Winter is dreaded by many…
It’s bitter out there guys and it seems only a week ago that the shops had rails of pretty pastels and summer fabrics. Before you know it you have chapped lips and three pairs of socks on. When even the dog doesn’t want to venture out into that brisk wind, you know you are going to be spending many hours at home…
I have been busy with Christmas dressing this year in shops and homes alike, all of which have their own base style. So I thought I would suggest some tips for those who want to bring a cosy feeling to their living spaces without changing too much, and without breaking the bank.
The Reign of the Wreath
Long gone are the days when a wreath was considered as ‘old hat’. Wreaths are now scattered up and down composite doors near and far.
I always like to try and hand make my own wreath with family at a local garden centre, a trend that has firmly caught on this year. Wreaths are inexpensive and can be used perfectly as a candle holder when Christmas isn’t around the corner, but the winter theme is still trending.
Simply place pillar candles in the middle of the wreath, in the centre of your table. I suggest buying dried orange or cinnamon sticks to attach, so your dining area is scented beautifully too. If you do not like cinnamon or orange, cheat with some potpourri in a more favourable scent.
Cuddly Cushions & Throws
There is nothing better than sitting at home, on the couch, with a good film over the winter period. It’s way too cold outside to be socialising! I always change my cushions to a seasonal texture or colour to really set the cosy levels to 100. A really affordable way to seasonally dress your home, and bed!
Doing small changes to the area’s most lived in, usually cure the urge to redecorate throughout the year.
Flowers are good for your well being! I always carry a hefty supply of artificial too, they bulk out my arrangements. Replace your usual flower choice for a winter bunch. Green is the key. Try Eucalyptus, green Hydrangeas, Ferns and Fig leaves. If you are a lover of sparkle, add those in too. The fabulous thing about winter is that the rustic edge rules. Eucalyptus is easy to pair and fits into most schemes, year round.
Don’t be worried about your vase looking neat, have some fun with it!
If you are brave, why not try full length curtains. A perfect fusion of practicality and style.
The curtains will help to keep the heat inside at this time of year and also frame your windows beautifully.
If you are feeling extra, why not take a look at shutters, they polish a more period style home off beautifully.
Pine cones can sit beautifully anywhere that you decide to put them.
I usually spray some them very lightly with a colour or a glitter that I am trying to tie in to the rest of the room.
Scatter pine cones and clear, transparent baubles onto shelves, mantels and tables. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Let there be light
As always, I have to mention candles. Candles, in my eyes, are the easiest way to alter the mood in a room. Scented candles are perfect to add soft scent and a new hint of colour to your space. Pillar candles are fantastic for mantles and centre pieces and look beautifully rustic on their own. Winter scents are usually woody and deep. Rich scents are welcoming and cosy in their own right. The gentle lighting that they create will only help you on your way to creating your own piece of heaven on a cold winters evening.
Thanks for reading guys, may the winter blues be at bay.
Keep wrapped up and warm, with plenty of hot chocolate… it’s medicinal.