If there’s one thing we love the Scandinavians for – even more than our predilection for so-called Nordic Noir thrillers – it’s the Danish concept of hygge. Roughly translated as ‘cosiness’, it’s a concept that extends beyond snuggling down under a blanket in front of a wood-burning stove, to incorporate anything and everything that promotes cosiness – from Mint Velvet’s irresistible hygge hot water bottle to snowflake-soft sheepskin slippers.
So, turn your back on the cold, dark autumn evenings and comfort yourself with a few hygge treats of your own!
Relax by flickering candlelight
The Danes apparently burn more candles per head than anywhere else in Europe. It’s easy to see why, as the soft, warm glow they emit positively inspires relaxation – even more so when you combine the comfort of candlelight with a calming fragrance. True Grace make beautiful candles that burn wonderfully well and evoke the authentic scents of the English countryside. Our favourites for autumn are Rose Absolute, Orchard and Amber.
Enjoy indulgent food
There’s nothing quite so soothing as immersing yourself in a batch of baking before settling down with a cup of cocoa and a slice of your favourite cake in front of a charming black-and-white film. We’d recommend Nigella’s unctuous old-fashioned chocolate cake, Whittard’s luxury hot chocolate and Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes!
Wrap up warm
Famous Lakeland walker and chronicler Alfred Wainwright once famously commented that there was ‘no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing’. If you want to carry the hygge feeling with you wherever you go, invest in some comfortable, warm and cosy pieces that will give you a seasonal glow in the coldest weather. If you’re hankering after Sarah Lund’s famous snowflake jumper from The Killing, you can get an original at Gudrun & Gudrun. But if you want to really embrace hygge, why not knit your own!