I always like to make little house updates to reflect the seasons, and seeing as autumn is all about coziness I couldn’t resist a few little updates to make the long, dark nights warmer.
First up the sofa:
I already had the cable knit throw and cushion but they usually sit on a different chair (home tour coming soon so you can visualise the space) but with our flat finally beginning to feel the cold I knew it needed to be in arms reach for marathon Netflix sesh’s. I love tartan and it’s such an autumn / winter staple, especially when it comes to decorating the christmas tree. I picked up the tartan pillows at Wilko’s and Asda. I love how the colour looks against the warm oatmeal sofa and the cream cushion and throw. I then picked up the stag cushion from Primark. It’s so soft and the picture is really great, I’ve seem some digital print cushions that are grainy or blurry but this one is fab!
Next up the dining table:
I love decorating with natural materials and bringing the outside in, and autumn is a time for all things wooden. My dining table usually just features the big blue vase (from Oliver Bonas) and the copper rimmed vase and copper based tealight holder (from H&M) but I thought I’d step it up a notch. The three tealight holder is from The Mall Deli in Clifton Village and is made from Welsh wood. Then there’s a tiny bottle with some twigs in it that used to hold essential oils, an olive wood mini dish from my recent trip to Greece and finally a gorgeous wooden secret box (it contains a teeny tiny drawer) which Tom bought me from Fuerteventura. I love how all the wood tones look against the wooden table, it just feels so warm and fresh.
Speaking of bringing the outside in, can you see the branch in the background? I found it on my recent woodland walk, I’m going to wrap some copper wire fairy lights around it and I think it’ll stay there all year round to give a warm glow to the dining area.
Finally, here’s a glimpse into what my home looks like most nights. We always have candles burning and here’s some of my current set ups:
I love this vintage cigar box that my dad gave me, it currently holds my to-be-developed film rolls. It sits in the yellow section of my colour-coordinated bookcase along with this lovely berry scented candle.
The demijohn is something my dad gave to me, I’ve filled it with copper wire fairy lights – they don’t heat up so it’s fine to put them inside the glass. I bought the tartan heart from Wilko (it’s one of their Christmas decorations) and I think it looks great in this little display. However, because it’s probably flammable that does mean I don’t light the Moroccan lantern that it’s hanging from.
The candle blew out just as I took this doh! I found this beautiful red leaf so decided to re-home it just for a few days. It sits in an old brown bottle which I think used to hold some Ale, and now either holds candles or gets used for fancy dress pirate costumes. The little round candle holder is another olive wood souvenir from Greece and the vase holds little bits and pieces I find in the garden. Currently a feather and piece of wheat.
So that’s how I’m giving my flat some autumnal love, how about you? And special touches to make your home cozy and warm? I think it’s nice to make a few changes before the madness of Christmas decorating takes over.
Love Sarah x