Firstly, a Happy New Year to you! It’s so good to be back here ready to share a fresh new 12 months of home interiors discoveries, challenges and projects with you.
So here we are in January – that long, rather bleak month which seems to stretch out to infinity with its cold, biting air and dark mornings. It’s also the time when we have finally taken down our wonderful Christmas trees and cleared everything cheerfully festive and sparkly back up into the attic for another year. The upside to this is that for many of us, ridding the house of tinsel and other excess dust-attracting décor gives us a welcoming, clean, refreshing feeling, however the lack of twinkle and greenery can also make our homes feel that little bit bare and less inviting than before. It’s for this very reason that I’ve decided to dedicate this first blog post of 2017 to giving you a few ideas on how you can fill that void left by the Christmas decorations in your home and embrace the season of winter throughout your interior décor.
Like a lot of people, we spent some time at the weekend putting our tree up and adding some festive touches to our home. As we hung our decorations and draped the fairy lights around, it occurred to me that we were formally welcoming the beginning of Winter in all its sparkling, glittering glory, and so, rather sadly, once again bidding farewell to Autumn and its lovely mild weather and beautiful colours.
For me, it’s important to welcome in a new season with some subtle tweaks to my home decor, be it cosy cushions in Winter or vases of daffodils in Spring. A few weeks ago, with Christmas still a distant thought, I started shopping for some decorative winter additions for the home. I was on a mission to choose some ‘Hygge’ friendly pieces to make the house warm and inviting to festive visitors and I found some gorgeous homewares from my favourite high street stores that I wanted to share with you. Hopefully it will inspire you to think about your own home decor this coming season!
I talked yesterday about the Danish culture of hygge and how you can embrace it as a way of life, both tangibly in your home decor and emotionally by spending more time on yourself and with friends and family. Although the high season of hygge is during the winter months, it can also be a focus throughout the summertime, as we prepare our homes and outdoor living areas to entertain friends and enjoy the longer, brighter evenings.
For now though, we need to get through the remaining weeks of winter, so for the purpose of this post, I’m looking at key interiors pieces you can bring into your home to make it a more ‘hygge’ environment throughout the gloomy winter weather. For the Danes, hygge is purely focused on belonging to the moment, just being grateful for what you have and enjoying the good things in life with good people. It’s that simple and it really is believed to have a positive and uplifting effect on your inner soul. Why else would Denmark supposedly be the happiest nation on earth?
If you’ve been checking out the blog this week, hopefully you’ll have been inspired by my Christmas Trend Watch series and maybe even done a little spot of decoration shopping this weekend? So far, I’ve taken a look at two key decor trends on the high street this Christmas season – ‘Winter Wonderland‘ (think pure whites and velvety creams with hints of metallic and glass) and ‘Nordic Homespun‘ (Scandi red and white with a homely, handcrafted feel). For my third and final part of the series, I’m going to look at the ‘Heritage’ trend, a warm, cosy blend of rich reds, greens and golds, giving that traditional country house at Christmas feel. (more…)
For most of us, now is the time to get cracking with readying our homes for Christmas… or at least starting to think about it! As part of my Christmas 2015 trend watch series of posts, I have already looked at the ‘Winter Wonderland‘ decor theme with its predominance of soft, snowy whites and shimmering metallics. So, if you love an all-white, pure and simple decor scheme with a subtle hint of sparkle, this look is for you. If you haven’t done so already, head on over here for some ideas on creating this look.
Today I want to let you know about another beautifully simple trend that has been inspired over the years by the tranquil Christmas decor schemes of Scandinavia. A personal favourite of mine, the ‘Nordic Homespun’ trend taps into everything Scandi and über cool, yet with a warming, handcrafted, homey feel. This look will work for you if you have a fairly neutral interior already, but like a pop of colour to lift the festive spirits. (more…)
Over the next couple of days I’m going to look at this year’s main Christmas decor trends for 2015. Without a doubt, one of the most fun things to buy at this time of year is a shiny new Christmas decoration for the tree – it just gives us that warm and fuzzy festive feeling! However, before you hit the shops to treat your tree to some new glitter hardware, remember this: the trick is to rethink what decorations you already have and the different ways you can blend them into a well-planned and considered decor scheme that works for you and reflects your home’s personality. Believe me, rather than throwing every decoration you have from Christmases Past and ending up with a bauble bomb site, a little forethought now will make your home look classy, elegant and pulled together this Christmas, whatever your style! (more…)
Like it or not, we’ve begun the countdown to Christmas (sorry!) and we all know how quickly our diaries fill up with that date on the not-so-distant horizon. From November onwards, we open up our homes and welcome friends and family in for festive drinks and canapés, cosy candlelit suppers and dinner parties – it’s not known as the party season for nothing! It only follows then that now is the ideal time to take a step back and think about how we can transform our homes into the warm and welcoming venue it should be this party season. So, before you get around to issuing those invites, here are some ideas on how you can spruce up your abode for a touch of festive entertaining.
What better thing to do on a cold and blustery day than come in, throw your shoes off, get the kettle on and curl up for a few blissful moments with a nice big mug of frothy coffee or steaming hot chocolate. For many of us, our daily ritual of a warming cuppa is a stolen moment of peaceful contemplation and a momentary escape from our busy schedules, so it’s unsurprising that what we choose to drink our cuppa from is almost as important a part of the ritual as what we choose to drink.
At this time of year, there are some gorgeous winter collections around that feature beautifully designed coffee cups and mugs, so it’s a really good excuse to treat yourself to a new festive favourite. Don’t settle for last year’s chipped Santa novelty mug without feasting your eyes on this pretty lot first – let’s do this curled-up-with-a-coffee moment in style with my pick of beautiful mugs that take a definite nod to the winter season but without all of the tinselly tackiness… put that Santa-shaped cup away now…
Now that Autumn is well underway, and in preparation for the Winter months yet to come, it’s time to cosy up our homes. When the temperature dips towards freezing and that cold autumnal wind blows, there are fewer simple pleasures in life than coming home to a warm, welcoming retreat at the end of a long day, kicking your shoes off, wrapping up in cosy layers and enjoying the warmth and comfort….. However, we need to create this perfect winter hideaway first and sometimes it can be a struggle to bring it all together at a time of year that has its own added expenses, so here are a few ideas on how you can nail the Autumn retreat look for your home with a few key tweaks…
It’s always refreshing to find a new destination for fabulous homewares and I was not disappointed when I came across the new ‘Home’ range at Hush. Better known for its gorgeously chic yet simple womenswear, the Home collection at Hush is a new concept which encompasses lifestyle products such as throws and blankets, fragrances for the home including delicately scented candles, as well as loungewear and a small selection of beauty products. An exclusive collection still in its infancy, this collection of pieces is reflective of the qualities that in my opinion define the Hush brand: simplicity, understated style & easy living. I really hope this collection of pieces continues to develop and grow as I think it has incredible potential with these qualities at the fore. (more…)