Bringing autumn into your Home

Bringing autumn into your Home

There’s no denying that ‘winter is coming’, and while it may be hard to let go of the last whimsical days of summer, welcoming Autumn style into your home is an experience second to none. We’ve compiled our five favourite ways to do this without breaking the bank.

  1. Lighting

The first step to bringing an autumnal vibe to your home is to fill it with candles. As the days grow shorter, reach for a match instead of the light-switch and your house will soon be filled with a gentle glowing light that is quintessentially autumn. Pleasantly scented candles also have the added bonus of filling the house with all sorts of wonderful scents.

If you’re not one for the maintenance that comes with having to replace candles, lampshades with soft fabrics such as linen can create that gentle light that will dramatically change the feel of your home. The perfect atmosphere for blankets and ‘Bake-Off’!

lighting autumn

  1. Textures

A change in textures around your home can make a huge difference to the atmosphere, and actually have a very practical use. When buying a few, seasonal pieces, focus on picking up warm fabrics, such as a shag pile rug, or velvet cushions. Having a more inviting and cosy vibe to your home will not only bring out a different look, but will also make staying warm during the colder months a lot easier, with items such as a cable knit wool blankets, faux fur cushions or sheep skin rugs adding a texture that retains the precious warmth we all crave.

 

  1. Dishware and Serving Pieces

Copper seems to be that autumn trend that returns without fail every single year, and the easiest way to incorporate these beautiful tones into your home is often by swapping your lighter, summer dishware and serving pieces for this timeless, seasonal option. Kettles, bowls, mugs and even silverware can be changed into ‘copperware’. Thankfully this has been a huge trend in 2017 so you won’t struggle to find some fabulous pieces on the high street!

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  1. Scents

As the seasons change, the scents that we use in our homes will change too. Switching from summery florals to deeper, warmer scents can completely revamp the ambience of your home. Amber, musk and cinnamon spices are just a few different options that scream autumn, and can be incorporated into almost every space in your home. Candles, diffusers, soaps and potpourri only just scratch the surface of the vast selections available. However, we do recommend that when choosing these scented products for your home, you try to stick with a single scent per room, or even for your entire house.

 

  1. Festive Accents

While putting up your Christmas tree during September might be a little early, this doesn’t mean you need to completely shy away from any festive touches to your home décor when autumn comes to visit. A neutral colour palate with pops of warm colour and themed items such as decorative pumpkins, or even a bowl of pine cones taps into that festive feel without you being branded as the one person in the neighbourhood who welcomes Christmas three months too early.

 

 

Are you looking forward to autumn? From pumpkin-spiced lattes to cosy nights in front of the fire – let us know what you are craving most this season!

 

 

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Preparing your garden for the changing seasons
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Preparing your garden for the changing seasons

Over the last few days in the UK you will have noticed the temperature swiftly dropping. All of this talk of Indian Summers and autumn heatwaves is long gone, and winter is definitely on its way.

Winter isn’t the best time to be outside, but unfortunately if you want your garden to be looking it’s best for the new year ahead, there are jobs that you need to be done. It’s best to get these jobs out of the way early, before the temperature plummets further and the frost starts to strike.

To help you along your way, here are some of the best preparations you should be making:

Tidy up your borders

This time of the year presents the ideal time to tidy your borders and move poorly placed plants. Dig up annual plants you have, move poorly placed plants, cut back perennials and just generally have a tidy up. Ensure they are clean and tidy by ridding these areas of any dead plants, leaves and anything else that shouldn’t be in there. Once this is done set your borders up for the winter by spreading them with a thick layer of compost or bark chips.

Move tender plants

Ideally, any tender plants you have will be grown in pots, doing this makes them easy to move indoors once the cold weather strikes. If they are not being grown in pots, you will still need to lift them from the ground, you will just need to be a little more careful in doing so. To do this, cut back the stems, clean the soil from them and store them in trays of dry compost or sand with just the top of the crown visible.

Consider coverings

For any plants that cannot be lifted from the ground, consider utilising ground sheets instead to protect them from the frost and help them to retain heat. While specialist ground sheets are available, old blankets and sheets will also work. When covering plants, drape the coverings loosely and secure them with stakes, rocks or bricks. When covering plants, consider changes in the weather and remove the covers as soon as the sun comes out to avoid them being suffocated.

Look after your lawn

And by look after it, we mean really look after it. Pull up any weeds and moss, rake up any grass clippings, gather up leaves and then leave it alone. The best way to look after your lawn in the colder and wetter months is to simply put it to bed and leave it to enjoy a breather.

Start a compost bin

If you haven’t got one already, this time of year makes for the ideal time to start a compost bin. Put any grass clippings, fallen leaves and other garden waste to good use and turn it into compost. If you have already got a compost bin, put the current contents to good use by using it in your borders. It takes a while for compost to develop, so be patient and keep an eye on it. If the compost is not quite ready, be sure to turn it to aid the decomposition process when adding new waste.

Clean up your paved areas

Autumn and winter can be a tough time for paved areas and driveways. It’s common to find moss, algae, liverworts, lichens and other slippery coverings on paved areas at this time of year and not only are they unattractive, but due to their slippery nature they are also an accident waiting to happen.  This can be easily remedied however by utilising a pressure washer. If you haven’t got one, it’s a handy piece of equipment and is available to hire from many garden tool hire companies. Alternatively there are many chemical products available. If you opt for a chemical product, go for one that is either based on benzalkonium chloride, acetic acid or nitrilo triacetic acid/trisodium salt.

 

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Autumn additions on a budget

Autumn additions on a budget

With the summer now over, and the dark autumn nights drawing in, it’s the perfect time to cosy up in your living room and keep warm. Throughout summer, your home will undoubtedly have taken on an open and airy feel, however as the cold of winter approaches, it’s time to turn up the heating, light the fires and go for comfort, as well as style. If you’re after some great autumn additions for your home, here are our top picks.

Huntingtower Tweed Footstool

Autumn styles are all about getting earthy with your colours. Tweed is always a popular option as the colder months roll in, and whether you’re looking at fashion, or home style, tweed is a great option. If you’re trying to add an element of comfort and cosiness to your living room, this Footstool, available at NotOnTheHighStreet is a great option. Adding extra seating for when you entertain, or easily used as a pouffe, this stylish and smart addition will aid in bringing a closer feel to your home. Adding an element of cosiness is always tough, however by adding this to any unused middle ground in your room, it will help to pull your space together.

Candles

With a lack of warmth and a feeling of darkness, evenings throughout the autumn and winter can bring on a feeling of gloominess. If you’re looking to inject a feeling of warmth and fragrance into the air, candles are a favoured option by many. Play around with colours and scents to turn your place from a dull winter home into one with a truly radiant ambiance. In addition, why not try housing your candles in fun and quirky designs? Lanterns are one popular accessory for the home, and with more creative options than ever, you’ll be able to customise the scent, and look of your home.

Rugs

With colder weather, adding a rug to commonly occupied areas is a smart choice. Areas such as your living room or hallway can sometimes lack character, however to provide a more homely and cosy environment over autumn, incorporating a trendy rug is a great option. When it comes to selecting items, it’s always important to take into account the layout and style of your existing room. A cosy feel throughout autumn and winter is good, however there is a fine line between getting it right, and your room ending up cramped. Make sure your new rug pulls elements of your room together, and isn’t just chosen and thrown down without considering the flow of the space as a whole. Remember, more doesn’t necessarily mean better, especially when it comes to furnishing and accessorising.  

Have you already made a start on your autumn accesorising? We always love to hear your ideas, so make sure you drop us a comment below!

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Autumn heating options

Autumn heating options

As we head into autumn and the summer sun begins to seem like a distant memory, here in the UK our attention turns to keeping warm, rather than trying to head out and enjoy the outdoors. If you’re looking to prepare your home and garden for the cooler autumn and impending winter, here are our favourite options for heating your home.

Wood Burner

Our top tip when it comes to heating the home with an element of style is to install a wooden log burner in your house. If you have a room in your home that your family spends most of their spare time in, having a log burner installed makes a lot of sense. Although installation costs can be pricey, you’ll begin to see the savings almost immediately when you aren’t required to leave your heating on night after night. Easy on the eye and carrying an element of back to basics style, a log burner can be a great visible addition to any communal room.

Radiator

They’re the go-to option in every home, however that doesn’t mean that you have to sit back and accept bog-standard radiator options in your home. Whilst the standard central heating and radiator method is seen in every home, when you’re wanting to make a real design splash in a room, why not push the boat out with something a little more flamboyant that can make a statement. If you want to get creative, here are some simple yet eye catching options.

Bathroom Rack

In many homes, through the colder months radiators double up as a spot for drying clothes. As part of many modern bathrooms, heated towel radiators have become commonplace, meaning you can heat the area whilst also having a convenient method of drying towels. In addition, heated towel rails are specifically designed to retain heat within the vicinity of the operating fitting, meaning they’re not only great at keeping towels warm for once you get out of the shower, but are great at keeping the room warm when the shower and bath are in use.

Patio Heater

Whilst summer may now feel like a distant memory, heating garden areas through early autumn can make spending time outdoors enjoyable. Items such as chimineas can be utilised as more of a style piece, adding a touch of class to a chosen area. On mild summer weekends, providing a form of patio heating means your outdoor areas won’t be deemed out of bounds by winter just yet.

If you’re a new home owner readying your home for the autumn and colder winter, we’d love to hear your thoughts and top tips on keeping warm over the coming months.

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Patio cleaning in 5 easy steps

Patio cleaning in 5 easy steps

The patio area of your garden is a place where you entertain and gets a lot of attention. Ensuring that the surfaces are clean and well maintained is crucial, even heading into the autumn months. In Britain, the up and down weather means that there is only really a small period where you will be using your garden, and it is pretty essential that you are able to put it to good use ensuring it looks its best. With late summer sun still a possibility over the coming weeks, you’ll undoubtedly be heading outdoors to lap up the last fragments of summer whenever the cloud clears, and having a clean and presentable patio means you can entertain guests without having to worry about how your place is presented. You will find that cleaning the patio is like any other house cleaning job, though of course, it requires a little more elbow grease or power than your standard domestic clean. You may want to get a contract cleaner in to do the job, as they will have the best machinery and knowledge, but if you want to have a go at it yourself, here are our top tips.

 

Clear it

To start, clear the patio. To have a thorough clean, you’ll need to ensure that absolutely everything is clear on your floor surface. Also, be careful with the finish on your decking or plant pots. You might find that the power of the pressure washer can damage smaller things like paintwork, and decorative items.

 

Remove foliage

Next, it’s time to get in and remove any weeds that have grown in between your patio tiles or pieces of decking. It’s important that when removing weeds, you use the correct tool or scraper to ensure you remove as much of the weed root as possible. Try not to simply pull the head off any weeds you find, as the root will still continue to live and thrive, leaving you repeating the task a couple of months down the line.

 

Pressure wash

The quicker option, when it comes to washing, is to ensure you have a good pressure washer at your disposal. Whilst hand washing is an option, it’s a far more laborious way of getting the job done. No one wants to spend their Saturday afternoon on all fours, scrubbing their patio until a bad back sets in. A good high powered washer will easily lift up the dirt and mould that has set in any crevices over the months of use, and if you invest in a new washer, it will come in handy for plenty of jobs around the house.  However, if you don’t want to expense of a new washer, and don’t see good re-use value,  it may be cheaper to get a cleaning agency in to do the job for you, as the cost of a top end pressure washer can be a lot more than a cleaner.

 

Clean up

Once the washing is done and the water has dried, the dirt will settled on the tiles, having been contained in the water. The next task is to simply sweep this away, and it will be removed rather easily, without any difficulties.

 

Once swept, you can apply any treatment that the area requires, although it is rarely necessary. Once you’re done, simply replace all furnishings and head out to enjoy the new, clean area.

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