I like this time of year. The days are longish, there are still moments of glorious sunshine in between downpours, and you can legitimately propose a barbeque with a jug of Pimms OR a roast dinner with red wine with only the slightest raised eyebrow to either. It’s a win-win time of year.
It’s also the time of year when we all prepare for the great Autumn hunker down and start concentrating on self-preservation in the colder months. Summer duvets get stored away and replaced with the tog equivalent of The Michelin Man, and we plan how to make our spaces snug and cosy in anticipation of long nights curled up on the sofa clasping mugs of tea for warmth.
So, as we start to replace Instagrams of parks and picnics with pubs and burnt orange leaves, here are my top tips for embracing Autumn:
Keep Warm in Style
If you’re anything like me, the minute the temperature drops my feet and hands seem to seize up with disgust and the evenings become a battle between them both over who will lose feeling first. My remedy to this is a combination of the softest bed socks you can find and a cosy quilt to swaddle yourself in. Layering both your home and your person is key.
My swaddling of choice this year is our Japanese Festival Quilt designed by Delhi-based team Safomasi and inspired by their travels around Japan during the weird and wonderful festival season. Cobalt blue is a great colour to use in Autumn to brighten up your home - it has an energy about it that uplifts and it works perfectly against this year’s palette of Winter-morning greys layered with neutral fluffy cushions or sheepskins.
Bring the Outdoor In
When the weather is good there is nothing I like more than long leafy walks soaking up the bright natural colours and organic forms outdoors. But during the cooler months I tend to shuttle between buildings, keeping my exposure to the outdoor elements at an absolute minimum. I’ve noticed over the years that keeping nature ever-present in my surroundings helps me to retain balance as the seasons change.
This RHS article lists some suitable flowering houseplants for the Winter – I’m going to opt for a Jasmine plant as I love the scented little white flowers.
Store a Little Bit of Sunshine
Don’t get me wrong, I love the Winter months, but I do like to remind myself when I’m sipping my third hot chocolate that sunshine still exists somewhere around the world, and that I’ll be reunited with it soon. Call me escapist if you will but we all need a touch of travel to break through the Winter gloom.
My sofa is currently bursting with prints and patterns that make my heart sing. I currently cuddle up to three gorgeous cushions from The Alleppey Collection by Safoamasi that instantly transport me to the Keralan backwaters and inject a ray of sunshine into my home.
If it Doubt, Let's Cuddle for Warmth
Images: 1. Postcards Home 2. Safomasi 3. The Guardian 4. Safomasi
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