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Embrace the Hygge

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I could not be any more enthusiastic about the Danish concept of hygge. It might defy definition – it’s more than cosiness. It’s taking pleasure from the simple (elevating the everyday?), slowing down to savour the moment, being soothed by the gentle. It’s coffee in a beautiful cup. A warm bakery. Supper with friends. A chair in a carefully-lit corner where you retreat with your book. It’s something I want in on, so here’s how I plan to seek it out…

Light a candle

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Light for atmosphere [as above – by The White Company] and to fill your home with comforting fragrances. My favourites for this time of year: Neom’s Christmas Wish– a warm-your-cockles blend of cinnamon, mandarin and tonka bean; The White Company’s classic Winter; Diptyque’s Figuer, Feu de Bois (think country house with a crackling fire after a walk through the woods) and Baies; or – for that truly authentic touch – Skandinavisk’s Ro (grass, the crunch of leaves underfoot shot through with the warmth of amber) and – ta da – Hygge.

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Hygge, £45; Feu de Bois, £40

Cosy up your home

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Par it back. Keep colours simple and muted and opt for natural luxury (sheepskin, wool, stripped wood). This cable throw is fabulous (and very reasonably priced); I like the hefty chunk of this one and the faux fur of this (both from The White Company). I like the simplicity of this cotton blanket and I’m tempted to throw this sheepskin rug next the bed. (In my dreams, this scenario also involves an Ercol rocking chair…)

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Knitted throw, £59, M&S; Sheepskin rug, £35, John Lewis

Swathe yourself in a knit

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…like this grey number from & Other Stories. I bought the merino off-duty jumper from Boden in navy which I absolutely adore (and would have bought in more colours had it not sold out in my size). I can also heartily recommend their relaxed cashmere v neck and this coatigan is as close as possible to wearing a dressing gown all day. Wrap up in hush’s boucle jumper – like wearing cosy cloud; opt for the cable-front Ivy jumper; or take a tip from Alex and try the boyfriend cashmere jumper. This funnel neck jumper from Topshop takes it to a whole other level – and I love the grey knit of this Premium oversized knit and the chunky cable of this one.

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Caroline Coatigan, now from £97.30, Boden; Premium oversized seam knit, £60, Topshop; Slit turtleneck sweater, £55, & Other Stories

(Then just add socks. My favourites, bar none, are the cashmere bedsocks from The White Company.)

The finishing touch

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Proper coffee (freshly ground beans for preference) – or tea or hot chocolate if you must (hey, this is my fantasy) –  in a beautiful cup, like this one or one by Sophie Conran (I love her whole range). Or indeed this [above] by Nordic House (an obvious treasure trove).

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Old Havana mug, £5,99, Anthropologie; Sophie Conran for Portmerion, £19.50 for 2, John Lewis

Happy hygge-ing!

 

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