Prepare for winter hibernation
Nothing says winter like cosy blankets, chunky throws and knitted sweaters. Make sure you always have one nearby to help keep the cold at bay. Invest in blankets and throws in different sizes, thickness and colour to suit every occasion. For extra comfort, add a couple of cushions.
Cityscape scatter cushion. Details: R199, Woolworths.
Kassa knit throw from Country Road, R1 399.
As the sun draws dim during the winter months and night creeps in earlier, cleverly placed lamps throughout the house are extremely effective in creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. Large standing lamps will add the right amount of ambience to any room while smaller table lamps will create a more intimate and romantic feel.
Clear glass candle lantern. Details: R 299, H&M.
Supreme B table lamp. Details: R1 200, www.monoshop.co.za.
In addition to larger, appealing furniture pieces that help bring the outside indoors, homey more natural and handcrafted items made from natural materials make for wonderful accents and focus points when placed discreetly around the home.
Natural small belly basket. Details: R299, www.superbalist.co.za.
Zebra printed leather rug, R6 599, Zara Home.
Add some texture
We’re talking leather, studs, wool, interesting stitching and different kinds of material. Whether you love leather upholstered furniture or are more of a wood fan, make sure to mix and match when creating your style. Items of texture will undoubtedly not only be pleasing to the eye but also to the touch.
Brass bend table. Details: R4 285, www.esque.co.za.
Hand-stitched dining chair upholstered in leather with metal base. Details: R2 750, Incanda Furniture.
Capture natural light and colour
While artificial light is a wonderful supplement to any home, the power of nature’s glow should never be underestimated. A particularly clever way to include not only soft colours in your home but to also capture natural light and watch it dance around the room is through incorporating decorative glass pieces in and around the home.
Round mirror with its leather strap. Details: R3 550, www.dark-horse.co.za.
Metallic cement candle from Studio-W. Details: R160.
Be inspired by nature
Winter does tend to strip nature of its lushness for a while, but that is no reason to deprive yourself of the revitalising effect of greenery – especially as you embark on a period of reflection in preparation for the new. Wisely chosen indoor plants, décor and furniture items in a range of bright to subdued greens are easily available and perfect to help add a touch of nature to your indoor
sanctuary. For the more daring, wallpaper or curtaining is also an option.
Artificial plant in a cement pot. Details: R260, Woolworths.
Lattice ceramic jar. Details: R699, David Jones.
One lucky reader can walk away with this gorgeous painter’s bench upholstered in leather worth R1 200. Make sure to pay Incanda Furniture a visit at their Menlyn Maine Central Square showroom or give them a call on 012-348-4975.
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