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by Karen Ross (subscribe)
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Published May 8th 2016
Even If You're Not a Fan
Having lived in the tropics most of my life, I have to admit to feeling fearsome at the prospect of a southern winter approaching.

I realise that resistance is futile so I have decided to embrace winter in style.

I'm inspired by my cousin Neil who is far more of a domestic goddess than I am. He keeps vacuum packed storage bags filled with season-themed cushions, curtains, quilts and the like, and he changes his decor four times a year. During Summer his home is dressed in seasidey colours of cool blues and white with seashells artistically positioned on flat surfaces. He even has a set of summer prints to replace the spring-themed pictures adorning the walls. Autumn sees the russet and gold cushions/curtains/quilts trotted out, and so on. You get the picture.

I'm nowhere near that organised, but here are my eight easy ideas to embrace the winter season.

1. Bring out all your cozy rugs and throws and drape them over the couch. This will look inviting and also keep heating costs down.

Rugs and throws
Rugs and throws

2. Leave your knitting hanging around. You might even feel motivated to finish last year's scarf, if not, your knitting basket is sure to impress your visitors.

Leave your knitting hanging around
Leave your knitting hanging around

3. Head to the library, or maybe the book exchange, and stock up on reading material. Or DVD's if you prefer.

Stock up on library books
Stock up on library books

4. Here's where I pay homage to cousin Neil. If, like me, you can't be bothered changing curtains/cushions/quilts and so on, consider an easy way to add a winter touch to the decor. I LOVE glass and my home is a testimony to my passion, so my easy way to add a winter touch is to fill glass receptacles with wintery things.

Candles and greenery look nice in glass domes.

Winter decor
Winter decor

Pine cones in oversize vases are also a good thing.

Pine cones and cinnamon
Pine cones and cinnamon

If you light a candle atop a pile of cinnamon sticks, you'll get a lovely wintery scent.

Cinnamon sticks and candles

Fairy lights always look magical and if you put them inside glass you can imagine icicles.


5. Bring your favourite winter outfits out of storage. My red leather boots keep me feeling cheery as winter approaches. You might feel gladdened at seeing your favourite winter hat, jacket, coat or scarf again.

Winter fashion
Winter fashion. Photo from Flikr Creative Commons

6. Fill your kitchen with the delicious aromas of winter dishes. I'm thinking rabbit stew, thick soup and Osso Bucco. All at the same time.

Rosso buck
Osso Bucco. Image Source: Promking / CC0

7. Hot chocolate is a justified indulgence during the colder months, even marshmallows on top are a reasonable extravagance.

Hot chocolate with marshmallows
Hot Chocolate with marshmallows. Photo from

8. Hot bubble baths are a must in every home during winter. Take a library book in there with you, maybe even candles and hot chocolate.

Bubble bath
Bubble bath

If all fails, start planning a summer holiday.
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Why? Winter is coming. Resistance is Futile.
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I see you have the matching coffee mug to my tea towel. I love this quote about the important things in life. Do you know where the mug can be bought?
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4191) 1753 days ago
I hope the library is still friends with you after you suspended 'The Hero's Walk' over steaming bubbles!
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4191) 1753 days ago
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