New Trend Alert: Indoor Trees

Indoor trees

The trend for bringing more biophilic design into our homes just keeps on growing (literally!)

It began with the resurgence of house plants. For a while considered a bit outdated, plants have now become almost essential home accessories, that no stylish interior can be without.

But you may have noticed that the trend has recently gone a step further – with indoor trees.

Biophilic design with indoor tree

Plants will enliven your home. But trees can really add dramatic impact.

An indoor tree is the perfect way to create a focal point in your room. Or to brighten up a boring corner. And depending on their scale, they can even work in small spaces.

Scandinavian interior with indoor trees

Because a tree makes such an interesting feature all on its own, keep the rest of your interior decoration fairly simple for greater impact. And give it some space, so as not to detract attention from it.

Indoor trees and staircase

Indoor trees are the perfect way to bring the outside in.

They add a sense of lushness to your interior. And will give your home a summer feeling all year round.

Bedroom with lemon tree

What do you think of the trend? Are you inspired to bring some biophilia into your home with indoor trees?

[Image credits: 1 – Gregoire de la Forrest | 2 – Kuth Ranieri | 3 – Fantastic Frank | 4 – Vicki Archer – Photography: Cara Coulson – via: Ros et Lis | 5: Styling: Lotta Agaton – Photography: Mikael Dubois – via: Gardenista ]

What Is Hygge? And Why You’ll Want Some In Your Life This Winter

What is hygge?

Does your heart sink when the cold and wintery weather sets in? The sky takes on a melancholy shade of bleak grey, and by mid-afternoon it’s already getting dark. It can feel quite miserable, don’t you agree?

Imagine then, what it must be like in Denmark in the wintertime?

Except, you might be surprised to learn that the Danes are considered to be among the happiest people in the world.

Do you want to know what their secret is? It’s called hygge.

Hygge interior with candlelight

So what exactly is hygge?

It’s a small word with a big meaning that doesn’t have a direct translation into English. Pronounced ‘hue-geh’, it evokes cosiness. But it goes far deeper than that.

It is a feeling of wellbeing and togetherness. (And in fact, originally comes from the Norwegian word for well-being.)

Hygge is a way to banish the cold and dark with light, love, company, friendship, comfort and warmth; that lifts and illuminates the spirit.

It’s simplicity in our lives and an absence of anything annoying or stressful.

It’s a sensation of feel-good and serenity.

It’s all about enjoying the simple pleasures in life and taking some time to acknowledge and appreciate them. Savouring good times with the people you love: family and friends.  And surrounding yourself with a warm atmosphere.

And those are the moments you may come to treasure more than anything else.

hygge beside a fireplace

How do you hygge?

Hygge is the glow of candlelight. An evening spent beside the fire.

It’s cuddled up with a loved one on the sofa with a good film.

A bracing walk with good company, through beautiful countryside. A thick coat and woolly scarf tightly wrapped around you to protect you from the chilly air, and the sounds of crispy, golden leaves crackling underfoot. And then, to a cosy little cafe to warm up with a welcoming hot drink.

Hygge is about being in the present. All your senses alive to appreciate those little pleasures. But also about recalling heart warming memories.

It’s the rich flavour and aroma of a delicious hot cup of coffee.

That snug feeling of curling up on your favourite chair, wrapped up in a soft, cosy throw. Perhaps with a good book in your hand. And listening to the sound of the rain falling outside.

It’s an atmosphere suffused with warmth that you experience over a long meal by candlelight, with people you love spending time with. Sharing good food and talking for hours, the conversation flowing.

Copenhagen quay at night

hygge at Sult in the Danish Film Institute

My husband Samuel lived in Copenhagen for a while. And a few years ago I went back with him on a short visit. It was very early spring. The snow had gone but the nights still had a sharp chill in the air.

We walked around the quayside, the coloured buildings illuminated with lights that cast dreamy reflections on the water. Then went to the cafe of the Danish Film Institute to warm up, and get something hot to drink. We sat there surrounded by twinkling candles, cupping our hot drinks, talking and soaking in the atmosphere. It was a very hygge moment.

Hygge brightens up the dreary winter. And turns it into something to savour and enjoy.

How will you bring some hygge into your life this winter?

[Image credits: 1 – Villapaprika | 2 – Hubsch via Decordots | 3 – Laura Ashley | 4 – Park Inn Blog | 5 – Danish Film Institute ]

Urban Jungle Bloggers: My Plant Shelfie

urban jungle bloggers plant shelfie

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A Small Duplex Apartment That Will Take Your Breath Away

Airy duplex apartment in Gothenburg

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How To Use Colour In Your Home Office To Increase Productivity

Home office in grey and white

If you work from home, you’ll know how easy it is to get distracted. And how hard it can sometimes be to concentrate. You probably already realise that clutter doesn’t help. (Neither does Facebook, that pile of dishes or thinking about the washing that needs to go into the machine.) But here’s a simple design [...]

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Why Minimalism Is Back

Minimalist lounge and fireplace

Take a look at your iPhone, the layout of the google home page, and the vast majority of design blogs. Or a selection of some of the most popular interiors on Pinterest right now. The one thing they all have in common is a simple, clean-lined design aesthetic. Minimalism is back. Because our lives have [...]

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