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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…