Hello and welcome to Hello Hygge!

My name is Kayleigh, and I am the person behind Hello Hygge. I live in Brighton, UK, and I’m a lover of autumn, garden centres, velvet and Scandinavia. This blog is dedicated to hygge, the Danish concept of cosiness, and I will be writing about travel, food, home design, culture and all sorts of other things evocative of warmth, comfort and joy.

I’m a qualified multimedia journalist, and I’m taking this opportunity to play with words, pictures and sounds to make my part of the internet just a little bit nicer.

I’m going to to be looking for the hygge in everything, everywhere, be it a pub, a song, a dish or just a really bloody snug corner of a house. I have always loved nesting, and I want you to come and join me in my mound of scatter cushions, scented candles and cinnamon.


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Hygge for less

I always say that you don’t need to spend anything at all to hygge – but if you want to pick up a few little bits to make your life cosier, please feel free to use my exclusive offer codes to help you hygge for less. Naturally, I’m only including codes and affiliate links for sites I use myself and can genuinely recommend!

  • BetterYou – 10% off your first purchase with code KAYLEIGH10 (vitamins and healthcare)
  • Bloom & Wild – £10 off your first purchase (letterbox flowers, handtied flowers and plants)
  • bodykind – 15% off your first order (health products, supplements and healthy snacks)
  • Celtic & Co – £20 off your first purchase (clothing, accessories and footwear)
  • Click It Local – £10 off your first purchase with code G59V9I (shop your local independent stores online)
  • Cult Beauty – £10 off your first £50 purchase (skincare, gifts and makeup)
  • Cox & Cox – £25 off your first purchase (homeware, furniture and decoration)
  • Glossier – 10% off your first purchase (skincare, bodycare and makeup)
  • Gousto – 60% off your first box + 30% off your first month (meal subscription service)
  • HelloFresh – £45 off your first three boxes (meal subscription service)
  • Honey – 500 free Honey Gold worth £5 after your first qualifying purchase (browser extension that automatically finds discount codes)
  • Oddbox – £10 off your first box (fruit and vegetable subscription)
  • Pasta Evangelists – 50% off your first two boxes and free cocktails (pasta by post)
  • Paperchase – 15% off your first purchase (stationery, homeware and gifts)
  • Papier – £10 off your first purchase (stationery, art and homeware)
  • SMUG – 15% off your first order (sleep accessories, exercise gear, homeware)
  • The Body Shop – £10 off your first purchase (skincare, bodycare and makeup)
  • TRIP – £15 off your first £30 purchase (CBD drinks and oils)

24 Comments Add yours

  1. M says:

    what kind of journalist do you want to be? Investigative? Gossip? Ping Pong reporter? x

    1. I’d love to write features primarily, although I’m more than willing to try pretty much anything! The idea of being able to write for a living excites me too much to want to turn anything down, haha!

      1. Mary Cate O'Malley says:

        Don’t waste your talent for prose on straight news. Features are the way to go. They work for nearly any outlet, give one an excuse to contact and interview anyone, and provide a creative outlet that delivers the most bang to subject and writer. Nothing beats capturing someone’s essence for the world. Plus, you can translate them to video and radio, thanks to your knack for the visual.

      2. lifeafterjournalism says:

        Don’t waste your talent for prose on straight news. Features are the way to go. They work for nearly any outlet, give one an excuse to contact and interview anyone, and provide a creative outlet that delivers the most bang to subject and writer. Nothing beats capturing someone’s essence for the world. Plus, you can translate them to video and radio, thanks to your knack for the visual.

  2. JennyLeungX says:

    Hey Kayleigh! I have nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award: http://jenniferpleung.wordpress.com/2012/09/21/the-liebster-blog-award/

  3. Carol Ruiz says:

    Hi! I was living in Aarhus during six months. You have a special country. Im from Spain. Here all is very different. The university is fantastic and better quality. I Love that everyone go by bike….I was very happy in Aarhus. Congratulations for your blog. Kiss

    1. Hi Carol! Aarhus is stunning – I’d love to go back 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by! x

  4. Jason says:

    Greetings from the land of hygge, it’s nice to see it catching on back in Blighty. Good luck with the blog and if you get a mo check out halfbananas.com for various random musings, humour and a bit of my take on Danish hygge.

    1. Hej og tak! I like your blog, I hope you don’t mind but I’m creepin’ on your Instagram now. I ruddy bloody love Copenhagen and I’m very eager to return ASAP. I’m also now following your blog, because why the hell not?

      1. Jason says:

        Tusind tak Kayleigh. Creep away, I’m a big instagram fan (although only 5′ 9″) and always enjoy finding other ‘gramers. Hurry back to Copenhagen, but maybe not this week ‘cos it’s bloody freezin’ 🙂

  5. Marie Martine says:

    Hello, Kayleigh ! Thanks for sharing with us your intimate and sweet ” hygge country”. Although living in Nice, along the Riviera seaside, the sense of true and simple ” bonnes choses de la vie” mustn t be forgotten… Waiting for your next writings

    1. Thank you! I’d love to visit Nice one day, it looks beautiful 🙂

  6. Arnstein Bjone says:

    “Hygge” is just as much a Norwegian “concept”, not pnly Danish.

    Here is how to pronounce it correctly:
    (an extract from my comments to the YouTube-video “Norwegian SKJ & KJ Sounds | AmeriNorge”

    “Our letter “u” is pronounced exactly like the u you have in “you”. Maybe we prout our lips even more than you do.

    Explaing the “lipformation” when you say “y”, with text, is more difficult.
    For the “u” your lips are pouted so much that there hardly are room for a matchstick in the “hole”. When I say “y” (very exaggerated..), there are room for my thumb in the “hole”

    If you are enjoying your own company, as much as I do, you absolutely don’t need togetherness to create hygge / “to have it hyggelig”.

    Every time I cross the “vidde” Valdresflya (mountain range), I always park my RV for a few days. The views are great to admire or explore, lots of photooppurtuneties, quiet and 100% off-grid. I put the worlds best cured sausage (Arnoldpølsa), lefse and alcohol on the table. That is one way for me to “make hygge” / to “have it hyggelig”.

    1. Tusen takk for taking the time to comment, and thank you for the pronunciation information – I’m sure lots of people will find that useful! I also enjoy my own company, and your time in the mountain range sounds very peaceful.

  7. Øyvind says:

    Hello 🙂 Its not sooooo much Hygge her in Norway rigth now cuz its soooo cold rigth now hehehe some places it was -50c this nigth
    But then its werry Hyggelig to be inside ur house with good food and friends – that’s Hygge 😉
    Ha en Hyggelig dag (Have a nice day)

    1. Anne Lise says:

      I agree, it’s much hygge in my house in Norway right now, because when it’s cold outside, I am using my fireplace to get warmer. The candle lights are lightning and the thick blanket of wool keeps me warm😊
      Then I make a cup of coffee, eating some chocolate and relaxing👍

  8. Francesca says:

    Hello! I have just discovered hygge, and have found out that I live in an extremely similar way! I am very excited to start reading ‘hello hygge’ xx

    1. Aww thank you! You’re very welcome here 🙂 x

  9. Brenda says:

    I am so happy to discover hygge! Actually I’ve been doing it for years, but its lovely to see so much inspiration out there to make my home and life even more hyggelig 🙂 love your blog.

  10. hello! And than you for your post! I enjoy your blog and follow you on WordPress! 🙂 Today, I wrote on hygge as well on my mom blog, if you are interested! https://roomforjoy.net/2017/08/14/a-cozy-home-the-making-of-my-hygge-tray/

    1. Ahh thank you! I’ll take a look at your post too 🙂

  11. Would you like to have guest writers? I’m a Latina living in Germany, huge fan of hygge and cross-cultural upbringing. It would be nice to collaborate.

  12. ulissesof says:

    Bem , sou de Bom Jesus do Itabapoana-RJ, Brasil. Cheguei ao blog , pois estava lendo ” o Segredo da Dinamarca” de Helen Russel. Daí fui procurar o significado de Hygge e daí estamos aqui.
    Com suas dicas vou incrementar em
    minha família a prática Hygge.

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