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Six ways to get snug at home

Interiors expert Lisa Dawson shares six thoughtful tips for getting snug this autumn

As the seasons change, we can’t help but crave a refresh at home – something to align our space with our mood (not to mention the weather) as the year rolls on. And as we settle into autumn and winter, who better to ask for some design advice than interiors writer Lisa Dawson? The author of Resourceful Living – a guide to thoughtfully revamping your home with existing, vintage and key pieces – shares six of her favourite tips for making homes feel cosy this season. We’re taking note…

Shop Your Home

Swapping up your space can not only bring a new look to your home but also be seriously therapeutic, encouraging you to indulge in a bit of creativity to make the most of what you have. Refresh your room by looking at your possessions and furniture and editing what’s there – rearranging your accessories and shopping your home for items you already own that will enhance the much needed cosy feel of the space. Don’t be afraid to try something different; just moving the sofa or swapping a side table for a different one can up the ambience and make it feel brand new.

Add Layers

We want to create comforting, cocooning spaces that make us feel good, and the best way to do this is by adding layers. I’m not just talking about putting on a cosy knit (although a good selection of those is essential!) – try throws and cushions in earthy, autumnal colours in different textures and materials. Think soft wool, warm faux furs or leathers to bring a tactile element to your home. Don’t underestimate what is underfoot either – a rug will anchor the space and add colour and texture. Layer it all up to pull the room together and make it feel welcoming.

Garden Greenery

Bringing the outside in is an essential part of making a room feel complete. No room is really finished without a touch of the outdoors; not only are plants pleasing on the eye but having greenery in your home is also proven to reduce stress levels and improve your mood. The colour green is associated with renewal, freshness and new life and is the perfect soft tone to add to your home for autumn. But you don’t need a florist or huge expenditure to add a good touch of nature to your home – head to your garden for pretty branches and cuttings with which to fill your vases, making the most of what you have without spending money.

Make It Thrifty

Adding well thought out new pieces to your home is an easy way to update your space, but you don’t need to splash all the cash in order to achieve a new look. Rise and shine at your local car boot sale or head to your local second-hand and charity shops to investigate what they have to offer and stock up (if you’ve edited your space, it’s a great time to donate too).  Gorgeous glassware and pretty ceramics are often in abundance; seek out contrasting textures or combine tonal colours that work well together to curate a new collection to add to your shelves. Check out the artwork too for both prints and frames to grace your walls for the new season.

Party Planning

There’s no better way to welcome autumn than to plan some fabulous dinner parties or social occasions. Welcome those dark evenings by drawing the curtains, opening the wine, dressing to sparkle and adding your favourite soundtrack to welcome your friends. There’s much creativity to be found in laying a tablescape and making it look gorgeous. It doesn’t all have to match, either; the more individual the better. Mix up your crockery, adding in vintage finds and layering up, combining pretty glassware from your charity shop trawl to create the perfect setting. Pull together your favourite candle holders, add handwritten place settings and a sprig of garden greenery and you’re ready to party.

Light It Up

Let there be light, and make it cosy – that’s the aim of the game. The change of season means that we need to reassess our lighting requirements;  the darker evenings change the ambience in our rooms, so more is more. Floor lamps are perfect for positioning behind a sofa and don’t take up space, whilst softly lit table lamps can give the perfect corner glow. The ideal room will have at least four light sources – you might not need them all on at once but each will have a purpose, whether it be a targeted light for reading your favourite interior magazine or a warmer side lamp for a cosy evening by the fire. Add a beautifully scented candle, a good box set and you’re done.

Read more thoughtful tips from Lisa in her book Resourceful Living, available on our bookshelf.