Wednesday, 20 September 2017

What is Hygge? The Danish Cosy Concept You Need To Try This Winter

The other day I happened to stumble across the word 'hygge' attached to a glorious-looking cup of hot chocolate when I was scrolling through Pinterest. Completely confused as to what it meant, I turned to my old friend Google, and after a quick internet search I learned exactly what it was.

Apparently I've been living under a rock for the last year or so, because this seemingly up-coming word is nothing new. But for those of you who, like me, haven't the foggiest about its meaning (let alone its pronounciation!) here's the official definition:

In Danish, hygge (pronounced “HUE-gah”) is one such word. Though there are many ways to describe hygge, we see it simply as the Danish ritual of enjoying life's simple pleasures. Friends. Family. Graciousness.

Accompany the dictionary definition along with a quick Google or Pinterest image search, and you'll be just as obsessed with the term as I've become. There's books, articles and even whole brands dedicated to the hygge way of life, and I have to say I'm a complete convert too. Though I haven't got the pronunciation down quite yet, I mean it took me long enough to get to grips with quinoa..

Being an autumn baby, I've always had a passion for this time of year and all the cosiness that comes along with it. But now I finally have a proper term for the cosy, nest-making-esque feelings that infiltrate my mind come September time, along with a fantastic excuse to shop for some new home decor and pyjamas.

'Excuse me sir, can you point me in the direction of the 'hygge' aisle please?'

With that in mind, I've shortlisted some essential hygge items that I'm adding to my winter wishlist, so that I can hibernate in my hygge home.

Hygge Essentials Home Decor / Clothing AW17

H&M Cable Knit Cushions | Dunelm Faux Fur Throw H&M Knitted Socks | Dunelm Wooden Heart Candle John Lewis Stag Head Hook The Little Book of Hygge Anthropologie Alphabet Mug |  
Any Cable-Knit Jumper of your choice!

So basically anything knitted, fur-lined or warm, in neutral shades or jewel tones, with a touch of woodland-chic to it. If it gives you that warm fuzzy feeling inside that makes you want to grab a book and snuggle up by the fire, it's definitely got a touch of hygge about it!

Will you be embracing the 'hygge' way of life this winter?

Until next time..


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