How To Integrate Hygge Into Your Home For Fall
Hello, my dear readers,
With the colder weather now here to stay, I find it to be the perfect time to invite in comfort and warmth by integrating elements of hygge (pronounced hue-guh) into our home. I’m enamoured with Scandinavian culture, design and focus on mindfulness, so it’s no surprise that I try to borrow wellness concepts from our neighbours overseas. Meik Wiking, author of The Little Book of Hygge, The Danish Way To Live Well and the CEO of the The Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, describes hygge as such: “Hygge has been called everything from ‘the art of creating intimacy’, ‘cosiness of the soul’ and ‘the absence of annoyance’ to ‘taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things’. Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience, rather than about things. It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. You may be having an endless conversation about the small or big things in life - or just be comfortable in each other’s silent company - or simply just be by yourself enjoying a cup of tea.”
Sounds lovely, no?
Here are some simple and effortless ways you can also integrate hygge into your home for fall.
1. Light candles.
Candles are the foundation of all things hygge in Scandinavian culture. Sure, the shorter days and sunsets happening around 6pm can feel dreadful, but light some candles, turn off or dim your lights, pull a blanket snug around you and sip on something comforting. Or perhaps the next time you’re about to take a bath and do your nighttime skincare, light candles instead of having the lights on. It will create such an atmospheric and intimate mood, one sure to calm your nerves and melt away any worry you might’ve carried in from the day. Plus, you’ll be saving so much money on your energy bill.
2. Integrate textiles into your decor.
Whether it be adding another throw blanket on the couch (can you ever have too many in the colder months?) or placing a crocheted runner on your dining room table as I did, this is a simple and cost-effective way to add a tangible layer of warmth to your space by integrating textiles into your decor. Next time you’re at the thrift store, browse the textile section and you’ll be sure to find a gem to bring home with you.
3. Foster togetherness.
Hygge is all about community, comfort and connection. According to Meik Wiking, “on average, 60% of Europeans socialize with friends, family or colleagues a minimum of once a week. The corresponding average in Denmark is 78%. While you can hygge by yourself, hygge mostly happens in small groups of close friends and family.” This holds true in our household as well. We have small traditions to connect with our family on a weekly basis, like watching This Is Us on Tuesday nights with Alex’s sister and her husband, or watching the Formula 1 races Sunday morning over breakfast with Alex’s parents. We make it an effort to connect with our friends at least once a week as well, and we have them over for a cup of tea or a competitive game of Catan. Having meaningful connections and being surrounded by the people we love most in this world is so important to us, and we make sure to carve out time for togetherness.
4. Take pleasure in cooking at home.
This is something I’m still learning how to take pleasure in (burnt apple pie, anyone?), but there is something comforting about putting on a great playlist and having chopping vegetables or stirring a pot of soup be the only thing you need to focus on for a short while. The lingering smell of rosemary on your fingertips. The overwhelming and delicious smell of muffins in the oven. A comforting casserole. Make extra, and pack a container for someone you know has a busy week ahead of them. Some recipes I’ve been gravitating towards this fall are these vegan stuffed peppers, these carrot date muffins, this blueberry chia seed jam, this delicious chicken soup and of course, the classic butternut squash soup. If you’ve found a great recipe you can’t stop raving about, please send it my way as well (if it involves a slow cooker, you’re golden!!). I’m always looking for inspiration!
Integrating hygge into your home is all about warmth, sharing conversations with the people you love and creating an environment that brings you joy and comfort. I hope these tips and tricks have helped inspire you, and I can’t wait to see how you add an element of hygge into your space as well (tag me on Instagram!). Also, if you’re not already subscribed, be sure to sign up to my newsletter, which goes out the first Sunday of every month, and it’s an open-armed invitation to a simpler and more intentional life.
Until next time,