For the ultimate winter experience warm up your space with Superbalist
Photographer: Niquita Bento | Styling: Charl Edwards
Enough with stressful 'weekend activities' where we're forced to spend our down-time at markets, brunches, coffee-catch-ups and other social obligations. Instead we're replying 'NO' to all and spending time hibernating with the person who matters most to us, ourselves. Let's hear it for shameless inactivity!
Is there a feeling more thrilling than realising you fell asleep before 9pm on a Friday night, only to wake up 12 hours later where you then binge-watched the same series you fell asleep to the night before, and now still have another day and a bit to do more of the same? The path to true happiness is only complete when the only time you ever change out of your pyjamas is to pull on some sweats in order to do a snack run.
This isn't laziness, it's self-care. The Danes even have a word for it, hygge, which can be translated to 'every single décor magazine you picked up last winter'. However, now that we've reached peak hygge we have similarly snug trends from the Swedes, lagom, and the Scots, Còsagach, both of which might sound like a phlegmy cough, but are in fact terms used to express the same warm cosiness that is hygge.
We may not have a South African equivalent, due to the fact that we don't face the same extremes, but it's probably still a good idea to take shelter from frigid weather and relentless social obligations, right?
Cosy up this winter with warm lighting, woolly blankets, plush carpets, cosy textures and that other element of low-fi luxury – choosing to spend your time, your way.
For us, that's curled up on the sofa, snuggled up in a blanket, steaming mug of hot chocolate cupped in warm hands, eyes closed and listening to the rain fall softly outside while luxuriating in how nice it all is… If you'd like to come up with a similar ritual then consider these additions to your home as the requisite items for radical self-care.
Create the perfect ambience using dimmers, lamps and other warm light to set the mood. String lights add a sense of whimsy while the soft glow of a naked filament bulb will make your heart glow. Otherwise candles are the next best thing to logs on an open fire and watching flames flicker is almost as entertaining as whatever's on your phone. Almost.
The easiest and most cost-effective way to warm up your space this winter is updating your softs. Buy enough cushions and you'll have a soft spot to sit wherever you happen to scatter them, plus you'll be able to turn a couch into a throne as well as use them to prop yourself up, sit a tray down on top of, or spoon with when you're feeling lonely. If you don't build a pillow fort at least one Sunday afternoon this winter then you lose all of your lazy-bones privileges.
Floors can feel freezing underfoot, and the right rug will solve that while warming up your space from the bottom up. Don't limit yourself to one rug per room when you can pile several on top of one another for interesting textural layers that's perhaps the only force strong enough to keep you off the couch this winter.
Don't hide your blankets away in a linen cupboard, instead put them on display so that you're always within arm's reach of winter snuggles. Whether used as an extra layer over your duvet, draped over the arm of your sofa, or kept in a rattan basket, throws will catch all the feels this winter.