As I sit here writing the rain is beating against the shop window. I can declare that after the gorgeous few days of Indian Summer we had last week, autumn has definitely landed. The evenings are really closing in and cooling down. For me its a magical time of the year.
My favourite seasons are autumn and winter not only for the cooler weather and the colours in nature but for the process that sees us embrace the Danish concept of hygge. Whilst I know hygge isnt just about these seasons but is important all year round, I think here in the UK we translate it into being more apparent at this time of year.
So as we curl up under our throws in front of the fire, candles lit, a mug of hot chocolate laced with baileys we should turn our thoughts to how autumn affects our homes.
With the last of the summer warmth now gone its time to get cosy. There is no need to mourn the loss off the outdoor living we have become accustomed too, its simply time to bring the outdoor in!
The quickest way to change things up in the home is by changing your accessories. Texture and colours really alter the feel and the dynamics of a room whether you are a fan of dark moody decor or prefer it on the lighter side. Add rich, intense, earthy autumn colours such burnt umber, red, yellow and copper. Pale straw colour reflects the harvest period. Dried grasses in a vase and autumnal wreaths really help draw nature inside.
A walk in country opens your eyes to the way nature is changing and use it to look for inspiration. The colours are feeding our souls. Foraging for rosehips and seed heads for vases and containers is a free way to add some autumnal nature to a room. The natural colours and textures provided by mother nature is amazing. Don't be afraid to use them.
A chunky throw is a great way to cuddle up with loved ones in the darker evenings. If you are lucky enough to live in a cat free home I whole heartedly recommend a big chunky knitted throw similar to the ones found over on Mizzknits. I am a sucker for a faux fur throw but when the fire is red hot I opt for one of our fair trade cotton throws. There is something warming about being wrapped in a throw in front of the fire.
With so many of us loving scented candles, but even more so in the autumn and winter, its now time to swap our floral and linen fresh scents for more heady ones. frankincense and myrrh is always a winner as is gingerbread. Candles are a great mood enhancer and eating around a table adorned with candles will encourage you to sit and chat longer. Why not try some wax melts to lift the scent of a room?
A door wreath isn't just for Christmas. Why not have a go at making one yourself? Gathering foliage from the garden or on a walk. Spray paint some sticks to add colour. Or pop over to our instagram page to see the wreaths we have created. (@rockit_home).
Now that you have fully embraced autumn its time to sit back, and enjoy that hot chocolate! If you want some ideas for autumn food then I recommend joining our Rockit Life facebook group.