There is a chill in the air and a crunch in the leaves which can only mean one thing - Autumn has well and truly arrived.
Time seems to slow down after the Summer madness, and as the clocks go back sun-chasers give up the game and we all settle into a happy hibernation mode. As we start to savour nights in, we've got a few tips up our chunky knit sleeves to make the great hunker down all the more enjoyable.
So slip into your pyjamas, nestle under a blanket and have a look at how we like to cosy-up our Autumn interiors:
1. Store Away in Style
Commit to the season and put away your Summer clothes and homeware until next year. After all, a hall full of bright picnic rugs and Summertime clutter isn't very zen-inducing, now is it?
Pop what you can out of sight, safely stored away until Springtime, and then start to style the seasons using colour, material and mood.
There will be ample bits and bobs left around the house that are year-round essentials, and this is where storing in style comes into its own. Take inspiration from the craft-focused trend that's taken this year by storm and bring rustic materials such as wood, clay and wicker into your home. There is something soothing about surrounding yourself with natural materials at a time when we're not spending as much time outside as we do in the Summer months, it brings a sense of balance and warmth.
We love to make the most of the Winter Basket when de-cluttering our Autumn interior. Don't banish your woven Summer beach bags, but transform them into stylish storage solutions by filling them up with logs, knitting, books, toys and blankets. Don't forget to save a big basket for your wrapping paper supply - ready for some serious elf work when the time comes.
2. Make your Sofa a Sanctuary
As nights in start to be guarded in our diaries with smug enthusiasm, the sofa takes its star turn of the year. Layering up cushions on your sofa invites Autumnal lounging, making it seem more intimate and inviting with the mix of textures to bury yourself into. A statement throw can instantly transform the look and feel of your living room, as well as adding an extra layer to cosy into.
Welcome a warming glow and pop a few flickering candles on your coffee table so you can make your sofa sessions even more soothing. Avoid overpowering scents and opt for a calming natural beeswax or maybe a hint of fern.
3. Celebrate the Bounties of the Season
The magic of Autumn is largely down to the effort Mother Nature puts in. Pumpkins, colourful leaves, jewel-toned flowers and richly-coloured fruits make even a simple table display sumptuous. You can go rustic retreat with gathered wood and leaves displayed as you found them to celebrate their earthy tones, or opt for Autumnal opulence and add in rich colours and shimmering metallics.
Embracing craft techniques and natural materials suits the season down to the leaf-covered ground; not only is it the perfect mindful way to spend an afternoon inside, but it celebrates Autumn by bringing the outside in, so we can cocoon ourselves in a comforting natural environment.
Fallen leaves dipped in metallic paint and inscribed with the names of dinner guests add Autumnal cheer to your table at no extra cost, and just a little bit of effort.
'Tis the season to entertain, so get ready to wow and be sure to make your hallway welcoming with a little natural display that can last until Christmas.
3. Buy Bedding to Inspire Duvet Days
This is the time of year to refresh your bedding and maybe add an extra layer to keep toes toasty on chilly nights. New sheets are a luxury that make good nights turn into great days. And adding a colourful quilt on top of your bed brings extra warmth and a whole new feel to a room.
We're looking forward to cosying-up in our new Langur Bedding from Delhi-based design team Safomasi. If we have to get out of bed when it's still dark, let us at least be greeted by cheerful cheeky monkeys to guide the way.
So off we go to do a little bit of Autumnal scavaging; from golden leaves for our table, to flickering candles by our sofa and cosy quilts on our bed, we're looking forward to all Autumn has to offer.
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