[ig_row width=”boxed” r_class=”none” t_class=”none” background=”none” solid_color_value=”#FFFFFF” solid_color_color=”#ffffff” gradient_color=”0% #FFFFFF,100% #000000″ gradient_direction=”vertical” repeat=”full” stretch=”none” position=”center center” paralax=”no” relative=”no” video_b=”no” v_mp4 border_width_value_=”0″ border_style=”solid” border_color=”#000″ div_padding_top=”30″ div_padding_bottom=”30″ div_padding_right=”30″ div_padding_left=”30″ ][ig_column span=”span12″][ig_text enable_dropcap=”no” disabled_el=”no” ]It’s here! With the clocks retreating an hour at the end of the week, there is no escaping this beautiful season of mists & mellow fruitfulness-Autumn has arrived! So for those of you resisting, clinging desperately to the last remnants of summer-it is definitely time to put away the sandals & salads & begin to think about getting cosy!
The zeitgeisty word on everybody’s lips currently is the danish ‘hygge’-with a spate of recent books and articles on what it means and how you can bring a little nordic conviviality to your own life. Essentially hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is the word the danish use to describe the feeling that we associate with family, friends, food & pleasure-the general aura of cosiness that is created when we take the time to appreciate the good things in life. Norwegian chef Signe Johansen describes the guiding principal of this as simply, “making the most of the short time we have on this planet-jettisoning the anxieties and clutter of modern living to free up your time and energy to make the most of life.” It’s clearly no coincidence that the the awareness of ‘hygge’ has struck as the seasons change & we all begin to feel the need for a little warmth and comfort in our lives. Johansen describes the Nordic attitude beautifully when she says, “Rather than fight the long, dark winters, we’ve learnt how to embrace the cold, how to prepare for it and how to find joy in being indoors when it’s miserable outside.” And with that final thought, here are a few of our ideas to help bring a degree of hygge to your home-the addition of a few key pieces are all you need. A luxurious faux fur beanbag or log basket. A decadent sheepskin rug or throw & some beautiful handthrown bowls for warming servings of soup & of course it goes without saying, a smattering of soft candlelight from a choice of seasonal tea lights and candleware-it’s time to get snug!
Above items all available at http://sm82s8yi.gb-02.live-paas.net/ Additional photos taken from pinterest. Signe Johansen from The Sunday Times Eat! Magazine.