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8 WAYS TO HYGGE YOUR HOME

The buzzword for all things snug, ‘hygge’ (a Danish term pronounced somewhere between ‘hoo-gah’ and ‘hue-guh’) encompasses the feeling of cosy contentment and well-being that comes from enjoying the simple things in life. Whether it be the crackle of a roaring fire, enjoying a home-cooked meal with friends or wrapping yourself in a blanket while sipping on tea, hygge could explain why the Danes are some of the happiest people in the world.

A hygge home is not about seeking perfection – it’s about finding home décor that speaks to you and creating a space that cultivates cosiness.

We’ve gathered our top tips for creating hygge in your home in 8 simple steps.

1. SPARK JOY

Candles and Candleholders

Rumoured to be one of the largest consumers of candles in the world per capita, Denmark and other Scandinavian countries embrace the relaxing energy that comes with burning candles. Light a candle and instantly lift the spirits of a cold, wintry evening. Better yet, enjoy the scented touch of Ecoya’s range – we recommend Cedarwood & Leather and Spiced Ginger & Musk for the winter months and fresh, zesty scents like Coconut & Elderflower for warmer weather.

2. STEEP IN THOUGHT

Relax with a warming cup of tea in hand.

It’s hard not to relax with a warming cup of tea in hand. In hygge philosophy, the key is to be present in the ritual: take in the beauty of rising steam or feel the warmth of the hot brew pressed against your palms. If tea isn’t your drink of choice, try a mug of hot chocolate or glass of smooth red wine for moments of relaxation.

3. BRING THE OUTDOORS IN

Bring some lush greenery into your home this winter.

The trees outside may have shed their leaves, however, bringing some lush greenery into your home this winter will add much needed energy. Our faux foliage ensures plants bloom year-round keeping your space refreshed and full of life whatever the weather.

4. CREATE A SPA RETREAT

Create a spa in your own home

With a few drops of essential lavender oil, a candle and relaxing music, you can create a spa in your own home. Make time for yourself and enjoy the indulgent ritual of a bath. When it’s time to wrap up, bundle yourself in the plush comfort of our Mahalo Bath Sheet to continue the relaxation.

5. BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY

Light up cold and dreary days

Light up cold and dreary days - our range of lighting options add ambience and textured luminosity to even the darkest room. Swap standard bulbs to a lower wattage to instantly achieve warmth and a homely glow.

6. TAKE A PAGE FROM SOMEONE’S BOOK

Delve into a great read

Be transported to another world and delve into a great read. Buying from a second-hand bookstore makes for an inexpensive way to fill the bookshelf. Revel in the pre-loved pages while snuggling up in a faux fur or knitted throw on the sofa.

7. SAY CHEESE

Invite friends over for wine and cheese

Whether it be a glass of red wine or a generous serve of pasta, the snowy season calls for added indulgence. Invite friends over for wine and cheese and delight them with inspiration directly from our cheese platter blog.

8. FEAST YOUR EYES

Time spent with family or friends sharing a home-cooked meal

Time spent with family or friends sharing a home-cooked meal is essential to hygge philosophy. Create a feeling of laid back living with a well-loved dining table and bench-style seating to gather the whole tribe. A rustic table will set the scene for that hearty serving of chicken pie shared with loved ones.

Head into your local store or visit www.freedom.co.nz to see our new Winter Collection and embrace the hygge way of life.