Saturday, 22 October 2016

Autumnal Accents

Halloween is almost upon us and I'm so excited to take my little terror trick or treating this year! I love celebrating all the big occasions in the calendar and there's some lovely ways to decorate your home and table for Halloween in a grown up way - think festive without being frightening! I adore the mini pumpkins, or 'munchkins' as they're known in the supermarkets. Something as simple as displaying a few of these in a bowl on your dining table, or on a rustic chopping board can be a subtle and simple way to acknowledge this lovely season. The same can be said for filling your fruit bowl with pine cones and red apples. If you're feeling particularly crafty, paint pumpkins and other winter squashes in whites or even metallics, for a more arty table display. I also love wreaths made from bracken and fresh berries - you can pick these up in most garden centres and placed around a candle, instead of on your door will give your table an autumnal makeover and I think they make such a nice alternative to flowers at this time of year.

Give your home a warmer feel by adding touches of wood, tartan and wool. I like to have a different range of cushions for winter and opt for heavier fabrics like tweed, faux fur and suede. A simple cable knit throw over a chair, can add a more cosy touch and around this time of year and I swap spring blooms for vases filled with cabbages, twigs or pussy willow. Display logs or throws in wicker baskets for a cabin like feel and opt for low lighting and fairy lights. 

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I love candles and these really are the simplest and chicest way to make any room cosy instantly. My favourite autumn scents are Diptyque's Feu De Bois and Jo Malone's Incense and Embers - these are spicier and headier than the usual floral notes I like, but a deeper toned scent will subtly add another layer of warmth to your room. I tie hessian bows around mason jars and pop a small candle or tea light inside for an autumnal update and think these look really pretty and are also cost effective. 

I've also decorated my doorway (why just style inside?!) and adorned my front step with all these pumpkins and I just love walking up my path and seeing them all there! It's such a simple touch and I think it dresses the door perfectly for the season. Try a mix of traditional pumpkins with gourds of all shapes, sizes and colours for a more eclectic look.

If you're hosting a Halloween party this year, there's some fun ways to make the traditional pumpkin into something other than a jack o lantern. Hollow one out and fill with ice to make a fun wine cooler and party prop. This is super easy to do and will look really effective when your ghoulish guests arrive! Or put a seasonal spin on displaying your flowers, and pop them in a pumpkin, instead of a vase. I used this lovely white pumpkin the Mr brought home from Booths. (If you would like to have a go at making this, I would place a tin can of water inside the pumpkin to ensure no leaks!)

Talking of pumpkins, if you have little girls, give your pumpkin a princess makeover! Paint them pink, gold or pastel colours and decorate them with gems, stick on pearls and even a tiara! Got boys? Why not try making a Minion or monster?! No carving, no mess and happy kids - what could be better?! I'm just off to get some supplies and I'll post my attempts at a no carve pumpkin soon!

Love, C x

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