We made sure our hygge fash­ion shoot is as au­then­tic as pos­si­ble – even our lovely model, 20-year-old Eva Yard­ley, is from Den­mark. She moved to the UAE three months ago.

Friday - - Well-being -

What is your in­ter­pre­ta­tion of hygge? Hygge is some­thing you cre­ate. For me, hygge is be­ing with my clos­est friends and fam­ily. It’s spend­ing time to­gether. It’s my cosy home with my cute lit­tle lamps, my can­dles and my blan­kets. In Den­mark, we say you have a hyggeligt home; or to­day was hyggeligt; or do you want to come to my place and hygge? It de­scribes a place or feel­ing that is very warm and filled with love. Hygge is, for me, a lot of love in the same place. How would you ex­plain it to some­one who doesn’t know what it is? Imag­ine sit­ting in a warm home. It’s dark out­side and cold, very cold. Around you are can­dles and cute lit­tle lamps and you’re sit­ting on your sofa filled with pil­lows, wrapped in blan­kets and wear­ing your favourite py­ja­mas. You’re drink­ing hot choco­late and eat­ing bis­cuits and you’re sur­rounded by peo­ple you en­joy be­ing with. How do you achieve hygge in Dubai? Mak­ing my home my safe place. It’s im­por­tant for me that ev­ery­one who comes to my home feels like it’s their home, too. My sofa is filled with pil­lows and blan­kets. My shelves have lots of can­dles and flow­ers. Ev­ery cor­ner of my room has a lamp. What would you wear? Big fluffy socks and sweaters, never any­thing tight or un­com­fort­able. It has to be some­thing I could fall asleep in. What are your top hygge tips? If you have a big light bulb in your ceil­ing, change it to three small lamps around the room. Fill your sofa with colour­ful soft pil­lows and blan­kets and cover your floor with car­pets. Put can­dles and flow­ers any­where there’s room. Dec­o­rate with mir­rors, fam­ily pic­tures and funny mem­o­ries. Most im­por­tantly, open up your home for the peo­ple you care about. When you have din­ner, don’t hurry and get it over with. Talk to each other and en­joy it. In Den­mark, when we eat din­ner, it can take hours be­cause this is the time of the day you ac­tu­ally have time for each other.

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