Fill your home with seasonal scents
Ditch cloying air fresheners and make a Simmer Pot from real ingredients instead. Half-fill a saucepan with water and add seasonal herbs, spices, fruits and essential oils. Warm on the hob over a very low heat (topping up with water when needed) and enjoy the aromas drifting through your home all day long.
Make up your own recipes from these ingredients: star anise, orange or lemon peel, cloves, nutmeg, sliced apple, rose petals, cinnamon stick, pine sprig, cardamom, juniper berries, rosemary or thyme, root ginger, bay leaves, lavender oil.
Forage for natural decorations
Autumn’s colours are still wonderfully vibrant, so preserve them for bleaker times by bringing leaves, pinecones, berries and branches indoors to decorate your home. Arrange your finds simply in an oversized vase or create a quick seasonal wreath to bring natural colour and texture to a plain corner. This tutorial explains how to make a quick autumn wreath, like mine, above.
Be generous with textiles
Fabrics are the key to creating a cosy feel in your home, so look for sumptuous throws, blankets and cushions to generously layer on your bed and sofa. Natural fibres like wool and cotton are best. At Decorator’s Notebook we have some beautiful woven lambswool blankets this season, made by fair trade artisans in Central Mexico. Add rugs if you have hardwood or painted floors and opt for curtains instead of blinds. Heavy lined velvet or linen drapes look luxurious and help reduce heat loss too.
Embrace deep colours
Don’t fight the darkness! As well as being this season’s top decorating trend, dark colours can make rooms feel cosy rather than gloomy. Explore the dramatic range of paint shades from heritage brands, like this elegant Tyrian Rose from Fired Earth, or Farrow & Ball’s Stiffkey Blue. Add a shot of an unexpected accent colour to lift the look.
Soften the mood with firelight
A roaring fire in the hearth is an obvious way to warm up your home but, if a working fire isn’t an option, you can still create a gentle glow using candlelight. Fill a blocked fireplace with a mass of pillar candles, seek out vintage candelabras at flea markets and add natural beeswax candles or choose a pair of glass hurricane lanterns for the table.
How are you preparing your home for the winter months? Do you enjoy snuggling in front of the fire or do you wish winter away? Share with us in the comments or via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram @DecoratorsNotes.