Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment as cosy, charming or special. It’s become something of a buzzword lately but there’s a few misconceptions surrounding it. Hygge isn’t about a shopping spree to grab 40 new candles and a throw, it’s not about picture perfect evenings in that are totally #goals. It’s a word for a feeling of happiness and contentment found in the most ordinary moments.
The way I see it, hygge is about making the mundane special, treating your days with respect and care. Normal life doesn’t have to be dull because it is repetitive, it can still be special. When you’re making a cup of coffee, use the good beans and your favourite cup. There’s no time for old stained mugs and bland instant in hygge land! Kind of a Kon Mari vibe coming in too actually, now I think about it.
I mean I’m not saying kill yourself striving for constant perfection, i’m saying spice up the ordinary. Light a candle with dinner, wear that top you keep for ‘best’, chuck out those holey socks and buy fresh herbs. Hygge is just about being aware of a good moment and appreciating it, it’s the little things.
With all this in mind and Autumn well and truly here I’m lusting after a few new pieces to make our living room a really cosy, calm and happy place. Over the last few months we’ve done a lot of work on other areas of the house and now it’s time to treat our main living space. I’ve found some amazing and unique products from American company Uncommon Goods. Uncommon Goods was founded in Brooklyn in 1999 and is still based there today. The company has a really strong ethos with most of their products being designed and made in the USA. 1/3 of their collection includes recycled materials and even the lowest-paid seasonal worker starts at 50% above the national minimum wage. Pretty impressive right!?
Does this not just like the perfect balance between homey and cool!? I think so anyway. For me a hygge living room needs to be a little bit sentimental and very comfortable. I especially like that the coasters can be personalised to reflect cities all around the world – the one i’ve picture is different boroughs of London. Also this mat is a great way to set the tone for a stylish home, and get into arguments with friends who don’t like Americanisms!
Our living room is quite long, we have one end mainly devoted to epic toddler toy storage, the middle is or main TV/family area and the top is the ‘grown up’ part. Basically, it’s where the bar cart is. Picked up on gumtree years ago it’s a thing of beauty, if a little rickety. I thought these accessories would really make it something special and certainly look much nicer than a few bottles of plonk.
The stackable cactus glasses are just amazing and hopefully they’ll mean I finally break out the cocktail kit! In the interest of keeping up appearances and being a proper adult I also though a bit of outdoors would liven up this corner of our home so choose a lovely flowering winter bulb.
What’s your home style like? For at least six hours a day mine is a carefully curated mess courtesy of my toddler but in the evening Matt pulls it all back together and we have a nice calm space for a few hours before we collapse into bed ourselves. Have any of these pieces from Uncommon Goods caught your eye? If so let me know!