When Mother Nature gives you snow, make snowballs. That’s the basic idea behind the latest lifestyle trend to sweep the globe: Hygge (pronounced “HOO-gah,” for the uninitiated), the Danish practice of being as cozy and contented as possible, turns the concept of hibernating into an art form (to wit: it’s how the Danes get through those long, dark winters). Simply put, hygge reflects a way of living that encourages you to create an atmosphere of warmth in which you can enjoy life’s purest pleasures (and yes, chocolate counts). Herewith, a few of our favorite hygge-worthy accessories to help you achieve cozy nirvana this winter.
Set the stage: Candles are key when it comes to creating an atmosphere of tranquil repose—and there’s just something about a flickering flame that’s so darn mesmerizing, too. We’re over the måne (that’s moon, in Danish) for these luxuriously fragrant candles by Maison Louis Marie; our go-to scents include tangerine and vanilla tobacco and inoki wood and tuberose.
Just sip something: There’s nothing like a cuppa to calm the mind and the senses. This selection of herbal teas by Dammann Frères offers a flavor for every mood—and served in this modern teapot from Kinto, you’ll have perfectly steeped tea to share with whomever you’re hygge-ing down with.
Go undercover: Since physically being as comfortable as possible is key to creating an environment you don’t ever want to leave, it stands to reason that whatever you wrap yourself up in should be up to the cozy challenge. We love this soft-as-a-cloud rose-quartz-color mohair throw from Nantucket Looms.
As for who you enjoy hygge with, that’s entirely up to you; we recommend grabbing a good friend and binge-streaming all 10 episodes of Z: The Beginning of Everything, on Amazon Prime. Skål! —Jennifer Henderson