Anyone else a little bit thrilled that autumn is here at last? I long to wear coats, hats and jumpers and I want to cook comfort food. I’ve been pinning new season looks for me and my home for a few weeks now (you can have a look at my Pinterest boards for inspiration here). I get a ‘nesting’ instinct at this time of year and start decluttering, recycling and generally sprucing up our home. I enjoy giving the house a lift for autumn, we recently painted our daughter’s bedroom but updating your home to welcome the new season doesn’t necessarily mean a complete overhaul of your decor. Simple touches like a new cushion or simply choosing flowers in darker tones will help to set the scene.
There are lovely little pumpkins and squashes around at this time of year and they can be very decorative. Personally I shy away from the orange varieties and op for the pale Ghost variety instead because they work really well with my neutral home. They look great in glass bowls and on bookshelves, add some fairy lights and you’ve got yourself a subtle seasonal display.
It’s a good time to update your soft furnishings too, anything from cushions and rugs to curtains and blankets will make your home look more inviting. I have a real weakness for blankets as the ground floor of our house is quite drafty, we like to snuggle under a huge soft blanket on the sofa. I love the texture of these giant hand knitted chunky blankets from Wool Couture and these from Lauren Aston are just a dream. Storing them might be a bit of an issue though…
Lighting is crucial during the winter months and having a few lighting options helps to set the mood. A combination of lamps and candles alongside a gorgeous blanket or throw can make you feel warm and cosy. I am on the lookout for a new lamp, both MADE and Oliver Bonas do some great ones but choosing one could be a bit of a challenge as there are so many covetable options. I am also completely obsessed with scented candles and tea lights, I love their gentle glow during the long dark evenings. The White Company sell beautiful scented candles, Wild Mint is my all time favourite but they have candles called Autumn and Winter too, the latter is divine and Oh My! It smells just like Christmas but I can’t got there, not yet anyway.
Now to flooring and I’m sure I sound crazy but sheepskin rugs are a must-have in my opinion. Trust me, they are more versatile than you think. They look great on the floor of course – my youngest daughter loves laying on ours but they look fantastic draped over dining chairs and benches, they really add a touch of Scandi chic to your space. Ikea do a great one for £30 and talking of rugs, I’m dreaming of a Moroccan rug from West Elm. Sadly I won’t be getting one until we have our loft conversion built but La Redoute do a great one too for about half the price. It’s a surprisingly good place to shop for interiors in general by the way, well worth having a look.
Now, time to hunker down and enjoy some hygge!
Pronounced ‘hue-gah’ – Danish word meaning cosiness and all things cake, warmth, blankets and time spent with your loved ones.
Sheepskin Slippers £15 (in the sale) – Figleaves
Kasbah Rug from £499 – West Elm
Terrazzo Lamp £85 – Oliver Bonas
Hygge Print £7.10 – Etsy
Monogrammed Mugs £6 – Anthropologie
Scented Candle £20 – The White Company
Pompom Cushion from £68 – Anthropologie
Marble Base Lamp £58 – Oliver Bonas
‘Let’s Stay Home’ Print £6.50 – Not On The High Street
Lauren Aston Super Chunky Hand Knitted Throw £250 – Not On The High Street