A typical day at Home & Decor! Thanks to my fabulous team, who really work this hard to make every issue a quality read.
It’s time for Hyyge (say “hue-guh”)! This Danish word, which captures that warm fuzzy feeling you get when spending quality time with friends and family, is third on Collins Dictionary’s Word of the Year list – and deservedly so. Together with a sense of well-being, Hyyge is about simple pleasures that are warm and comforting, something we all desire.
So it is with this in mind that we bring you our December issue. From A White Christmas on page 62, which depicts a wintry Christmas that’s also filled with texture and warmth to inspire your festive decorating, to Homeward Bound on page 70, our primer on Hygge – what it means, and how you can create it at home; we want to show you that, although Danish in origin, everyone around the world can, too, enjoy the spirit of Hygge. Gifts are optional, although we have some fabulous suggestions in Needful Things on page 78.
We’ve packed our digital edition, too, with lots of extras – see how we pulled off winter in Singapore in our Inspiration photo shoot, created Hygge in a bare photo studio, and more! This issue is also significant to me, as it’s the last issue of Home & Decor I’ll be working on. From a staff writer 16 years ago to the post of editor today, I’ve seen interior trends come and go, and led the charge in evolving the brand from print magazine to the multiplatform brand it is now, with a top-performing website.
With all the challenges posed by the changing media and economic landscape, Home & Decor has remained Singapore’s No. 1 interior design title throughout the years, thanks to our always talented and indefatigable team and, of course, our readers. While I chart a new path for myself, I believe – for the magazine as well – that the best is yet to come!