Ok so it’s possible that you haven’t yet heard of hygge. Hmmm, well just about, maybe. I’m probably the last home blogger in the UK to actually write about it, but never one to miss out, I had to put something together.
I’ve written a couple of posts about it for other blogs, but not anything on here, so this is my take on what hygge means to me. If you’re not familiar with the term, hygge is a Danish word for which there is actually no direct English translation. It’s a feeling; being happy, cosy and comfortable. I interpret it as a sense of wellbeing, when you feel content in your own skin. And there are many ways to achieve it.
It’s being with family and friends. It’s making memories and new experiences, and sharing them with others.
But as I’m here to talk about home, it’s also about feeling cossetted and at peace in your surroundings. For me, in order to achieve that, I need an organised, uncluttered space. I need a clear to-do list, and the knowledge that it’s ok to spend a few hours in bed on a Sunday morning, eating snacks, drinking coffee and reading my latest book on the Kindle.
Now I know this isn’t the same as spending time with family and making new memories, but this is ‘me time’. Cliched? Well, yes perhaps. But you know, life is busy and it’s important to slow down and take time to do the things that matter, that help you feel grounded and calm.
I read a great letter from creative coach Jen Carrington last week, where she explained how she’d indulged in purchasing many new books over the last few months. So many in fact, that she didn’t have the time to read any of them, or so she thought. In actual fact, she just hadn’t been prioritising the time to spend on them, even though the purchase and subsequent journey through a new book gave her great joy.
My point? Well we all have to make time for the things that bring us contentment. We all have to try to find some kind of balance between work, family and personal life. It’s never easy and the scales are constantly yo-yo-ing, but occasionally you’ll find some equilibrium, and carve out the time you need to be you.
So this is me. A comfy bed in my newly renovated loft, high up away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. A great cup of coffee (did you see my cute Lavazzo machine?), candles burning in the background and my kindle. Heaven.
I only discovered the kindle earlier this year, and it’s totally changed the way I read. I absolutely love it! Definitely go for it if you’ve been considering one but weren’t sure if you’d use it enough. I’m subscribed to Kindle unlimited too which means if I finish a book mid-relaxation session (I’m a very fast reader), I can just hop over to amazon and get a new one! Brilliant.
So how have I made my bed look so darn good? Well a lot of it is down to Christy Home. If you read regularly you’ll know I’m a big fan and love to feature them on the blog every now and then.
The bedding here is part of the new A/W Clifton bedding collection and the throw comes from that range too. I love the pop of colour that it gives the room, and the feel is lightweight yet warm.
The towels are there to show how much I love a great, relaxing bath and how that plays a part in creating good hygge for me.
Cushions are B&Q, candles are Cox and Cox, crockery is Also Home and tray is John Lewis.
So how would you do hygge this winter?