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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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!

Creating the perfect bedroom

Creating the perfect bedroom

When it comes to your bedroom, creating a space that is cosy and calming helps to promote relaxation and a better nights sleep. With March being National Bed Month, its the perfect time to re-think your bedroom and create your own personal sanctuary!

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Getting the right mattress is one of the most important things in your bedroom. Make sure you get one that’s comfortable, supportive and right for you. Mattresses should be changed every 8-10 years. Adding a mattress cover will make your bed even more soft and comfy.

Choosing thicker curtains will help to keep your room darker at night for a better sleep, and dimmer switches, lamps or fairy lights will help to you create the right brightness. Getting the balance between warm and cool temperature of your bedroom is also really important.

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Having a place to sit other than on your bed makes sure you have separate spaces for sleeping and for relaxing. Placing a night stand by your bed means you’ll have all your essentials to hand. But a cluttered night stand results in a cluttered mind; just have essentials such as a drink and a book etc to keep your bed a relaxing space.

The main things to avoid in your bedroom are technology, clutter and pets. Keeping pets and technology out of the bedroom will help you sleep better, and ensuring there’s no mess or clutter helps you feel more relaxed.

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– Comfort –

Comfort is key, especially in your bedroom. Cushions and throws are a simple yet effective way to make your bed really cosy and inviting. Be careful not to overload though, you don’t want 10 minutes of tidying every time you get into bed! Carpets are great for bedrooms to create a cosy feel, but if you have wooden flooring try putting down a soft rug to take the hard edge off.

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When it comes to bedding, have sheets that are nice and soft. Opt for lighter coloured bedding and more subtle prints for a more relaxing feel. There’s also nothing better then clean sheets; make sure to wash them every couple of weeks. And don’t forget that duvets and pillows need washing regularly too!

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 – Decor –

Choosing a theme will create a consistent look throughout your bedroom, which helps to create a calming space. So whatever your style and preferences, have a focus when decorating.

Lighter colours are ideal for the bedroom, with pale blue being noted as the best bedroom colour due to its calming effects. But any light, soft colours will help to make your bedroom feel more spacious and relaxing.

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 Adding personal touches to your room such as special ornaments and mementos will make it feel like your own space. However, its best to steer clear from family photos in your bedroom, and choose art work instead that creates a calming effect for you.

Nature is a proven way to make us feel calmer and is actually great for our health and wellbeing; add in some natural textures and house plants. As well as the visual and touch aspects, create a calming scent with reed diffusers in natural fragrances such as lavender and sandalwood.

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How to: Beat the January blues!

How to: Beat the January blues!

January can be a bit of a dreary month; Christmas is over, your back to work and the weather is cold and dark. But January is also a chance for a fresh start and to make a few positive changes to your life. So try a few of our mood boosting tips to brighten up your January!

New home – are you looking for a new home this new year? We can help! We have lots of properties available to rent from stylish city centres apartment to suburban family homes, unique converted buildings to brand new builds. Find your dream home on our website!

Redecorate – want to revamp your home this year but haven’t got much money left after Christmas? Not to worry, we have some great ways you can redecorate your home on a budget! 

Declutter your home – use the new year as a chance to freshen up your home and have a serious declutter; our blog post has some great tips to simplify your home and life.Decor1

Get growing – being around nature is a proven mood booster, and whether you have little or no outdoor space, you can still create your own garden!

Max your space – your home can feel over crowded at times,  especially after Christmas, so try this tricks to make your space feel bigger.

Plan a trip – Give yourself something to look forward to by planning a trip. Keep costs low after the Christmas period by booking a holiday in one of Yorkshire’s stunning locations; find some ideas on our blog!

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Discover something new – Yorkshire is full of hidden treasures from incredible art galleries to grand castles; discover the art and heritage it has to offer on our blog.

Have a relaxation day – sometimes the best thing to do on a miserable winter day is to treat yourself to some relaxation time, it’ll definitely get rid of your January blues!

More relaxation – after you’ve got into a relaxing mood, why not make your home more relaxing too; there are loads of ways you can de-stress your home and create a calmer space.energy8

Self care – looking after yourself can have a massive impact on your mood! Creating good morning and night time routines can work wonders for your mood and energy levels.

Be healthier – you start your healthy eating regime with good intentions, but a week into the new year and your back to your old ways. These quick and affordable meal ideas will make being healthy much easier!

Venture outside – have a go at one of these lovely Yorkshire pub walks; being in the great outdoors and getting some fresh air can seriously improve your mood, and stopping at the pub along the way can’t hurt!

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Try some DIY – January is a great time to start a new project, and it’ll give you something to focus on. Try your hand at upcycling to not only give you something to focus on, but to create something nice for your home too.

Organise your finances – have a fresh start with your finances and get budgeting and saving! Whatever you’re trying to save for, our tips are a must read!

Be happy – the dark winter days and cold weather can make us feel down, so use these tips to stay positive and happy!

 

 

 

Keep your home warm this winter!

Keep your home warm this winter!

With the cold months just beginning, its important to make sure you keep warm in your home over winter. Here are some quick and easy tips for a warm home that save on energy and money!

#1 Thick curtains

The thicker the better to stop heat escaping through your windows. You can even put a curtain or rug up over your door to keep the heat in!

#2 Duvets and blankets

Swapping your duvet for a thicker one or layering up on blankets will keep you warm at night without having the heating on full blast.

#3 Sunlight

Provides free heat so let as much in as possible whilst its out, then shut them as soon as dusk falls to retain the heat.

#4 Draught excluders

Use this to stop the cold draught getting under your doors; you can purchase them cheaply or make your own by stuffing old tights with socks!

#5 Clear radiators

Avoid having items in front of your radiators; leave them uncovered so the heat can warm up your room.

#6 Cover bare floorboards

They look stylish but can make rooms feel cold. This is easily solved by covering your floors with rugs and floor cushions, which also double up as a lovely decor features!

#7 Setting heating timers

Its actually not better to keep the heating on all day! Setting timers for when you want the heat is much more efficient.

#8 Use tin foil

Putting heat reflective aluminium foil behind your radiators prevents heat escaping by reflecting it back into the room.

#9 Leaving bathroom and kitchen doors open

When you take a shower and when you cook, leave the doors open so the free heat generated can warm the rest of the house.

#10 Invest in a hot water bottle

They’re great for that extra bit of warmth without putting the heat on. Try putting one in your bed before you go to sleep too.

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Unique Apartment in Huddersfield!

Unique Apartment in Huddersfield!

Huddersfield is the perfect town to give you excellent access to Yorkshire’s best cities such as Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield and Sheffield. And we have a truly unique 2-bedroom apartment just a few minutes walk from the train station for only £350PCM! Whilst being located in the modern town centre, this apartment retains its original features including exposed brick and wooden floorboards.

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The light and airy living room boasts a striking exposed brick wall and an original brick fireplace, as well as original wooden floorboards. Two large windows either side of the room create a beautifully bright and open space. The lounge then leads through into the fully fitted modern kitchen, complete with everything you need including oven/hob, washing machine and fridge with icebox, and also features a large window.

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The apartment comprises of two spacious bedrooms, one double and one single, both with original floorboards and large windows that let light flood in. They also benefit from electric heaters to keep the rooms nice and warm in the winter months! The part-tiled bathroom is fitted with a white three-piece suite including shower over bath, with a mirror over the sink and a large window creating a light and relaxing feel.

Decor tips

  • Make bare floorboards cosy with lots of rugs
  • Old buildings can get a little chilly, so invest in some draught excluders
  • Instead of turning the heating on when it gets cooler, throw on loads of blankets!
  • To keep a clutter free home and make more space, opt for multi-purpose and fold away furniture
  • Most people would kill for stunning exposed brick features, make the most of these with cool vintage decor to match
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Location

This fantastic apartment is ideally located in Huddersfield town centre, making it perfect for those working in the town or surrounding cities. As soon as you step out of your door, you’ll have hundreds of shops, eateries and bars to choose from, all within minutes walk!

By train, Leeds is just 20 minutes away, Wakefield 30 minutes, Bradford 40 minutes and Sheffield 1 hour and 20. If you ever wanted to venture out of Yorkshire (very unlikely), Manchester is just half an hour on the train. If you fancy exploring Yorkshire’s beautiful landscapes, the village of Marsden at the top of the Peak District is only 12 minutes on the train!huddersfield-train-station

Highlights: Byram Arcade, Packhorse Shopping Centre and Art Gallery, Kingsgate Shopping Centre, Huddersfield Open Market, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield Art Gallery, Tesco Superstore.

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Restaurants: Thai Sakon, Apadana, Lost Property, Trattoria Domenico, Mumbai Spice, Meson La Pepa, The Keys, Lala’s, Botafogo Rodizio, Discovery Bay, Med-One.

Bars/pubs: Magic Rock Tap, The Grove, Voda Bar, Five Bar, Herbert’s Bar, The Parish, Zephyr Bar, Bar Code, Verve, Bar Maroc, Bar 10, Camel Club.

Cafes: Coffeevolution, The Blue Rooms, Choosy’s Tea & Coffee House, Northern Tea House, Goat Cafe, Cafe Venecia, Espresso Corner, Cafe Society.

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Autumn Home Decor on a Budget!

Autumn Home Decor on a Budget!

Summer is officially over and the weather is getting cooler; time to make your home warm and cosy for the autumn/winter months ahead. But what if you don’t have loads of money to spare for a revamp? Don’t despair, as our cheap tips and tricks to make your home a cosy haven won’t break your budget!

#1 Key colours

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Warm hues are perfect for Autumn – pumpkin, maple, espresso, mustard, terracotta, chocolate, wine red, burnt orange, cinnamon and amber. A neutral backdrop is the perfect setting for these rich colours, ideal for rented homes you can’t paint!

#2 Get cosy

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Adorn your home with an array of blankets, cushions and rugs to keep you and your home warm whilst you wait until the last possible minute to turn your heating on! They’re not only practical, they look pretty too! Purchase soft and fluffy ones for extra comfort, there’s loads available for great prices on the high street! And make sure you swap to a thicker duvet too.

#3 Fall in love with nature

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Autumn calls for natural details; trying adding a few wooden pieces to your home, turn crisp autumn leaves that have fallen into pretty decorations, and add some branches or even have a small tree in your living area. Also organised your belongings with wicker baskets as a perfect symbol for the harvest.

#4 Be creative

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Create your own centre piece or vase decoration using acorns, pinecones, branches and ornamental pumpkins decorated with glitter, metallic paint or pretty patterns. Also introduce rustic details, vintage pieces and distressed textures.

#5 Mood lighting

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As the days get darker, invest in some lamps to create more light; ones with a dimmer switch and warmer lighting are perfect to create a cosy mood, as are pretty fairy lights for a romantic feel.

#6 Autumnal scents

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As well as the visual aspects, create an autumn smell within your home. You can do this with scented candles, incense, oil diffusers, scent sticks and potpourri. You could even try a simmer pot of hot water filled with cinnamon, orange peel, cloves and bay leaves.

#7 Snuggle up

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Create a simple but cosy nook in your home – it doesn’t have to be anything extravagant, just a little corner where you can snuggle up away from the cold. For even more cosiness, create a canopy bed; it’ll keep out the chill while you sleep and make you feel like you’re in your own cosy cocoon.

#8 Prepare your pumpkins

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Fake ornamental pumpkins are perfect to last all autumn. But if you want real ones, there are a few things you can do to preserve them: once carved, rinse out, add 3 teaspoons of bleach to 3 gallons of water, then dunk the pumpkin in for 2 minutes, and let air dry outside. You can also use special pumpkin spray, or petroleum jelly/vegetable oil to keep them moist.