It's the time of year for scented candles and big, warm blankets
Celebrate the season of crisp winter nights and roaring fires by bringing some winter colour and cheerful into your house. It’s that time of year when scented candles, good books and big, warm blankets really come into their own.
Bloom and Wild
Add a spectacular bouquet, such as The Eleanor or The Sienna, to a gloomy corner to lighten it up. Bloom and Wild will deliver flowers through your letterbox throughout the colder months so there is no need to be stuck with boring poinsettias for the rest of the year. Bloom and Wild make beautiful autumnal arrangements that will keep your home looking fresh and lively, and the flowers tend to last really well.
bloomandwild.com, from £20
Riding the trend for all things Nordic, bring Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson’s cooking into your own kitchen with his latest cookbook. There are 700 (relatively) straight-forward and authentic recipes from Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden for you to enjoy making as the nights draw in. The photography is also very evocative too, making it a handy present.
Farrow and Ball
Cheer up outside walls or patio areas on a grey day with a little sunshine courtesy of Farrow and Ball’s exterior masonry paint in Fawn, a shade that was very popular in the eighteenth century. Just because there is no more alfresco eating on the horizon does not mean that outside spaces cannot be bright places to look out on from the warmth of indoors. The masonry paints come in a range of colours if you want to plump for something a little more subtle.
farrow-ball.com, £62 for five litres
Mitchell and Peach
What could be more uplifting on a chilly evening than an elegant scented candle? Mitchell and Peach’s Flora No 1 is made from oils of rose, lavender and sweet violet that come from the family farm in Kent, leaving a gentle, lasting fragrance. Its frosted glass creates a dusky flicker, making this an ideal candle to create a cosy atmosphere.
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This is the season of parties at home so make sure that you are not caught short in the spirits department. Made in small batches in Chiswick, Sipsmith steeps its botancials of nutmeg, cardamom, lime leaf and lemongrass, to make its Raffles 1915 gin. Created for the world-famous hotel, the gin makes a belting G&T, a fragrant martini, or if you’re feeling extra adventurous a Singapore Sling, of course.
Breathe new life into your book collection with these beautifully whimsical covers from the Penguin Essentials collection. They are almost too pretty to be put away on the shelf. Choose from classic titles such as Bonjour Tristesse, Lucky Jim and A Room with a View that are great to curl up with on a blustery day.
Wind, rain and blustery weather will have you racing to sneak under this chunky rustic Daylesford throw as soon as you can. Satisfyingly weighty, you can hunker down under swathes of organic wool from the Cotswolds with one of those aforementioned attractive books.
Let these quaint bird prints update your home with their subtle colours and vintage style. The set of twelve is great for drawing together a room when spread out, or for cheering up a sparse wall when hung up together. They come printed on an enamel-style background, giving them a tasteful matte finish, with metal frames which look attractively aged.