For our next instalment in our “how to” series, we’ve enlisted the help of the design duo from Tomas Pearce Interior Design. Focusing on helping to create unique spaces for their clients, we sat down with their team to learn more about the design trend, hygge, that has been finding its way into homes all around the world.
1/How do you define hygge? / What traditional items embody hygge to you?
Everywhere we look these days we are being presented with the Danish concept of “Hygge” (pronounced Hooga). Hygge is a lifestyle that means good social atmosphere and bringing comfy cozy elements into your day to day life. It’s about embracing family, good friends, delicious comfort foods and your favorite design and decorating elements.
2/How has Tomas Pearce incorporated this style of decor and design into their design?
Without knowing it, we have been creating Hygge for years! In today’s day and age when space is at a premium, we find ourselves utilizing every nook and cranny of our client’s spaces to provide cozy design functionality. This includes inviting window seats with plush down filled seating and lots of toss cushions to curl up and relax, large appealing club chairs and sofas with ottomans. We seek sumptuous textiles and materials that are super soft and cozy yet luxurious and sophisticated.
Kitchens as a place for families to gather, and we like to maximize plush seating, incorporate areas for entertaining and for the chefs of the house, we provide ideal layouts for cooking and conversation. We design bathrooms with heated floors and towel bars and install large bathtubs for 2. In the bedroom, we use soft colours, lower levels of lighting and supple bedding with down duvets.
3/What are some simple pieces that you can add hygge to your home?
It’s very easy to add elements of hygge into your home, in fact most people probably already practice some aspect it. Easy ways to add more hygge into your space can include, soft and fuzzy throw blankets, down filled toss cushions, relaxed fabrics and textures. A favorite pair of slippers and a warm bath robe. Light some candles and soften your lighting levels by adding dimmers, and you will create a hygge type environment. Surround yourself with colours you love. It’s about what feels familiar and comforting to you, it’s not just about material items but ways to embrace the most important elements in your life; your family and friends.
4/ What do you think is the key into making a happier home?
Be true to the way you and your family want to live. Design your home as per your lifestyle. Don’t get caught up in the latest trends to impress your friends, trends are just that trendy. Design and decorate your home with furniture and art you love. Have an escapism space for you to unplug from technology. This could be an intimate reading nook, a place to mediate, listen to music or just be. Declutter your home, and live with minimal “stuff”. Not only will you feel better, you will save time and money.
Spend lots of time outside, go for a walk and enjoy nature, ride your bike or have a picnic outdoors. If your living space has access to the outdoors, create a welcoming space to sit outside and let your mind and body be still. Use your imagination and create your very own hygge retreat, and you may just find some piece of mind along the way.
5/What is your secret to a happy life?
The secret to a happy life is to love unconditionally, live simply, travel often, be a positive influence and be grateful for who you are and all that you have.
6/ Do hygge and cozy differ? Or do you seem them as the same?
Hygge means cozy, it’s the same thing. Demark is a leader in initiating a lifestyle that we can all appreciate. Today’s world is fast paced and technology driven with no signs of slowing down. Hygge is an inspirational word that is a reminder to slow down and savor what is important in life. Nurture your relationships, embody who you truly are and enjoy life’s simplest of pleasures with your loved ones!
7/Is there a place in your home that you identify in particular as hygge?
Hygge can be found in various spaces around my home. I work hard during the day and when I come home I want to be able to stop and drop anywhere my heart desires. My favorite hygge is wrapping myself in a soft cashmere blanket in my cozy club chair adjacent to the fireplace with my favorite coffee mug and slippers. Second would be comfy bed with eucalyptus bed sheets, down duvet and sea of toss cushions. ☺