Too Good To Go Out? How To Create a Hygge Haven

Too Good To Go Out? How To Create a Hygge Haven

In collaboration with DFS.

Is there anything nicer than cosying up on a comfy sofa in front of a fire? If you have a steaming hot drink, snacks, and some loved ones, my answer would be “no”. Hygge has been a buzz word for a few years now, but in our house it’s not a trend, it’s a way of life! As the nights draw in and thoughts turn to Christmas, I start obsessing about making our home a cosy, comfortable and relaxing Hygge haven. My ultimate goal is to a make it too good to go out!

Too Good To Go Out? How To Create a Hygge Haven

How To Create a Hygge Haven

If you want to know how create a Hygge haven, you need know what Hygge is all about. According to Hygge House, “Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is a Danish word used to acknowledge a special feeling or moment. It can be alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary, but is always cosy, charming or special.” My interpretation means it’s about comforting all of your senses.

Hygge Haven Step 1: Sight

To create my version of a Hygge haven, you have to get the light right. Candles are perfect, especially if they are scented. Mine is from Love Lula and smells of Spiced Cranberry*, to get us in the festive mood.Create a Hygge Haven wth hot chocolate and a scented candle

A Stylish Sofa, Big Enough For The Whole Family

A stylish yet comfy sofa is the basis for our Hygge haven – ours is the French Connection Zinc four seater sofa in Charcoal Combination.

This is our list of new sofa essentials. It has to be:

  1. Stylish, and complement our vintage Ercol suite and Scandinavian-inspired decor.
  2. Long enough for Ryan to lie down on.
  3. Super comfortable.
  4. Practical for living with kids.

Ryan was keen on a corner sofa, but our lounge has two doors, a bay window, French doors, plus radiators and book cases on all but one wall. I also prefer the look of a normal sofa. So to compromise, we bought the Zinc large footstool to match our sofa, and now we can really lay back and get comfy. It also makes great additional seating when we have guests.

Hygge Haven Step 2: Touch

The second sense is touch – I’m talking cosy, soft, tactile fabrics from head to toe!

Comfy PJs (twinning is optional, but highly recommended)

Once I get in from work or the school run, it’s a mad dash to get my pyjamas on. Ava and Thea are delighted that we match in our Matalan Get Spotted PJs, which are in aid of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

A Cosy Blanket (or Two. or Three) 

If you feel the cold, or live in a draughty house, a pile of blankets is a must if you want to create a Hygge haven. I have three, including this throw I arm knitted myself at a workshop. It’s super cosy.

Charcoal Zinc sofa

Hygge Haven Step 3: Taste

Next comes the sense of taste – because it’s all about the indulgent refreshments, right? Popcorn is one of our favourite snacks. I also love that it can just be swept up, so ideal if you have kids!

I have taken it upon myself to try lots of hot chocolates, so I can recommend the finest one (you’re welcome!). It is by Charbonnel et Walker, and is delicious and super-chocolately. I recommend adding a pinch of nutmeg, and some marshmallows for the ultimate in indulgence.

Now, I know what you’re thinking – hot chocolate + kids + a new sofa could well = disaster. Thanks to the DFS’s 5 Year Fabric Protection Plan, which we added to our order, we have peace of mind. Should anything be spilled on the sofa, we are covered!  It’s a no brainer really. I don’t want it to end up like our old rug, which had two shades of luminous marker, fresh raspberry, mud, biro and neon pink playdoh.

Hygge Haven Step 4: Scent

Now we’ll already have the delicious smell of freshly popped corn, decadent hot chocolate, and the scented candle, but to really ramp up the Hygge feels, I recommend some lovely natural scents. I love both the look and smell of eucalyptus, so I made some simple wreaths to decorate the wall. They smell amazing, and bring a touch of nature into our home.Bring the outside in for a Hygge haven

Hygge Haven Step 5: Sound

All of this Hygge loveliness wouldn’t be the same without some family-friendly escapist entertainment! We’ve chosen ‘Enchanted’*. The girls get a princess, I get Patrick Dempsey. They sing, they dance, there’s a happy ending. Perfect. Ryan isn’t quite as keen as us…

For me, creating a Hygge haven is about comfort, joy, cosiness and my family. That really does make it too good to go out! What does it mean to you?

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30 Comments

  1. 10th December 2017 / 12:42 pm

    Aaah it looks fab Becky — LOVE the half pink wall. GORGEOUS. It looks sensational against the grey sofa. I wrote about Hygge not so long ago — it’s funny that we Brits have embraced a culture from the Danes, even though we’re really good at the whole ‘cosying up at home’ thing ourselves! 🙂 As I’m writing this, it’s snowing, and the boys are all cosied up with blankets on our sofa, watching a film. So nice!! 🙂 xx #HomeEtc

    • 10th December 2017 / 9:59 pm

      Ah that sounds so lovely Caro, we have been doing that too, love it! xx

  2. 7th December 2017 / 8:26 pm

    It all looks so cozy we love cozy night by the fire too, i looks forward to cozy evening so much and love Sunday mornings snuggled by the fire x

    • 8th December 2017 / 12:27 pm

      Do you know, we never put our fire on in the morning, only afternoon/evening. We totally have to try that, thanks for the idea! xx

  3. 6th December 2017 / 7:09 pm

    I really like this DFS sofa,. I love the retro style. I agree with how it’s important to consider all the senses to create an overall experience! It’s not just about the sight with interiors. Touch, taste, smell and sound all add to the mood and atmosphere of a room and it looks like you have pulled it off really well to create a hygge home!

    • 8th December 2017 / 12:26 pm

      Thanks so much for popping over Natalie – I’m so pleased you like what we’ve created xx

  4. 5th December 2017 / 8:50 pm

    That sofa looks amazing and PERFECT for snuggling on! I’m definitely a candle person for getting my Hygge spirit on, in fact, a candle, a comfy sofa and a soft throw is my idea of heaven on a night in!

    • 5th December 2017 / 8:59 pm

      The sofa is so comfy, I never want to leave it! I’m sitting on it right now, in fact! Thanks for popping by xx

    • 5th December 2017 / 11:43 am

      Thanks Sam, it really is so snug, I love it!xx

  5. 5th December 2017 / 9:40 am

    Your home is beautiful Becky! Definitely a hygge haven. I’m 100% in agreement about making staying in better than going out – I’m lucky I have a sociable better half or there’s a real risk I’d become a hermit haha x

    • 5th December 2017 / 10:46 am

      He he I’m the same Rosanna – I have recently joined a gym and now I just don’t want to go! xx

  6. 4th December 2017 / 8:44 pm

    I love a cosy home to come back to after a day out with the kids. Yours looks so comforting and very hygge! It looks fab! 🙂 x

    • 5th December 2017 / 11:45 am

      Thanks so much Jenny, I agree there’s nothing nicer than when you’ve been out in the cold and you come home and get all snug. Blissful!xx

  7. 4th December 2017 / 1:31 am

    I love it all but especially the matching PJ’s, such lovely pictures and home 🙂 You need some of my cushions 😉 x

    • 4th December 2017 / 3:58 pm

      Thanks so much Danielle, I think your blush pink palm cushions would go perfectly! xx

  8. 3rd December 2017 / 8:44 pm

    Some people stop at candles and blankets. But you look at it from a holistic point of view. Your lounge looks so cosy I feel I have to watch Enchanted now!

    • 4th December 2017 / 3:57 pm

      Thanks Juan, I think it’s important not to neglect any senses! I hope you like Enchanted, it’s fun!

  9. 3rd December 2017 / 7:07 pm

    Echoing Boo & Maddie, I really cannot even handle going out at the moment, hybernating is top on my priority list :))) Super looking sofa by the way and PJs!

    • 3rd December 2017 / 7:21 pm

      Thanks so much Jenny, we love it, it’s so comfy! xx

  10. 3rd December 2017 / 5:36 pm

    I am literally obsessed with hibernating at the moment, if it weren’t for work and blogging events I’d probably not leave the house at all. beautiful styling Becky X

    • 3rd December 2017 / 7:22 pm

      Thanks so much Lins, I had such fun making our room so cosy, I never want to go to bed now though! xx

  11. fionamostyn
    3rd December 2017 / 4:43 pm

    A lovely sofa choice. Looks super comfy. I love the decorations too.

    • 3rd December 2017 / 7:23 pm

      Thanks it is so comfy, we are really pleased with it xx

  12. Becky
    3rd December 2017 / 3:12 pm

    ❤️ Love it! Can’t wait to come round to try out the sofa and get hygge!

    • 3rd December 2017 / 7:25 pm

      Thanks Becky come over in the week and I’ll get the hot choc on xx

  13. 3rd December 2017 / 10:37 am

    Perfect tips for hygge. ‘Touch’ is hardly ever spoken about and is so important. 🙂

    • 3rd December 2017 / 7:26 pm

      Thank you, I think ‘touch’ can be over looked, but for me, having scratchy fabrics or being cold would totally ruin it! xx

  14. 3rd December 2017 / 9:33 am

    Nothing beats being cosy! And great compromise on the corner sofa, I think what you’ve gone for looks great x

    • 3rd December 2017 / 7:27 pm

      Thanks so much Bethany, we are really pleased with it – the only problem is we don’t want to go up to bed now as we are too comfy! xx

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