Inspiring Winter Looks to Warm up Your Home

October for me is a time of transition. I’m still hanging on to the occasional sunny day when it’s still warm enough to sit in the garden, but I’m also looking forward to making the house all warm and cosy for the cooler months ahead. I’ve already written about my 10 essentials for winter nights, but getting last years throws out of storage, and digging out the fairy lights just isn’t good enough. I want the house to look stylish and thoughtfully put together too. So I was delighted to see that the winter and Christmas interiors trends in the Houseology lookbook were right up my street.

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Left to right, Chic Living, Luxe Living, and Urban Living

I honestly can’t choose whether I like the Chic Living, Luxe Living or Urban Living best! And seeing the different looks in drop-dead-gorgeous settings is the best inspiration of all. It’s easy to see how the different elements work together and what they add to the overall scheme and it’s always good to see how crucial accessories (often an overlooked element I fear) are.

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Chic Living

Chic Living, combines nature’s most elegant elements with beautiful luxurious textiles. It has a hint of chalet style but in a sophisticated cool palette of pale timber, greys and white, all warmed up with knitted cushions and fur throws. The style is very relaxed and it just invites you to kick off your shoes, light a candle and curl up. It’s up to you how many alpine motifs (if, at all) you add and for those of us who can’t resist an accent colour, a spicy red will add even more warmth to those short days.

And my favourites from the collection?

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The Murmur Bud Cushion (£55) for a touch of warm festive red, the LED Lit Branch Christmas Trees (£139 for the 160 cm one) which is definitely on my list for this year, and the Faux Fur Storage Baskets (£79 for a set of 3).

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Luxe Living

Luxe Living, is inspired by elegant city living. It draws on the glamour of Parisian apartments and stylish New York pied-a-terres to create a space that is perfect for sophisticated entertaining over the winter months. In short, a look that many of us aspire to without realising that it’s really not that hard to achieve. Architectural detailing does help, but so does attention to detail and the richness of the materials used. We’re talking about statement furniture, glass, brass, velvets, and contemporary lighting for a look that is opulent and decadent.

And my favourites from the collection?

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The Wedgwood Arris Octagonal Charger in Charcoal (£95), The Glass Christmas Lights in Vintage Gold (£20.00), and the Eichholtz Rubautelli Chair in Walnut (£1,300).

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Urban Living

Urban Living, has a distinctive Scandinavian feel but with a cool contemporary pared back edge. It draws on the current trend for industrial materials and concrete but contrasts this with brass elements, cowhides and elegant furniture. There’s a hint of pastel pink but it’s combined with matt black. This look will appeal to those who prefer a modernist antidote to traditional winter styling.

And my favourites from the collection?

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The Louis Poulsen Pendant Light (from £430), the Grey Blush Murmur Dune Small Mug Set (from £40 for a set of 4), the Vitra Charles & Ray Eames Calf Hide Chair (from £1,879.20).

Yes, even designers need inspiration sometimes!

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    Rachel @ Fresh Design

    October 23, 2015

    I’m currently in the midst of obsessing over winter and Christmas home styling, so absolutely loved your post. All three are fab looks – it’s a tough choice between Chic Living and Urban Living for me.

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      October 25, 2015

      Same here Rachel. I’m definitely going for one of those twig trees this year. They take up less space and I don’t have a lot of that. 🙂

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    October 23, 2015

    Ooo I cannot decide which is my favourite, although that dinnerware is stunning! I’m going to start from scratch with Christmas decorations this year but there are so many beautiful ranges to choose from, it’s so difficult!

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      October 25, 2015

      I know Karen. I’m usually torn between tradition and the latest trends. And I usually end up with a mixture. Starting from scratch sounds wonderful. x


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