As winter starts to draw in and the nights get colder, it’s only natural for our thoughts to drift away from being outside and to pay some attention to our own homes. Whilst we start to look forward to those cosy nights in sat by the fire or watching a movie, I also see it as a great chance to refresh the appearance of my living space with a number of great accessories that can transform the look and style of my home for 2014 without having to buy brand new, expensive furniture.
This year I’ve been seeing some great and really stylish countryside inspired items, in particular carrying images of deer and stags. The neutral colours along with tweed and hessian fabrics can really give a home a simple but stylish design; adding a patterned design can keep it from seeming cold or drab.
My interest in this theme stemmed last year when John Lewis launched this snow white stag cushion. Although this does not suggest warmth in the home, accompanying my chocolate brown leather sofa would ensure a match made in heaven. Since it’s discovery last year, I can’t seem to go to any homeware store without finding some variation on this design. Moreover, the stag ‘do’ has increased tremendously this year with various ornaments and furnishings flooding the shop floor; with more and more such items attracting my attention.
As the nights draw in earlier and earlier, selecting the right lighting to create a feeling of warmth is essential. Ordinarily, I find the ceiling light too harsh to have on permanently in winter, so I usually prefer and opt for small, side table lamps to illuminate my living space. However, you can’t leave the light bulb dangling from the ceiling without it distracting the overall appeal of the room. That is why, this year, this John Lewis (I do love the John Lewis home department) deer lampshade is my winter must have home accessory as when lit, it is exhumes a warm glow. Alternatively, if you’re happy with your ceiling dressing (and have your table lamps covered, yes it comes in a lamp version too!) then I would highly recommend a collection of deep, wide and clear jars (which is large enough to hold church candles), such as these gorgeous rope heart holders from Not On The High Street or hurricane lamps to provide an alternative, warming light source.
Finally, of course no living space in winter would be complete without a throw or blanket for those particularly colder days; which also creates an inviting and snuggling space. I like this faux fur throw from John Lewis, available in grey, dark brown and cream (£80). I recommend strategically ‘throwing’ it over the top corner of the sofa so that it drapes over the arm rest, the seat and hangs over the front for that careless look; much like this look found on Pinterest. It’s a great finishing touch to the winter living room. Moreover, if your household is anything like mine, you end up fighting over the temperature in the room, a throw is one sure way to help overcome that tiresome battle!
Now it’s time to pass the hot chocolate (though I am partial to a warm cider too!) and enjoy that well deserved rest- it’s hibernation season don’t you know!