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Your home style this Winter

The one thing that is positive about winter isn’t that it is cold, it’s that the décor for keeping your home warm isn’t always the prettiest! Chunky draught excluders, bulky radiator covers and heavy, thick curtains are usually some of the additions you’ll see around a home getting ready for the colder weather. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be that way at all!

Sitting in front of a fireplace with cosy socks on and a mug of marshmallow-laden hot chocolate is a lovely image, but behind the scenes is a steep energy bill and some of the least stylish equipment possible for keeping the home warm. With a few adjustments and some clever design ideas, you can keep your home stylish for the colder season and keep your energy bill low!

Insulation is a big factor when it comes to keeping the home warm and almost a quarter of the heat in your home escapes through the roof! Thin windows, hidden cracks low or high where you can’t see them and a roof with missing tiles that is not insulated are all the reasons for a home that is chillier than the norm. You don’t have to worry though, as there are ways around these issues. You can buy carpet like this, which is thin but perfect for loft insulation. You can also follow tutorials like this so your draught excluders fit the season. Unleash a little creativity and you can stay toasty and stylish.

Draughty windows are a big deal in a cold house, and here you will find some really stylish fabrics to make your curtains look gorgeous while keeping those draughts out. Thicker curtains to keep the heat out need to be floor length if possible, or at least to the bottom of the window ledge. Leave them open during the sunnier days – even though it’s cool out – as the natural light and heat will do your home some good.

Dressing your floors is so important. Parquet, laminate and wooden flooring may look stylish through the year, but those floors tend to get pretty chilly in the early morning and late evening in winter. Use hall runners and wool rugs in the main rooms to keep those toes a lot less frozen and give the home a little more heat. Sheepskin is so in right now, so rugs like this are perfect for the cold months.

You may not have a fireplace in your home but that doesn’t mean you have to be without a fire. Fake fireplaces such as these are a fab way to add some heat, style and a focal point to the living room. Plus, you get to sit and stare into the flames while you sip that cocoa and storms rage outside! However if you don’t have the space for a fireplace what about a designer radiator? Something a little bit different to the normal white ones you see in most houses.

You don’t have to be behind the times with your décor. With a little tweak here and there, you can have a winter that works your personal style while keeping you warm!

Halloween Chic…

It’s that time of year again, where the trees are starting to change colour as the Summer rolls into Autumn. The children will be heading out to collect the conkers and choose their halloween outfits.

Each year we carve pumpkins, not always with brilliant results, but the children have so much fun doing it. We don’t really go all out with decorating the house, this year however I thought I would have a look at ways to add a bit of the halloween spirit to our house but in a chic style.

Pumpkins

Now no home is complete without some kind of pumpkin for Halloween. Forget about the triangular eyes, nose and scary mouth style pumpkins. I am thinking, painted, whites, golds with some glitter, ribbons or even wrapped in fabrics. Or non-curved just little collections of the tiny little squashes that come in variety of shapes and colours, green, orange and white. They can be at the front door to welcome those trick or treaters, added to the centre of tables, in fire places on dressers. Anywhere you can make a bit of space to add some halloween chic.

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Halloween wreath

Now you know I’m a sucker for a door wreath, I love them all year round. So why not find a lovely door wreath, a ring of tiny pumpkins, or autumnal florals. You could even make something out of fallen leaves.

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Halloween Table

I love a great looking table, all set nicely ready for a family meal or having guests round for dinner. I cannot wait to be able to have our dinning set up beautifully for longer periods of time instead of just when it’s a special occasion. Filling the table centre full of beautiful pumpkins, flowers and little candles during the Autumn but as our table is also for the children’s crafts and for homework it never happens.

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Shabby chic halloween

Shabby chic Halloween seems to be becoming more popular, as I spend hours on Pinterest these beautiful pink pumpkins keep making their way onto my feed. I’m not sure they are for everyone but I love them and think they are so pretty, so I thought I would share with you a few ideas.

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Do you style you home for Halloween? What do you think so these ideas?

 

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5 Interior Design Ideas for This Winter

Ready to retreat indoors this winter into full hibernation mode? It always helps to have a cosy atmosphere at home to keep you going on those winter nights in. This can be achieved through some simple interior design tips, which will also come in handy when you have family over during the holiday period.

If you’re thinking of sprucing up your home decor this winter, we have 5  great interior design ideas for you below.  If you decide to get anything installed, don’t forget to invest in the necessary high-quality materials for all your fixings such as balustrade components.

Warm up a room by layering soft and comfy textiles on your furniture.

Adding in throws and quilts to create a layering effect on your sofas, chairs, and beds can really create an atmosphere of warmth and cosiness in a room. Opt for soft and knitted fabrics for the cold winter months. You and your family can wrap yourself up in the snug blankets to beat the chill, and they’ll also make your room look comfortable and inviting!

This is ideal for living rooms and bedrooms where you will be spending most of your time indoor to escape the cold. In the bedroom, add an array of layers over your bed such as quilts and throws. In the living room, add in extra pillows and cushions to help create a supremely inviting and cosy look for the room.

Cover the floor with sumptuous rugs.

Nobody wants to walk around on a cold bare floor when it’s already chilly outside. This tip will not only ensure that your feet don’t get cold and help with insulation, it will also amp up the colour and style factor of a room.

Even if your floor is fully carpeted, adding a more plush rug on top during the wintertime helps to give a room a more warm and cosy feel.

Incorporate some wooden elements to create a cabin-like feel in your home.

Everybody dreams of retreating into a beautiful wood cabin in the mountains during the chilly winter days. Create that atmosphere in your own home by adding wooden accessories, This could be anything from rustic pieces of wooden furniture, or even some chopped fire logs displayed stylishly. Wooden design elements are really effective in evoking a feeling of warmth indoors.

If you have a fireplace, get a fire going and spruce up the area around it to make it a focal point in the room.

Possibly the best winter interior design element is a beautifully designed and decorated fireplace with a roaring fire. This really gives you the feeling of being tucked away in a cosy cottage, and it’s a pleasure to come home to. The glow that the fire emits also naturally adds beauty and warmth to any room.

Adorn your fireplace with festive decor during the holiday period. Or display your favourite ornaments and family photos on the mantel. A fireplace is a great investment for winter and when decorated correctly, it really can become the focal design point of any room.

Light a few pretty candles for an instant ambience uplift.

This is a very simple and cost-effective interior decor tip for you this winter. Invest in an array of cute candles and stylish candelabras or lanterns that you can use to create an attractive display. This can be done on your dining room table, coffee table, or even in and around a fireplace.

The flicker of the candlelight adds a cosy intimacy to any room and will definitely help get you through the dreary winter nights. Many candles available these days also help your room smell delicious! Just make sure you stay safe by keeping your candles away from any potentially flammable materials.

So what are you waiting for? Implement the changes now while daylight is on your side, and hunker down for those cold nights that are drawing in. As the leaves fall and start to change colour, this should be your indication that the freezing cold mornings and low in the sky sun are just on the horizon. Winter is drawing in but when it’s cold outside, follow some of our helpful hints and you and your loved ones will be warm and cosy in your beautifully designed home.

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