I love this time of year. The light, the colours, those crisp crunchy leaves underfoot. We’ll not mention that last week full of the joys of autumn I kicked a huge pile of leaves while out walking our dog and toddler, slipped and sprained my ankle. Calamities aside what’s not to love about autumn?
I enjoy adapting my home to the season and thought I’d share a few tips for getting a more autumnal feeling in your home. I’ve recently read The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking and I’m sure the Danes will agree that there’s no season more Hygge that autumn.
It’s not autumn unless you have candles and lots of them. I love a candle and it’s quite possible that I can’t walk past a display without sniffing a few and more than likely purchasing at least one. I recently jumped on the bandwagon and tried out the Aldi dupes for Jo Malone. For the price they are great, you won’t get the same scent intensity as Jo Malone but they burn well. Warning – forget the beautiful packaging and excellent customer service synonymous with Jo Malone. The Aldi checkout is a gauntlet of sweat and nerves as your candle is thrust through the till in nano seconds and you stand there trying to catch it before it breaks, while simultaneously trying to pack your other items as the member of staff barks cash or card at you. Personally, my favourite candles are from The White Company, simple yet striking, a great range of fragrances plus often a cheeky 15% discount voucher. To create further ambience in the home, I recommend simple candlesticks on the dining table, lanterns filled with church candles and tealights in lovely holders strategically placed around the home.
Never mind spring cleaning we spend more time at home over the winter months so it makes sense to look at any updates you want to make to your home over this time. Have you been meaning to replace curtains or blinds around your home? With the dark nights you’ll be closing them an awful lot more so make sure you love them and they work for your room. Cushions are a great way to update your home for autumn and with velvet making a big comeback there’s no better time to invest in some luxurious cushions in rich, sumptuous colours or fabrics to compliment your existing interior scheme.
With your home looking cosy and inviting, why not get some friends round for red wine and hearty food. One of the things I learned reading about Hygge is that being with people is rated one of most important ingredients of happiness. So turn on the porch light and welcome visitors over for an evening of laughter and fun. Just remember to go easy on the wine because I’m not going to tell you that a hangover is any better in autumn than it is the rest of the year.
Talking of hearty food, in autumn I turn to soup making. My favourite being this recipe for red lentil and tomato soup from BBC Good Food. Perfect for filling lunches and a great warmer after being out in the cold. It’s particularly good with some crusty bread dunked in and it’s super quick to make.
Finally, my top tip for autumn is a cosy throw. There’s a lot of faux fur around just now so if you are looking for a little autumnal update for a sofa or chair get yourself a faux fur throw which will not only look good but will be perfect for snuggling under when watching those classic festive movies. Did I say festive? Watch this space for my Christmas blog series.