The last days of November can be bleak, it can also be so incredibly beautiful. Clear bright skies but very cold nights. December marks the beginning of Winter, so digg those woollies out!
This time of year you can turn on the central heating but what truly warms your home is the little touches of love.
I hail from the North East of England where it feels Baltic and freezation that is abominably cold on the best of days. So We do Winter well. Some folk now call it Hygge, I call it warming up for Winter.
Here’s my almost Winter tips.
Light a fire. An open fire or wood burning stove comes into its own this time of year. If you don’t have this luxury fake it. We have two fireplaces but the previous owners converted the loft, taking out the chimney breast so a real fire is not possible. We fake it in one room with twinkly lights and in another with a gas fire that looks like a wood burning stove. It kind of does the trick of looking like a wood burner and boy does it knock out some heat!
Lighten up – light candles and switch on twinkly lights, mood lighting is so warming in the winter. Lights can trick the brain into calm, and positive mood enhancing stuff, so soft lighting and fairy lights mean relax. Harsh blue mobile lighting is not so good. Put the phone down after 10pm!
Buy the biggest scented candle that you can afford and indulge. Dont just wait for the weekends. light in on a Monday night when you get home from work, and need a pick me up, its my first step to a chilled night in.
Now pile on the pillows. More cushions and throws on your sofa, more pillows and duvets on your bed. Start with linen bedding then add blankets and woollies. Snuggle up. Keep warm.
Smells like …Candles, sprays, perfume, whatever makes you feel good, evoke the smells of the season, pine cones, I love fresh flowers in the house and eucalyptus leaves, I’m also a fan of a good pillow spray, This Works does a good spray and roll on for bedtime.
Finally, Cook. I cook more one pot cosy dishes in the Winter, soup, broth, casserole, stew, good cooking smells enduce happy thoughts.
Enjoy your Winter and embrace the season, Sending you all a big British hug, (not a Hygee) not offence to our Scandi neighbours but we got this, we know you Winter.
Love DSB x