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The Comfort of Winter

A season of bracing walks, crackling fires and cosy knits, Winter is the time to welcome a slower pace of life. Things may be different this year, however our homes remain at the centre of our everyday lives – a place where we can find comfort and contentment. We’ve compiled a guide to embrace the season; from styling tips for your home to our favourite warming recipes.

Winter Styling

Whilst Christmas might be the central focus for winter styling, there are simple updates you can make to your home which will keep your décor warm and welcoming. A mix of textures is so important to add depth to a room – cable knit blankets and soft wool throws can be draped over sofas, armchairs and footstools to offer a welcoming spot to relax. Consider updating your scatter cushions to inject darker more seasonal tones such as inky blues or mossy greens. By incorporating a mixture fabric types such as chenille or velvet, your room will instantly feel warmer.

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Adding touches of greenery to your home helps to bring a rustic atmosphere, celebrating the beauty of the natural world. Blend faux stems with fresh pieces you’ve foraged from your walks – some of our favourites include pine, eucalyptus and fir. Whether it’s arranged in a vase, woven into a garland or crafted into a winter wreath, this will add instant atmosphere and sense of calm.

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Getting lighting right is so important, as the nights draw in and we embrace the darkness of the season. Instead of an overhead light, choose softer table lamps to position on side or console tables. This will help to create cosy pockets of light and warmth into the room. Complement this with clusters of candlelight, to create a cosy glow. Experiment with height by mixing taller candlesticks with tealights, whilst choosing scented candles with smoky and musky undertones can add to the atmosphere. The warmth and crackle of a fireplace completes this winter scene, so keep your log basket fully stocked throughout the season.

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Decorating for Christmas

Christmas time evokes a sense of tradition for many, as we embrace the season of twinkling lights and sparkle. We may not be able to participate in all our favourite rituals this year, but we can make our homes a place of festive joy. The Christmas tree is at the centre of our focus, with the warm glow of fairy lights and abundance of decorations. Whether you have a strict colour scheme of golds or silver, or an assortment of sentimental decorations that you’ve gathered over the years – we like a tree with character. As well as your traditional baubles, consider adding texture with pinecones, jingle bells and dried cinnamon sticks to appeal to other senses such as smell and sound.

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Christmas foliage is a beautiful way to incorporate festive cheer into other areas of the home. Adorn staircases, mantel pieces and window sills with garlands, whilst a wreath can be hung over fireplaces, mirrors and even in windows. Weave in the enchanting glow of fairy lights, helping to illuminate the holly, berries and pine. Again, candles and fragrance are a great way to evoke all the senses, so choose spicy and woody scents that are reminiscent of flavours from our favourite festive food and drink.

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Winter Recipes

There’s nothing nicer than a warming, hearty meal on a cold winter’s day and we love to enjoy a meal with loved ones before curling up on our sofas. It’s the season of soups, stews and sumptuous warm puddings, so we’ve gathered a few of our comforting favourites to share with you. A bowl of soup always goes down well with a generous chunk of bread with butter. Embrace seasonal vegetables and flavours, with this Winter Vegetable and Lentil recipe and this Spiced Sweet Potato and Leek soup. For a classic slow cooker recipe, try this Beef and Vegetable Stew or if you’re more of a casserole fan then this Root Vegetable Casserole with Herb Dumplings is a fantastic winter warmer. To finish, the spicy cinnamon flavours in this Apple Flapjack Crumble are fitting for the season, whilst this classic favourite Sticky Toffee Pudding is a real indulgent treat.

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