The nights are drawing in but what sort of autumnal style do you go for?
Are you ready to get Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga.. if you were wondering!) and snuggle down with a knitted jumper and a hot chocolate, or are you looking forward to getting spooky and embracing all things Halloween?
Well, as we start to embrace autumn and all of it's turning colours, woodfire smells and cooler air, there's no better time to get your home cozy and decorated as we start to spend more time indoors.
Here's our top suggestions for getting Hygge.....
Cozy down with a good book. Grab a gripping novel and get under your favourite blanket (even better if your Grandma made it!) Why not combine Halloween and read some old classics like Dracula, Frankenstein or Jekyll and Hyde, you may not want to leave that blanket!
Candles for the mind. Did you know that the Danish have more candles per household than any other European country and they are renowned for their relatively stress-free lives?
Candles are proven to positively affect our mood through the power of scent and smell, they can induce calm and help to alleviate symptoms of stress, with the ability to lower cortisol. Time to find the matches and turn the lights off.
Enjoy a honey spiced latte. Why not stock up on all the ingredients to make this delicious latte. Pop on your favourite record, yes the vinyl time, and appreciate just 10 minutes of "you" time. Here's the recipe in case you are in the mood brew up now.... https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/honey-spiced-latte/
Here's our top suggestions for getting spooky.....
Go for the ghouls...... Our leather ghost garland will bring a touch of spooky sophistication to your home and with enough plastic floating around our planet, those plastic decorations need to become a thing of the past.
Our York ghost decoration is completely plastic-free (very Hygge!) and is easy to store away so it won't take up much room in your home.
Get batty...... Associated with words such as nocturnal, death and darkness ....... these creatures are often portrayed in a dark way. "They engage in mysterious activities in the dark and so they have been cloaked in superstition since ancient times,” Stanford University classics scholar Adrienne Mayor told National Geographic.
As I personally get eaten alive by mosquitos, these flying mozzie-snacking mammals are welcome in my back garden any time, even at Halloween!
If you've got a glut of apples this year, now is the time to press and bottle them ready for those bonfire mulled ciders, cheeky spiced apple cocktails or a delicious warming honey and apple juice. If you don't have your own press then see if you can find a local juice company who will do it for you, like the lovely people at Yorkshire Wolds Apple Juice Co.