Is it me or does this Winter seem to be lingering!? Having barely survived the coldest march day on record for 27 years I’ve turned my attention to cosying up. Out again come the wool socks and winter jumpers and I’ve been cold-proofing my home too.
When it comes to making your home feel cosy, think about the light. Bright light can make a room feel cold so try softer lighting with dimmers and lamps. A roaring, open fire is about the cosiest thing I can imagine.
You can channel this feeling with candles if you don’t have the real thing.
I just love these crochet-covered jars and mugs. How much nicer to have a warm cuppa covered in wool?!
Covering things in wool has been something of a trend in previous winters, and it’s one of my favourites. See how the bulky, soft texture invites you to sit and relax, to make yourself at home.
My strategy for surviving this cold spell in comfort is a three-pronged attack:
1. Get out all your warm wool blankets and squasy pillows and pile them on to your bed or sofa to make an inviting pile.
2. Indulge in some baking (or at least eating) of some serious comfort food. I made these raspberry swirl buns at the weekend and not only were they delicious, but they filled my house with the aroma of baking and almost made me forget the miserable weather all together.
3. Put the kettle on. A classicly British solution to our weather and a darn good one too. If you’ve gone to the trouble of baking (or leaving the house to buy) cake then why not go the extra mile and set yourself a nice tea tray and settle in? If you can persuade a friend or two to venture over to join you then so much the better: I love the turquoise example below.
And finally, although additional to the coping strategy, try and keep in mind that Spring really is around the corner. This beautiful tea cup and saucer set might just help get you feeling more springy…
And if not, not to worry: you’ve just built yourself the perfect, winter-proofed hiding place!
I'm a freelance interiors stylist with a keen eye for the unusual and the creative. I love nothing more than discovering a new use for everyday objects or finding original ways to display my treasures. I trawl the web to bring you the most interesting ideas I've found and hope to inspire a little too! Read more posts by Vicky.