Now that the nights are drawing in, our thoughts are turning to all the positives of the colder months: the roaring fires, the comfy throws, the candles. All these things can be expressed in one word: Hygge (pronounced ‘hoo-ga’) – the comforting Danish concept that encourages us to take pleasure from the simple, cosy things in life. You can source everything you need to transform your home into a snug Scandi-styled retreat this autumn/winter season with easyfundraising – and raise donations for your good cause too. What could be more Hygge?!
Gather with friends and family around a gorgeous wooden dining table from Made.com (up to a 2% donation) dressed with classic table wear from Heals (up to a 0.75% donation). You can create a more eclectic space by sourcing a mixed selection of chairs from antique markets and car boot sales (N.B: pre-loved = very Hygge!).
A tub laced with Molton Brown or Elemis (from John Lewis & Partners – up to a 2% donation), + floating candles from The Glow Company (up to a 5% donation) + new super-sized towels from Debenhams (up to a 2.5% donation) = a relaxing bath time, Hygge style!
Let There Be Light
Light a couple of Jo Malone or Diptyque candles (from Selfridges – up to a 4% donation) to fill your living room with flickering lights and a wonderful burst of fragrance. Add some stylish table lamps from lights.co.uk (up to a 7.5% donation), or string fairly lights from lights4fun (up to a 4% donation) across mirrors or pictures to create a truly welcoming space.
Tell your Story
Hygge lays great importance on personal objects and trinkets such as family photographs. Get your best snaps printed out on canvas at Snapfish (up to a 5% donation) or put them in minimalist frames from Habitat (up to a 1% donation) and arrange favourite keepsakes in a divine display cabinet from Swoon (up to a 1% donation).
Transform with Texture
Scatter some rich velvet cushions in soft Nordic blues and whites from The Designers Guild (up to a 2.5% donation) on your sofa, and layer up with plenty of knitted blankets from Etsy (up to a 4% donation) and faux fur throws from M&S (up to a 1.5% donation). To bring extra warmth to the room, add a large sheepskin rug from Dunelm (up to a 1% donation).
The Danes love their coffee, and it’s served whenever people get together, whether at home or elsewhere. Channel your inner barista with a coffee machine from Argos (up to a 1.5% donation) and stock up your cupboards with a wide variety of speciality coffees from Whittard of Chelsea (up to a 6% donation),
The colder months offer an ideal opportunity to curl up with a good book (or magazine!). Click through to Waterstones (up to a 2% donation) for your next page-turner or take out a subscription with Magazines Direct (up to a 5% donation).
Creating a peaceful bedroom sanctuary is important both for good health and good Hygge. Treat yourself to crisp new Egyptian bedding from the White Company (up to a 2.5% donation), add a stunning handmade quilt from Anthropologie (up to a 5% donation), plus a spritz or two of soothing organic pillow spray from Holland & Barrett (up to a 5% donation) and you’ll sleep like the proverbial baby.