In his tiny tome The Little Book of Hygge, Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, offers guidance on everything that is needed to achieve a happy state of hygge at home.
“Hygge is about an atmosphere and experience,” says Wiking, “rather than about things. It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe, that we are shielded from the world and allow ourselves to let our guard down …You may be having an endless conversation about the small or big things in life, or just be comfortable in each other’s silent company, or simply just be by yourself enjoying a cup of tea.”
That said, he continues, “no recipe for hygge is complete without candles. When Danes are asked what they most associate with hygge, an overwhelming 85 percent will mention candles.” He goes on to talk about the importance of lighting and blankets for creating a warm and cozy atmosphere that surrounds the senses with soft, lovely textures and smells. Here are some that we love.
RACHAEL PLATT CAT CAULDRON
Who doesn’t love cats and cauldrons? This fanciful handmade mug honors both, and it’s food-, microwave-, and dishwasher-safe. Artist Rachael Platt hand-crafts classic black cat cauldrons, pieces adorned with crystal quartz whiskers, and specialty cat cauldrons available in a rose-quartz-inspired glaze this holiday season and into the new year. oneelevenpottery.com
ROUGH LINEN TABLE RUNNER
Sometimes true beauty lies in imperfection, and the rough edges—and rugged texture—of this table runner are beautifully imperfect. Made from two layers of densely woven, 100 percent linen sheeting and available in a choice of neutral shades—we love the pale gray—it adds a softness and coziness to any dinner table. roughlinen.com
SKANDINAVISK BAER REED DIFFUSER
Skandinavisk is a line of home fragrances and body care products from Denmark inspired by the concept of hygge. Baer is Danish for berry, and the scent of this beautiful room diffuser evokes the essence of foraging trips in the Danish forest for cloudberries, blueberries, and lingonberries, brought back home and cooked down into jam. cieluxe.com
REBEL WALLS’ SCANDINAVIA
You can literally immerse yourself in nature at home with Rebel Walls’ Scandinavia collection. This gorgeous wallpaper, shot by top nature photographers, features giant Norwegian mountains, dramatic Danish coastline, and lush Swedish forests and meadows, all embodying the textures of nature: the rough bark of a pine tree, a slippery mountain slope, the soft green moss of a tranquil forest. rebelwalls.com
CERNO NAUTA FLOOR LAMP
A simple, streamlined, modern floor lamp that stands tall as a tree in your home! Made in Southern California with a whitewashed oak base, a burlap shade, and a dimmable LED bulb to transmit a soft, warm light. cernogroup.com
RED FLOWER FRENCH LAVENDER LITTLE FLOWER CANDLE
Nothing is more grounding than lavender. These lovely lavender-scented candles may be small, but they fill the room with an herbal, floral scent that creates a cozy, comfortable feeling. Made of natural vegetable wax with cotton wicks, they burn slowly and cleanly. redflower.com