With six new books out this winter covering the topic of ‘hygge‘, it’s no wonder everyone is talking about it. But do we really know what this Danish word means, and how do we do it? Here’s where we come in. We thought we’d give you a quick explanation of hygge, and some simple ideas for how to bring it into your home, whether you live in Scandinavia or Seattle.
The word ‘hygge’ doesn’t have a literal translation, which is why it has proven tricky to explain to non-Scandi folk. It’s best characterised by feelings and mood rather than a direct object: think coziness, warmth, contentment and you’ll be pretty close. Hygge is something that we can all attain, regardless of wealth or background. It embraces the simple, gentle things in life and encourages us to notice with full intent the things we are surrounded with. It is about finding pleasure in the presence of soothing things, about connection with others, belonging and ritual.
Many of us will be waving off a child this month as they leave for college (*weeps*), or moving out of our family home and into a new life of
parties studying. We thought we would ease the transition by rounding up some top tips on how to boss dorm room style on a limited budget. Make any room, any size, feel like home with these simple ideas. Easy as ABC.
Sleep is essential to our wellbeing, yet many of us struggle with insomnia or disrupted sleep. Whether unable to fall asleep or waking in the early hours, bad nights can wreak havoc with our health and happiness. So, we’ve got some tips that will help you tackle the issues head on, and hopefully get some proper, restorative ZZZZZZs.
Linen makes the ideal choice for clothing and bedding in summer. It’s magically quick to dry, wicks moisture away from your skin, is breathable and lightweight, and perfect for travel (more on packing for a trip here). To keep your linen happy and looking beautiful this summer, follow these simple tips.
Why save breakfast in bed for special occasions? We think it’s too good not to make time for as often as possible. What better way to start a busy day than with a quiet, contemplative bowl of something beautiful? And it doesn’t have to be anything grand and extravagant – here’s a few simple hints for making the best breakfast in bed.
Break with your normal routine, celebrate quiet time with a partner, read the paper or make a mental to-do list, accompanied by a steaming cup of coffee, sumptuous sheets and some morning sunshine. You just need enough energy to get to the kitchen and back.
Ever wanted to know how to fold a fitted sheet? Oh, those tricky corners, the annoying edge bits that just won’t cooperate. Instead of bundling your sheets into a crumpled heap, follow these simple steps and get your linen cupboard in order. Whether you iron or not (and if you’ve got some luxurious linen sheets you’ll know how much better they look with some natural wrinkles), once you’ve got the hang of folding fitted sheets your linen closet will never look the same again.
February is one of the months that give us a headache. Valentine’s Day gifts can become a real challenge when it comes to finding the perfect gift for your loved one. Well worry no more – we are here to help you out with the greatest romantic gifts for February that you could imagine.
Are you still sleeping in cotton bedding and wondering why on earth people choose linen sheets over the cotton ones? Then maybe it is about time you check your knowledge about linen and find out all the pros of using linen sheets.
Pros of Linen Sheets :
To start with, linen bedding is great for your health. It warms up in the winter and cools in the summer, so it relieves the skin of excessive heat when body temperature rises and warms you up if you are cold. Resting on linen sheets will ease the pain and discomfort caused by sunburns, and daily contact with linen can reduce sensitivity to cold, flu and other diseases. Recent studies have also demonstrated that female fertility is increased with the use of pure linen sheets. Linen is hypoallergenic – it does not cause allergies, which means that people with allergies or sensitive skin will not need to worry about having an allergic reaction when touching the fabric or sleeping on linen sheets. Organic linen fabric is made from materials that are not exposed to harsh chemicals or pesticides, so the material is considered healthy. Linen has a light massaging effect because of the tiny breaks throughout the fabric. These breaks also stimulate our skin, which stimulates blood flow and promotes relaxation. Linen has been shown to promote deep and relaxing sleep. A recent study found that you fall asleep faster, sleep deeper, and wake up in a better mood after sleeping on linen sheeting.
Linen Sheets – Excellent Investment
Furthermore, linen is an excellent investment – it is shown to last up to 20 years. Pure linen also destroys bad odors, since it is highly breathable, has high moisture absorbency and remains cool. Organic linen fabric sheets also absorb moisture more efficiently than synthetic materials. It is not only ecologically friendly, it is also antistatic – it remains cleaner for longer periods of time, doesn’t cling to the body, and isn’t easily wrinkled. Linen is 30% stronger than cotton. It is a fabric that becomes softer after every wash.
If you are in doubt, which one to choose : flat sheet or fitted sheet read here.