While deeply embedded in Danish culture and language, the term "Hygge" this year entered the Oxford English Dictionary for the first time and is described thus: “A quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being”. As daylight saving ends and the clocks go back in Ireland we’ve selected some items which are guaranteed to bring that same sense of cosiness and warmth, familiarity and comfort as the nights draw in.
Hand-dyed Napkins by Kathryn Davey
Not only does Kathryn Davey make the most beautiful hand-made dolls but she also makes a gorgeous range of home textiles such as napkins and tea-towels. Pictured here are her hand-dyed linen napkins which are woven in Co. Wexford and dyed using natural dyes such as indigo in Kathryn’s Dublin studio. Prices range from €30 to €50.
Copper Leaf Placemats by Slated
Each of Slated’s copper leaf slate placemats is cut by hand with a 150-year-old slater's knife by Ed Hammond in the company’s Dublin studio and then gilded carefully by hand. The nature of the slate material makes each placemat unique with a slightly different character of its own. The range includes placemats and coasters which are available in gold and silver leaf. The placemats pictured here cost €34 for two.
Irish Wool Corrán thrown by Cushendale Woolen Mills
There has been a mill at Cushendale since the 1600s and the Cushendale Woolen Mills has been in situ since the 1800s. Today Cushendale Woolen Mills is still a family-run business making woollen products for the home as well as accessories for adults and babies. This Corrán throw is made of 100 percent pure new wool. It measures 135cm x 180cm and costs €105.
Ash Tealight Candle Holder by Roy Humphreys
Self-taught woodturner Roy Humphreys has been working with wood for 20 years. Produced in a converted granary beside his home in Mohill, Co. Leitrim this little turned-ash tealight holder is perfect for adding some refined rustic charm to your home. This tea light holder costs €24.