MySydneyLife is back with her creative and stylish ideas for the first post in our style series - Winter Room Makeover! Be inspired to create a warm, relaxing winter feel in your lounge room without the big price tag!
Winter for me in Sydney is a time of hibernation. It’s also a time when I enjoy indulging in all my favourite comfort foods and a mandatory trip to either the Hunter Valley for wine and cheese or the Southern Highlands for long walks and snuggling by the fire.
While we’ve been enjoying the unusually mild May days, feeling a slight resurgence of a Sydney summer, the chilly June days are only mere weeks away. As I started to dust off my trusty coats, chunky scarves and leather boots in preparation for a winter make over, I felt inspired to do the same with my home.
I’m not sure about you; however my winter retreat is definitely my lounge room. I love nothing more than putting the heater on, curling up on the couch with a cup of tea and my favourite magazine and my dog taking residence at my feet. During winter I love adding layers and soft textures to my home, giving it a warm and cosy feeling that envelops you like an inviting hug. Styling your home for the changing season doesn’t need to be laborious or expensive, it can be as simple as adding a buttery soft cashmere throw or updating the cushion covers on the couch.
MySydneyLife style tips for a winter home make over |
A cosy cashmere throw
A cashmere throw is a practical accessory that ticks two boxes – styling and warmth. It can instantly update a tired looking lounge whilst adding the necessary comfort and snuggle factor required during the winter month. Whilst cashmere is pure heaven, it does come with a hefty price tag. The yarn itself is created using the soft undercoat of goats and price is due to the farming and production process, both costly and laborious. Don’t have the budget to splurge on cashmere? There are plenty of affordable cotton and synthetic blends available, just make sure you select one which is going to add warmth and is fire safe.
Nothing screams winter luxury than a white fluffy cushion. Not only does it tick the comfort box, it adds texture to the room which will instantly feel cosier. Personally I would stick to a neutral pallet when adding texture – winter whites, soft creams and light greys. Classic colours will retain a sophisticated look whereas a textured cushion in bright bold colours runs the risk of looking a little outdated.
I’m a big over of natural fibres from wool rugs, lambs-wool throws to natural hyde floor covers. Whilst it might not be to everyone’s taste, there’s nothing I love more than running my hands through some silky soft lambs-wool. These natural fibres add beautiful texture to any room and are the ultimate in cosy and warm – think traditional Scandinavian furs.
A cosy soft dressing gown
There’s no excuse to not be chic when it comes to cosy at home winter dressing. From sports luxe tracksuit pants to soft and luxurious cashmere blend hoodies, lounge wear has never looked so good. With a pair of thick woollen socks and a dressing gown as soft as a cloud, staying in never seemed so appealing.
A warm fireplace
Although I have two beautiful original fireplaces in my home, sadly they’re purely decorative. However, you don’t need to have a fireplace and mantle to create a faux one using nothing but candles. I’d recommend unscented candles (otherwise you might incur a scented candle overload!) and get creative using different jars and holders of varying shapes and sizes.
For Carmel-Louise’s Winter Home Makeover, check it out here.