If you haven’t heard of Hygge, I’d be surprised, that or you live under a rock – no hard feelings! Hygge is THE word of the moment and with a good few books being published late this year and early 2017, there’s bound to be a book to take your fancy.
Brand new imprint, Trapeze, published Hygge by Charlotte Abrahams in October and for a new imprint, has really picked up speed. I was lucky enough to grab a review copy of this wonderful book.
The first thing that caught my eye was the cover! It’s amazing! I love the detail that has gone into the first hardback for Trapeze. With gold foil and felt trees covering the front cover, it adds a new aspect to the book, touch. Something which I don’t believe we get unless we pick up a children’s book (although I am happy to be corrected).
Opening the book, you are greeting with what I would call, designer paper. This isn’t just your average white printed maybe, this is something more, something different. Abrahams has created a book that not only sounds good, reads well, but also looks good, for placing on your coffee table when your friends come around for tea and cake.
I love how this book is divided into three sections; Design, Home and Soul. Abrahams writes this book first for herself, lending herself to research into what she finds interesting. But let’s get one thing straight, this is not a how-to book! I’ve read two Hygge books now and both say that there is no ‘how-to’ when it comes to Hygge, so upon reading this book, don’t expect a guide.
Instead Abrahams writes about things she’s tried and research she has undertaking to get where she has gotten. All three sections of her book do have a ‘how-to’ of sorts, but this is merely, I guess you would call them ideas.
Readers are welcomed instead, into Abrahams world and her form of Hygge. She provides ideas and examples, those of which she uses, and brings them across to her readers in a way that’s not statements but more descriptions.
Hygge is something which there is no guide. But having read this book, I have found that Hygge can be found in almost anything. From taking the time to read a book in a cosy nook or to bake something or cook something for friends, it’s the little things. Hygge is something which, myself especially, comes to resonate with Autumn and Winter. A time for shutting doors and sitting in the warmth, but Hygge is not just that. You can have a Hyggelig time three hundred and sixty-five days of the year, just as long as your mindful to do so.
Abrahams book is well-researched and a good read for those who are interested into the background of Hygge. It’s also pleasing to the eye, so as mentioned above, a perfect coffee table or bookshelf book for when friends and family are over.
Have you immersed yourself in the craze that is Hygge? And have you read any other Hygge books released this year? Let me know in the comments below.