I love this time of year – there’s something about those bright, crisp mornings and dramatic dark evenings that make me look forward to winter and all the loveliness that comes with it; layering up in thick woolly jumpers, watching fireworks and – my favourite – snuggling up at home. While log cabins and open fires are a sure-fire way to get that cosy feel, there are some more simple methods to create a toasty glow.
Time for nesting
Whether it’s big thick socks or fluffy white dressing gowns, texture plays a big part in upping the comfy factor over winter, so it’s a good idea to invest in some cosy textiles. Plump cushions scattered on beds and sofas give an instant ‘sink into me’ look, while deep colours and bold patterns, like those from the Indigo Blue collection (above), add extra warmth.
The right light
Around this time of year I totally forget about the main lights and rely solely on one or two lamps to light up my home. Natural textures and copper tones really enhance this warm feel, so this copper finish glass and wood lamp (right) is ideal. If I’m feeling really romantic, or if people are round that I want to impress, I dot a few candles around to create the right atmosphere. These ceramic lanterns are warm and stylish, and mustard is a versatile colour, so there’s no need to stash them away come spring. Having a cluster of candles in different shapes and sizes makes for a really stylish focal piece: try displaying these wooden candlesticks alongside heart bark effect hurricanes.
A nod to nature
Frost-covered branches and crisp brown leaves scream ‘magic winter woodland’, so I try and channel this feeling inside my home. Owls are very on-trend and super-cute, so let this fun glass owl candle (left) perch on the mantelpiece. This printed stag cushion is a perfect blend of comfort and style! For added toastiness in more ways than one, this reindeer draught excluder [LINK 5] adds a fun twist to an old classic.
Cold or otherwise, when it comes to lounging at home during the winter, I always make sure I’m wrapped up in a big warm throw! Whereas I used to have a few old ones packed away in storage, now I always have something good looking like this big brown faux fur throw draped over the back of the sofa. Looks the part and is always on hand when it’s time to snuggle.
Tip of the week
Wooden pieces – whether large items of furniture or the odd adornment – add an instant rustic cosy feel.
Three key pieces:
Spiced Orange & Amber Patterned Pillar Small, £3.50; Navy Knitted Textured Throw, £30; Wooden Tube Hurricane, £15 (available in selected larger stores)