If you’re as much of a social media addict as us, chances are you’ve spied the word ‘hygge’ more than once on your daily scroll. Hygge is all about simplicity – the joy of achieving simple cosiness in the home. And isn’t that something we all want in our lives? Heck yes! The hygge way of life is all about making people feel comfortable, cosy, and enjoy the simple things. Through being minimalist, it in turn allows you to enjoy what you have to its fullest. But doesn’t that sound much like another trending social media craze? If you haven’t heard of Marie Kondo and her now-infamous KonMari – it’s time to become part of the “Tidying Up” revolution! In short, the KonMari method is about giving your house a jolly good tidying up, going through items one-by-one and only keeping those which ‘spark joy’. By the end of a long session of KonMari-ing, you will have no doubt picked up items you haven’t seen in years, eBayed a huge portion of clutter, and discovered a suddenly much more minimalist look to the home. So, once our homes are suitably minimalist, clean, tranquil, tidy, hygge’d and KonMari’d, what’s left to do? Well, we reckon these useful concepts could easily be taken outside and into the gardens of 2019. With spring in the air, now is the perfect time to get planning! So click this way and prepare to spark even more joy…
2019 garden trends:
Low-maintenance and calm- the very essence of hygge seems to be the resonating theme for 2019 garden trend predictions. In fact, Garden Design is touting low-maintenance gardens with cosy retreat-spots nestled within as the top trend for 2019 — which has “Scandi style” written all over it!
But before creating your own perfect little snuggly space in your garden, you’re going to need a clean canvas. So prepare to embrace your inner Marie Kondo and KonMari your garden!
Adapting KonMari for your garden:
First, for those (few) who haven’t heard of it, KonMari is essentially tidying by category rather than by room. The aim is to look through all your things, consider if it ‘sparks joy’, and if it doesn’t, discard it. Whatever is left is truly needed, and make space for it accordingly. The method runs through five categories: clothing, books, papers, komono, and sentimental items.
In terms of the garden, we reckon we are in the komono category, as that’s described as miscellaneous items. So, gather up all your garden items from the shed, around the lawn, wherever your store it, pile it up and give it all a good tidy! Keep what sparks joy, and discard what doesn’t. You’ll be left with the minimum you need, and your garden with be thoroughly decluttered. Take this opportunity to tidy up the lawn itself and any pathways too.
With a blanker canvas to work with, you can see the wood for the trees (wink) and get planning out a Scandinavian, hygge-worthy garden for 2019!
Bringing a little Scandi style to the garden:
Low-maintenance, easy breezy gardening is on trend in 2019. Think perennial plants, easy-to-care-for blooms that won’t throw a tantrum at the first sign of you neglecting to water them once or twice…or more in our case! Also, if you have a larger garden with pathways, consider stones that won’t need repairing or replacing constantly. Sleek, clean lines are very Scandinavian-style, and the neutral tone of stone is an added benefit. If you have a patio area, another hot trend for 2019 is patio fruits. The idea of growing your own really took off last year, and it’s set to continue this year with an emphasis getting seriously fruity! There are many fruits that are so easy to grow and take up hardly any space. Try your hand at growing strawberries, raspberries, or goji berries.
Building ‘hygge’ into the outdoors:
Another predicted trend for this year’s outdoor spaces is private, secluded retreats within the garden. This can take various forms, from the much-touted ‘she-sheds’, a mini staycation-inspired spot, a small seating area around a fire pit in the corner of the garden, or a combination of all of them. In-keeping with the idea of low-maintenance, take a look at quality-timber Log Cabins when looking to invest in a retreat spot for your garden. Ideally, you’ll only need to apply a little timber treatment every now and again to keep your cabins looking pristine — very little other maintenance is required for a good build.
Inside, you’ll want to embrace the sense of hygge with a spot of minimalist furniture and some cosy-snug faux-fur throws and rugs. For an aesthetic inspiration, think ‘hot chocolate, fireplace, snowing outside’ — that’s the sensation you are looking to capture within your garden-retreat cabin. This should be the case whether it’s going to be a retreat for all the family to use, a chic she-shed, or just a snug little reading nook at the bottom of the garden. Keep digital items for in the house and reserve your garden retreat as a digital-detox zone.
And most importantly…resist those temptations to use the log cabin as storage! Remember all your hard work tidying up the garden? Hopefully, that means you won’t need to fill it with all your gardening equipment — alternatively, you could invest in a small shed to tidily store these items!
As mentioned, we don’t want or need to fill out gardens with furnishings. Be selective, and make sure it has a purpose. If you have furniture in the house that you’re thinking of getting rid of, why not save some cash and repurpose it for the garden? It’s amazing what a spot of wax or a lick of paint can do to create rustic chairs for your retreat-spot; or, get creative and turn an old wooden ladder into a wall-leaning shelf by the shed or a stand for a scattering of potted plants, for example.
With your garden de-cluttered and an enviable, minimalist retreat created, your outdoor space should be a beautifully low-maintenance, Scandinavian-inspired dream! Perfect for matching your hygge-life in the home…
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Until next time fillies,
Leigh and Mike at Fashion Du Jour LDN HQ x
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