We have invested a lot of time and money over the last five years, to create a welcoming house from our slightly drab, pebble-dashed 1930s semi.
The Hubster did NOT love this house when we bought it. I could see the potential to make it into a great family home. He agreed to buy it purely pragmatically for three reasons: location; location; location.
I won’t go into the boring details, but slowly we created a space I was proud to call home. It was not until our kitchen/diner was finished and our new, less naff front door was installed, that the Hubster said he wasn’t embarrassed to walk up our driveway anymore – such was his strength of feeling before the renovations.
The builders have been gone for six months, and now we just need to create a bit of softness and personality.
The nights are drawing in, the leaves are turning red and gold, it’s cold outside and we want a cozy home in which to relax and snuggle up. It’s the perfect time to embrace the Hygge trend for interior design.
For those of you who have just emerged from your post-referendum/post-election bunker, and missed the whole Hygge hype, let me explain.
Hygge, pronounced either hoogah or huegah depending on your source, is the Danish art of cozy. There isn’t really a word in English that encapsulates all that hygge has to offer, but it includes warmth, comfort, wellbeing, togetherness, a bit of mindfulness and being around the things and people you love.
Hygge is a big, warm embrace.
Denmark regularly tops the polls as one of the happiest countries in the world. A country that enjoys only a few hours of sunshine a day during winter, should be one of the most depressing places to live. Most commentators put Danish happiness down to the excellent welfare and education system, but the focus on hygge-style living is also a contributing factor.
Hygge is about slowing down and finding pleasure in the simple things in life. It’s curling up in your favourite onesie, with a good book and a mug of something hot.
Hygge is eating a hearty home cooked stew by candlelight, or enjoying a glass of wine with a small group of friends. Mind you don’t talk about politics or the economy though – you don’t want to make the mood too serious.
Hygge is NOT being glued to a screen. It is not checking social media every couple of minutes. It is not nouvelle cuisine.
Interior design through a hygge filter is all soft, stroke-able materials, big squishy duvets, natural wool rugs, lush faux fur throws, warm lighting and low-maintenance plants.
Here is how I’ve created a bit more hygge in my home.
Hygge in the bedroom:
The bedding has to be hygge, It’s only taken me 44 years to have a grown up set of bed linen. The weight and quality of this one from Christy’s Autumn/Winter range is oh so hygge, wrapping me up in a jacquard embrace each night.
Hygge in the living room:
This Marks and Spencer faux fur throw is everything! M&S were only able to lend it to me for a few days and I am bereft without it.
In the kitchen/diner
This beautiful sheepskin rug from Modern Rugs is super soft. Made from thick and luxurious wool from New Zealand and Australia, having this next to the sofa injects a little hygge into our contemporary kitchen.
The Futon Company has a great selection of winter textiles. This jumbo corded bedspread in sage green adds a splash of colour to our neutral palette.
The Lilou et Loïc room diffuser releases the perfect autumnal scent of orris and labdanum, but also looks very hygge in its ornamental bottle.
When the sun goes down, I dim the lights, light a few candles and hunker down in my hygge corner. Bliss.
If you’re interested in the hygge trend, or perhaps you’ve already embraced it, you can tweet using Christy’s hashtag #AWmoments. Please comment below as well.
Happiness is a hygge home.
Much love, Vx
[Disclosure: with thanks to Christy, Lilou et Loïc, and Modern Rugs for your generosity in providing products for this feature. Thanks to M&S for loaning me the throw which gave me a few days of pleasure!]