Fall Back In Love With Your Home This Autumn With Homesense
PAID PARTNERSHIP/Autumn has arrived in Yorkshire. One day I was sitting outside in my Birkenstocks; the next I was complaining of cold ankles and turning the heating on. It only takes a few days for the warmth of the Summer to be but a distant memory and for the evenings to start getting darker. Making my home feel cosy and cocooning is the first thing that I want to do when the chillier weather arrives and it’s the perfect time to have a refresh of my favourite spaces. Revamping your rooms is hugely therapeutic and can have a really positive impact on the way that you feel about your home, whether it be a flat or house, owned or rented. And it doesn’t have to be expensive – there are plenty of ways to add seasonal touches to your spaces without breaking the bank.
So when Homesense asked me if I would think about how we can fall back in love with our homes at a time of year when it’s easy to fall out of love, I was keen to put my ideas into action. I’ve been a regular shopper in Homesense for many years and it’s always my first stop for well priced home accessories and furniture. Part of the TK Maxx family since 2008, the brand has 68 stores across the UK filled with unique, exciting finds (often big brands) and regularly updated stock with up to 60% off the recommended retail price. It’s a rare day when I don’t manage to find something that I love on one of my regular visits!
If you read my blog or follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of updating and refreshing my rooms and Homesense is the perfect solution when it comes to adding those extra accessories that will give my space the edge. Here are my top tips for falling back in love with your home this Autumn and how I’ve implemented them in my own home.
The Living Room: It’s All About Textures
The Summer months are light and bright but as the clocks go back and the nights draw in, our natural instinct is to create a warm and cosy haven as Autumn kicks in. Your home should make you smile, it should make your heart lift when you walk through the front door. This is the perfect time to revamp your rooms and make this happen– not only is it aesthetically satisfying to refresh but it’s also a hugely therapeutic task! Reassess your spaces and work out what makes you happy and what doesn’t. Shop your home for an inexpensive way to add a different feel and dimension to the room – accessories or furniture you’ve lost the love for in one room can completely transform the space in another. Experiment by placing your items in difference spaces or positions – this is a good way to start narrowing down your own individual style. Look to your seasonal wardrobe for colour ideas and textures – you’ll be surprised at how similar the trends in both fashion and interiors can be. Think cosy woollens, burnished metals, velvety animal prints and warm corduroy, all of which work just as well within our home as in our style choices. Earthy tones such as burnt orange, sage green and deep neutrals are colours that encourage relaxation whilst at the same time giving your room that all important autumnal glow. Add finishing touches such as knitted throws, wooden side tables and thick pile rugs which will add that textural flourish whilst creating a cosy ambience.
What I Did
A small wooden side table was the ideal starting point and I added a gold bamboo effect mirrored tray for contrast. The most perfect rust fringed lamp (an excellent buy at only £16.99) sat nicely next to a selection of tonal glass vases filled with faux berries and ivy and I stacked a pile of interior magazines for easy access. I swapped the linen cushions for ones in textured, earthy colours and animal print and added a cosy throw. I shopped my home for a coffee table that was perfect for the season and finished the look with contrasting accessories.
The Dining Room: Make It Welcoming
As the nights draw in, we are far less inclined to venture out in the evenings and having friends and family over for a sociable meal or drinks is the perfect excuse to lay a seasonal dinner table. Spend some time thinking about your table plan – you want your efforts to make an impact when your guests arrive! Go for a warm, tonal crockery scheme in your favourite colours, layering up the plates for effect and juxtapose your glassware by using several different types for an eclectic look. Echo the season by tying your napkins with natural twine and foliage and handwrite your guest names on each setting for the personal touch. Finish your setting with brass toned cutlery that will reflect the candle light and fill contrasting serving bowls with delicious autumnal fare. Making the effort to ensure your table looks special will make both you and your guests happy. Finally, take inspiration from the season and bring the outside in by mixing faux foliage or foraged branches with candles to create a winning table display that showcases your style, an economical and more interesting alternative to the traditional floral display. Be bold and adventurous with your ideas – styling the perfect table is a great opportunity to let your creativity run wild!
What I Did
I decided to go for a natural theme so picked earthenware plates in two sizes, adding deeper coloured bowls. The square placemats juxtaposed with the round plates and I chose two different styles of wine and water glasses for a contrast. I tied the cutlery with twine and added eucalyptus leaves from my garden, placing on top of napkins that I already owned and handwriting a place name – this is such a simple idea but it looks really effective. I created a table setting using a wooden board, faux ivy, small vases and added a metallic element with copper candles. I used a ribbed serving bowl and jug which added a textural element and finished the look by decorating the mantlepiece with glassware and faux foliage. I brought an outdoor rattan chair indoors and created a cosy corner with a throw, cushion and a large basket for textile storage.
The Bedroom: Create Your Sanctuary
We’re far less inclined to jump out of bed in the morning during the colder months and as a result, our bedrooms become our sanctuaries. Head to Instagram and Pinterest for ideas to inspire and create your perfect space, whether you are drawn to calm neutrals, bold monochrome or an autumnal woodland oasis. As with all the rooms in your home, think carefully about how you want the space to make you feel – the seasonal decisions that you make now will last for a good nine months so plan accordingly! A change is always uplifting so try the bed in a different position or shop your home for alternative ideas for bedside furniture, lighting or dressing table accessories. Go for a higher tog duvet to combat the chilly nights and add the layers with woollen throws and cosy cushions. The way that you light your bedroom is key and aesthetically, your ceiling light should look just as good off as it does on. It’s particularly important to make sure that you have bedside lighting which is suitable for purpose – task lighting is essential for bedtime reading. By using softer lighting in other areas of the room, you can change the mood with the click of a switch. Your bedroom is your own personal space so equip your bedside table with all the essentials for a good nights sleep – a beautifully scented candle and the latest novel and you’re ready for bed.
What I Did
After swapping the rug for a kilim style neutral one, I multi tasked the small wooden side table for the bedside and added a wicker tray for the bedtime essentials such as books, candles and a task reading lamp. I chose seersucker bedding in a soft neutral and built up the layers with throws and cushions in shades of green and grey. I used a large basket for the bedside to store those essential extra layers.
The Courtyard: Move Outdoors
Just because it’s getting chillier doesn’t mean that we need to stay inside. It’s perfectly feasible to transform our outdoor spaces, whatever size they may be, into sociable areas as long as the weather is dry – think of them as an extra room. Those clearer nights are perfect for snuggling down in a cosy chair with a blanket and a cup of hot chocolate to watch the stars and there’s no reason why you can’t fire up the BBQ all year round. Position your furniture around a central point and hang outdoor fairy lights to create a warm and welcoming space that’s perfect for entertaining your friends on an autumnal evening. Multi task and make the most of pieces that you already have – style it up with side tables rugs, cushions and throws that can be taken back in when the evening is finished. Candles are an essential addition and double up as a lighting source to create ambience. Or if you really want to get in the mood, bring out the projector and create an outdoor cinema for the ultimate in cool yet cosy entertaining.
What I Did
I created a cosy corner in the courtyard by updating the rattan chair and sofa with layers of throws and cushions for those chilly evenings and anchored the set by using a rug. I chose a wicker tray was perfect for storing a pot of hot chocolate, mugs and the essential marshmallows so that we could take full advantage of the firepit. The space was lit by outdoor festoons and I added plenty of candles which created a welcoming ambience.
So those are my top tips for helping you to fall back in love with your home this Autumn. Just these small changes can transform your spaces and it doesn’t take much to make your home feel season ready when the nights are drawing in and the weather is getting cooler. Adding the right products from Homesense can really make a difference and with a regularly changing stock, you can always guarantee that there’ll be something that will catch your eye. You’ll find the store is easy to navigate and well divided into room sections, often merchandised in colour theme to make your shopping experience even easier. This means that you can work to a room theme or idea without being overwhelmed by the choice.
Shop your own home for contrasting items that work well with your new finds and go for products that you can multitask in other rooms to get the most out of your purchases. Now all that is left for you to do is to light the candles, put on a boxset, draw the curtains and get cosy! Welcome to Autumn.