The Kinfolk Home, and The Kinfolk Table and the editor in chief of Kinfolk, a lifestyle magazine published quarterly by Ouur studio. Founded in 2011, Kinfolk maintains a vibrant contributor base from Copenhagen to Cape Town and hosts hundreds of global events each year that bring the community together.

A book you can delve into at any time and well worth keeping out on your table. Available from Amazon and other good bookshops.

MORE GREENER WAYS TO LIVE A HYGGE STYLE LIFESTYLE…

Continuing on the greener lifestyle there are other ways you can contribute to living a greener life.

If you are going to take advantage of the outdoors with the slight let down on the lock down then you need to think of the best tableware/disposables for your picnic.

Paper plates might be compost able but bamboo tableware is reusable and ideal for a picnic.

A great site with lots to offer in bamboo are Emilie O’Connor

Emilie O’Connor wrote about bamboo – The Beauty of Bamboo

When we destroy something created by man we call it vandalism, but when we destroy something by nature we call it progress” Ed Bedgley Jr summing up the kind of consumerism which has damaged our precious planet.

It is not my idea of progress.

Here at Emilie O’Connor Homestore we love to create. We love designs and beautifully made products but we don’t want to promote the kind of consumerism Ed Bedgley Jr so strikingly highlights. In the shadow of ‘progress’ we have trodden too many heavy footprints with no foresight into the way we step or what we step on. ‘It’s not always what you do, but instead, how you do it. ‘Of course, no manufacturing is without its footprints but we are committed to sustainable home-ware production making that footprint as small, kind and gentle to the earth as possible.

HYGGE GOING GREENER WITH PAPER BALLOONS AND BUNTING…

We are all aware that going greener is the way to go but which eco switches would you like to make. While all being at home during this Pandemic we are sure many people will be having a birthday and in particular, the younger generation who will feel a little left out without all their friends around. Try swapping plastic balloons for paper and get the children making their own.

You can also buy Japanese paper balloons. Petra Boase has a lovely range including penguins and fish.

Japanese Paper Balloon - Small Orange Fish Japanese Paper Balloon - Penguin

Or go for felt bunting which again you could make yourself or have it personalised. A great site is House of Hooray who has lots of ideas and simple banner flags like below.

If you love having a go yourself but are not quite sure of the sizes etc then head down to Homemade Gifts who have images and tutorials on how to make your own bunting. There is even a tutorial for a no-sew bunting.

3 GREAT PODCASTS FOR HYGGEE LOVERS…

With us all spending lots more time at home it gives us more time to listen to podcasts and there are an abundance of them out there.

This is my list of my top three to listen to this month.

1. Player FM has some great Hygge inspired Podcasts but I loved this one called The HYGGE Phenomenon Living Simply Luxuriously which is the 5th most downloaded episode of all time on Player FM.

The simple sophisticate is someone who prefers quality over quantity, sensible living over mindless consumption, personal style instead of trendy fashions, has an insatiable curiosity for life’s endless questions and a desire to live a truly fulfilling life rather than being led around by the nose. Inspired by her lifestyle blog The Simply Luxurious Life, Shannon Ables (the original Simple Sophisticate) shares with listeners tips on how to live a refined life on an everyday income. From achieving your goals, preparing a memorable meal, creating a capsule wardrobe, traveling the world (Francophiles tune in as Paris is a favorite destination), and living life to the fullest without breaking the bank, living well is really quite simple. You can download the free Player FM’s app which you can get from the App Store or Google Play.

2. Player FM has another great Podcast – HYGGE in the Early Years. A weekly Podcast embracing HYGGE to improve on self-care and happiness for Early Childhood and Education by Audioboom. Podcast Number 14, Nature and Lockdown is an episode where Kimberly shares some ways we can embrace nature during the lockdown.
www.hyggeintheearlyyears.co.uk available on Player FM’s app or Google Play like above.

3. My third choice is HYGGE Girls Podcast on podtail.com and Episode 27 is about How COVID-19 is Impacting Your Sleep & Ways to Help. Aired each Monday, host Madi Bones discusses how to achieve this sense of purpose and happiness through topics on health, social media, passions and more. It’s available direct from the Podtail website.

7 WAYS TO HYGGE DURING COVID-19 LOCKDOWN WITH PICTURES…

While we are in lockdown due to Covid-19 we can still practice our Hygge by going through all our photo albums and putting them in unique picture frames for the home. Here are some great examples for you.

Check out this amazing Moments Frame which holds a brilliant 52 pictures.

Or these tabletop frames from Restored Hardware.

 

This image from Famebridge includes a tutorial on Postcard Picture Framing.

Of course, if you haven’t any pictures but have some old frames you can always pop plants in them like the example above.

Or you could make your own print and pop in a frame like this one from Honeymoon Hotel.

In this beautiful vintage and modern home, pictures have just been stuck to the wall for a great effect.

This is my absolute favourite and so easy to do while stuck at home from Life Mama.