I can not tell you how excited I am that our Autumn is nearly here. For one, it’s my favourite season EVER, due to crispier days, changing leaves, more soup/even more toast.
Secondly, my birthday is in Autumn, so it always feels like my native season. I think when we are born is a total clue re the kind of person we might be, weather-liking wise.
Me? I am a crisp, mild, toasty kind of person who likes to drink a lot of tea and puff little clouds of chilly morning air about the place. I’m into cosy and comfy. I’m into my own version of hygge, pretty much.
If you don’t know about the Danish word/concept of Hygge, you’ve been missing out. It’s a small word that embodies friendliness, comfort, cosiness and a general feeling of all being nice and right, in that moment.
If you do know about Hygge, you either love it or are breezily insisting that Lagom has surpassed the Hygge vibes, or perhaps you’re going to tell me that Kalsarikannit is all there is? I beg to differ. #nope Horses for courses. Just because apricots exist it doesn’t mean peaches and plums are over, right?! Live and let Hygge.
I thought it might be nice to shake up those Hygge vibes, in this fresh new year, on the cusp of a new season, and consider making our little bit of the world as friendly and homebody-haven-ish as we can.
Here’s a bunch of very easy ways to do that – or to simply be inspired by – Hygge-wise. Homebody haven, here we come!
12 Hygge-inspired Ways to Cosy Up Your Place
1. Cosy toes
Let’s start our Hygge journey underfoot, with something colourful and cosy to set the tone. I like this rug (below) because it has all of the colours and is an invitation for ace times.
2. Comfy couch times
Next stop is an extra layer or two of pattern and texture for the back of your couch (or hung on the wall, even?) I’m into the plaid meets pop of colour here. It’s like Outlander meets Andy Warhol, or something…!
3. Friendly feasts
Ace snacks are super Hygge-friendly and these ramekins perfectly combine modern sensibilities with a retro kind of vibe. These would be good with a hearty soup ladelled into them, or with some crumble and ice-cream.
4. Slow living
Some slow-down pursuits are conducive to this gentler, nicer way of being. A little bit of succulent propagation? Some jam-making? A bit of bread-baking, perhaps? Some knitting, even? A slow read of the classics? I think so. I do.
5. Sweet light
Candles and Hygge are pretty much synonymous – and these geo candle holders are a nice mix of handmade local meets gentle-living. They have some other VERY nice candles too, FYI.
6. Green feels
The more plants the better. If you can mimic the great outdoors inside your place, than you’re on the right track. Cleaner air, cleaner thoughts, greener lines. Create your own little forest and you’ll instantly feel more positive about the world. And you will get the Hygge feels too.
7. Pretty walls
Layering your place with treasures that are meaningful to you is an ace way to kick start some nicer times. You can create your own artwork, or buy something interesting and eye-pleasing. I’m very into the idea of vintage movie posters, especially if they are a bit quirky and/or Japanese.
8. Games to play
Speaking of slowing down, how about a lazy ongoing game of some kind? There are heaps of vintage games ripe for the picking on Etsy, but I kind of super LOVE this vintage-meets-now handmade version of the classic Mastermind too!
9. The snuggle is real
If you’re keen to cosy down, you might need extra blankets, am I right? This Kantha style quilt is a delicious medley of prints and will guaranteed a comfy time. It’s also big enough for two. #JustSayin
10. Restorative doses
Be it an Aperol spritz, some mulled wine or a little homemade lemonade, they’ll taste extra delicious and feel extra Hygge in some vintage amber glassware. You could consider a bar-cart too, if you want to next-level your nice times?
11. Idea sparkers
What are you going to do when you are sitting around with your friends or special people or just by yourself? You are going to bounce ideas, hopes, thoughts, memories, dreams and wicked jokes off one another. If you are stuck for ideas this book is really great. I used to have it and it’s inspiration packed and very old school charming.
12. Soothing sips
If you don’t quite fancy a cool drink or cocktail in your swoonworthy amber glassware, then perhaps some freshly brewed coffee or a bracing cup of tea would be better? Again, I’m going for green because it’s comforting and reassuring. I’m also going for stoneware because it feels sturdy and nice.
Are you inspired to have nicer, more homebody-ish times? I really 100 percent am.
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Pip Lincolne is a Melbourne based writer and crafter. She’s published five books about creativity and making things and she would like to write a whole bunch more. She’s Frankie’s craft contributor too! She has three kids and a love of toast and tea. Pip likes to make and write every single day.