5 ways to cosy up your home for winter

How to make winter simmer pots - Decorator's Notebook blog

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… 

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Off to the Lakes: Joe’s fell-walker’s kit list

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The transition between seasons never seems quite so stark as it does between summer and autumn. As we creep past mid-October it seems that in just a matter of days the leaves have turned and it’s time to light the fire in the evenings. It won’t be long before we’re waking up in the dark…. 

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15-minute make: autumn wreath DIY

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Autumn is the most beautiful and intriguing time to live in the countryside. It’s when I get my strongest cavegirl tendencies and I love gathering nuts, berries and mushrooms to cook and preserve. Inspired by the return of Nature in the Home this week I decided to get crafty with my autumn gatherings (instead of… 

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Nature Table: red

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Everywhere I look now, vibrant autumnal reds are catching my eye… {all Decorator’s Notebook Blog} We’ve been photographing a lot of our products for the Decorator’s Notebook Shop against this slate background… it does something wonderful to colours and gives quite a different mood to the bright white backdrops you often see in online interiors… 

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Shake your tail feather

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I find myself adding more and more natural touches to my rooms at the moment… a delicate seedhead here, a crispy-dried hydrangea head there. Next time I head back to Somerset I’m on the hunt for dramatic pheasant tail feathers to add to my hoard. {via Home Beautiful} {via Britta Nickel} {via Serin & Sorrel}… 

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Weekday baking

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I always take a wholesome loaf cake up to the Lake District with me so we can enjoy a slice with a cup of tea after a long day of walking on the fells. This year, I’ll try this Spiced Ginger Cake recipe via the ever mouthwatering Roost. {Roost} Time and transport (four hours courtesy… 

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If you go down to the woods today

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A former editor of mine once informed me that only stylists have picnics. Of course I disagree… but an autumn picnic on a hanging table with real glasses and silver candlesticks in the middle of a woodland glade? Yeah ok. I’ll give her that one. Whimsical yes, but tell me you wouldn’t want one of… 

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