Wool Throw in Orchard Fruits, £91, The Great British Ottoman Company
50/50 Cushion – Heather by Cozy Living, £44.99, [hoo-gah] Scandinavian Homewares
Faux Fur Bean Bag – Grey, £69.99, BeanBagBazaar
Amy Cooper Illustrated Porcelain Lamps, visit Amy Cooper Ceramics via Etsy for pricing and full range
Alison Cork Faux Mohair Throw with 4″ Fringe, £31, QVC
Pleated blinds by Style Studio, prices start at £81
Luster Hurricane Lamp – Moss by Cozy Living, £55.99, [hoo-gah] Scandinavian Homewares
Clockhouse Log Table, £120, Grace & Glory
OneLeg Wood Posture Stool, £185, designed2enable
Hive® blind by Style Studio, prices start at £108.
Source: House Beautiful
I love knitting and usually have something on the go and with knitted throws and cushions in fashion, it’s easy to knock something up to create warmth in your Hygge room.
I have a lovely book which has some lovely patterns for your home called ‘Simple knits for easy living’, by Erika Knight (see above, available from Amazon) which has superb pictures to inspire you and easy to follow patterns.
There is a brilliant website called Cushions and More, which has patterns and details on every type of cushion you could ever think of, from pincushions to floor cushions. Some of my favourite ones at the moment are –
This fab knitted one above is for sale on Ebay and is 40cm square, don’ t you just love it?
These are just amazing and are hand made on Etsy.
This is another one from Etsy and reminds me…
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Before 1800, housekeeping books tended to be handwritten collections of recipes and instructions tried and tested by the household cook. By the 1850’s they were developed into books for ‘adult women’, in particular for your brides who were setting up home.
They were intended as work manuals, they were without lavish photography or even set in fine bindings but if you can get hold of one from a book shops they will amaze you. They tell us about the lives of the women in the past from where you can see social change and the disappearance of domestic servants.
Mrs Breton’s Book of Household Management, which was published in 1861 was a huge success and sold 60,000 copes in its first year and two million by 1868. Of course with no television at that time these books were inspirational.
By the time Helen Simpson wrote ‘The Happy Housewife’ in 1934 modern appliances were starting to pop up everywhere, not only helping with the housework but also removing the servants of that time.
In ‘Keeping House’ with Elizabeth Craig (Collins 1936) she said ‘ I have no use for elaborately decorated or furnished homes or for elaborate meals. The simpler the home, the simpler the housekeeping.
Some of these vintage home books can now fetch a lot of money at auction. A book published in 1687 ‘The Accomplished Ladies Rich Closit of Rarities’, by John Shirley sold at Sothebys for £1,625. So, if your great aunt or grandma are still alive and have some old cookery books make sure they don’t end up at the tip.
Even the National Trust ‘Manual of Housekeeping of 2006’ sold 10,000 copies in 2006 and is now being reprinted !!!
Brew Monday 2020 is run by the Samaritans.
Kick start the New Year with a morale boosting workplace get together. Having a Brew Monday helps pick people up, let’s colleagues get to know each other, and is a lovely way for employers to show they care about wellbeing.
Keep it small or make it big. A Brew Monday is a good excuse to invite over neighbours, or parents after the morning school run. Or just to get friends together you haven’t seen for a while, for a really good chat.
At school. At the gym or the rugby club. In the village hall or the church. Introduce people to each other, make new friends, feel your community enjoying itself. On a Monday, or another day. Whatever works.