Hygge inspiration from Lily Ella


Photo of Bradley Gardens in Northumberland last week

Wow, how quickly did Autumn come in all her glorious colours, and how quickly is Winter hustling her out of the way?  We can’t think of anything better to wear on these fabulous Autumn days than our Pom Pom sweater.

pom pom sweater

Up here in the north east at Lily Ella HQ we are getting in the mood, all wrapped up in our toasty knitwear and cosily lined trousers (which are our fabulous new innovation this season – do try a pair) and suddenly staying in is the new going out!  

 flora sweater

Have you heard of Hygge, the skandi art of all things toasty and convivial in the home?  So have we, and it’s inspired us to introduce our own little taste of Hygge – with a Lily Ella flavour.

First up, we’ve invested in a glorious throw from our old friends at Moon Textiles in Yorkshire (they’ve been weaving fine wools since 1837 but we haven’t known them quite that long!).  We’ve picked a beautiful jade herringbone design in Pure New Wool and it is lovingly woven at the mill in Guiseley.  It really is the bees knees, of incomparable quality and just perfect for snuggling up in on a cold night – it’s too good to leave draped over the arm of a sofa! 

cushion & throw 

Next we have a truly tactile, luxurious Pure New Wool cushion, also from Moon.  Checked with heather, aqua and grey herringbone, it is fringed and buttoned and feels dreamily comfortable behind your back, as well as looking superb as a piece of hygge home décor.

We just love Moon textiles and their mantra ‘woven with Northern soul’!


Photo courtesy of moon.co.uk


All you need now is to pop on a pair of our luxuriously soft alpaca socks and you’re all set for a cosy night in with a book, or in front of the TV!

 alpaca socks

Oh and don’t forget to light a Lily Ella Water Lily candle for a perfectly relaxed ambience…. co-incidentally, our candles are also made in Yorkshire.  Each one is hand poured for us using beautiful oils and the addition of beeswax gives the candles a lovely creamy colour, plus negative ions, the burning beeswax emits gives a cleaner air to breathe.  

 Et voilá - a little bit of Lily Ella Hygge just for you.

heart candle

 Last but not least, as it’s Halloween and the shops are full of pumpkins, start or finish off your night with a warming seasonal pumpkin soup – this easy recipe comes highly recommended by our Merchandiser Lesley who is a huge fan of James Martin.  James has given a traditional pumpkin soup a contemporary twist by turning it into a thai soup –  delicious!

 pumpkin soup

image courtesy of BBC goodfood.com



James Martin’s Thai Pumpkin Soup


1.5 kg pumpkin or squash, peeled and roughly chopped

4 tsp sunflower oil

1 onion, sliced

1 tbsp grated ginger

1 lemongrass, bashed a little

3-4 tbsp Thai red curry paste

400ml can coconut milk

850ml vegetable stock

lime juice and sugar for seasoning 


Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.

Toss the pumpkin or squash in a roasting tin with half the oil and seasoning, then roast for 30 mins until golden and tender.

 Meanwhile, put the remaining oil in a pan with the onion, ginger and lemongrass.

Gently cook for 8-10 mins until softened.

Stir in the curry paste for 1 minute, followed by the roasted pumpkin, all but 3 tbsp of the coconut milk and the stock.

Bring to a simmer, cook for 5 minutes, then fish out the lemongrass.

Cool for a few minutes, then whizz until smooth with a hand blender, or in a large blender in batches.

Return to the pan to heat through, seasoning with salt, pepper, lime juice and sugar, if it needs it. *

Serve drizzled with the remaining coconut milk and scattered with chilli, if you like.

*Top tip from Lesley – for extra flavour add 1 tbsp of fish paste to the soup and top with chopped peanuts and coriander


Et voilá – a Hygge evening, Lily Ella style, just for you – enjoy!

PS here’s the book that triggered the whole Hygge phenomenon… hygge book

 Photo courtesy of lattelisablogspot.com








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