Although it’s exciting getting the kids dressed up on Halloween night, that’s not the only reason I’m excited about autumn. The penultimate season of the year is also about making your house as cosy, comforting, and welcoming as possible for the cold, dark evenings ahead.
Here are a few ways to make your home autumn ready, and have the interior looking as perfect as a meticulously carved pumpkin.
In our house during the day, all our sofa cushions are tossed onto the floor for somersaulting on or to make dens comfier. In the evening, however, they’re back on the sofa easing my back after a day of wrestling two boys. Cushion covers are ideal because they can be taken off and washed and also switched dependent on the season.
I have cute bunny covers for spring, bright colours for summer and Christmas-themed versions for winter. During autumn I use the orange and brown velvet covers that make the room feel "warm". They’re inexpensive so I don’t worry about them getting stained.
Although LED candles are a great invention, I don’t think anything beats the real thing when it comes to autumn/winter. LEDs are great if there is a breeze or if you don’t have time to go around lighting lots of wicks.
However, I think on a cosy night in, lighting them is half the fun, I even love the smell of matches! Warm-toned lightbulbs are another way to soften your lighting and of course, lamps are a must – they’re perfect for curling up with a good book under.
That Autumn Aroma
If you’re a fan of Motherland you’ll remember that hilarious scene where Liz reveals her hatred of "potpour-f**king-rri". However, in this case, she might be way off the mark. Potpourri is actually a gorgeous way to bring autumn into your home and as well as looking seasonal it also smells amazing.
If you’re feeling ambitious (and have the time) you could make your own as there are lots of recipes available online. If not, and you want the easy option, just grab some as an alternative to fresh flowers the next time you’re in M&S.
A Real Fire
When we purchased our home, I was delighted that it had a fireplace and that we’d be able to have a real fire for the first time. Roll on three years and we’re yet to use it (it might be something to do with the arrival of a new little person…!)
This year I’m determined that come autumn I’ll be snuggled in front of the flames in the evening feeling warm and relaxed. Therefore, I need to make sure I’m prepared by booking a chimney sweep to come and give it a good clean and make sure it’s safe. It’s going to the top of my to-do list in September!