Goodbye Summer - Hello Hygge
So Summer is officially over! How do I know this?, because my son has gone back to uni. ( I love him but it's kind of a yay moment ;) ) We packed up two cars with the same home accessories and requirements as the last 2 yrs but once again new because incredulously he's managed to lose the one's he lived with on the previous year. I mean...how on earth do you lose your crockery and kitchen utensils for crying out loud?
Anyhoo, here's the stuff I won't miss....
- Not being able to drink out of glasses (followed by cups) because he has all of them in his room.
- The way he loves to come downstairs at 2pm in the afternoon and eat 5 sausages, 4 hash browns, 2 eggs and a tin of beans EVERY day ( absolutely no change ), then get 'chatty' with me whilst I'm trying to work. This is also THE only time he wants to chat to me.
- Finding all his washing on the bedroom floor when I've done all the washing.
- His penchant for watching weird, freaky cartoons not remotely appropriate for child consumption ( I know he's not a child ), which makes me worry about his ability to finish his course successfully.
Items not Flat worthy
Olivers Room - Items he can live without and has kindly left behind
Items Flat worthy
Items he couldn't live without and has taken in abundance
What I will miss is the little moments like watching him struggle to get his duvet into the cover (space cats no less) by standing with arms outstretched, holding the corners, then flapping his arms wildly like a frenzied bat, until said duvet surrenders into it's rightful place. (Which is actually the wrong way around, leaving baggy empty corners and overly plump opposite ends.) He's left exhausted and scratching his head which makes me worry about his Uni course choice once again. He's doing Physics - he should have this nailed by now. I will also miss his Marc Bolan booming whilst he's in the shower....mostly due to the fact that I'm delighted that he is actually IN the shower.
Mostly though, his departure marks the start of Autumn and this reminds me of how I've missed the Hygge and allows me to really embrace the season. From here it marks the wearing of chunky knits, hot strong coffee, snuggling, staying home and the lighting of obligatory candles. I've managed to buy one of those candles from Aldi that everyone has been raving about. There's three to choose from. Lime, Basil & Mandarin (that's the one I'm starting with), Blackberry Bay and Pomegranate Noir. Alongside these are matching reed diffusers which has an extra No 4 Scent of English Pear. I hear on the grapevine that one of them (I think it's the Pomegranate), has a very near smell likeness of one of the Jo Malone scents. I plan to light mine tonight on October 1st as a kind of opening ceremony to this crisp, leaf filled season, then slowly make my way through the other bunch.
Looking at my designs already ( click the Hygge Heart above ) you can see they can hold the hand of Autumn/Winter perfectly. We already have the chunky wood, chippy paint, rustic modern but you can also find dreamy minimalism with a touch of scandi-boho. Soon, you will most likely begin to stay home more; with my signs and shelfies you've got the hygge all sewn up! There's nothing more smile encouraging than a sign that tells your guests to stay a while, remind you to breath in.....and then a long breath out or greet your visitors with a Namaste x
My biggest excitement is that I plan to launch some new Autumn inspired designs. I adore the natural element of raw materials such as the grain or a knot in a piece of wood, so this season is perfect for that. With this in mind I will be working with my favourite chalky white and natural wood frames with some lovely winter warmer slogans.
Finally, I have a special Halloween Giveaway on the cards so keep your eyes peeled if you fancy a chunky wood witching hour with a difference to display on All Hallow's Eve.