It’s no secret that I genuinely loathe the colder seasons – wet days, dark evenings, heavy clothing and icy commutes just don’t do it for me at all.
I’m at my happiest when I can feel the sand in between my toes, the sun on my skin and being able to hang my laundry on the line without it getting drenched by the notorious Manchester rain (that occurs for around 51 weeks a year).
When I first came across the Danish concept of Hygge last year, I was all over it. I mean if I have to deal with Autumn and Winter, then I’d much rather do it whilst hiding under a blanket in my living room or playing board games with friends in front of a cosy fire.
For me, my home really is my sanctuary (as I’ve previously mentioned numerous times on the blog) and hibernating comes naturally to me once the dark nights set it. As soon as I get home from work, I like to pop the kettle on, change into my favourite pyjamas, light my candles and snuggle up with cats for the evening (I know, I’m a cliche).
When it comes to home decor, I enjoy building my ‘nest’ and constructing a bespoke haven of different colours, textures and prints. For Autumn, the gemstone hues of emerald, rich blues and ruby reds can help to create a wonderfully cosy home.
Adam and I are currently renting, therefore very limited with decorating options so I try to add colour and personality to the house (the walls are standard magnolia and floors covered with basic laminate – aka boring) by using patterned rugs, heavy curtains and velvet cushions.
Teamed with chunky knit blankets, natural wooden furniture and our dark grey tweed sofas, it helps to make the house a home and an otherwise dull space feel a little more snug, especially as the evenings get darker and we spend more and more time indoors.
One of my online obsessions is spending hours fawning over fantasy home images on Pinterest. Even on this virtual platform, my style changes regularly depending on my mood (I went through a huge shabby chic phase for a couple of years) and I find that changing soft furnishings is the easiest and most economical way to transform any room.
Cox and Cox are a brand that somehow manages to encompass my own personal style perfectly. They are bang on trend whilst still retaining a slightly bohemian, luxurious feel. I found myself browsing through the website and fell in love with at least four items in every single section – the velvet chairs, in particular, made my heart skip a beat! (Definitely one to purchase when the kids eventually leave home though – not very compatible with messy teenagers.)
I’ve been looking for a new rug for our living room for the last twelve months or so, with little success. When I spotted the range of Cox and Cox rugs on offer, I knew I’d finally stumbled upon exactly what I’d been searching for. The vintage printed Talbot rug is seriously something that I have my eye on for my bedroom (currently accessorised with pale blues for a soft, feminine look) and the Fayha rug is already on order for the living room – mission accomplished!
What’s your home style?
*In collaboration with Cox and Cox