Hello! I am back in the swing of things again after a long, long blog break due to a super-charged first couple of weeks back at work. There are some big changes going behind the scenes here at Avenue and I am excited to share it all with you over the coming couple of months, but for now I am excited about something else – a gorgeous book entitled How to Hygge that hit the shelves late last year, featuring my own photographs on it’s lovely pages. And to celebrate this beautiful book, I will be giving two copies away as a very small token of my thanks for your support in 2016. Knowing that there are people out there who read and are inspired by this blog motivates and drives me to be better in a creative sense, gives me courage to grow and explore and for that I am deeply grateful.
In How to Hygge, renowned Scandinavian cook and writer Signe Johansen explores the culture of hygge, shares the secrets of Nordic living and shows you how to adopt these elements into your everyday life. She explains the secret to feeling contentment, inner happiness and the art to living your best life, which Nordic countries have long been experts at despite the cold and lack of light much of the year. Translated roughly as ‘cosiness’, Hygge (pronounced: Hoo-ga) is all about warmth, conviviality and community. Its the celebration of nature, simplicity and togetherness.
Across eight chapters, Signe shares her own experiences of Hygge including how to enjoy the outdoors the Nordic way, the simple joy of fika (coming together over cake and coffee), how to achieve a sense of community as well as 50 Nordic recipes. For those who have long admired the region’s stylish design heritage, this book reveals how to achieve the Scandi lifestyle that many the world over admire and aspire to.
I was delighted and humbled that Signe not only found and read this blog but thought that a few of my photographs were fitting for her book. You will find a few familiar images in chapters 7 and 8 of the book, of spaces I have shot and tablescapes I have styled.
Happy reading, folks. I am sure you will love this book every inch as much as I do. If you would like to win one of two copies, here’s what to do:
- Leave a comment below telling me what you love about Nordic lifestyle and why you’d like one of these books. Don’t forget to leave your email address so I can be in touch if you win!
The book is available for purchase through Amazon, Waterstones, Blackwell’s and several other dealers you can find on the publisher Pan Macmillan website. It makes a wonderful gift, of not for someone dear, then certainly for yourself! I have soaked up each and every page and have been deeply inspired by the culture and Signe’s stories.
I’ll be back soon with the results of a slow but steady kitchen and living makeover at my house! If you’re new to the blog, you can catch up on the progress of our home by reading about the renovation here, our bedroom here and here, our little girl Lola’s bedroom and the studio here, here and here. I am excited to be adding a couple more spaces to that list soon! Stay tuned, folks, and have a fabulous week.