How to update your home for Autumn

I should have hit post on this one a little while ago because we are well into Autumn now, I’ve been lighting the fire and wearing cosy knits for a good few weeks… How is it that we’re almost into November? I don’t know what it is about this time of year but it seems to pick up pace at an alarming rate. It’s my absolute favourite time of year so I need to take a lesson from nature and try and slow down and enjoy some of these days, rather than rushing from one job to the next, ticking everything off my ‘must get finished before Christmas’ list – anyone else have one of those?

How about you, are you embracing Autumn? Do you love this time of year? I love watching as nature changes, seeing the leaves change to brilliant shades of crimson and golden tones. Changing my wardrobe and filling it with big cosy knits and socks. Where comfort becomes fashionable! Taking long Sunday walks and coming back to the comfort of home and a delicious dinner and fire burning. I don’t even mind the darker evenings, after being busy all summer and making the most of the long evenings and too many late nights, I enjoy being forced inside to settle down earlier, an early bath for everyone, sinking into the bubbles and washing away the cold and dirt, lighting the candles and cooking with candle light, my favourite autumn playlist on repeat and reading a book or watching a film before an early bed.

I find that small changes to your home and little rituals like lighting a candle or enjoying a favourite family meal together helps create a magical Autumn and a time of year that everyone can embrace and enjoy. So here are my top tips to updating your home for Autumn and enjoying everything it has to offer, in the comfort of your own home.

Create a warm welcome

Get the hallway/boot room/entrance ready for Autumn. Make space to hang your coats and store your wellies and don’t forget to keep room for guests to hang coats and kick off their shoes too. The entrance to your home needs to work hard during these months so I like to keep it as functional as I can. A welcome mat to keep the floor clean. Wicker storage boxes holding hats and scarfs. A beautiful leather umbrella stand by the door. A basket of logs ready for the fire. Everything you need for a stylish and functional welcome during these wet and muddy days.

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Colour

Take inspiration from nature and update your colour palette. Autumn doesn’t have to mean bold orange and red colours, I’m not a lover of either but think deeper, moodier colours. Tones which will add depth and warmth into a room. Burnt golds, berry red, dark green, deep dark navy and touches of black. Whether you paint a wall(s), or change the accessories and furnishings, it’ll all help bring in the season and create a cosy, comfortable space. For quick fixes you could update cushions and blankets, introduce new artwork or create vignettes with the new deeper, darker tones in mind.

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Texture

The more the better at this time of year. Layer up different textures and colours to add interest and warmth for nights snuggled up at home. Sumptuous velvets, soft sheepskin, wool, leather, wicker and wood. Quick and easy ways to add more texture is to switch your cushions for an Autumn inspired range. Layer the sofa with different sizes, textures and a warm colour palette to sink into at the end of the day. Invest in a new blanket that you can curl up in. Sheepskin rugs by the bed to keep those toes warm… and these rules apply for each room in the home. Think about how you can update the textures and add soft furnishings to each of the rooms. Layering up blankets on the bed for cold nights. Laying a rug under the dining table… or by the oven where you cook! Wicker baskets filled with wood or extra blankets work in any room. Switch up your vases and pots for different textures and colours.

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Faux & dried Flowers

Nature offers up plenty of foliage and flowers to be dried for display at this time of year and the best thing, it’s all free, helps encourage your creativity and is seasonal. Add flowers to vases, create tablescapes and hang an Autumn door wreath. And if you need a little helping hand or you can’t find what you’re looking for out in nature, then you can find some of my favourite faux flower companies listed here along with a ton of inspiration.

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Candles

Soft, gentle and warm. Autumn would not be Autumn without filling your home with soft, flickering candles. They create a cosy, welcoming home, casting light into dark corners, dancing in the shadows, filling your home with your favourite seasonal scents. My favourites have to be apple, gingerbread and spiced scents… I’m holding out on gingerbread a little longer because for me that’s Christmas! So I’m burning all all the spiced apple scents right now, reminding me of those Sunday afternoons cooking homemade apple crumble.

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Create Autumn Vignettes

Update your sideboards and tables with Autumn vignettes. A vignette is a grouping of objects which create an interesting focal point. Vignettes are most successful when used in odd numbers and with varying heights, including wall art or mirrors. Update your displays with foraged items you find out walking, pine cones and conkers, add candles and seasonal books, dry orange slices and flowers to create a perfectly seasonal display.

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I hope these tips help you create a cosy Autumn home, I’d love to know what else you do to welcome Autumn.

Buying Guide: Faux Flowers

Flowers instantly transform a room. They have the ability to change the look and feel of a space with ease. You can dress a room for the season by bringing flowers indoors. They can create focal points on a console or dress a table for dinner. They can be as simple or elaborate as you decide or as the occasion requires. I think it’s safe to say that we all love flowers… but if like me you love to have flowers in every room at all times of the year it can become expensive! Which is where faux flowers come in.

Now I love nothing more than real flowers, flowers that fill a room with their beauty and scent but I also cannot deny how much I love faux flowers and the cost savings…. in the long run. I think it’s worth nothing that some faux flowers may seem expensive but they’re an investment and that’s worth remembering. When buying faux flowers they’re worth every penny so invest your money wisely and buy the best you can. Faux flowers don’t need to look like plastic, there are some amazing faux flowers on the market now and long term they will absolutely save you money. So, here are some of my favourites…

What do you think about faux flowers… love or hate?

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September Inspiration

Oh September… You fill me with inspiration.

The colours, the sounds, smells and tastes. Everyday I find myself thankful.

This month I’m inspired by the trees, giving us a sneak preview of what the next few weeks hold, shades of green with a burnt orange and yellow undertone. My hydrangeas by the front door, now fading and taking on a gentle vintage hue, aged to perfection and ready to be dried, their beauty frozen in time. Golden green apples and pears in abundance on the trees in our garden and long walks to pick the delicious berries filling our hedgerows, ripe for picking, so delicious and sweet we’re lucky to make it home with any left in our basket… And if they do, boy do they make the sweetest apple crumble, perfect for Sunday evenings as the nights close in.

One of my favourite things about September is all the food that nature is willing to give away so freely and so, it felt only natural that this month I focus my interiors inspiration in the kitchen. That and my love for apple crumble and custard, it’s one of my favourite desserts, what about you?

Muted green kitchens. If you’re feeling brave, green kitchen cupboards are a match made in heaven for country homes and if not, how about a wall or some freestanding furniture. I currently have some green paint ready to transform my bureau and I cannot wait!

Decorate kitchen tables with faded pink hydrangeas and berries, if you aren’t lucky enough to have your own hydrangea bushes to cut from, then Hudson Home have the most beautiful selection of faux flowers, perfect for this time of year. Bowls of juicy red and green apples on the kitchen worktop ready to crunch. Candles ready to burn, choose berry red and spiced scents to really capture the season.

Honestly, what isn’t there to love?

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Image credits: Neptune Home / Hudson Home / CakeandMoss / Houseonheatherfield / Pinterest

Trend Alert – Cane and wicker Furniture

Now this is a trend I can get on board with.

Perfect as Autumn starts nipping at our toes, cane, bamboo and rattan furniture is making a comeback and adding some much needed warmth and texture in our homes. No longer reminiscent of the 70’s  furniture reserved for conservatories, the high street have reinvented cane and wicker furniture.

Searching Pinterest a couple of weeks ago I found my first piece of cane furniture… a headboard. I fell head over heals and so began my journey looking for a similar cane headboard. No such luck as yet but it seems I’m not the only one a little bit in love with cane furniture. It’s popping up everywhere.

I’ve rounded up some of my most inspiring images, helping you introduce cane, bamboo and rattan into your home this Autumn/Winter. The perfect addition to Country Interiors, coastal cottages or boho homes alike with its natural textures, colours and warmth.

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Image Credits: Pinterest / Studio McGee / Maison Du Monde / RoseandGrey

Get The Look: Modern Country Bedroom

I’m so excited to start a new ‘Get the look’ series.

So many of you love seeing my mood boards and find them inspiring so I thought I’d take it a step further by selecting key pieces of furniture to share with you to help you shop the same look in your own home!

If this sounds good then my first mood board is now ready and all you need to do to shop the look and make sure you never miss another one is subscribe to my Design Journal here!

Modern Country Bedroom.

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