7 ideas to get more sunshine in autumn

At this time of year, it’s easy to cancel all your plans and stay wrapped up inside. I know I’m guilty of doing it – when the wind is whistling and your skin is turning an alarming shade of grey in the chilly climes, the temptation to draw the curtains and huddle under a blanket…

Hygge places: Bled, Slovenia

I recently took a little trip to Bled (and the surrounding area) in Slovenia. My friend and I considered several places for this trip – Cannes, Sorrento, Krakow… but my friend had taken a day trip to Bled once before, and I’d heard good things, so we went for it. Guys, if you love autumn…

31 ideas for October hygge

Guys, I couldn’t be happier that October is finally here. It’s my favourite month – I love the unpredictable weather, I love the darker evenings, I love the bright crisp mornings. I’m not big on my own birthday (though I love other people’s!), but my birthday is 31st October – finding out I’m a spooky…

Hygge places: Brighton

How have I never written a post about the most hyggeligt places in my hometown? I wrote a while ago about my old favourite pub in Brighton, Northern Lights, which has unfortunately since closed down. I’m still gutted – there’s another bar in its place, but the magic has gone. Just goes to show that hygge…

Bright, golden September

Now we’re sidling our way through September, I’m doing silly things like getting up at 7.15am on a Saturday just so I can experience as much of autumn as possible. ‘Experiencing autumn’ at that time of day generally just means relocating from my bed to the sofa to grin gormlessly out of the window as…

Hygge decorating on a budget

We’re finally in the best part of the year! It’s (basically) here! The next four months – they’re all the best. Having a third of the year as your favourite part is pretty good going, right? As we glide seamlessly into autumn, lots of us will probably be thinking about putting the summer home accessories…

5 tips for autumnal home decoration

This year we’ve seen some amazing interiors trends, from my absolute favourite colour, blush pink (I promise I liked it before it became known as ‘millennial pink’!) to copper, and tropical prints for days (I’m looking at you, pineapples, palm leaves and flamingos!). But now we’re sneaking into autumn, the trends are changing, and I…

Creating a Pinterest-worthy hygge home

Confession time: I LOVE PINTEREST. I can easily waste hours on a Sunday evening scrolling through recipes, inspiring my home decor and fuelling my wanderlust, and there’s something so satisfying about adding to my boards (shameless plug: if you enjoy this blog, you might also like my Hello Hygge board). One of the questions I’m…

The hygge of making

I don’t ‘make’ anywhere near as much as I should these days. When I was at school, I was in art club, and I remember loving every single second of those Wednesdays after school making stained ‘glass’ windows out of sweet wrappers, batik paintings, mosaics and clay animals. I was also in magazine club, where…

English summer rain

Always stays the same, nothing ever changes English summer rain seems to last for ages So in the UK, we’ve gone from horrendously oppressive, sticky weather to thunderstorms and driving rain in the space of a week. I am totally cool with this (and totally cool – any temperature above around 10 degrees is too…

Why you can’t force hygge

On Tuesday night, it was raining hard, I’d had a couple of glasses of wine and I was reading in bed under my fairy lights. I was fresh out of a ridiculously elaborate bubble bath, and I was so cosy and warm under the covers under the twinkly lights with the wind whistling past my…

Hello, hygge – welcome to English!

Exciting news for all fans of hygge! I was delighted to discover this morning that ‘hygge’ has now officially been added to the Oxford English Dictionary. So, this ‘untranslatable’ word which kind of means ‘cosiness, togetherness, a feeling of warmth and belonging’, now exists in the English language! As a Linguistics graduate, I know that…

Summer hygge for the home with Hygge Rituals

Phwoarrrr… I don’t know about you guys, but in my neck of the woods, it has been SCORCHING HOT this week. I’m not very good in the heat, and all I’m capable of is sprawling out in front of the fan with an ice lolly or 15. When many people think of hygge, they think…

The future of hygge blogs

Since September 2016, when hygge hit the British media, there has been an explosion of blogs about hygge. I remember when I first started out with Hello Hygge back in January 2015 (has it really been that long?), there was only really one other blog I could find in this niche – Hygge House, which started…

Book review: Scandinavian Comfort Food by Trine Hahnemann

If you’re a regular on this blog, I’m sure you’ll be familiar with Trine Hahnemann, the author of Scandinavian Christmas, which is the book that first introduced me to the concept of hygge (I talk about it a bit more in this post). But inexplicably, I’ve seen hardly anyone talking about Scandinavian Comfort Food. Is…

Garden hygge

People are often surprised to find out how much I, at the grand old age of 25, love garden centres. For as long as I can remember, visiting a garden centre has been one of my favourite weekend activities – I love picking out a firepit and garden furniture for my dream future home, and…

Easter chocolate cupcake recipe

Happy Easter! I’m not even remotely religious, but who doesn’t like Easter eggs? Yesterday I got busy in the kitchen to celebrate the long weekend (there is little I would love more than a four-day weekend every single week), and made these sweet little Easter cupcakes. Baking comprises an important part of my personal hygge,…

The scent of hygge

If there’s one thing I love as much as hygge, it’s fragrance. I have a collection of around 40 perfumes, and I’m always looking to add more. But it’s not just perfume – I’ve always had a thing for scents in general. I have a very sharp sense of smell, and there are lots of…

Hello Hygge in Project Calm magazine

Just a quick one! I recently wrote a piece for issue 3 of Project Calm magazine called ‘A spring day the Nordic way’. In this article, I talk you through a spring day with some Scandinavian concepts you may not be familiar with to help you embrace this beautiful season. And yes, there may be…

Bathtime hygge

Look, I bloody love baths, OK? I know a lot of people find them boring or uncomfortable, but all I’ll say to that is that yes, it’s possible to have a wrong opinion. While I love a Sunday night bath, I’m equally happy languishing in a midweek, midday bath. You know, when you have a…

Hygge places: Tromsø, Norway

Hei venner! I’ve just got back from yet another Scandi trip, this time to Tromsø in Norway. Tromsø is up in the Arctic Circle, and usually it would be well into minus temperatures at this time of year up there, but during my visit it was surprisingly mild – apparently it’s been an unusually ‘warm’ winter for…

Hygge for your valentine

I am extremely single right now, so for the second year in a row, I am beyond thrilled to be my own valentine. I can’t wait to take myself on a hot date (or a cold date – I’m actually going to be in Tromsø this Valentine’s Day) and whisper sweet nothings to myself as I…

Let’s fika with ScandiKitchen: The Essence of Hygge

I’m very selective about the ‘hygge books’ I write about on here, mainly because there are just so many and a lot of them are pretty similar. How many ways can there be to light a candle, and how many books do we really need to tell us about the joys of spending time with…

A healthy hygge weekend

With the weekend finally here (wow this has been a long week), I thought I’d give you a little treat for the weekend. I’m so guilty of getting home on a Friday, crashing out on the sofa and only waking up on Sunday night with Netflix asking me if I’m still there (yes Netflix, stop…

My Blue Monday hygge party

Well thank god that’s over! Blue Monday certainly lived up to its expectations this year, but fortunately help was at hand in the way of my little hygge party inspired by GLORIOUS. In case you missed out on all the action, take a look at my 10 top tips for throwing a hygge party –…

10 tips for holding a hygge party

Ugh, January is dragging isn’t it? It doesn’t help that 16th January is Blue Monday, considered the most depressing day of the year because Christmas is over, payday feels a long way off and everyone’s being sensible after the winter binge. That’s why I’m very excited to be teaming up with GLORIOUS to inspire you…

7 untranslatable Nordic words you’ll love

In case you hadn’t heard, I’m quite fond of hygge. One of the things I really love about it is that there is no direct translation into English – this is the Linguistics graduate in me. I love the different characters of languages that give us terms we can’t say neatly in our own language….

Decluttering the Danish way

I’m not very good at New Year’s resolutions. When I was younger, we had to come up with a New Year’s resolution at school, and I’d just never stick to it (mine was ‘stop biting my nails’ for about four years running). There are lots of things I could improve in 2017 – rejoin the…

A cosy Christmas Eve

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house… I am having a great time eating everything (all together now… calories don’t count in December) and wearing sequins every day and enjoying a lunchtime prosecco and I hope you are too. I’m listening to Christmas songs in the shower (I recently discovered this one which…

Hygge Christmas: Clothing gift guide

Somehow throughout December, Christmas has been busy sneaking up on us… how did that happen and why did nobody warn me? I don’t know about where you are, but Brighton is suspiciously mild considering we’re now in mid-December (In The Bleak Midwinter? Not just yet). However, I’m ignoring all that and pretending for the sake…

Hygge Christmas: Home gift guide

How on earth could I write a series of Christmas gift guides without doing one about the home?! With less than two weeks to go, but a whole lot of winter left, I’m going to introduce you to a few gift ideas to help you keep your friends and family cosy this winter. While you…

Hygge Christmas: Food and drink gift guide

If there’s anything I love, it’s FOOD. The abundance of grub is by far my favourite thing about this time of year, and if you asked me what comes in second, it’s the drink. Everything in moderation, of course, but I will never say no to another mulled wine, or a Bailey’s hot chocolate, or…

Hygge Christmas: Book gift guide

Yes, yes, I know – do we really need another post about hygge books? My answer is YES, because it’s Christmas and because I want to. Rest assured though, these book gift ideas won’t ALL be about hygge, so for those of you who find the idea abhorrent needn’t look away just yet. The Little…

Hygge Christmas: Scandi Christmas decorations

I love this time of year! I actually love early December more than Christmas itself – I love sequins, the cocktails (I recently tried my first ever spiced rum espresso martini and it was delicious), the twinkly lights, the roasted chestnuts and the frosty mornings, and I’m already loving December – let’s hope it’s a…

The December countdown: 24 days of hygge

It’s the 1st of bloody December! It’s nearly Father Christmas’ birthday! Can you believe it? I sure can’t! So, with that in mind, I thought I’d pull together 24 ideas for ways to hygge this month. If you’re on Twitter, you may be interested to know that I’ve launched my #HyggeAdvent. Each day, I’ll be…

Hyggeligt personalised stocking fillers

I know, I know, it’s only November, but in the world of blogging it’s been Christmas since about September… so really I’m running late. Obviously hygge isn’t something you can buy, but lots of us are going to be starting our Christmas shopping soon (some of you probably have it all wrapped up already… what…

Hello Hygge on Norway’s TV 2!

It just keeps getting more and more exciting for Hello Hygge… this morning I was invited to appear live on TV 2’s God Morgen Norge (Good Morning Norway) to talk about hygge in Britain! You can watch the recording here (my part starts at around 3.45, but of course if you speak Norwegian it’s worth watching…

Win a winter hygge hamper!

Guess what… it’s competition time again! I’m so overwhelmed with all the attention my little old blog has been attracting this year, and I think it’s about time I gave something back to say thank you for all your kind words, comments and enthusiasm for hygge in 2016. That’s why I’m running a competition to…

Quiet hygge

Forgive me friends – I’ve been suffering from a terrible case of naughty blogger syndrome, characterised by doing absolutely anything except blogging. Fortunately with a strong dose of real life and a birthday (25, how did that happen?), I’m fighting fit and ready to go again! I’m going to ease myself back in gently with…

Hygge mythbusting

In the last few weeks, amid the deluge of posts about hygge, I’ve seen a few creeping through talking about how it’s smug, it’s ‘ruining London’ and it’s Denmark’s ‘least welcome import’. I think it goes without saying that I think this is all pure nonsense, and I can’t help but wonder how many of these…

Why autumn is the best season

I always used to think I was so original for loving autumn more than the other seasons, but now it seems as though everyone’s on the crunchy leaf hype. Finally, everyone understands me! I’m cool with it though – it means I get to enthuse about scarves and orange leaves more. Our heating kicked in at…

Special delivery: Living Hygge box

Who doesn’t love receiving parcels? Nobody, that’s who! I’m the queen of ordering things online and forgetting about it, so it’s always a nice surprise when something appears at the door a few days later. Now, what could possibly make the parcel-receiving experience even better… … that’s right! Hygge in a box! And thanks to…

The taste of hygge with ScandiKitchen’s Brontë Aurell

The first time I visited London’s Scandinavian Kitchen, I was at uni, and in the throes of my Scandi obsession. I’d already been to Scandinavia several times, and was reading books and watching films and listening to music and doing everything I could to create a Nordic world in my mind. And of course, being…

Hygge and happiness with Meik Wiking

Got a hyggestund? I’m in a serious state of hyggehjørnet, so let’s hyggesnak about our favourite topic: that’s right, it’s hygge! And if you’re wondering what these fabulous terms mean, you’d better get your hands on a copy of The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking. I’m the…

Book review: The Art of Hygge

Want to know a secret? I don’t know if you’ve heard, but hygge is THE hot topic of autumn 2016. There are something like nine books about hygge being released in the next month or so, which is amazing considering nobody in the UK really knew what it was when I started blogging about it…

Comforting sounds

Just a fleeting visit today! I recently appeared on Corinne Bailey Rae’s The Heart Speaks in Whispers podcast talking about all things hygge and this very blog! You can listen to the episode I’m in here, where you’ll also find out about Corinne’s experience with pilates and why mental and physical health are so intertwined. You…

How to hygge this autumn

I’m in an autumnal frenzy. The first question I ask anyone at the moment is ‘Have you seen any conkers and if so where can I get them?’. Conkers are my autumnal drug. I crave that gorgeous rich brown. I feel the same way about blackberries too. I spotted some on a Sunday walk on…

Hygge from afar

Hygge is all about cosiness, maintaining a pleasant environment and spending time with the people we love. But we can’t always be physically close to the people who matter, and in a time when it’s so easy to like someone’s Facebook status instead of making the effort to catch up with them, it’s worth thinking…

Come inside with [hoo-gah] and win a Scandi throw

I’m calling it: summer’s over. The Olympics are over (see you in four years, diving) and all my summer dresses are being banished to the back of my wardrobe. Hello drizzle, hello wool and hello pumpkins. I’m super excited to bring to you some hygge homeware inspiration from Jack Watson, the owner of new Scandi…

Getting autumnal with the Yankee Candle Harvest Time collection

Autumn is obviously the best season, and I’m MASSIVELY in love with all the smells associated with it. Hot cider, ripe berries, wet grass, bonfires, crisp apples… mmm, I can’t wait. And we all know that candles are an integral part of the hygge experience, which is why I’m so excited to share with you…