Friday, 21 October 2016

autumn home

I love soooo many things about autumn - you can read some of them here - but the thing I think I love the most is cosy nights in; nothing beats them.
I love lighting candles, turning on the fairy lights and snuggling down under a throw and watching a movie or reading a book; for me, these are the key elements of autumn, and it seems I'm not the only one who thinks so. 

Magazines, blogs and even book shelves are awash with info on the latest interiors buzz word - Hygge (which I've been assured is pronounced 'hoo-ga'), which has no literal English translation (it's a Danish word) - which is all about cosiness, joy and general well-being, and autumn is the perfect time to bring a slice of this into your life!

Now that the days are shorter you're gonna have to rely on unnatural sources for your light and there's nothing better than numerous candles, which are considered a hygge essential.
The warm glow of candle light is a fantastic alternative to harsh lights in order to create a cosy atmosphere on dark evenings. I've always loved candle-light - I used to read by it as a teenager, much to my parents' annoyance; I love the cosy atmosphere it creates and while these days I rarely read by candlelight, I do light at least five tea lights every night. If you want to take this to the next level and are lucky enough to have a real fireplace or log burner then firelight literally and metaphorically warms up the coldest of homes.

Hygge is all about making you and your home happier, and nothing makes me happier than snuggling down on the sofa surrounded by a bunch of soft throws and comfy cushions, wearing my cosiest pyjamas - that's hyggee heaven right there! Whether you chose faux fur throw, sheepskin rugs or cashmere pyjama bottoms, the texture is super important for warming up your home - remember the Danish's winters are long and cold!

While you're curled up on the sofa, why not make an autumn/winter reading/watching list - just make sure it's something that feeds your soul as hygge is all about bringing a sense of well-being and comfort.
I've always got a reading list as long as my arm, so I'm going to attempt to get through some books before spring rolls around, and you can guarantee I'll stay up-to-date on Supernatural and a number of other shows!

Apparently the height of hygge season in Denmark is Christmas - the Danes go all out, celebrating with their nearest and dearest, but they don't go out into the cold, dark streets. No, they celebrate and socialise in one another's homes. Hygge socialising is all about simple, honest food; you know those comfort dishes you crave when the wind is howling and the rain's pouring down. If you want to bring more hygge into your life this autumn/winter, you can do all of the above but you're not doing it right if you don't nurture your social connections. Thankfully, there are plenty of opportunities with Halloween, Bonfire Night and the run-up to Christmas just begging to be spent with the ones you love!

While much of hygge is about creating a cosy space indoors, fresh air and a connection to Mother Nature is essential for our well-being so make sure you take time to get into the great outdoors!
Whether it's a woodland walk amongst crunchy leaves, an early morning stroll amidst a frost-bitten landscape, or snowball fights and plenty of sledging, time spent in the outdoors with the ones you love is the stuff of dream; it feeds your soul and reconnects you to nature and all its glory. Plus, you get to warm up by the fire with a delicious hot chocolate afterwards :)

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Happy a hygge-filled weekend!

10 comments:

  1. I've only recently discovered Hygge and wrote a post about it last week. My favourite translation of it is 'Cosiness of the Soul.' You definitely have a lot of cosiness of the soul potential in your home, Laura. Thanks for sharing. #HOMEETC

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    1. Thanks, Jane; I love that translation :)

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  2. It's the buzzword of the season isn't it? Clever old Danes — they've definitely got the right idea! Everyone could do with a little bit of hygge in their lives! :) Thanks so much for linking up :) Cx #HomeEtc

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    1. Right! I've even bought a book on hygge because it speaks to my soul! x

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  3. I have to say that whilst autumn isn't typically my favourite season, I'm making more effort to embrace it this year. And everyone loves Hygge! I too look forward to having a good excuse to curl up on the sofa and indulge in some R&R X #HomeEtc

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    1. I don't need much of an excuse, Lins :)

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  4. I've heard so much and could definitely get on board with it :) Sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing & linking up! Jess xx

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  5. I love autumn - mainly for the food and the colours, but by the time spring arrives, I'll love that too #homeetc

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    1. I'm the same, Stephanie; I love autumn but am pretty thankful by the time spring rolls around :) x

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