The Danes have hygge. The Swedes have lagom. Now, Laura Weir, a beloved lifestyle journalist and editor-in-chief of London Evening Standard’s weekly ES magazine, introduces American readers to the Brits’ best-kept secret—coziness—an indulgent, luxurious, yet unfussy way of creating comfort and joy.
Cosy is “the slacker’s guide to staying at home, an antidote to peak frazzle.” With trademark Anglo cheekiness, Laura Weir perfectly captures the British essence of cosy. She celebrates socks, warms to the joys of toasty open fires, and extols the virtues of a quiet walk, ultimately enticing us all to create the British magic of cosy in our everyday lives.
With more than 140 whimsical illustrations and interviews with British lifestyle experts, including Melissa Hemsley, Sophie Dahl, and Dolly Alderton, Cosy is a perfect reminder to slow down, have a cuppa, and settle in when life pushes you into overdrive.
In this delightful celebration of British coziness, Weir, editor-in-chief of the London Evening Standard's ES Magazine, provides readers soothing ways to escape everyday stresses by luxuriating in one's home. She explains that this "paean to retreating" arose from her attempts to seek comfort from "politically dark winters and the relentlessly bleak news cycle." Advising readers to give themselves "permission to seek solace and comfort in harsh times," she recommends feasting (included are recipes for cottage pie and apple crumble, among other homy dishes), knitting, watching a cozy movie (such as Little Women or Dead Poets Society), and (of course) brewing a strong tea. Chapters on "Cosy Clothing" and "Home and Hearth" teach readers how to dress for the indoors (sweaters, socks, and a shawl are necessary) and to bring the proper lighting and temperature (if readers are lucky enough to have a fireplace) to a home. "Whether your home is humble or hefty, shabby chic, or flashy, or bleak; your home is your castle, your domain, your space." Weir's winsome, particularly British riff on the hygge craze will aid readers wishing to bring more comfort into their lives and homes.