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Cosy Hygge Homewares

Ashleigh Went

Hygge is a trend that we can wholeheartedly embrace.

Hard to pronounce (it rhymes with “cougar”, FYI) and harder to explain, it’s a Danish lifestyle philosophy centred around slowing down, getting cosy, and creating a sense of ‘togetherness’ with the ones you love.

So…lighting candles, snuggling up with a blanket, drinking wine and throwing dinner parties? Sign me up, buttercup.

Naturally, one of the best places to start adding a little hygge to your life is in your home. We all know that quality homewares don’t come cheap, and it’s easy to get carried away and spend a fortune. The Canberra Outlet Centre has a whole section dedicated to homewares, furniture and manchester, with retailers like Provincial Home Living, Freedom, Adairs and more.

Here are tips on adding some hygge to your home, without having to take out a second mortgage:


A touch of texture

Using textures is a great strategy to create visual interest in a room. For a hygge look, it’s all about knits and fur—fabrics that lend a sense of cosy comfort. Sheepskins are a versatile option as they can be placed on the floor, over a couch, dining or armchair. This grey sheepskin from Adairs (on sale for $125.99) fits the bill and will last for seasons to come.

Cushions are also a great way to update your look, as they can be purchased for a reasonable price and combined or moved around as required. We love this Bombay cushion from Adairs ($41.99) as it’s double sided—one side is velvet (so on-trend) and the other linen—versatile and textural. We’ve teamed it with Freedom’s Akori cushion ($49.95) because nothing says comfort like chunky grey cable knit. Don’t confine the look to living areas: bring some hygge to your weekend sleep-ins with these divine vintage washed linen sheets from  Adairs. 

Green thumb

Hygge is about creating a sense of ambience, and greenery is an inexpensive way to do just that. If, like me, you’re hopeless with plants, then faux is the way to go. For an easy, all-in-one solution, opt for this Atacama Desert Call spiky succulent. With its concrete pot stones and plant there’s no need to water or assemble. For a more personalised option, purchase stems and branches like this long flower branch from Freedom and create your own arrangement. For a similar look with less effort, you can also grab a pre-made arrangement offering a good mix of florals and greenery.

 Down to dine

Hygge isn’t a solo endeavour – it’s best achieved by celebrating life with your nearest and dearest. The Danes take a casual approach to entertaining, with impromptu, low-key get-togethers. Having some beautiful dining and serving ware on hand helps keep things easy, breezy and hygge-y.

We love the combination of textures from this rustic wooden serving board, ombre lagoon side plate (only $9.95) and matte black cutlery set all from Freedom.  Lighten the look with these soft grey linen napkins ($6.95) and salad plate (19.95) from Provincial Home Living.

Finish dressing the table with (of course) candles and greenery—just pop a few branches in this oxidised metal Yanis vessel ($49.95 from Freedom).

Dim the lights

There’s nothing more hygge than curling up in front of a toasty, crackling fireplace. The next best thing? Lighting some candles— and plenty of them. This Home Republic Onyx amber and cedar wood candle ($24.50 from Adairs) not only looks incredible, with it’s black glass, double wicks and black wax, but also smells divine. Also, consider pillar or tea light candles inside glass hurricane lanterns—this slate grey option from Provincial is perfect, and at $3.95 you can afford to grab a few.

Find your own hygge by learning what textures, colour palettes and items make you feel. Now is the perfect time to stock up all things cosy – with Canberra Outlet Centre’s Mid-Year sales you can add some hygge to your life in time for the frosty depths of winter.

STYLING: Hayley O’Neill

PHOTOGRAPHY: Martin Ollman

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Ashleigh Went

Ashleigh Went has a passion for all things health and wellness. She’s currently furthering her studies in nutrition, but also has a Bachelor of Communication and is a qualified fitness instructor with over five years experience working in a gym. Among other things, she’s a lover of great food, coffee and fashion. She can usually be found shopping for activewear, in the gym or updating her Instagram @wentworthavenue More about the Author

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