Well hello there! I must apologise for the lack of posts over the summer, I hope you missed me a teeny bit! The kids had seven weeks off this summer so trying to keep them entertained whilst working meant that my blog was totally neglected, but hey rather that than the kids!!
We had such a fun summer but with the nights drawing in and the chilly evenings I’ve accepted that Autumn is now here! This has to be one of my favourite times of year, time to stock up on logs, light the candles, pull out the chunky knits and get cosy. What better time to give your home an autumnal makeover.
Just as we change our wardrobes from season to season I believe we should also change our homes to reflect the cooler weather. Not only does it mark the change in season it’s also a great way to shake things up a bit, have a really good clean and keep your house feeling fresh. So here are my top tips to give your home a simple autumnal makeover.
You can give your living room a whole new look by updating cushions, rugs and throws. Add extra layers, go for oodles of texture, cable knit, moss stitch, velvet, faux fur ones are all perfect. Burnt, rusty browns and oranges are my favourite at this time of year. Drape sheepskins over sofas, dining chairs, stools, beds or any available space. They add warmth and create instant snugness.
Sheepskin Rugs by Cowboy Kate available at Rockett St George
Images from Sainsbury’s Home Autumn/Winter collection.
Flowers – Faux & Fresh
I’ve spoken about mixing up faux and fresh flowers & plants in a previous blog. Now is the time to swap your peonies, roses and all your summer blooms for winter berries, holly, eucalyptus, colourful, textured foliage. This is a really quick way to inject some freshness into your home.
Images 1 & 4 – My home. 2 & 3 via Pinterest.
I’m like a magpie at this time of year when I’m out and about walking the dog, never come back empty handed!
Bundle sticks and branches together and place them by the fireplace or in vases and jars. Pine cones in all shapes and sizes look lovely in large glass or ceramic bowls. Pumpkins are perfect autumnal decor, arrange them outside on your doorstep or inside, along the mantle or grouped together to make a seasonal vignette.
Image above – My Home.
All images above from Pinterest.
Images 1,3 & 4 via Pinterest (similar pumpkin garland available at Lights4fun). 2 – My home.
Image above – My home.
Time to warm up with spicy, smoky autumnal, rich fragrances. I am obsessed with scents around my home. One of my all time favourites for this time of year is Cassis from The White company, the diffuser is a must have. Also on my wish list are these scented incense pyres and wood scented candles from Abigail Ahern.
Flowers and herbs are also a great way to add subtle fragrance at this time of year. Tie bunches of cinnamon, rosemary and eucalyptus and scatter them around the house. It will last for a few weeks and smell amazing.
Adding more candles and fairy lights at this time of year is a must for me. I love candlelight, I have t- lights dotted all around my home and as soon as dusk falls I go round lighting them all, make sure you have several clusters at different heights to create a warm, cosy atmosphere. I always have tons of fairy lights strung around my house all year round but this time of year I usually add a few extra. Drape over mirrors, mantles, door frames, kitchen islands, the dog! They also look great placed inside a bell jar like the one below from Lights4fun.
Very patient Dog image from Pinterest.
Neon signs are another favourite lighting choice to add a warm glow to your house on these chilly nights. Chances are you’ve already noticed them lighting up your Instagram and Pinterest feeds. They are great fun and you can be as cheeky and daring as you like. Companies like Light up North and bag&bones will customise them for you.
I Would love see you Autumnal interior updates. Tag me in your photo’s using #autumnalinteriors
Thank you for popping by. Happy foraging!