It’s officially Winter! And I don’t know about you but my home is so not equipped to deal with the cold! Are any homes in Queensland?!
So here are our Top 5 ways to make your living room (and any other room) winter appropriate, without ripping up the floorboards to install underfloor heating!
Candlelight is the most amazing way to bring warmth to a living room. If you’ve got littles, you could use flameless candles or put them up on a high surface.
Our current favourites are: these gorgeous greywash lanterns from Down That Little Lane; this mercury hurricane from Freedom; these black metal lanterns from IKEA (a personal favourite as we had them at our wedding) and these wooden lanterns from Pottery Barn (did you hear they’re opening a store here in Brisbane and in Perth this year? I can barely contain my excitement!)
2. Blankets and Throws
I adore throws and blankets. They’re great any time of year but come Winter they really do come into their own. If I could, I’d have multiple in every room!
People really underestimate the amount of warmth lamps, particularly table lamps, can add to a room. For starters, they’re much warmer and softer than fluorescent overhead lights, and secondly, because they’re so much closer to you, you get much more of the heat given out by the lamps.
The one thing I hate more than anything about our current place is there’s no way to hang curtains. I love curtains! When we lived in the UK, they would be drawn as soon as we got home from work in Winter and they were invaluable in trying to keep a Cotswold cottage warm!
Current Favourites: these striped dove grey beauties from Laura Ashley, these duponi silk lovelies from Pottery Barn, these linen ones from Prèt-a-Portière, and I could buy every pair from Anthropologie but these ones really caught my eye!
5. Pillows and Cushions
If I could have 20 cushions on my living room sofa, I would. Sadly, I get veto’ed quite often, but I’m gradually upping the number! I love a sofa that’s so full of cushions it’s almost like a bed. And in winter, that’s exactly what you want – somewhere comfy, warm and inviting.
There are so many links I could put here for you, but I’ve edited my obsession down to include just a handful: this blue and white one from Pillow Talk, this winter-scape beauty from Adairs, this dusky pink and grey lambswool and alpaca darling from Country Road and this bright blue and gold one from Typo.
So, lovelies, how do you prepare your home for Winter? Have you already got the throws and candles out or are you hoping warmer weather is just around the corner?
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