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Autumn Hygge

Ladies and gentlemen, we are now approaching the autumn season. We adore the transition into the cooler, magical time of autumn with changes all around us. You could say this is the start of our season, it’s cosy season.

The concept of hygge – pronounced ‘hoo-ga’ – is far more than its definition, meaning cosiness. It is about living in the moment and enjoying all of life’s pleasures.

The transition to Autumn is the perfect time to hygge. That means cosying up with your favourite people, slowing down, and savouring the moment.

Let’s take a look at ways to can hygge in Autumn.

 

Hygge Habits

As the days start to get shorter and the weather gets cooler, it can be easy to fall into a bit of a slump. However, there are a few simple things you can do to make the most of autumn and enjoy some hygge moments.

Taking a long bath is the perfect way to relax and warm up on a cold evening. Add in some candles and soothing music for an extra touch of luxury. Make sure you have some cosy pyjamas to slip into afterwards! And be sure to wear some cashmere bed socks to make the most of your relaxation and help you get a good night’s sleep.

It is important to take time for yourself at the weekend, even if it’s just a couple of hours. Light a scented candle, curl up with a good book or take yourself off for a leisurely stroll in the crisp autumn air. It’s a good time to reflect and show gratitude for the good things in your life. Or simply make a mental note each day of something that made you smile. By taking care of yourself both physically and emotionally, you’ll be able to replenish your energy levels and enjoy the months ahead.

 

Embrace the season

There is a saying that there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. That means when it comes to autumn, it is an opportunity to update your wardrobe with some autumn staples, such as cosy sweaters and pom pom hats.

Plain knit pom pom beanie hats l-r flannel grey, navy, ember, black, baron red, and fire
Plain knit pom pom beanie hats l-r flannel grey, navy, ember, black, baron red, and fire

There’s no need to sacrifice style for comfort – with the right accessories, you can look good and stay cosy. A warm coat is essential for chilly days, and there’s nothing like a cashmere beanie hat and scarf to keep you feeling lovely and snug. Layering your clothing and adding some colour can keep you toasty on a chilly day.

When it comes to footwear, boots are perfect for autumn. Pair your boots with some cashmere socks for added cosiness and style.

It’s always a wise idea to keep an umbrella handy for rainy days.

Gloves are an essential item for the colder months. So, don’t forget to pack a pair of gloves in your bag before heading out into the cold!

 

Autumn Only Indulgences

What makes autumn special are the things that can only be enjoyed in this season.

This is the time of year to get the fire lit. A delightful feeling comes from huddling around a fire as the mercury drops outside and leaves start to fall. It’s the time to go for long walks in the countryside and replenish your soul while crunching through the fallen leaves.

Autumn leaves to crunch through
Autumn crunchy fallen leaves

This is a wonderful time of year to appreciate all that nature has to offer, from the changing leaves to the fresh autumn air. If you’re looking for something a little more challenging, then why not go for a hike? There are plenty of beautiful hiking trails across Scotland, so one will surely be near you.

Another autumnal activity that is sure to get you feeling cosy is pumpkin carving. This is a great activity to do with friends or family, and it’s also a fun way to get into the Halloween spirit. If you’re not feeling too crafty, then simply enjoying a Halloween movie night with some spooky snacks is sure to do the trick.

Guy Fawkes Night on the 5th of November with bonfires and fireworks is a magical autumnal occasion to observe. Watching the fire and feeling its heat, then glancing up to see the spectacular fireworks lighting up the sky is one way to be in the moment.

Finally, this is also a great time of year for self-care and reflection. As we move towards the end of the year, it can be helpful to take some time to think about what we want to let go of and what we want to bring into our lives. So why not make yourself a cup of tea, light a candle and spend some time plotting and planning a city break or festive season plans?

 

New Things to Try This Autumn

A new season is a great opportunity to try something new. Here are some ideas:

Get Creative Whether it’s painting, sculpting, drawing or photography, get creative and don’t worry about the results. You might discover a new talent or rediscover a creative outlet that brings you pleasure.

New Hobby There are so many options out there, from knitting to gardening to bird-watching. Try something you perhaps wouldn’t have thought to do you may surprise yourself and find a new passion.

Pyjama Day Sometimes all you need is a day in your PJs with no plans and nowhere to be. Make a date for yourself in your diary, slow down, savour the moment and take the time to appreciate the simple things in life.

Writing Pick up a pen or pencil and begin writing. It could be a letter to a dear friend, a story, or journaling. Let your imagination run wild and see where it takes you.

Declutter As we transition from balmy summer days to cooler, crisper weather, this is the ideal time to change up your clothing. Clear out your wardrobe and donate old clothes you don’t wear anymore.

Volunteer There’s nothing like helping others to make you feel good. Put your skills to work with a cause you care about. Take a look at volunteer opportunities in your local area from food banks, animal shelters, events, fundraising, schools and retirement homes.

There are endless possibilities for hygging in Autumn. So go ahead and try something new!

 

Autumn Cosy Spaces

It’s time to start thinking about creating cosy spaces in your home. Many of us start to crave cosy spaces where we can relax and escape the hustle and bustle of daily life.  One of the best ways to do this is to designate a hyggekrog, or cosy nook. This can be any corner of your home where you can curl up with a good book and a cup of tea.

To make your hyggekrog extra cosy, consider adding a soft rug, some comfortable chairs, cushions and throws. Introducing layers and textures can soften a space making it even more inviting. You can also add some personal touches too, such as family photos or your favourite books to make this area your haven. Of course, no hyggekrog would be complete without some cosy candles and soft lighting.

Hygge isn’t just about making one cosy area but savouring the moment and making the ordinary more meaningful, beautiful and special. With that in mind you can start thinking about other ways to make your home more cosy for autumn. Perhaps changing your soft furnishings to an autumnal colour scheme to bring a warmer palette to the home. Add some home décor items that will create a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

By following these simple tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating the perfect autumnal hideaway.

 

Bring the Outdoors In

Need some inspiration when it comes to creating a cosy and comfortable atmosphere? What better way to be inspired than by the outdoors, simply bring the outdoors in to create a fluid transition. Autumnal wreaths are a great way to do just that. There’s something about the smell of fresh flowers and leaves that immediately makes a space feel more inviting. Not to mention, they add a pop of colour and life to any room.

DIY tealight candles in jars decorated with autumn leaves.
Autumn candle, DIY tealight candles in jars decorated with autumn leaves. Image Pinterest.

If fresh flowers aren’t your thing, you could also try diffusing some autumnal scented oils. Cinnamon, clove, and orange are all wonderful scents that evoke the feeling of autumn.

 

Warming Season Foods and Drinks

With autumn comes all the warm, cosy foods and drinks that we love so much. It is the time for cosy nights in with delicious, nourishing food and drinks. From steaming mugs of tea or coffee to plump pumpkins, sweet apples and homemade soups, there are so many ways to enjoy the season.

As the seasons change, summer berry fruit picking moves to apples in autumn. Baking with apples and making a cinnamon-scented crumble is enough to make the mouth water. Parsnip and apple soup is another autumnal wholesome tasty treat.

Autumn is also pumpkin season. And of course, no autumn is complete without a few pumpkin-spiced lattes, soups, pies or cupcakes. Pumpkins are versatile and we can’t get enough of them during autumn.

Two large orange pumpkins
Autumn is the season for pumpkins.

Be experimental making herbal teas and hot chocolate incorporating seasonal flavours. Check out our blog Autumn Drinks, for some inspiration to find your new seasonal favourite drink.

 

Autumn is a wonderful time of the year, and there are plenty of ways to embrace the season. From hearty warming foods, special events and experiences, to finding new hobbies or recipes to try. There are endless opportunities to cosy up and enjoy all that this season has to offer.

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