Getting cosy for winter

I’m a big fan of winter, a time where you can start to get the jumpers out from the cupboard, add warm throws to the sofa and get comfy. Here are some simple things to get your home cosy this winter:

Let there be light

Candles add ambience and fragrance to your home. With so much choice it’s important to choose one scent for your room, rather than a mixture. Fragrance vapours have also become popular and will last a lot longer than traditional candles but won’t create the same feel as candle light. Tea lights twinkle in the winter darkness and lanterns will make it feel homely, particularly if you have a fireplace and can place them nearby. I love burning essential oils whilst placing twinkly tree lights over the mantle piece mixed in with some foliage. My favourite scent at the moment is St Eval’s bay and rosemary oil.

Soft touch

You can never have enough soft textiles for your sofa. Throws add depth to your living room, and can also change the feel of it, particularly if you want to introduce a new colour and texture to your space. It’s an inexpensive way to make a contrasting change without redecorating the place.

Simply fold a throw over the back of the sofa or stored in a basket ready for Sunday evening snuggles.


As we head into winter, the flowers that are in season change. You’ll notice more berries and darker greens available. Spruce pine cones always remind me of Christmas. The smell of them ooze evergreen scents. Once more, they can be collected right outside your doorstep and placed straight into a bowl or spray painted.

Switched on

Lamps really set the mood in winter and will give off a warm yellow glow. I’m a firm believer that you can never have enough lamps but always ensure you balance the style and the height of the lamp with the room. For example, high ceilings will suit long, tall, long lamps whereas, whilst low ceilings will be opened up by up-lighters with exposed tops.

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People often think wreaths are only for Christmas, but they’re becoming more popular all year round using spring tulips or summer lavender. In winter, you can’t beat spruce, holly and red berries. For ideas on how to make a wreath, visit my previous post here.

So grab your cuppa and your cashmere socks and settle into a cosy evening on the sofa.


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