Saturday, 19 January 2008

A little cosiness

Today I thought I'd share with you another two of my happy googling accidents. It all began with a query of the word hygge. I guess learning about this term takes my number of discoveries up to three!

I am informed via this site that-

Hygge is an important element of the Danish mentality. The term is difficult to translate, but it is often, inadequately, translated as cosiness. Yet, it is much more than that.

Uncomplicated, unexaggerated and informal are some of the incredients in hygge. It is closely associated with having a good time together with friends or family and with eating and drinking. It may include a long dinner at home with a group of friends who know each another well. It may be a good time at the “fredagsbar”. In can be going out with some few friends for a cup of coffee on a Sunday afternoon. It may be listening to music, playing board games or just watching a TV-program together.

The term hygge is widely used and connected with different situations. For instance you can have a hygge-evening and a hygge-weekend. You can have a hygge-chat and you can even sit in a hygge-corner.

Hygge is all about feeling comfortable in a friendly atmosphere. It is impossible to stay in Denmark for long without experiencing hygge.

So already feeling happier I wandered over here and found Janet bell's lovely blog. I'm sure from just looking at Janets photo below, it's easy to tell her blog will be a good place to while away a few hours. Not content with just making a beautiful home for herself, Janet is a full time artist creating beautiful seaside inspired paintings of little coastal towns or more abstract works like my favorite (below). Whilst reading some of Janets archives I found a link to the amazing site of textile artist Joke Schole, who creates collections of custom made bags, special personal gifts, jewellery, illustrations and paintings. Just go see for yourself I dare you to not be in awe of these lavish works of art. I have a friend I know that going to just love this link, hope you do too. Enjoy the rest of your weekend I feel some hygge heading my way!
Images by Janet bell and joke schole.


Hanne said...

Hey - all this talk about "hygge" - are you planning to visit Denmark?
In that case I´d be happy to welcome you!

Lobster and swan said...

Thanks, we were thinking about maybe taking a trip that way later this year, the more I learn about it the more I want to visit!

Would love to hear any tips you have about places to visit and things to see, its always better to be advised by a local : )

Janet said...

Hey Jess....what a lovely surprise, thank you so much for linking to me and such kind words. I just spent a good hour going through your blog, what a delight! I have added you to my favourites so will be stopping by regularly now. Lovely lovely, bye for now! x

Mirka said...

Hello again, I´m back from the sick bay at last! That is nice to read about the Danish word "hygge", because in Dutch there is the word "gezellig", which means the same. And it is used very, very much in the Netherlands, one of their favourite words, I would say. Gezellig meaning indeed cosiness, having a good time (together), feeling comfortable and in a pleasant atmosphere...
So I wish you a hygge & gezellig week! : )