With Christmas fast approaching, you may be thinking that your home needs a little titivating in time for all of those guests. Or maybe you just want to get it feeling more homely, so that you can enjoy relaxing in it over your Christmas break.
I’m cooking the Christmas dinner this year for the first time and we have my parents coming to stay. I’m pretty excited about our first Christmas at home, especially since Taylor is now old enough to understand it and it will be Harry’s first Christmas. So I of course want to make it extra special. No pressure!
Those of you who read the blog regularly will know that we moved house in the summer and we’re just at the beginning of our home renovations. So the house is far from ‘finished’ and won’t be for another year or so. So I’ve been adding a few touches and gradually updating it in the meantime. It’s amazing what a big difference small changes can make and you really don’t have to spend much. Here are some things to consider…
Add a rug
Rather than invest in a new floor, adding a rug can instantly refresh a room and cover up tired flooring. There are some beautiful rugs available both online and on the high street for a fraction of the price of a new floor. Rugs are also a great way of adding a splash of colour to a room, or complementing an existing theme.
We recently added this one to our hall way and it has made it so much cosier whilst adding a little more style. Hard flooring is so practical for us as a family and replacing a rug is definitely easier than replacing an entire carpet!
Update your cushion covers
You don’t need a new sofa to make your living room look brand new. Simply update your cushions with new covers and introduce fur throws, knitted blankets and cosy textures for an instant cosy update. Adding a pop of colour or punchy patterns to your sofa will instantly transform your living room and may even be the inspiration you need for a bigger living room revamp.
Introduce winter scents
Nothing says Christmas more than the smell of a fresh pine tree. I’ve always been a bit of a stickler for having a real Christmas tree, but last year we picked up a fake one from our local garden centre. I do still love a real tree but I have to say, our fake one is a pretty good replica and I certainly haven’t missed finding the needles all year long!
I do miss the smell of a real tree, but you can get some fantastic scented candles and fragrance diffusers that will fill your home with a welcoming Christmassy scent.
Create a gallery wall
If you have blank walls in your house, why not fill them with a framed collection of your favourite photos? I love black and white photography in a selection of monochrome frames for an instant style update. It’s much cheaper and easier than sourcing art for your walls and is also a great way of adding personality to your home.
Bring nature indoors
The outdoors is full of beautiful foliage that you can bring into your home this season. I’m a huge fan of pinecones around the house at this time of year – place them in vases and pots around the house with springs and other foliage for a classy, festive update.
And keep nature out!
With Storm Caroline approaching this weekend, it has never been more important to ensure that your home is properly protected from everything the weather has to throw at it. In swirling wind and rain, our homes are particularly vulnerable to flooding – especially when bitterly cold temperatures are capable of causing pipes to freeze or burst. A sump pump will give you the reassurance that your home will stay dry no matter what.
Refresh your bedspread
One of the easiest (and cheapest!) ways to update your home for winter is to update your bedding. Embrace winter patterns such as fairisle or stags, and opt for lots of cosy textures, such as knitted cushions, a fur throw or a sheep skin rug. For more inspiration, check out our cosy bedroom update.
Have you been doing any home improvements this season?
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