Trans­form your home into a hygge haven this win­ter

Es­cape the el­e­ments; cre­ate a re­treat at home with hygge

NZ House & Garden - - SPECIAL FEATURE / FLOORING - PHOTO: SUP­PLIED BY FREE­DOM

When the rain out­side is hor­i­zon­tal and the tem­per­a­ture is sub-Antarc­tic, curl­ing up on the sofa un­der an over­sized fluffy blan­ket, and sip­ping a steam­ing mug of Milo sounds very ap­peal­ing.

If your dream win­try day in­volves all of the above, you could be a fan of hygge with­out even re­al­is­ing it. A Dan­ish con­cept that can’t be trans­lated into a sin­gle English word, hygge (pro­nounced some­where be­tween ‘hoo-gah’ and ‘hue-guh’) is that cosy sense of well­be­ing you feel when the el­e­ments are bat­ter­ing your house and you’re tucked up nice and warm in­side with all your favourite things.

While it’s more a con­cept than an ac­tual thing, hygge is tipped to be this win­ter’s big­gest in­te­rior style in­flu­encer. Re­volv­ing around your favourite cosy com­forts, hygge-es­que es­sen­tials in­clude can­dles, fluffy rugs, faux-fur throws, roar­ing fire­places, cud­dly socks, even your favourite wine.

If your home could do with a hygge over­haul, a visit to Free­dom is a must. And if your bud­get could do with a boost, a chat with the friendly team at Gem is a must too. From lux­u­ri­ous leather or vel­vet so­fas, to thick rugs and lux­u­ri­ous tex­tu­ral throws, right through to count­less can­dles and stem­less wine glasses per­fect for mulled wine, Free­dom is home to a plethora of fur­ni­ture and home­wares that tick hygge’s boxes – and Gem’s flex­i­ble per­sonal loans could help you get your pro­ject off the ground faster. With a Gem Per­sonal Loan you’re in con­trol so you can choose your pay­ment fre­quency, make bulk pay­ments and even pay your loan off early with no early re­pay­ment fees or charges.

Think­ing of trans­form­ing your liv­ing ar­eas or bed­room ahead of the cooler weather? If you ap­ply be­tween 1 April and 31 July 2018 for a Gem Per­sonal Loan to cover your home ren­o­va­tion, once ap­proved, you’ll be of­fered a free in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tor ser­vice from Free­dom which in­cludes two con­sul­ta­tions. Plus, you’ll be el­i­gi­ble for 10% off your next pur­chase of $500 or more at Free­dom.*

Ap­ply for a Gem Per­sonal Loan to cover your home reno us­ing the promo code ‘GemReno’ by call­ing Gem on 0800 222 057 or vis­it­ing gem­fi­nance.co.nz/home­reno

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