Have yourself a Hyggelig Little Christmas
Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of Abode. This week we’ve been re-reading one of our favourite books, ‘The Little Book of Hygge’ by Meik Wiking. If you haven’t read it before, we hope this post gives you a good introduction. And if you have read the book before, maybe our article will inspire you to re-read it with a nice cup of tea on a cold winter day. Perfect for a bit of peace and quiet amongst the upcoming Christmas festivities.
What is Hygge and Hyggelig?
Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish concept and lifestyle. According to Wiking, “Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience, rather than about things. It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home.” At Abode and First 4 Blinds we love to make homes beautiful from the inside out. With a few thoughtful furnishings and some helpful design advice from us, you can make your very own place of Hygge. The term Hyggelig can be described as ‘Hygge in practice’ an example can be seen in the title of this article.
Hygge and Happiness…
In Wiking’s book, he lists the ‘Hygge Manifesto’, a comprehensive yet concise guide to following Hygge as seen below. Maybe some of these tips can help you incorporate some Hygge into your Christmas
Atmosphere - turn down bright lights or add some extra candles
Presence - try to be present and ‘in every moment’, put away your phone
Pleasure - make the most of delicious treats Christmas cookies, gingerbread…
Equality - think ‘we’ instead of ‘me’ and try to share out tasks evenly
Gratitude - try to enjoy every moment
Harmony - be in harmony with those around you
Comfort - get cosy and relax!
Truce - leave politics aside and try to be patient
Togetherness - build up your closest relationships and reflect on happy memories
Shelter - remember your home is your place of peace and security
Bringing Hygge into your Home
Our favourite chapter of ‘The Little Book of Hygge’ is ‘Home’ and in particular, the ‘Hygge Wishlist: Ten Things that will make your home more Hyggelig’. We won’t go into too much detail and cover all ten, but here are five of our favourite Hygge elements that suit most homes…
- A Hyggekrog - or ‘a nook’
Whether it’s for reading, chatting with friends, writing thank you letters or just enjoying a quiet moment, having a special place to sit and spend time in is very Hyggelig.
“A nice teapot, a vase on the dining table” even your favourite mug are all examples of Hygge. Ceramics are things that bring comfort to your home without taking up lots of space.
Hygge is all about how things feel rather than how they look, although the design is very valued. So having a few key pieces in your home such as a pair of fitted curtains colour co-ordinated with blankets and cushions will make your home look and feel amazing.
If you’re lucky enough to have a real fireplace in your home, it doesn’t get much more Hyggelig! However, you can still make the most of inactive fireplaces by creating a cosy scene within them. You could make a festive flower and foliage bouquet? And if you don’t have a fireplace, you can bring the comfort of one into your house with candles in a beautiful display.
- Vintage Pieces
Vintage elements are important in Hygge because they not only keep traditions alive, they also in many cases add nostalgia, especially if it’s something that has been in your family for a long time.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our latest post. Catch up with us next week for more festive tips. Meanwhile, if you live near Northampton and you’d like any advice on decorating your home or Hygge in general, we’d love to hear from you, get in touch here: http://www.first4blinds.com/contact-us/
See you next week!
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