10 WAYS TO EMBRACE SUMMER THE HYGGE WAY…

10 ways to embrace summer the hygge way –

  1. Pick some flowers, my house doesn’t feel like home without a few fresh flowers in it. For best results, collect cut flowers in the morning when their stems are fully turgid and avoid picking during warm and sunny conditions as the plants will be water-stressed.
  2. Visit a flower show. There are lots of flower shows around the UK at the moment with the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show in full swing this week.
  3. Get cosy on your patio with a warm rug and cushions and look at the stars or visit the sight Go Stargazing to find a stargazing event near you.
  4. Get your toes wet by visiting the seaside or lake near you.
  5. Go and watch the sun go down. According to Hallmark Hotels, some of the best places to go and see the sun go down are Bournemouth Pier, Bournemouth. …The O2,London. …The River Severn, Stourport. …River Mersey, Liverpool. …Beetham Tower, Manchester. …Ely Cathedral, Cambridge. …and Misty Island, Loch Lomond.
  6. Enjoy a picnic and with friends or toast marshmallows on a campfire, this is the time for making memories and enjoying the warmth.
  7. Watch a wedding at your local church. There’s nothing more exciting than watching the bride arrive then leaving with her groom after the service. Don’t forget your camera.
  8. Don’t take the car get some exercise instead by exploring your local area by bicycle, and embrace the fresh air and family fun.
  9. Enjoy some ice-cream. Look out for the ice-cream van or visit an ice-cream parlour.
  10. Go strawberry picking as late June is the best time to pick the best strawberries ready for making some delicious homemade jam.

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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.

 

 

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

 

AMAZING PINTEREST GRAPHIC ON THE A-Z OF HYGGE…

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I just love this Pinterest A-Z of Hygge Lifestyle…

A – Ambience – 

B – Books 

C – Candles 

D – Drawing 

E – Exercise

F – Fireplace 

G – Games 

H – Hot Chocolate

I – Indulge

J – Jam 

K – Knitting

L – Logs

M – Music 

N – Nature

O – Organic

P – Pastries 

Q – Quilt

R – Risalamande

S – Soup

T -Tea 

U – Umbrella

V – Vintage

W – Woolens –

X – XOXO

Y -Yummy Treats

Z – Zzzzzs