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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.
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.
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. 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.