The Home Trends: Hygge vs Lagom

The Home Trends: Hygge vs Lagom

Last year was all about the Hygge trend in our homes, a word borrowed from the Danish meaning to create a home that is all about comfort and cosiness. This word gained a cult following in the home decor world last year, as lets face it, who doesn’t want to be surrounded by fairy lights, cushions and blankets?

But for 2017, a new trend has landed. This time from Sweden. The Lagom trend can apply to everything from our homes to fashion to our overall lifestyle. Whilst Hygge was focused on maximum comfort, Lagom is about being ‘just enough’; not too much and not too little. So which trend will you choose? Or can both be combined together to create the perfect no-fuss yet cosy home?

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Everyone went crazy for Hygge last year, especially in the autumn and winter months where warmth and cosiness are our top priority. For those who don’t know, Hygge is a Danish word meaning a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that creates a feeling of contentment. Basically in terms of your home, this means creating a warm and cosy atmosphere that promotes togetherness, relaxation and happiness. This trend is all about indulgence, something we are often told to avoid. However in terms of your home, indulging in a warm and cosy place can never be too much in this trend.

 

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Key home features:

  • Candles and fairy lights
  • Relaxed lighting
  • Plenty of blankets and cushions
  • Rugs and wall canvases
  • Natural and soft textures
  • Warm and neutral colour schemes
  • Soothing scents and sounds
  • Large seating areas to create togetherness
  • Indoor plants to promote wellbeing

 

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Lagom

Lagom is the new buzz word in home decor; a Swedish word roughly translating as ‘just enough, not too much and not too little’. Whilst taking the middle ground is often seen as a negative thing, Lagom celebrates this by encouraging us to be modest, sustainable and unfussy. In Sweden, Lagom is seen as not just a trend but a way of life; ‘enough is as good as a feast’. However, when thinking about this concept in terms of our homes, it means pared-back design, functional architecture and an uncluttered environment. Lagom is all about living a frugal yet fruitful life.

 

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Key home features:

  • Simple, no-fuss decorating
  • Neutral and cool colour schemes
  • Sustainable/recycled and raw materials
  • Inexpensive items and upcycling
  • Minimalism
  • Energy saving and self-sufficient
  • Functional and multipurpose pieces
  • Fresh greenery
  • Declutter and organisation

 

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Combination

Both trends have their pros and cons for decorating your home. Hygge is perfect for those who love to feel snug and cosy, and too much is never a bad thing. However, can the trend translate into the summer months when warmth and indulgence are far from our minds? Lagom promotes a simpler way of living, but could feel slightly cold and bare. So can the two trends be combined to create the ultimate hybrid home trend? We think so!

 

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You can still embrace Hygge in the summer; still decorate using cushions, rugs and blankets, but use lighter materials to create a fresher feel. Fairy lights and candles are still perfect in this season, whilst indoor plants can thrive all year round. Instead of focusing just on the warmth and cosiness of the trend, think what makes a content and peaceful atmosphere for you, as that is the core of the Hygge trend.

 

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Hygge and Lagom can definitely work together by taking the best parts of both concepts. Create a cosy environment with less clutter; try using just a few key cosy pieces, and make use of natural materials and neutral colours which transcend both trends. Togetherness and community are features of both, so create welcoming seating areas for family and friends to enjoy each others company. To incorporate the two ideas and make Hygge and Lagom work hand in hand, think uncluttered and pared-back cosiness with a laid back and peaceful feel.

 

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Focus on: Malton

Focus on: Malton

Located in the beautiful North Yorkshire near the Howardian Hills, the town of Malton is known as the food capital of the county, and offers everything a family needs.

The property

As you step into this newly built 3 bedroom home, you’ll find a large hallway with storage cupboard and WC. Through a door is the stylish kitchen, fitted with white high gloss units and integrated oven/hob. To the rear of the property is a spacious living area, fully carpeted and featuring patio doors leading out into the private rear garden.

Upstairs are three bedrooms, two doubles and one single, all fitted with carpet. The master bedroom additionally benefits from an ensuite shower room, whilst the house bathroom is fitted with a white three-piece suite including shower over bath. The property also benefits from allocated parking and gas central heating.

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The location

Greengage Close is located on the newly built Broughton Manor development in the beautiful town of Malton in Ryedale, situated on the edge of the Howardian Hills and the North York Moors. Malton is a 40 minute drive from York city centre, and under and hour from the stunning East Yorkshire Coast, which includes Scarborough, Filey and Bridlington.

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The “Food Capital”

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  • Overton’s Butchers and Fox’s Butchers and Game Dealer
  • Dales Fruit and Veg and Paley’s Fruit and Veg
  • Malton Relish Deli and Dickens of a Deli
  • Malton Fisheries
  • Scoops Ingredients Shop
  • The Patisserie and Costello’s bakery
  • Mennels Chocolates
  • Beechams Health Foods

In terms of eating out, The Talbot Hotel is certainly one of the best, with mouth-watering seasonal dishes using the best of Yorkshire produce, and an extensive wine list. The Malton Brasserie is a great eatery for the whole family, with dishes such as mussels steamed in Ampleforth cider, and a children’s menu, served in a relaxed, unfussy environment. The New Malton is a great gastropub serving delicious local dishes, whilst The Yard is a contemporary pub with a traditional Yorkshire welcome. Try Tuis Thai for something a little different, offering Thai dishes cooked with fresh Yorkshire ingredients. To dine, drink and socialise in comfort, the infamous Rory’s Bar is the place to be. If you’re looking for cute cafes, Leoni’s serves the best coffee and afternoon tea, whilst the New Brew Tea Room is famed for its fresh to order breakfasts, cooked with the finest produce. These are just a few of the many eateries around Malton, with so much to try you could never get bored!

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  • Howardian Hills (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and Castle Howard
  • Wolds Way Lavender and Herb Farm
  • North York Moors National Park
  • Yorkshire Lavender: with gardens, a farm, deer park and sculpture park
  • Eden Camp and Malton Museum
  • The Milton Rooms: art hub for emerging artists to showcase their work
  • Scampston Hall Grade II* Listed building

 

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Living in Wombwell, Barnsley

Living in Wombwell, Barnsley

Barnsley may be overlooked for its neighbour city of Sheffield, but this South Yorkshire town has plenty to offer, and provides excellent access to the rest of Yorkshire!

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The property 

Located just 15 minutes from the centre of Barnsley, this modern 2 bedroom home in Wombwell is perfect for couples and small families. The semi-detached property features a spacious lounge which benefits from fitted carpet and large windows, creating a bright yet cosy living space.

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The stylish kitchen and dining area is fully equipped with oven/hob, fridge/freezer and washing machine. The space has plenty of room for dining table and chairs, and leads out into the rear private garden. There is also a small WC on the ground floor, helping to ease the morning rush.

Upstairs are two double bedrooms and a modern bathroom fitted with a white three-piece suite including shower over bath. The property also benefits from built in storage, private driveway, and garden shed.

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The location

This lovely home is located on Mill Hill, a quiet cul de sac street in the north of Wombwell, just 15 minutes from the centre of Barnsley. Wombwell is a vibrant and friendly town, with many great local amenities including schools, open green spaces, high street stores, eateries, a library, sporting facilities and its own train station. Wombwell is bordered by other great villages including Darfield, Broomhill, Brampton and Swaithe, which offer a host of other shops and facilities.

 

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Wombwell has great transport links with its own train station and regular buses, as well as being close to the A633, Doncaster Road, and the A6195 which leads to the M1. The town is also just over 30 minutes drive from  Sheffield and Wakefield city centres, whilst the stunning Peak District is just over 20 minutes away. There are plenty of great family attractions nearby, such as Cannon Hall Farm, Hemsworth Water Park and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, both only 25 minutes away.

 

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Amenities nearby

Parks and sports: Wombwell Park, Highfield Park, Wombwell Recreation Ground, Hillies Golf Course & Pavilion, Wombwell Main Cricket Club, Mitchell & Darfield Social Club.

Schools: Netherwood Academy, High View Primary, Kings Oak Primary, Wombwell Park Street Primary, Saint Michael and All Angels.

Shopping: Wombwell High Street, Barnsley Retail Park, Cortonwood Retail Park.

Nature: Broomhill Park and RSPB Dearne Valley, Waterside Park and Parkhill nature reserve, River Dearne and River Dove.

Eateries/bars: The Horseshoe, Junction Bar & Bistro, Balti Palace, Old Moor Tavern, The Lundhill Tavern, Anglers Rest, Elephant & Castle.

 

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Living in the market town of Otley

Living in the market town of Otley

Otley is one of the most stunning areas of Leeds, located just on the outskirts of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We have a range of stunning 2 and 3 bedroom homes on the new build Garnett Wharfe development in Otley, available to rent this summer.

 

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The properties

We have several 2 and 3 bed homes available on the stunning Garnett Wharfe development. The two bedroom homes have a downstairs WC, separate modern kitchen with oven/hob, and a spacious lounge/dining area with patio doors leading into the rear garden. Upstairs are two double bedrooms and a beautifully finished bathroom with white three-piece suite including shower over bath.

 

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The three bedroom homes have a separate fully carpeted lounge, a stylish kitchen/diner with oven/hob, a downstairs WC and utility room. The dining area features patio doors opening out into the rear garden. On the first floor there are three bedrooms, two double and one single, with the master bedroom benefitting from an ensuite shower room. The house bathroom is fitted with a white three-piece suite including shower over bath.

All of the homes benefit from off-street parking, with two of the 3 bedroom homes benefitting from their own garage.

The location

The brand new Garnett Wharfe development is ideally located in the centre of the beautiful market town of Otley, 11 miles north of Leeds city centre. The development overlooks the River Wharfe, and is close to great schools, shops, a supermarket, sporting facilities, pubs and Wharfemeadows Park. Otley is home to the famous Chevin Forest Park, offering breath-taking views across Leeds.

 

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Otley is just half an hours drive from Leeds city centre, 25 minutes from Harrogate, and just over 10 minutes from Leeds Bradford Airport. Garnett Wharfe is also located just south of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty, providing stunning natural landscapes right on your door step. Living in Otley gives you the best of a peaceful town, whilst being within easy reach of Yorkshire’s stunning countryside and its vibrant cities.

 

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Highlights of Otley
  • Chevin Forest Park
  • Otley Sailing Club
  • River Wharfe
  • Wharfemeadows Park
  • Nidderdale AONB and Yorkshire Dales
  • Lindley Wood Reservoir
  • The Courthouse Project arts centre
  • Pubs/bars: Black Bull, Bowling Green, North Bar Social, Otley Tap House, Rocca Bar, The Fleece, The Junction Inn
  • Eateries: Buon Apps Ristorante, Il Buco, Jewel of India, Korks Wine Bar & Brasserie, Red Pepper, The Stew and Oyster

 

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Upcoming events

 

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Focus On: Pudsey

Focus On: Pudsey

Are you looking for a suburb that offers everything you need, but is an easy journey to the city centre of Leeds? Then the suburb of Pudsey is the perfect place for you.

The properties

If you’re looking to move in with a partner or friend, this two bedroom apartment at Sommerville Mews is Pudsey is the ideal choice. The property has two double bedrooms, perfect if you want a room each, or can be used for storage or a dressing room! The one bedroom apartment would be suitable for either a single person or couple, with a fitted wardrobe in the double bedroom.

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Both apartments have a spacious open-plan living area, with a fully equipped kitchen boasting an oven/hob, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer. The bedrooms are all fitted with carpet, and the modern tiled bathrooms feature a white three-piece suite including shower over bath. The building benefits from video door entry system, and each apartment enjoys one allocated parking space within the communal grounds.

 

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The location

The Sommerville Mews apartment building is ideally located in the friendly suburb of Pudsey, just minutes from the Owlcotes shopping centre and New Pudsey train station. The centres of Pudsey, Farsley and Stanningley are all within walking distance, providing a range of local amenities. Pudsey is located in between the cities of Leeds and Bradford, just a 20 minute drive from both, making it the perfect location for commuters working in the city centres.

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Highlights
  • New Pudsey train station
  • Owlcotes Shopping Centre with M&S and Asda Superstore
  • GO Outdoors
  • Odeon Cinema
  • Westroyd Park, Stanningley Park, Queens Park and Pudsey Park
  • Pudsey Leisure Centre
  • Woodhall Hills & Golf Club
  • Sunny Bank Mills Gallery
  • Gray’s Salon
  • Restaurants: Viet Thai, East, Olive & Feta, Gigi’s Italian, 7 Steps, Piccolo’s Pizza, The Wetherby Whaler, Deeva,
  • Pubs/bars: The Manor Inn, 147 Sports Bar, The Royal, Bankhouse Inn, The Fleece, Fox & Grapes, Bay Horse

 

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Upcoming events

 

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Freshen up your home for summer!

Freshen up your home for summer!

The warm weather has started and summer is upon us, so why not give your home a refresh for the upcoming summer months!

Brighten up

Adding bright colours to your home will instantly put you into a summery mood. Swap your current cushions and home accessories for something more colourful. Hanging up vibrant art work will help to brighten up your home, as will using floral and leafy patterns. Make your home even brighter by strategically placing mirrors around your home, which creates the illusion of a more open space.

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Bring the outside inside

A great way to bring summer into your home is to fill it with plants and flowers! Greenery in your home not only looks nice, it helps to improve your wellbeing. Read our previous blog for loads of indoor garden tips. If you don’t fancy having real plants indoors, opt for fake ones or decorate with floral patterned accessories.

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Garden makeover

Summer is the perfect time to get out in your garden or balcony. If you haven’t grown your garden already, you can buy potted plants and flowers to scatter around your garden or hang off your balcony. If you have grass areas, now is the time to make sure they are neat and mowed, as you’ll be wanting to sit outside more in the warm weather! Create a relaxing outdoor space with seating, and hang up fairy lights to create the perfect mood for evenings outside.

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Defrost and a clear-out your freezer ready for more delicious summer treats. Stock up on summer necessities including sunscreen and after-sun, insect repellent and bite cream. Be ready for spontaneous days out by keeping picnic blankets, beach towels and sports equipment/games in your storage cupboards. Summer means BBQ’s, so give your grill a really good clean so you’re ready for guests, and to make the food taste even better.

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Top summer 2017 decor trends

Bright green was named the colour of 2017, and its the perfect colour for summer! Butterfly prints are also a big thing this summer, so get in on the trend by purchasing some butterfly print accessories for your home. Along with butterflies, any kind of tropical prints are a must have this season. Don’t be afraid to mix clashing prints either, its one of the top looks of the year! Rose gold was the big thing of last year, but this year its all about bronze.

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And when you’ve done all this hard work, why not treat yourself, family and friends to a summer party in your newly refreshed home!

Village Living in Craven

Village Living in Craven

The village of Sutton-in-Craven may be small, but it has plenty to offer! Enjoy the peaceful rural life in this beautiful duplex apartment.

 

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The property

This stunning two bedroom duplex apartment is situated within the award-winning Spinningfields development, a beautifully converted textile mill, mixing the old with the new.

The apartment embraces open plan living with a spacious lounge area and fully integrated kitchen. The lounge has large feature windows allowing light to flood the room. The beautifully-finished modern kitchen boasts integrated appliances including oven/hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.

 

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Both bedrooms in the property, one double and one single, are fitted with carpet, offer plenty of storage space, and feature large windows letting in plenty of light. The spacious, fully tiled bathroom features large bath, shower cubicle, and unique shelving area, providing a luxurious place to relax after a long day. As well as being set within a well-maintained development, there is an allocated parking space for each property.

 

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