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Why you need to embrace ‘hygge’ at home this January

Murmur hygge dining setting

At the turn of the New Year, it can be a struggle to make our homes feel cosy once the twinkly lights and Christmas decorations have been taken down. For many of us, the January home can feel bare, a little empty and uninviting, yet at this deepest stage of midwinter, it’s more important than ever to create a warming, welcoming atmosphere in the home.

Embracing a little ‘hygge’ in our everyday lives does wonders for the soul, whilst encouraging us to huddle down and embrace, rather than fight, these sometimes murky and cold January days.  It’s about making time for yourself, savouring something as simple as wrapping your hands around your early morning coffee, a quiet moment with a book, candlelight in the evening, a shared meal with friends and family, a long walk in the woods, wrapping up in a blanket by the fire… these are all feel-good moments, rituals and activities that are in everyone’s everyday, but we often take them for granted, preferring to focus on the bad weather, the cold evenings, the grey skies of January…

Making small changes at home can help ease your path through these long winter weeks, so whilst trying to create a hygge-positive ambience in my own home, I wanted to share with you some simple ways you too can benefit from this Danish way of living.  To help me along, I have chosen a selection of pieces from locally-based company Murmur.  Designed in-house at their Northern Irish studio, Murmur’s products and patterns are influenced by the simple aesthetics of Scandinavian and Japanese design.  The brand’s relaxed, informal style, where every product works in harmony with the next, is built upon a design ethos whereby simple designs and textured finishes translate into beautiful, practical pieces that can be enjoyed and used in the everyday; a key element in the concept of hygge.

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Hygge your Home

I talked yesterday about the Danish culture of hygge and how you can embrace it as a way of life, both tangibly in your home decor and emotionally by spending more time on yourself and with friends and family.  Although the high season of hygge is during the winter months, it can also be a focus throughout the summertime, as we prepare our homes and outdoor living areas to entertain friends and enjoy the longer, brighter evenings.

For now though, we need to get through the remaining weeks of winter, so for the purpose of this post, I’m looking at key interiors pieces you can bring into your home to make it a more ‘hygge’ environment throughout the gloomy winter weather.  For the Danes, hygge is purely focused on belonging to the moment, just being grateful for what you have and enjoying the good things in life with good people.  It’s that simple and it really is believed to have a positive and uplifting effect on your inner soul.  Why else would Denmark supposedly be the happiest nation on earth?

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Time to Get Cosy the Danish Way: Embrace ‘hygge’

It is at this time of year when the cheery Christmas lights have been packed away, yet the days are still likely to be dank, grey and cold for the foreseeable future, and having enjoyed plentiful tasty, comforting food over the festive season, we are now made to feel guilty for craving anything without kale in it when what we really need to get through this cold season is a pile of warm toasted crumpets, dripping with butter, and a large steaming mug of milky coffee.  This is the juxtaposition we call January in the UK and in my opinion, there is only one way to survive it –  it’s time to embrace the Danish practice of ‘hygge’!

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