Our house is generally cosy, as it is small, and there are five of us, plus a dog and a cat living in it. To be honest though, I like it that way. It easy to keep clean, and, being a terraced new build, it is always lovely and warm. Our electric and gas bills are also very low. Win!
Our living room is mostly decorated in a pale grey/creamy colour with a mauve feature wall. Our sofa is mauve and we have a cream carpet. In in the summer I love it, as it is light and our floral curtains make it look nice and summery. Autumn and Winter roll round, and I don’t love it as much. For a start, the mauve (especially the curtains) ALWAYS clash with the christmas decorations!
When September comes around, I always have need to nest, and make everything nice and cosy. I’ve mentioned before how much I love Autumn and Winter. I wanted to change up a few things to make the house more cosy and autumn/winter ready.
This is some before pictures – taken a while ago, and one with the christmas tree to show the clashing…
So what have I changed? (anything new I have added links to the products where I can)
*DISCLAIMER: My house is never normally this tidy – it is usually scattered with bear yoyo cards, light sabres, singing things from Fisher Price, random articles of clothing and dog toys!)
I got this Lightbox from Next
a few weeks ago – I’ve wanted one for so long and i’m really chuffed with it.
This Autumn candle from The White Company
was a birthday present and I love the scent. The gold glass pumpkin was a spur of the moment purchase from Home Sense – a bargain for £5.99 – it is so pretty, you can’t really see in the photo, but it has flecks of green and orange in it – it reminds me of Cinderella’s pumpkin.
These mini, or ‘munchkin’ pumpkins are from Waitrose
– they are so cute! We also have a big one ready for carving for Halloween. The glittery leaves are courtesy of the kids saturday crafting fun – soooo much glitter!
The fairy lights stay on all year round, but I love how my fireplace looks. It is an fake fireplace – as the house is a new build and terraced there would be no way of putting in a real one, (and we would all boil) but this one is very realistic. The basket to the right, is an old one (part of a set with the blanket basket – similar here
) and we often use it as a muddle basket for toys, and clothes that need to go back upstairs or in the wash. I think I would like to paint this feature wall a darker grey colour, to get rid of a bit of the mauve. I love grey and mauve together.
New cushions from Next.
The salted caramel candle was a gift, but came from Tesco
– to is really sweet, and the smell stays for a long time! The squirrel bowl is for nuts, we use it at christmas but I think it looks cute all year round.
A close up on the artificial wood burner – I wish I could remember where we got it from, but it is a few years old now. It definitely adds to the cosy feel.
This was a christmas decoration I bought in Next – I think it was around £3.99.
This is our sofa – old but super comfy and cozy.
The is my blanket basket – the blanket is the snuggliest thing ever – it was a christmas present from Marks and Spencer last christmas – it has kept us warm, is always used when someone feels poorly, and according to the kids, is great for den building.
The final but biggest change was changing the curtains. I think they will go so much better with the christmas tree! They are from Next
and are so thick and warm.
I love my new cosy living room, and I didn’t spend a fortune! Win Win. Can’t wait for Christmas now to add more fairy lights….