Is it just me, or did it suddenly become freezing here in the UK? Don't get me wrong, I love it when it's cold for Bonfire Night but there was no subtly here, just BAM ice cold! What with the night arriving before I’ve finished work, the trick or treaters already being a distant memory and the heating finally being turned on, I am in hibernation mode.
One of my favourite things about winter is getting all cosy in my home, ignoring the outside world and having some relaxation time. Whether it's snuggling up with a book, watching a film or listening to music, there is something about this time of year that feels really magical if you add just a few simple things to your home space, no matter what the size.
The Danish philosophy of hyyge is all the rage right now, and one of the first things that it will tell you is that lighting is really important to gain that cosy feeling. The first thing I am reaching for on this list is the blogger classic of a candle. My current favourite is this Fireside Treats Yankee Candle which I actually won last year and I am still only half way down. There is something about this candle I just love, it's sweet without being overly so, and just reminds me of the colder months. I'll be burning this constantly until I pull the Christmas candles out in December.
Fairy lights are an essential for me, they can transform a home so easily and affordably, so I've chosen two sets here. The first are string lights which are really adaptable and can become a feature easily, either dropping down a wall or winding around a bannister. I'm loving the colour of these party lights, they are so warm and inviting and they'd also make a great background for Instagram shots lets face it! There are a few rooms in my flat I think could really do with a good lamp brighten it up. This Tripod Floor Lamp has a 50's feel that I just love and a really good price point, I think I might get one or two of these next pay day.
You can't have a cosy living room without a cosy sofa, and I've been after a corner sofa ever since my friend had one as a kid. I just think they fill a space so neatly while still leaving more than enough room for two to sprawl out! I'm loving the vintage feel of this Jasper corner sofa with it's splayed legs and autumnal colour. It looks super soft and comfortable too. Adding this tartan pure wool throw would definitely help keep the cold at bay, while this vintage style champagne trunk is something I've had my eye on for a while. Not only would it be great for sitting a cup of tea on but the inside would be great for filling with all my board games.
What is your essential for a cosy night in?
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