You guys! I know you keep coming back because of my great content but you also love it when I find new stuff so imagine how excited I am that I have discovered this fantastic word which I'm just about to tell you about. I guarantee you won't have heard about it before.
Now don't be put of by this but its a foreign word. The word is ta-daaaah, (no its' not ta-daaaah ha-ha) the word is hygge.
Its just the best idea ever. Hygge comes from Denmark which is a really cool country with lots of designers and girls with blond hair and beer and pine trees (or is that Sweden?). Anyway the whole idea of hygge is that you get all cosy in your own apartment with lots of candles and a glass of wine or tea and home made cake and you hang out with your best friends or family all cosy under a blanket on the sofa. It's sort of comfy but in a stylish, Danish way. As far as I can tell the most important thing is the candles.
I had such a great productive week at work but boy was I tired so last night I just snuggled in my toasty warm flat, with lots of candles and a big mug of tea. Unfortunately none of my very large circle of irl* friends were around but hey when I know all you guys are out there who needs real people? It was just the best way to end the week. The candles were lovely flickering away and I swear I could almost have believed I had an open fire going because of the great smell.
Here's a tip for you. You can buy a ginormous bag of tealights in IKEA for about 50P. Your welcome! That would be a really hygge like thing to do cause as everyone knows IKEA is from Denmark.
Let me know in the comments how you make your apartment hygge-like.
*I know some old people read this blog. irl means in real life
I had such a horrible week at work involving a consultant failing to complete a piece of work and blaming me, a run in with my boss, and various other tedious and annoying things. I did sort the issue out with my boss but it was all emotionally draining so by last night I was absolutely exhausted.
All I wanted to do was slump on the sofa. I got home relatively early and I decided I needed to make the flat a little cosier. It was also the first really cold night of the year.
I have been reading about the concept of hygge for several years now and there is something very seductive about it. I always think of my sister's house at Christmas when we all hunker down in the sitting room in front of the open fire, each of us with our own blanket and my brother-in-law supplying us with endless cups of tea and chocolate. There is usually some rubbish on the television, the Guardian Christmas crossword and possibly knitting, That I think is what hygge is all about.
I have tried explaining it all to Traybake
- Have you heard of a thing called hygge?
- Heidegger! Of course I have! What do you think I am? An ignoramus?
- No, HYGGE!
- Hegel? Of course! Will I explain the Hegelian dialectic to you?
I gave up.
Last night I decided to light some candles. Luckily I always have a supply of tea lights in the flat and I also found a couple of candles that I was given for Christmas in about 2008. The tea lights did make the place look quite cosy. I grouped them all on the coffee table and the bigger candle I set on one of the book shelves. I made myself dinner, pasta with tomato sauce and avocado which is definitely comfort food, and I slowly began to unwind.
The flickering of the candles did give the impression of an open fire and there was a smell reminiscent of pine wood burning in an open grate. I could feel the tension draining away when, SHIT, SHIT, SHIT, I realised what the smell was. My shelf was on fire or rather just about to burst into flames.
Thank god Traybake is out of the country otherwise I would never hear the end of it.
Hygge is a really nice idea but it's not really worth burning your house down just so you can feel cosy.