How to hygge on a budget: B&M Bargains, Primark & Wilkos
You won't believe it. I didn't at first. Hidden on the shelves of B&M Bargains, Wilkos and Primark, squashed between plastic-smelling gardening gloves and halloween-themed LED skeletons, is hygge - the scented-candle-woollen-sock-lets-all-be-scandinavian craze. In case you don't know, 'hygge' (pronounced hoo-gah in Danish), roughly translates into English as cozy and has been the dominant trend in interior design for the past year. Now that winter is round the corner and I've packed away my Birkenstocks, I'm ready to embrace hygge with open arms.
Here's how to hygge on a budget:
First things first, you'll need a scented, quote-adorned candle. Whilst you could splash out £42 on the Insta-famous Diptyque candle, us #YoPros are trying to save up. My alternative is a surprisingly lovely quote candle from...wait for it...The Card Factory! Weighing in at a very respectable £4.99, this candle will provide everything you need for the long winter ahead; a soppy quote, vanilla nodes and a sprinkling of warmth!
Now, let's talk plants. I have a long, complicated history with houseplant keeping. In the past three months, my boyfriend and I have managed to kill an array of kitchen creepers, a whole terrarium (thank you Dad for resurrecting it) and as of last week, our Bonsai tree has become infected with plant lice. Tired of the woes and complexities of houseplant keeping, we decided to opt for a fake plant to decorate our new bedroom. This (surprisingly realistic?) bush-looking-potted-plant-thing was £2 from B&M Bargains. It gives our minimalist room a splash of colour and we are going to get another one when we are next in store!
If you haven't had the chance to check out B&M Bargains - I would seriously recommend doing so! Amidst the 10-year-old fragrances, suspect looking toilet brushes and overwhelmingly plastic everything, you can find some amazing bargains. Our next purchase was a beautiful string of white ball battery-operated fairy lights. Again, you could pay as much as £40 for a string of LED lights at the likes of Urban Outfitters. This £3.99 bargain makes our room twinkle in the evening light. They are everything hygge stands for.
I don't think I could claim to be an aspiring blogger - or hygge follower - if I didn't own something copper. As my boyfriend and I browsed the shelves of Wilkos, looking for a bedside lamp that wasn't plastic, red or hospital-looking, we stumbled upon this copper beauty. Although it was £20, which was pretty pricy considering the budget we set ourselves, we told each other it was a 'real investment piece' and we would 'have it for years'. NO REGRETS.
Ultimately, like last year's Barbies, umbrellas for shoes and terrifying garden gnomes, you CAN find hygge in bargain stores.
What are your best bargain buys? I'd love to know in the comments below!
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