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…

Hygge dressing for autumn

So what happened to the ‘heatwave’ we were predicted then, Met Office?! Because all I can see right now is clouds, and I’m totally cool with that. Even at 1pm today, the shadows seemed extra long and the sun looked lower in the sky than I’m used to. I’m wearing socks this evening because it’s…

Hygge places: Lisbon, Portugal

Ghouls like me aren’t built for the heat. But sometimes even we ghosts make exceptions, and I can honestly say I would make exception after exception for Lisbon. I must be honest and admit that I didn’t specifically choose Lisbon as a destination. I spotted that one of my favourite bands, Radiohead, were headlining a…

Creating a hygge home for summer

I don’t know how this has happened, but apparently it’s the middle of July. The older I get, the faster the years go – I’m sure of it. A lot of people ask me if it’s possible to experience hygge in the summer. The answer is YES! It may seem counter-intuitive, trying to get cosy…

Competition: win season 1 of Nordic Noir series Dicte

Do I have a treat for you today, Denmark fans! I know it’s summer (supposedly), but in true British (or Scandi) style, all it’s done is rain the last few weeks. Don’t get me wrong – I love a bit of English summer rain, but it certainly hasn’t got me in the mood for picnics…

Healthy body, healthy mind

Despite what you might have heard, and despite the fact I refuse to run for the bus, I don’t hate exercise. I am, however, clumsy and uncoordinated, and school PE lessons didn’t leave me feeling inspired and raring to go (my friends and I were found hiding at the bottom of the field more than…

Why you should care about raw Icelandic cooking

When was the last time you went out for a delicious raw Icelandic meal? What, never? Really? NEVER? You haven’t lived. OK, yes, me neither – but I was certainly very intrigued when I spotted a new recipe book, Raw: Recipes for a modern vegetarian lifestyle by Solla Eiríksdóttir. As a lover of all things…

The best hygge Instagram accounts

I’m something of an Instagram lurker. I don’t post a lot, but you can rest assured that I see everything. I find it very therapeutic looking at pictures of nice things, and I find it especially lovely looking at pictures of hyggeligt things. Luckily for us, there are some gorgeous accounts posting lots of wonderfully…

Competition: Win Danish Morsø cookware

Roasts are having a real moment in my city right now. Brighton has seen burgers, burritos and craft beer, but the thing that really gets people talking is the good old Sunday roast. Whether you’re into chicken, beef, lamb, pork or a nice veggie roast, there’s no denying that this is the ultimate comfort meal. In this post,…

Things I don’t want to regret

I know it sounds morbid, but I’ve always read those articles listing the regrets of the dying with great interest. I’ve seen a piece doing the rounds on social media comprising 37 regrets people have when they’re dying, and even a couple of weeks after I first read it it’s been playing on my mind,…

Cosy camping

As I type this, it’s grey, drizzly and 13 degrees outside, which can only mean one thing… that’s right, it’s summer in Britain! So while the weather is so appropriate, I think we should talk about camping. Staycations are becoming an increasingly popular way for Brits to get away from it all. The number of Brits…

Scenting your home with an oil diffuser

As we know, hygge appeals to all the senses. It’s the comforting warmth of a fresh cinnamon bun, and the feeling of sinking into a hot bubble bath, and the glow of an open fire on a snowy day. One of my favourite, favourite things in the world is fragrance, and I’m always looking for…

Time for Hygge Tea

Spring is great. It’s often overlooked as a transition from sparkly, merry winter to hot summers on the beach, but I love it. Bursts of pink and white blossom and lilac skies and April showers and brightening evenings and all other sorts of colourful gorgeousness ensue. But another reason I love spring is that it’s…

24 personal pleasures

I like surprises. I love serendipity and chance and coincidence and it’s often teeny tiny things that make me happy. While the traditional view of hygge is being swaddled in a blanket in front of a roaring fire with a mug of something hot and delicious, I’m constantly banging on about the fact that hygge…

Sleeping smarter with the S+

As I may have mentioned at some point before, I don’t sleep well. Not at all. I wake up several times a night, the slightest noise or brightening of the lights disturbs me and it can take me a good couple of hours to fall asleep. Obviously tiredness isn’t good, and a lack of sleep…

In search of the Northern Lights

To some people, three trips to Iceland in five years could be seen as excessive. All I have to say to that is NO, you are wrong, Iceland is brilliant and nothing you say will make me think otherwise. So that’s why I’m going to tell you about my most recent trip, just last week…

Into the Arctic Circle: New Year in Lapland

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time at all, you’ll know how I feel about Scandinavia. It’s my favourite part of the world for so many reasons, and I won’t bore you by going into it yet again. But I’d never been into the Arctic Circle until this New Year. Yes, it…

Fun winter activities that aren’t ice skating

Look, I’m going to kick this off by admitting that I JUST CAN’T ICE SKATE. I’m like Bambi times a million. I can barely walk on carpet, so sticking me on blades on ice is never going to end well. I’ve made my peace with it. But what the hell do you do in the…

A lesson in hygge dressing

It’s not warm is it?! It was a cool 2 degrees when I dragged myself kicking and screaming out of bed at 7am, and it was pretty when I was loitering at the bus stop after work too. It’s been a pretty mild winter, but that doesn’t mean I’m anywhere near ready to ditch the…

Merry Christmas from Hello Hygge!

It’s Christmas Eve! Hooray! As we know, Scandinavia celebrates Christmas today (along with much of the rest of the world), so if you’re one of my Scandi followers, I hope you’re having a fantastic day. I just thought I’d give you a quick glimpse of my Nordic-inspired Christmas tree, which becomes less and less exclusively…

Baby it’s cold outside

The weather’s taken a little dip hasn’t it? I mean, don’t get me wrong, the drowned rat look really suits me, but sometimes it’s nice to mix things up a bit. It’s hard to believe, but we’re just 10 days away from Christmas, so I’m preparing for the imminent cold snap with an extra dose…

Sweet dreams: the Hello Hygge guide to sleep

Sleeping is harder than it looks. If you’re another ‘bad sleeper’ like me, you’ll be only too aware of this. ‘I won’t look at the time, I won’t look at the time… OK just one look… HOW IS IT 4AM, that means if I fall asleep RIGHT NOW I will get a MAXIMUM of three…

Cosy books for Christmas reading

I’m 99% sure I was born with a book in my hand. I was one of those kids who read 24/7. We had to write about our weekends on Mondays at infant school, and on every single page of my book I’ve written about the Enid Blyton book I read or bought. I wrote my…

Hello Hygge on BBC radio

Another super quick one tonight – I was on BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire on Sunday morning talking about hygge and hellohygge.com! If you want to give it a listen, it’s available here. The hygge segment comes in at 1:15.25. Let me know what you think (please be kind)!

How to create a hyggeligt home for winter

I don’t know about you, but where I am today it’s pretty bleak. It’s grey and drizzly and sort of ‘stickily chilly’, where it’s too cold to not wear a coat but not cold enough for it to be entirely comfortable. I’m spending my day sheltering from the gloom outside on the sofa, in a woolly…

Competition time: ‘Tis the season to be Jolly

How is it already November? I swear we only hit September about 13 seconds ago. Now Halloween (and my birthday) are out of the way, festive fever is in full force, and it’s all systems go at Hello Hygge HQ. For some people (Scrooges, pure Scrooges), 1st November is too early to be thinking about…

Bringing hygge into the workplace

I’ve just finished my first week in a new job, so I’m very tired and filled with information, but also very excited about the challenges coming up. That said, many of us spend 40+ hours a week in the office, so we may as well make it as comfortable and pleasant for ourselves as possible….

An autumn walk in Preston Park, Brighton

Living in a seaside town has lots of benefits; especially one as well positioned as Brighton. We get a beach to play on in summer (pebbles and all), a refreshing coastal breeze, the drama of violent storms over the sea and a constant flurry of new people to look at. But I think that Brighton…

Hygge x Overdiluted: AW15 menswear

Everyone knows how much I love hygge – and how much I love my boi (ya boi) Jake Story. This is an extra special post from everyone’s favourite menswear blogger Jake from Overdiluted.net, who has something to say about super-cosy menswear for AW15. Hyggeligt attire is usually one of two things. It’s either cosy, warm…

A face for radio

Just a quick one tonight – I was too scared to tell too many people before the event, but this morning I was on the radio! I spoke to Sally Pepper at BBC Radio Derby about all things Denmark, hygge and this very blog. Why not give me a little listen? I have to admit…

Claus M. Lohman: ‘Everybody can hygge’

I need to start this post with another thank you to all the new followers I’ve collected since my last post. I’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by the enthusiasm you guys have expressed for hygge. I always knew it was something special, but the excitement people have expressed to me over the last few days has totally…

Skandinavisk: Danish DNA

It’s not long now until the clocks go back, and I for one can’t wait. I love the dark evenings, and having an excuse to stay indoors and watch Netflix and drink Winter Pimm’s (not that I need one). And of course, as with many delightfully hyggeligt evenings, the ideal way to set it off…

Getting hygge with pumpkin recipes

Firstly, welcome to all my new followers! The vast majority of you have probably come from this excellent BBC Magazine article, which mentioned my little old blog… except now it doesn’t feel quite so little. I’m very excited to have so many new people in the Hello Hygge family, and I can’t wait to share…

A basic bitch guide to autumn

It’s finally here! It’s autumn! It’s my season! I don’t trust anyone who says they don’t like autumn. I love the volatility, I love the russet leaves, I love coats and boots and spice and pumpkins (god I love pumpkins) and spooky things and drizzle (yes) and having an excuse to stay in and be…

7 Lush ways for 7 hygge days

I love Lush. I LOVE Lush. It’s glittery, it smells amazing, it’s fun and it strikes the perfect balance between frivolous (sometimes you just need to leave the house covered in gold glitter, and that’s fine) and practical (there’s a cleanser called Ultrabland – the ultimate in SENSIBLE CHIC). I also don’t think anyone can…

How to make jam – the hygge way

Domestic goddesses aren’t just born; they are the sum of their actions (except for Nigella Lawson, obviously). It was, in part, for this reason that I decided to make jam for the first time ever tonight. And I don’t do things by halves, so I went all out and used berries I had picked myself….

Hot hygge summer

It’s hot, it’s humid, it’s summer and I’m still on the hunt for hygge. Take a look at where I’ve found it so far.

British Summertime: Birchbox June 2015 review

Anyone who knows me knows I’m not the biggest fan of summer. I am the colour of a ghost and just as translucent, and as someone who naturally runs much hotter than the average person, it’s generally a bit of a sticky, moody mess for me. So when faced with this time of year, it’s…

Mew at Camden Roundhouse 20/05/15

I love Mew. I do. I’ve loved them for ten years. They were my third musical love, and being a Danish band, it feels right for me to write about them, given this blog’s semi-Danish title. Plus, Mew really are a fountain of hygge – I included them in my Hello Hygge playlist a few…

The Great Escape 2015

May is far and away the best month to be in Brighton. It’s festival season, and the town centre is buried for four sweet weeks in performances, crowds and NOISE. And this weekend was the noisiest yet, as The Great Escape 2015 bowled into town to join Brighton Festival and the Fringe Festival, bringing with…

Hygge places: Toronto, Canada

I’d wanted to go to Canada for a very long time before I actually made the trip last month, and it. was. delightful. In Toronto, the hygge mostly comes in the form of the wonderful, wonderful people everywhere. It’s so comforting being in a city where everyone is nice and wants to help you (and…

Finding hygge at Brighton Festival 2015

Oh, May. One of my favourite months, because with May comes Brighton Festival – an entire month of art, theatre, dance, music, acrobatics and everything else you can imagine. The schedule for Brighton Festival 2015 has recently been released, and I’ve done the hard work to find the most hygge-filled performances and installations so you…

Hygge places: Reykjavik, Iceland

Before I went to Reykjavik this week for the second time, I had plans for writing a post on my return about all the hygge spaces in the city. But I can’t really do that, because Reykjavik is the total and utter epitome of hygge, everywhere, in every way. I first visited in 2011, and I fell in…

What does hygge sound like? A Hello Hygge playlist

Today I’ve been thinking about what hygge sounds like. Inspired by my pal Jake (whom you can find writing cool things about music and menswear over at Overdiluted.net), I have decided to introduce a more tuneful element to this blog. After all, I did say that I wanted to make my blog a more interactive,…

Starting small with hygge

In case it had escaped your attention, it’s pretty cold outside right now in the UK. We had a little smattering of snow today, and there are no signs of shaking off the winter chill anytime soon. These long dark winter nights make me want to hibernate in a cosy little nest, and it reminded me…

Goodbye Soup du Journalism… Hello Hygge!

Friends and readers, The time has come for me to do what I have been hinting I’ll do for a while now. It’s time to say a fond farewell to Soup du Journalism. But it’s absolutely not all over. I started Soup du Journalism when I started training to become a journalist in 2012, full…