When we hit the month of February and experienced a few sunny and pleasant days I had started to think that Winter was over. We have been busily preparing our store for Spring, photographing pieces for Valentines and Mothers Day and arranging new products to feature in the store that complement the warmer months. Then wham! I come out to the car on Monday morning and the windscreen was frozen solid with half an inch of ice. I realised that Winter is still well and truly underway and that the central heating will be on for a while longer yet. Not that I really mind the colder months, as you’d expect I have quite a love of staying indoors in the comfortable nest that is my home, surrounded by the things I enjoy and that bring me comfort. Which prompted me to write a blog about embracing the comfort of our homes – in the spirit of hygge, a raging storm outside would only heighten the pleasant feeling of the home. So here are some ideas to help us embrace the wonder that is, The Great Indoors.
- Watch a film – The ultimate activity for ease and enjoyment at the press of a button. Just pick a good film, close the curtains, sit back, relax and eat some nibbles. If I’m indulging in quiet time alone there’s a film I like to watch, a chick flick really, called, Something’s Gotta Give, with Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton. The story is about a man (Nicholson), who dates a very much younger woman (Amanda Peet), and during the course of a weekend away at a beautiful beach house, (my favourite part of the film), with his new girlfriend, falls in love with her Mother (Keaton), much to her reluctance. It’s a humorous film with a certain charm and warmth that uplifts the spirits.
- Eat an unhurried breakfast – or any meal, actually. Which brings to mind the John Gunther quote, ‘All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast’. Inspired by the numerous Instagram pictures of well-laid rustic breakfast tables and the desire to live more slowly and thoughtfully, I find that a great way to bring more joy to the most important meal of the day is to set aside some time to really enjoy it. Indulge in the quiet part of the day and do it slowly. The feeling of contentment is multiplied if you lay out a nice table and fill it with all your favourite foods, freshly baked breads and pastries, preserves, fresh fruit, cooked meats and eggs. Although you don’t have to go to so much trouble, put in however much effort you want but just be sure to enjoy it. If you normally grab a piece of toast as you fly out of the door in the morning, why not give this one a try on the weekend?
- Play a game – this is another easy one. You can do this with the family or invite your friends around for a more enthusiastic affair. Bring out a board game, whichever you fancy, and let the time pass with abandon as you share the joy of fun and games. A great one for children and which requires no expense is the game where you stick a name on each others head’s (we often do this at Christmas with paper and tape) and then the object of the game is to guess which name you have been given (no peeking at your own head in mirrors or windows). With adults this game can work well without any kind of theme but you can make it easier for children by giving them a category, such as farm animals or characters from a specific book. Make it as difficult, humorous or simple as you wish.
- Soak in a candlelit bath – The mother of all indulgent joys – a hot bath. I don’t think you need much advice for this one, light as many candles as you wish and lay down until you wrinkle like a prune. We love to light Wildheart Organics ‘tranquility’ candle when we’re bathing, especially before bed. The organic essential oils get to work and we guarantee after the combination of warmth, relaxation and inhaling the oils, you will have one of the best nights sleep of your life. You can find Wildheart Organics candles in our store here - https://thehyggestore.co.uk/collections/candles/products/tranquil-organic-candle
- Cook with friends – hosting dinner parties is a nice way to keep in touch with friends and share the satisfaction of good food at home but sometimes these occasions have a tendency to become stressful as you try to juggle hosting, cooking and socialising. Why not take a more hyggelig approach and invite your friends to take part in the cooking, or even bring a dish. You can make this foodie gathering as lavish or basic as you like, but the key point is to split the load evenly so that no one person is under any amount of stress. We have some lovely servewear to accompany your get-togethers, check it out in the store here - https://thehyggestore.co.uk/collections/servewear
We hope that helps to encourage you to find a little bit more joy in the final months of winter and in the celebration of your home. Please let us know if you carry out any of the activities we mentioned or we’d love to hear any of your own original ideas for enjoying The Great Indoors.