out and about :: happy hygge

Katie | December 2, 2013

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It’s December, so officially open season for all things festive. I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking that Christmas (aka the ‘holidays’ stateside) has got a bit commercial. Somewhere amongst the performance anxiety of picking just the right gift, spending just the right amount and making sure our homes look just right, we’re missing the point. So this year, I’m embracing the Danish concept of Hygge. There’s no direct translation into English but it’s all about being grateful for what you have, spending time with the people you love, enjoying good food, shopping locally, and a quiet sense that all is right with the world. This weekend, I invited a few friends and neighbours over with exactly that thought in mind. Instead of rushing into town to buy food and decorations, I headed out into our local countryside and found everything I needed for a gorgeous (if slightly crazy!) “flower” arrangement and spent a lovely day with my fabulous nearly-three-year-old nephew baking treats like Norwegian pepperkaker and filo pastry mince pies. And I think everyone had fun… Happy Hygge one and all!

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Having established confessions of a design geek in 2010, Katie Treggiden has gone on to a career in design journalism, writing for titles such as The Guardian, The Telegraph, Elle Decoration, Stylist, Design Milk and Ideal Home. In 2014, she launched Fiera, an independent magazine dedicated to discovering new talent at the world’s design fairs. Her second book, Makers of East London, was published in 2015.

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