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!
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.
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:
- Stylish, and complement our vintage Ercol suite and Scandinavian-inspired decor.
- Long enough for Ryan to lie down on.
- Super comfortable.
- 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.
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. Well, we added fabric care to our order, for 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.
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?