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
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.
Hygge, £45; Feu de Bois, £40
Cosy up your home
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…)
Knitted throw, £59, M&S; Sheepskin rug, £35, John Lewis
Swathe yourself in a knit
…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.
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
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).
Old Havana mug, £5,99, Anthropologie; Sophie Conran for Portmerion, £19.50 for 2, John Lewis