In this volume we discover how to sur vive (and thrive) like a Scandinavian in the winter months, with life and style tips for you and your home. Join us for travel inspiration, the spirit of Christmas, and the timeless charm of real sheepskin.
Let us love winter... Dear reader Welcome to another issue of our beloved Life & Style magazine. We are truly honoured that so many of you are spending time with our articles and inspiration. It’s such a pleasure to create, so we’re delighted you’re enjoying it too! As with every new season, we’ve pulled together our favourite aspects of winter and some excellent Scandinavian traditions to help you enjoy the months ahead. Learn how to survive and thrive like a Scandinavian, discover style tips for your winter home, and get ready to crave outdoor coffee breaks. (Yes, really!) We’ve fallen in love with treetop living, and the magic of the light during the winter months. Of course, there’s plenty of Christmas inspiration too, but in true Nordic House style, we focus on thoughtful décor and gifts. Tis the season to bring even more mindfulness to the way we live, love and flourish. At home, I’ll be getting as cosy as possible! The wood burner will be on, the candles lit, and I’ll be enjoying one of my favourite winter pastimes – wrapping gifts with intention and beauty. May this be the season we connect with our loved ones, ourselves and our homes on a deeper level,
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Survive like a Scandinavian HOW TO SURVIVE – AND THRIVE – THIS WINTER Nordic wisdom at its finest
n the summer, our Scandinavian friends
It’s easy to call the winter gloomy, to focus on
really know how to live it up. Now that we
bone-deep cold and endless wet weather.
approach the winter – a season that looks like about 3 hours of sunlight a day – we can look to Nordic traditions to help us survive the cold and dark.
It feels harder to get outside, to plan fun outings, to be sociable. But there are hidden treasures when you know where to look.
Winter rituals and ideas from the North We’re all fairly familiar with hygge these days – the Danish principle of cosy contentment. But there are plenty of other traditions and ideas to try, too.
Swedish mysig – This is the Swedish equivalent of hygge and it’s all about making your home as cosy as possible. Blankets, open fires, candles, warm food and drink – basically anything that makes your home more comfortable
Finnish kakkukahvi – Like Swedish fika, kakkukahvi is the wonderful ritual of serving up coffee and cake throughout the day. It’s a great way to cultivate connection with other people, while getting a warming shot of caffeine.
“There’s no bad weather, there are only bad clothes” – This Swedish phrase is eminently practical and pragmatic. It tells us not to get caught up in complaining about the (inevitable) cold weather, but instead to prepare for it so that we can be warm, dry and happy.
Norwegian fredagskos Another tradition that combines socialising with nourishment, this weekly Norwegian ritual happens on Friday nights and involves curling up on the sofa together with a delicious spread of sweet and savoury snacks. Something to look forward to every week!
The sauna â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Pretty much every Scandinavian country has their own unique take on the sauna, and it is a must for physical wellbeing during the winter. And going from warm air to colder has more and more benefits that are still being discovered.
For the love of sheepskin Through centuries – if not millennia – sheepskin has been used as an essential part of Scandinavian culture. Its natural properties are perfectly formed to help keep the home cosy throughout bitterly cold winter months. You won’t find a classic log cabin, or even a Nordic spa, that doesn’t embrace sheepskin in all its comfort and glory. With modern heating and materials, they’re perhaps less essential to survival these days, but no less effective at warming things up!
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