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How to embrace Hygge in your home this winter

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We all know Christmas is the time for making your home more cosy and comfortable. It’s the time of year we fluff up those pillows, bring out the blankets, switch on the fairy lights and turn on the fire – which (of course) results in some seriously homely vibes. It’s a wonder any of us ever want to leave the house!

How to embrace Hygge in your home this winter

The idea in December is to make your house a haven and a hideaway – a protective little bubble from the outside weather, and somewhere you can relax and unwind. The Danes have it right, when they coined the word Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) – a word that is used to describe that special, charming, cosy feeling or moment.

Hygge doesn’t have to be experienced inside your home, but often, the best way to describe the feeling is when you’re at home, all cosy and snug, enjoying a great film, or a good book. Or perhaps playing a board game with friends and enjoying their company.

Whilst there isn’t really one word that Hygge directly translates to, it can be described as a mix of all the following terms:

Cosiness, charm, happiness, ‘contentness’, security, familiarity, comfort, reassurance, kinship, simpleness, homely and snug.

If you’re looking to put a little bit of magic into your home this Christmas – then taking some inspiration from Hygge is a great place to start. As it’s what the season is all about.

How to give your home a Hygge makeover…

First of all, think about the moments at home that you adore. Once you’ve realised what you love about your home, Hygge is all about enhancing it and really perfecting that cosy moment.

We’ve given you some ideas below:

  • Wrapping yourself in a blanket and watching the fire.
  • Reading your favourite book under a lampshade.
  • Sitting in a cosy room with friends and sharing stories.
  • Sitting around the table with friends and playing board games.
  • Having an indoor picnic with your children.
  • Enjoying a cosy room lit with candles and fairy lights.
  • Completing a jigsaw puzzle and drinking hot chocolate.

Now is the time to start prepping your home to help you enjoy all these little moments even better, and with the help of AnyVan we can assist you in delivering the perfect cosy armchair, or the perfect fireplace to its new home for a new lease of life!

Here are some ideas of amazing things to look out for, which will make your home 100% more Hygge!

A Cosy Armchair

The staple of any Hygge enthusiast. A cosy armchair is a crux to feeling cosy. The Danes even have a word for a cosy-place. Hyggekrog is another word and is essentially a nook where you can get cosy – the perfect place to put that armchair you’ve found, and a gorgeous lamp to light up your favourite book.

Here are some gorgeous examples we found on Pinterest:

This first example is all about the rustic charm. A big classic armchair is usually easy to find secondhand, so websites like eBay, Etsy and PreLoved are great (we’ll be on hand to help you get it delivered). It’s also worth checking local charity shops too! If a chair isn’t quite the right colour or texture – reupholstering is a great way to give a chair a new lease of life.

How to embrace Hygge in your home this winter

Credit: Archzine

If Hygge is your goal, then make sure you opt for chairs with soft, cosy textures. Adding a shaggy rug over a chair (like this example) can really help add to that wintery, cosy, hygge effect. Who wouldn’t want to cosy up in something that cuddly?

How to embrace Hygge in your home this winter

Credit: Nordic House

If your home decor style is a little more modern, you might want to go for leather chairs. The great thing about leather is that it actually gets better with age – so finding something second hand is actually a great idea – as the leather will be softer and more worn. To make a leather chair even comfier and hygge, add some big cushions, like the example below.

How to embrace Hygge in your home this winter

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A Hammock

That unique feeling of hygge could also be created by something completely unique to you. Creating somewhere special for you or your kids to hang out, would make for a lovely cosy feel at home. It’s all about making gorgeous memories and living in the moment!

We found the following examples:

A hammock isn’t just for summer! Putting up a hammock indoors is a gorgeous way to bring a hygge-vibe to your home. A hammock is the kind of thing you simply can’t help loving, they’re so comfy and cosy – and looks so stylish and unique too. You can find bespoke hammocks on Etsy – or you could even DIY your own hammock, using second-hand materials from places like eBay.

How to embrace Hygge in your home this winter

Credit: Hammock Chair Studio

If a hammock isn’t quite right for you, try a hanging chair instead. Again, this is something you can DIY yourself – but you may find some great version on eBay or Preloved too. These work great in cottages with beams – as you have a ready-made structure to hang it from and the textures look lovely against the wood.

How to embrace Hygge in your home this winter

Credit: KME Homes

How to embrace Hygge in your home this winter

Credit: WELKE

A Den Area

We all remember being a kid and making a den under the kitchen table or under bedsheets. It’s the ultimate feeling of hygge, being hidden and cosy and protected.

Embrace your inner child, and set up your very own den. It can be a place for sleeping, for relaxing, for reading, or just chilling out! Pop some fairy lights in there and you’re all set to go!

Here are some examples:

How to embrace Hygge in your home this winter

Credit: Vosges Paris

How to embrace Hygge in your home this winter

Credit: Kids Bedroom Ideas

How to embrace Hygge in your home this winter

Credit: Urban Outfitters

A Fireplace

What is cosier than a warm fireplace on a cold winter’s night? If you’re not lucky enough to already have a fireplace in your home – you can create the same effect, with a clever bit of DIY.

Using websites like Preloved, Gumtree or eBay, you can find old / used fireplace frames (we’ll help with the delivery!). These can be mounted on to most walls – you don’t need a fire system or chimney to get the visual feel. Once mounted on the wall, you can use stacked logs and candles to give yourself a similar cosy feel, that a real fireplace would give you.

Here’s an example of how it could look:

How to embrace Hygge in your home this winter

Credit: Stylowi

How to embrace Hygge in your home this winter

Credit: Tidbits and Twine

Small Touches

Last but not least, don’t forget the tiny touches – to finish off your cosy, hygge home! Below are some examples of little touches you can add into the mix.

Candles: Probably the most affordable way to make a big difference. A flickering candle is a perfect way to set a relaxing atmosphere, extra points if it’s a scented candle!

How to embrace Hygge in your home this winter

Credit: Nordic House

Warm Lighting: Look out for quirky light fittings online, on websites like Preloved and eBay. You can find some great bargains there, and even pick up some vintage pieces.

How to embrace Hygge in your home this winter

Credit: A Quiet Cottage Life

Cosy Cushions: Add a warm, homely touch to any piece of furniture by adding a soft, snuggly cushion. You can DIY your own cushions, but there are some beautiful ones on websites like eBay and Etsy too!

How to embrace Hygge in your home this winter

Credit: ELLE UK

Choosing your first (or next) Hygge project could be a tricky one, as there are so many incredible tutorials and ideas out there!

If you need a helping hand getting your new projects or materials back home, get in touch with AnyVan today for a free quote!

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Win £200 John Lewis Voucher this Christmas

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We are offering one lucky person the chance to win a £200 John Lewis voucher just in time for Christmas! Looking to decorate with some new furniture? We will even help remove the old to make room for the new as our gift to you!

“How do I enter?” we hear you ask – it’s simple! Just Follow @AnyVan on Twitter and retweet our competition post. (See post here!)

Terms and conditions

One winner will be picked at random. You must be over the age of 18 to be eligible to win. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition. You must do ALL of the steps to be eligible (stated above). One entry per person. Competition ends at 23:59 on 13th December 2017. All entries made after the closing date will not be valid.

No cash alternative to the John Lewis voucher will be offered. The voucher is non-transferable.

The winner will be chosen at random by the AnyVan team. The winner will be notified via Twitter within 7 days of the competition ending. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize and pick the next eligible winner. AnyVan’s decision is final and any correspondence will not be entered into.

By entering this competition, participants give AnyVan permission to use their name and picture when announcing the winner on our social media platforms and in any other promotional material.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Twitter or John Lewis. You are providing your information to AnyVan and not to any other party.

AnyVan reserves the right to cancel or amend this competition, including its terms and conditions, at any time without notice.

Competition for UK residents only. AnyVan will deliver the vouchers to the customer’s UK address via post or local pick-up at our offices in Hammersmith.

AnyVan - Move Anything, Anywhere.
No matter what you are moving: from a King-Sized bed to a framed picture of the Queen; a Grand Piano to a classic Capri; we’ll take care of it all the way from Penzance to Peterhead and beyond.
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Autumn Home Decor and Upcycling Projects

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With Autumn well and truly here, and winter just around the corner – it’s the season for cosy nights in, duvet days and wooly jumpers indoors. Your home becomes your haven in Autumn and Winter, so use this time to make some beautiful home-changes. If you’re going to be stuck inside because of the rain, wind or cold – then it’s better to be stuck somewhere cosy, comfy and homely, right?

Here are some great home DIY and upcycling ideas we love, to make your home the ultimate indoor retreat this season. You’ll never want to leave!

Solve an Autumn dilemma using upcycling

If you want to start a bigger project and completely rehaul some furniture this autumn, then these are some fantastic ideas we found around the web. And (lucky for you!) these amazing tutorials also solve some of the home-decor dilemmas we find ourselves facing during this time of year too.

The “sad couch” dilemma

You’re going to be spending a lot of time on the sofa in autumn and winter (hopefully getting cosy with someone special!) or maybe just cuddling up to your cat or dog. Either way, you want to be sitting on something nice and comfy! This handy YouTube tutorial gives you an idea of how to transform a ‘sad couch’ into a happy couch… The difference is amazing!

The “dark nights, dark rooms” dilemma…

We all know in autumn and winter that the nights draw in and the evenings get darker, quicker. Because of the lack of sunlight during these colder months, it’s easy for your home to start feeling a bit dark and dreary too. If you want to avoid that, and you want to breathe a little bit of light and life into your rooms, then repainting furniture in a lighter shade, can be an easy way to do this.

We’d recommend going for big pieces of furniture that take up a lot of room. For example, if you have a dining table and chairs in dark wood – it’ll be darkening the whole room as it’s such a central piece of furniture. Revamping it and upcycling it to be lighter in colour, can really help turn this around.

Chalk paint is a great place to start, it’s beginner-friendly but loved by pros and experts too. Here are some Pinterest-worthy projects for inspiration;

Autumn Home Decor and Up-Cycling Projects
Image credit: Gray Table Home
Autumn Home Decor and Up-Cycling Projects
Image credit: The Black Sheep Shoppe
Autumn Home Decor and Up-Cycling Projects
Image credit: Lisa Linnard – Dovetails Vintage

The “Big Boots, No Storage” dilemma…

In winter it seems like the quantity of shoes we have to have doubles. In summer, a pair of flip-flops and a pair of trainers is fine…. But in Winter we need wellies, walking boots, winter boots, trainers, slippers…. The list goes on. If you find yourself struggling for shoe storage, then hopefully this blog will give you some inspiration!
Check out the tutorial for this bright, colourful shoe rack here.

The Wow-Factor Upcycle

If you want to do something truly jaw-dropping this autumn, and really push the boat out with your upcycling and DIY’ing – then these ideas are going to be perfect for you. These ideas may take a little longer, but they’ll definitely be worth it in the end.

Soft Furnishings: Cushions and Throws

One of the main parts of feeling comfy and cosy, is having loads of soft, cuddle-worthy cushions to sit with. Revamping your soft furnishings to suit the colours of the season is a great way to quickly update your indoor space.

We love the idea of DIY’ing some autumn inspired cushions and using old jumpers or blankets to create beautiful new designs. If you’re a seasoned DIY addict, then this 3D fabric pumpkin might be more of a project for you. These pumpkins will never go mouldy, and they certainly don’t need carving!

They look so adorable placed by a fireplace, or even placed at the bottom of your bed.
Learn how to make them via the video below:

So now that you’ve read through these incredible Autumn home decor and upcycling ideas – where do you begin? Choosing your first (or next) project is a tricky one, as there are so many incredible tutorials and ideas out there!

If you need a helping hand getting your new projects or materials back home, get in touch with AnyVan today for a free quote!

AnyVan - Move Anything, Anywhere.
No matter what you are moving: from a King-Sized bed to a framed picture of the Queen; a Grand Piano to a classic Capri; we’ll take care of it all the way from Penzance to Peterhead and beyond.
Save up to 75% on your deliveries and removals.

Free pianos for worthy homes!

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We were contacted by several nice people wanting to donate unused pianos – so we found new and worthy homes and transported the pianos to them for free! It was a win-win for everyone, so we teamed up with our friends at Preloved and decided to do lots more! Watch our video and share with anyone that could be interested!

Winchmore School

Winchmore School, a secondary school in North London with over 1,200 students, had a broken piano in their main hall and not one fully functioning piano in their music block. With the first 3 years taking part in compulsory music lessons – a new piano was a must!
“We think it’s fantastic that it will be going to a school to help children learn how to play. The piano was kindly given to us by a neighbour whose children used to play but have since grown up and left home so the piano was no longer being used… Our daughter started to learn to play the piano a couple of years ago and this piano was great when she was a complete beginner but we are now wanting to ‘upgrade’, hence why we want to give this piano to a new home and hope others can benefit from it as we have.”
– Mrs J Smith, Pianos original owner

Pemberly Academy

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The Assistant Head of Pemberly Academy had heard about how our Magic Van piano project had helped another local school in the area brighten up the music department and got in touch. She told us how the school was only opened in 2015 and that they were still building up their resources. A piano wasn’t currently on the board’s shopping list and it would be a blessing for the school.
“Just wanted to thank to for organising the donation of a piano for our school yesterday, it’s fabulous and very much appreciated! Thanks to the guys who delivered it too, they did a great job! Thanks again!”
– Lisa Fish, Teacher

Ashmole Academy

magic van moves piano

Ashmole Academy is a newly opened primary school located in Southgate, North London. We were put in touch with the head of the music department who were thrilled at the opportunity to receive a free piano.

“The piano previously lived in a church in Watford. When the church was forced to close, they let our children have it so that they could learn how to play. They have now grown up and left the nest, so we wanted to continue the tradition and donate it so that young children can grow up learning how to play the piano. We hope the children enjoy it as much as mine did.”
– Bob, previous piano owner

Ryelands Residential Care Home

magic van moves pianoThe dementia wing of the Ryelands/Brooklands residential care home in Beddington Gardens had been offered an upright piano to be used for or on behalf of the residents, but they had no way of transporting it from Kenley to Wallington. The management team believed that the piano would be beneficial for the wellbeing of the residents to have a piano for music therapy, music events, in-house church services and general entertainment. This is when Mr. Webb got in touch with the Magic Van team here at AnyVan. The piano was picked up and delivered to the Ryelands residential care home in May to the awaiting residents. We hope the arrival was music to their ears!

How to get in touch

If you’re looking for a piano, please get in touch via this request form, alternatively you can tweet us with the hashtag #MagicVanMoves or email us at magicvan@anyvan.com and we can help get you a piano absolutely free for your worthy community organisation. We are starting to roll the project out in the Greater London area, but hope to branch out further afield in the near future!

 

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