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 John Lewis & Partners – and when you shop with them between 12th and 18th November you’ll raise a TRIPLE donation for your good cause… what could be more Hygge?!
Gather with friends and family around a wooden dining bench dressed for the season with a macramé table runner, Royal Doulton porcelain plates in Scandi pastels and pretty blue and turquoise glass tumblers. Add a more eclectic feel by mixing up your seating – perhaps by pairing some super-comfy velvet chairs with a few minimalist (and stackable!) Artek Stools.
Let There Be Light
Light a couple of Jo Malone or Diptyque candles to fill your living room with flickering lights and a wonderful burst of fragrance. Add a couple of understated wooden table lamps or string some simple star LED fairly lights over a statement pine mirror to create a truly welcoming space.
Tell your Story
Hygge lays great importance on personal objects and trinkets such as family photographs. Curate your best prints in an eye-catching gallery style frame set and arrange much-loved keepsakes in an open display cabinet.
Transform with Texture
Scatter some distressed velvet cushions in soft Nordic shades on your sofa, and layer up with plenty of knitted and faux fur throws. To bring extra warmth to the room, add a large sheepskin rug and add extra seating with some oversized floor cushions.
The Danes love their coffee, and it’s served whenever people get together, whether at home or elsewhere. Channel your inner barista with a new artisan coffee machine and source a variety of your flavoursome pods from Nespresso via John Lewis & Partners.
Creating a peaceful bedroom sanctuary is important both for good health and good Hygge. Re-invent your bed with high thread-count white Egyptian bedding, add a charming Anthropologie quilt plus a spritz or two of This Works Deep Sleep pillow spray and you’ll sleep like the proverbial baby.