As our British summer has come to a sudden halt and we’re stuck with gloomy greys and darker evenings, it’s always a good time to think about changing your home to suit the current season. I find that as we make our way into Autumn I enjoy moving things around a bit and looking at how I can make my home feel a lot more cosier. September is all about pumpkin spiced lattes, warm oranges, deep reds and big chunky throws. If you haven’t got the money to go out and completely re-accessorise your home (which let’s face it, who does?) then try and move things around a bit, have a little spring clean (or autumn clean?) and you’ll feel all cosy within no time, ready for colder afternoons and snuggling up on the sofa with hot chocolate. Here’s a few things I’ve changed ready for the autumn season.
Cushions & Throws
I find that cushions are always a good place to start. If you’re anything like me then you’ll have a dozen scattered around the house. As it gets cooler I like to put a couple more into my living room to give it a bit more a cosy feel. I’ve had grey and light, dusty coloured cushions on my sofa throughout the summer, but I’ve decided to now go with a few darker feeling items. I’m using a burnt orange and red cushion, my lovely fluffy love-heart and a brown bear illustration cushion. And oh how I am a sucker for a good blanket/throw. Not only do they look pretty but there’s nothing better than having them handy on the sofa when you’re a little chilly watching TV. Or having them at the bottom of your bed for those nights where you have a duvet hogger in your bed. Before changing your cushions over though, why don’t you make sure that your sofa is looking clean and fresh ready for the cold, winter nights? I had never thought about doing this until my friend mentioned to me that I should do this to get rid of any germs or unwanted stains that have somehow found their way onto your sofa, (even though I can’t see any). I guess it’s good to be on the safe side though. That’s why she told me to start looking for the best upholstery steam cleaner that I can find so that I can spend an endless amount of time watching TV on the sofa without worrying about it being dirty. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner. I wonder if there is one that works for the carpet too, as this could do with a good clean?
Obviously as it gets darker earlier, lighting becomes even more important than during the summer months. I like to buy new side lights for my tables, as I tend to get bored of lighting quite quickly. The one light that we haven’t got bored with is this tripod style floor lamp. I find this goes with absolutely everything, it’s so simple and easy to style into any room and you can accessorise it with different lightbulbs – we currently have a copper one in ours. A great place for some lighting inspiration is Lampcommerce. I have recently fallen in love with their website and it’s inspired me to purchase ourselves some new floor lights. My favourite style from Lampcommerce is their Artemide range. There’s a huge variety to chose from and a couple on there that are very similar to our current floor lamp such as this Anglepoise original light and this Kundalini tripod floor lamp.
I tend to have a good switch around with vases or buy some new ones. I love flowers and succulents all year round and so I have a lot of vases. I find it’s nice to match them with the current season and it’s trends. My most recent new vase is this copper one. It goes really well in my living room and has a very ‘autumnal’ feel to it with it’s warm tones. I find that a new vase (with a good bouquet of flowers) can change the feel of any room and really brighten it up. I’ll also try and be a little creative with what I use as a vase and will sometimes use a jug from the kitchen or something that you wouldn’t necessarily buy specifically for flowers.
Because you really cannot ever have too many candles! I get told off for buying too many and so I’ve cut back a lot recently but now that we’ll be having darker evenings a lot earlier, I can see a candle shopping spree coming on. In a way I’m kind of useless with candles, I don’t buy them for their scent but merely on their looks. I have a wax burner where I burn a different scent every day so my apartment smells pretty, so to me candles are all about looks and cosiness – obviously if they smell good that’s a plus too.
Although I love summer, I really am looking forward to colder, darker evenings with hot chocolate, huge knitted throws, movies and snuggles on the sofa. Do you change your home up a little bit to fit in with the seasons?
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