As we look towards the end of the year, it feels like we’ve had a “proper summer” this year with endless sunshine and beautiful dry weather...
During the hot days and evenings we’ve spent much more time outside enjoying the garden and grasping onto the chance of a slight breeze to cool and soothe.
September is a key month with the end of the school holidays and the anticipated return of Mum and Dad’s sanity. Spending more time outside during the summer with natural scents and light can make returning indoors feel like the start of hibernation, so here are my top tips for fabulous transitional Autumn interiors…
Scent - Memories can be evoked and moods can be changed by using scents in the home; it’s a great way to subtly bring the outdoors in with natural based scents. Consider which scent works in each room for you. From the La Di Da range of home fragrance we would recommend Orange & Jasmine, the orange gives sweetness and the subtle jasmine is wonderfully feminine, ideal for the sitting room. Limeleaf and Ginger is a zingy and fresh scent, perfect for kitchens or bathrooms.
Lighting – Enjoying those last few evenings that we can dine and entertain outdoors is key so stock up on those fairy lights - battery operated ones are fab for the garden so you don’t need to worry about an electrical source. Tealights are fab too, with the boho look still on trend -repurposing and recycling old jam jars and vintage glasses on a tray is a great way to create a little collection, which can easily be moved indoors, too. We love these star bust solar powered lights £25, ideal for popping into a flower bed at this time of year but are perfect in pots by the front door for Winter too.
Texture – I love a good wool blanket, they are a great way of adding a pop of colour but also add texture and snuggliness (if there is such a word), our favourites are Tweedmill Pure New Wool blankets, which we stock in a variety of colours; from neutral to bold. Perfect for throwing over a sofa or using outdoors to wrap up as the sun goes down. Cushions in a variety of fabrics such as velvet, tweed and linen are a good way to make a sofa more tactile.
Plants– The botanical trend is still strong and it’s a great way to bring the outside in. Find your style; be it succulents, fresh flowers or potted plants. You can co-ordinate the vase or container with your room and let mother nature take care of the rest! I love this pineapple plant from Asda for £12 including the pot.
Faux plants are not the faux-pas they used to be with some really good fakes available like this one from John Lewis £40