Dressing your home for the cold weather

Winter is approaching which means you need to start dressing your home for the cold weather.

Time goes faster and faster, and the cold creeps up on us so quickly. It only seems like a few weeks ago that the sun was out and everyone was sipping cold drinks in their back gardens. Now there’s a pretty distinct chill in the air.

Of course, for a lot of people, this is fantastic news! It means that sweater weather is finally here, we get to see the beauty of the leaves changing, and yes, pumpkin spice lattes are back on the menu. The cold is only ever really fun if you’re able to snuggle up somewhere warm to escape from it. With that in mind, here are a few simple ways to get your home nice and cosy for the winter.

Invest in a great blanket

thick blanket with man reading book

Everyone needs a great blanket as a staple home accessory. It’s one of those things that should really come with your home when you buy it. It’s just as necessary as a sofa, a bed, or a decent set of pots and pans. If you don’t have a thick, fuzzy blanket that you can hide under when the cold weather hits, then you’re never going to be able to get cosy during the winter months. They can also double up as a home accessory. Have it thrown over your sofa as decor, and pull it over you when you want to stick a movie on.

There are plenty of options and what you choose is entirely up to you. Just make sure that it’s thick enough to keep the cold out, soft enough that you’re able to get comfortable and preferably big enough that you and your family can all get snuggled up underneath!

Double glaze your windows

Double glazing is one of those things that people have a tendency not to really think about. After all, it’s hardly the most glamorous of home improvements. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not incredibly important.

If you don’t have double glazing, your home will be leaking warmth like a boat with a hole in. This is going to cost you far more money on your heating bill than you would otherwise have to pay. Make sure that all of your windows are double glazed before the cold weather arrives in earnest. It may be a large upfront cost, but overtime it will save you on your heating bills.

Make sure your home is warm

feet up with slipper, cup of tea, blanket and warm fire.

You won’t worry about heat escaping if you can’t warm your home up in the first place. Your radiators won’t have been on at all during the summer, so it’s worth checking them over to make sure that they work before winter really sets in. Sometimes you’ll just need to bleed the radiators and other times they might need replacing entirely. If that’s the case then somewhere like Only Radiators is perfect. That way you can keep your house warm while also making sure that it stays stylish and well designed.

 

There really is nothing quite so wonderful as being able to get warm and cosy at home and watch the cold weather rage outside your window. So grab yourself a cup of hot chocolate, put on your comfiest pair of slippers, and start dressing your home for the cold weather! 

How Home Accessories Make a Difference

Home accessories make a difference to what your room and home looks like. Still not convinced how?

In this post, I wrote about the plans we had for a house. As first time buyers, who are also getting married, we can’t afford pieces of artwork for the walls, or lots of throws and candles.

We recently came into some money from a family member, and decided to add accessories to our house to make it much more homey.

We Bought a Rug

Rugs are expensive. Let’s just throw that out there to start with.

They may be pricey but they are absolutely worth the money you pay for them. Look at the difference it’s made to our space in the dining room.

dining table and chairs with rug

 

 

 

 

dining room rug home accessories make a difference

If you’re buying a rug, make sure that the legs of the furniture are all on the rug. If you want a rug to go under your coffee table and sofa, make sure it stretches from the back of the sofa to the front of the coffee table. Otherwise the rug can look silly and like it doesn’t fit.

I needed quite a large rug, as I wanted all the chair legs to still be on the rug even when they’re pulled out.

My dining room was mostly wood: wooden floor, wooden dining table, and wooden chairs. The rug really softens the space and adds some well-needed colour and patterns. This is a perfect example of how home accessories make a difference to a room.

I should also point out that in order for the rug to be in the centre of the room, and the table and light to be in the centre of the rug, we had to move the light fitting over about 20cm. So now we have a large hole in our ceiling.

Oops.

Accessories above the fireplace

I hated sitting on our sofa and staring at the big, ugly, blank space above our fireplace. We still need a large, portrait piece of art, but we bought a solid oak beam to act as a mantel piece. It has completely changed the look of that wall that I hated so much. I think it breaks up the monotonous colour and adds a different texture too.

living room fireplace with a wooden beam and armchair

It finally meant I could add my mantel clock to an actual mantelpiece, and it looks perfect.

Adding a mirror

This is the final example that shows how home accessories make a difference. I love mirrors. They add light when you need it and make a room feel bigger. I bought this one to use as our wedding table plan. I never thought I would want to double it up and use it in our home as well.

Mostly, I thought that the style didn’t go, and that it was too ornate and fancy to suit our farmhouse/country look. But actually, it works.

 

white distressed mirror on a wall

It’s a large mirror, over a metre long, but it doesn’t look too big on the wall. It’s filled the space perfectly.

At some point in the near future, we’re hoping to start up-cycling some furniture that we’ve inherited and would like to paint. There’s two chest of drawers, two bedside tables and one corner dresser. It’ll be a big job, and will take a while, but watch out for that post showing the before and after!

 



 

 

 

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Adding Accessories to a Home

When you move into your first house, you think about all the big things you need—beds, a sofa, a television stand—but adding accessories to a home is what completes it.

I love my house, having renovated it all over a six month period, but it feels so bare and unfinished. It isn’t cosy because adding accessories to a home is what makes it cozy and comfortable.

So, what accessories can you add?

Artwork

I’ve been searching for some artwork to put above my fireplace. It is such an empty space, and a large piece of art will draw the attention away from our 50” monstrosity.

 

Adding accessories to a home

 

The problem is, artwork is expensive. Well the artwork, not so much, but the frames can cost an extra £100. This is why we’ve put off buying any house accessories until the wedding is over in 7 months time.

Art.co.uk have some wonderful pieces, from classics by Monet to prints, maps and abstract paintings.

Rugs

Rugs are another accessory than can be pricey, especially if you’re like me and want a huge one to cover your entire 8-person dining table. With wooden floor through the dining room and kitchen, it still feels a bit echoey.

I would love a rug to go over the wooden floor to soften it all up. I think I’m a bit apprehensive though, especially of crumbs and stains getting on the carpet!

dining table and chairs with rug

Don’t worry, those teal seat covers are GOING

Curtains and blinds

The only rooms we have proper curtains in is the bedroom. The bathroom, landing, lounge and kitchen diner don’t have them yet. Curtains and blinds are another expense that we’re not spending until after the wedding. Curtains will really help to soften the room, and can make the ceiling look higher when hung correctly.

Blinds can also be used to reflect light so we’ll be investing in some blinds for the landing and kitchen windows.

Lighting

I’ve been really fussy, more so than I thought, with lighting. I’m yet to find wall lights for the landing that I actually like, and we haven’t got a ceiling light in our lounge yet, only two lamps and a bare wire hanging out of the ceiling, which is demonstrated below.

 

living room with sofa and lighting

 

Again, these aren’t entirely a priority for me, but they transform the look of a room without much effort.

Adding accessories to a home can make a huge difference. You’ll be surprised what a rug or a picture frame can do. Have you ever experimented with your accessories, and did it make a difference?

 

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