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Unfortunately there’s no denying it any longer - the nights are drawing in and autumn is well and truly on its way. At this time of year when we start to head back indoors, we think about nesting and how to make our homes feel a little more snug. Of course, there’s nothing cosier than a real log fire but you can’t always count on chimneys and fireplaces in modern apartment blocks and smaller units. Furthermore, not everyone wants the hassle of cleaning a fireplace and dealing with the dirt that comes with that cosiness. We’ve come up with a few easy alternatives to a hearth to make your home just as snug. Feel-good fabric Think plush, sumptuous velvets and soft cottons. Selecting opulent fabrics to upholster your furniture with can instantly improve the cosiness of a room. Create it with candles Candles are a wonderful way to help bring the flicker of a flame into your room if a fire is not an option. Dotting candles on different surfaces at different heights can really build an atmosphere. Choosing warm colours like reds, wines and greens can add romance to any space. Finding a favourite scented candle for you and your family to enjoy together can be magical and autumnal aromas like cinnamon and nutmeg work well. Fake it with fur Faux fur can be a fun way to make your TIME TO GET COSY home fabulously cosy. There are heaps of ways to inject a little bit of animal magic into your home from rugs and cushions to throws and don’t be afraid to use coloured furs as accents in the home. We’ve seen some gorgeous yellows and blue hues that can really pop in your living room. Throw some blankets around Make your sofa somewhere your whole family will love to lounge by investing in some gloriously snug blankets and throws. Again, faux fur works wonderfully as well as soft knits and fluffy fleeces. The trick here is making sure that your throws are accessible whenever any of your loved ones are overcome by the need to be cosy. Snug rugs A lot of us favour wooden flooring over carpeting for hygienic and practical reasons but a rug can transform a surface from clinical to cosy in no time. From a large area rug to a little patch of loveliness, a soft rug can feel great underfoot whether you opt for a high pile or an ornate pattern. It shouldn’t be too difficult to keep a rug in good nick and can be easily rolled up when the kids are feeling messy. Light up Lighting can make or break a room. Pay attention to the wattage of a bulb. Aim for low light and consider a coloured amber or yellow bulb to further soothe and soften. Using lamplight rather than pendant lighting always works a treat n


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