Happy New Year to you!! Having finally managed to escape from the craziness that is life in retail at Christmas (which we wouldn’t change for the world of course!), I am lucky enough to be spending the New Year with my family tucked away in a lovely friend’s cottage in the Dordogne. With the region predominantly closed for the winter, this trip has become one of bracing country walks and a theme of indoor coziness, huddling around a roaring fire and generally eating too much! Perfect!
You would need to have had your head in a bucket not to be aware of the phenomenon currently taking our nation by storm, attracting an eye watering 1.7million Instagram hashtags and making the Collins English Dictionary top 10 words for the year! Yes of course I am referring to that which none of us can pronounce with confidence – Hygge (its Hoo-gah if you’re interested!).
I love the aftermath of New Year as I always take the opportunity once the tree is ditched to have a good clear out which usually leads to re-arranging or tweaking parts of our living space to suit the colder months (cue more eye-brow raising from long suffering husband!) In a house decorated completely in white, the idea that this feel good Hygge can be achieved using texture and accessories is a welcome one. Of course Hygge is so much more than interiors, but it definitely helps if you are happy with your space! In an attempt to warm up all that white I’ll be adding one of our shaggy Riba or Kuba rugs and indulging in a touch of glam with a Sequin Wool Pouf.
I’m aware that no-one actually needs sequins in a pouf and it may not even be the most practical addition to our household in view of the puppy and 6-year old but if you’re feeling indulgent and in search of that Hygge feeling .. well why not!!
New Year is surely the best time to think about the things and people which do truly make us happy and to escape from the hectic and often stressful trappings of everyday life. From a chilly but very cosy part of rural France wishing you all an extremely Happy (and Hygge) New Year! x