Our Top Tips for Embracing Autumn
Who doesn’t love Autumn? Big chunky jumpers, fresh brisk walks and the great outdoors drenched in breathtaking colour.
Although the days are getting shorter there are many things to look forward to. Autumn is definitely a time to take stock, the back to school excitement of September has settled itself down into normal everyday routine, and there is a pleasant feeling of quiet before the Christmas storm. The darker nights mean that at 7pm it’s perfectly acceptable to put on your pyjamas and settle in for the night. Preparing your home (and yourself) for this most evocative of seasons can be as easy as pumpkin pie.
Get your knits out!
Autumn is the perfect time to ‘wrap up’ your home and prepare yourself for the colder months ahead.
By adding textures and layers you can create a feeling of comfort and warmth. Prepare your sofa by draping throws and plaids over the arms. Wool, weaves and faux fur help keep you cosy in the evening when the temperature drops (especially if the husband is unconvinced about turning the central heating on full blast just yet).
Pack away your lighter, linen cushion covers and switch to richer tones in mustard or navy, or earthy tones of green and taupe.
Light the way
Light candles, even when you don’t have guests. Tea-lights and votives can twinkle away (they needn’t be expensive), adding ambience by flickering light into dark corners.
Choose soy wax candles over parafin as they are natural, environmentally friendly and will not release any toxins into the air when they burn.
The scent of your home is very personal and choosing a fragrance you love is a simple way to feel good. Candles create a cosy atmosphere and any with warming notes (such as ginger, amber, cedar and vanilla) will bring you a sense of peace and calm.
Stock up and store
Think about storage, especially in the hallway and areas where there is more traffic. At this time of year there are always more coats, more boots and more mud! Prepare by adding some handy shoe storage in your hall, a basket for brollies, and if you have a dog, stash a towel by the door so you are able to deal with muddy paws as soon as you get home.
Stock up on wood for the fire and fill baskets with logs to accentuate your fireplace as a focal point of the room.
Flowers, foliage & the great outdoors
Decorate with nature and embrace the colours of Autumn. There are many beautiful blooms in warm Autumn shades, as well as fruits and seasonal foliage to add texture and character. If you are feeling brave have a go at an Autumn wreath. Have a look at Sophie Warren-Smith’s Wreath & Garlands Pinterest board for ideas.
One of the best things to do in Autumn is get outside and take a walk to pick blackberries, find conkers and kick about in the leaves. Enjoy the magic of this most spectacular of seasons.
Hunker Down and Enjoy!
For us the appreciation that we don’t have to don any form of swimwear for quite some time makes the Autumn season a firm favourite. We love packing away the flimsy summer dresses and sandals and pulling forward our treasured winter coats from the back of the cupboard. Autumn is a great time to indulge a little. Switch from salads to hearty stews and definitely enjoy a sweet treat or two. Stock up on good coffee and hot chocolate so you can appreciate a steaming cup after you return from a lovely woodland walk.
Draw the curtains, snuggle up and enjoy some down time. The key to enjoying this season is to give in to it and enjoy the simple things in life. Light candles, read a book and enjoy the perfect cup of tea or a glass of wine.