This post is a quickie and more visual than word inspired. For Autumn /Winter 2019 Anthropologie are getting cosy, the Scandinavian way, with natural woods and welcoming – home warmth. A contrast of textures, weaves and fleeces and velvet are used in abundance.
There are some beautiful metallic small home accessories including flickering lights, organic scents and subtle glimmer.
Beautiful bedding includes layers of plush and pin tucked texture for a guaranteed good night’s sleep.
Lovely sitting room furniture and accessories including sumptuously deep cushions and a Kershaw chair.
The Monroe Accent Chair comes in two different shades of velvet teal as shown here and also silver grey
who live on the Coast are probably more aware than most, of the changing
seasons. The skies are overcast and dark, the sea becomes rough and the sea
gulls soar and wheel on the updrafts. With this image in mind I have designed
an appliqued blanket. I have kept with the dark almost monochrome, but with
suggestions of seasonal colours. The method of making is very easy and the end
result has a Hygge Scandinavian feel.
I made this blanket out of two old
woolen blankets purchased in a charity shop. They are easy to come by and often
thin enough to use as a double thickness. If you don’t want to use old woolen
blankets buy 160 cm woolen fabric that is 160cm wide. You will need two pieces
in two different colours.
If using old blankets, clean by washing
on a wool wash. You can dye them, as I did one of ours, in a washing machine.
We dyed it Jeans blue. The blanket must be made out of wool or another natural
fiber for the dye to take. If you dye a blanket in the machine it will felt a
little. Once the blankets are washed dyed and dry, then cut them so they are
the same size as one another.
What you need
Tracing paper or baking parchment
x woolen blankets or 2 pieces of 160 x 160cm woolen fabric
Jeans Blue machine dye (optional)
yarn or an odd ball of wool (we used pale blue)
How to make
copyright free images of flying seagulls on the internet, scan to enlarge and
print them out. Draw onto tracing paper and cut out using paper scissors. Or
just copy the bird shapes shown here.
Pin the paper
seagull onto the darker blanket. Being very careful to keep the shape, cut out
the gull. You will need to repeat this with the other gulls depending on how
many you want.
Pin the darker
blanket on top of the lighter one. Round each edge, pin one blanket onto the
other. Pin round the gull shape holes.
Using running stitch, sew round the edge of each gull.
Make sure the blankets haven’t stretched. If they have cut away any overlaps. Using blanket stitch, 1cm deep x 1cm wide, sew one blanket onto the other all the way round the edge.
The word on everyone’s lips last year was ‘Hygge’, despite most English people being unable to pronounce it correctly. Luckily when this book arrived on my desk I had a Norwegian staying with me so we had a few lessons in how to make the guttural sound at the end of the word. As the whole of the UK is currently covered in snow I felt this has to be the correct time to publish this review.
The word Hygge comes from an old Viking language and was used to describe comfort and relaxation after coming in from a day out in the cold, but it is oh so much more than just that. Hygge is about atmosphere and experience rather than about things. It is about being with the people we love and a feeling of safety and warmth, being with friends and letting your guard down.
The little book of Hygge breaks down some of the elements that go to make Hygge. This includes hot drinks, fires, slow food, board games, hand made crafts, sweets and cakes, holiday and music. Candles are important, the Danes burn more candles than any other nation in Europe and almost twice as much as Austria who come second. Mind you if you live so far North of the equator, a way of creating light is important.
As with all the Scandinavian countries, the Danes are concerned with good design, particularly with the correct lights and lighting. “Danes select lamps carefully and place them strategically to create soothing pools of light.”
The rule of thumb is the lower the temperature the lower light, making more Hygge.
Reading this book what struck me was that Hygge is the art of creating the kind of childhood some of us were lucky enough to grow up with, before the day of mobile phones, daytime television and the internet. It is a more humble simple and comforting way of living. Buy the Little Book of Hygge and learn how to live well as the Danes do. Enjoy the snow keep warm and enjoy those Hygge moments.