image from Neptune
I know what you’re thinking, what on earth is hygge and have you made a mistake?! Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish word that describes a feeling or good mood derived from taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, every day moments more meaningful, beautiful or special. While there is no word in the English language that describes hygge, several can be used interchangeably to describe the idea behind the word such as cosiness, charm, happiness, comfort and security. It is, put simply, being aware of a good moment, whether it be lighting some candles, or relaxing with friends, the feeling of genuine happiness you feel at a time, either special or simple.
Hygge is just one of many words that are untranslatable in the English language, some other beautifully fascinating words that describe exactly how you’re feeling include;
1. Gemas (Indonesian) The feeling you get when you see something or someone so adorable or cute that you cant help but want to squish them.
2. Saudade (Portuguese) The feeling of longing for something or someone that you love and which is lost.
3. Pochemuchka (Russian) A Person who asks to many questions – we all know at least one of these people!
We are loving these images that help describe the essence of hygge – things don’t have to be elaborately decorated! beauty within simplicity can be achieved to make an area feel warm, welcoming and inviting. Simply add some touches such as candles to create a soothing atmosphere, one of our giant floor cushions to curl up on, and surround yourself by plants to feel in touch with nature, potted in our christmas robin plant pot – we have a large size ideal for christmas trees too!!
We think we’ve captured a hygge-esque atmosphere here in our Deptford open studio christmas display space!
This Danish lifestyle craze celebrates indulging in all the good things and people in your life, perhaps this is why the Danes are considered the happiest people in the world – lets take a leaf out of their book this christmas and enjoy the company of friends and family. Hope you have a happy hygge holiday!