Getting the home ready for Autumn

With our imminent arrival due any day now, I’ve been making finishing touches to the nursery – as much as possible without venturing too far from home on a treasure hunt – and have also turned my attention a little more to the rest of the house, making a few tweaks to make it as cosy and Autumn-ready as possible, as I sure as hell won’t be caring about it much over the next few weeks I imagine.

After making these little tweaks and being inspired by Mummy of Boy Girl Twins, one of my favourite bloggers to keep up to date with, I thought I’d share a few of the simple changes I’ve made to the house to make it a little more Autumn Winter ready.

Starting with the (faux) fireplace in the back living room, which was previously filled with a large glass vase and fake flowers. I’d love a fire in here, but thanks to the room being extended and the fireplace being completely faked to ensure it’s position in the centre of the room, I’ve had to get creative with a firebasket from Argos (easy to build and a bargain at £21.99), some real wood logs and a set of battery-operated lights from Asda.

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Styled with one of my many wedding lanterns, my ceramic stag from Homesense which I loved so much it’s been a permanent feature in the living room since last Christmas, my delicious The White Company Winter candle (a so-far unopened gift) and a few of the pine cones I collected and painted last Winter – I’ll share a blog post on these pine cones soon!

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The changes really warm the room up, filling the space and adding those all important twinkly lights to a focal point in the room.
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In the kitchen I’ve swapped my vase of fresh flowers for something a little more Autumnal, using more of those hand painted pine cones in one of those wedding lanterns (they’re all over the house) with a pillar candle. I added a pop of colour by cutting off a few stems from my Mum and Dad’s berry tree which finish off the Autumnal feel with some all-important orange!

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We decorated our bedroom at the start of the year, gutting it completely and starting again. It’s never been quite finished as along came pregnancy and the prospect of a nursery to decorate, but it’s a room I love and I’ll get round to those finishing touches soon I’m sure.

Over the summer I’ve kept it light and bright with clean white bedding…

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Who knew that changing to a darker bed linen would make such a difference! It’s a dark blue to match the wall on the opposite wall and the room feels much cosier and warmer now, especially when it goes dark early outside, it’s a place I like to snuggle up and relax (there won’t be much of that happening soon!) The bedding is one of the hotel-type collections from Home Sense and is a high thread count and brilliant quality.img_1872
img_1871 I know it looks like I’ve just jumped on the bed but it’s a bit of a mess because I don’t have the energy right now to iron a whole bed sheet and the clothes horse has left it’s mark which is too much of a match for me.
img_1873 img_1867So that’s how I’ve made a few simple tweaks to some of our rooms to make it more ready for Autumn. Watch this space for the Christmas decor – baby or no baby I’m determined to make it my usual grotto come December!

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