Winter has officially arrived in Australia. Make sure your home is prepared for a delightfully cosy winter hibernation.

June’s here and so is the official start of winter. We all know that in the wintertime, there’s nothing more comforting than slipping into layers of warm clothes and enjoying toasty toes from within the walls of a snug and cosy family home.

Based on the Gold Coast, Elle Interiors design consultant Eleanor Davis says there are two keys areas of your home to consider when preparing for the cool change – your loungeroom and your bedroom.

“It’s important to create a cosy environment for yourself in the winter,” Eleanor says. “And it’s in the lounge room and bedroom where you’ll most want to snuggle into something soft and warm and inviting.”

 Top 5 ways to warm up your home this winter:

  1. Cushions. Adding “large, chunky, textural cushions” to your lounge and bed is the best starting point for any winter warm up. “The secret to a good cushion is a feather insert so that you can really sink into it,” Eleanor says. She suggests Pottery Barn for a great range.
  2. Throws. Adding a throw to the end of your sofa or across the end of your bed is an obvious way to bring literal warmth to your toes this winter. Eleanor suggests seeking out chunky wool knits and faux fur throws for their texture, bringing depth and warmth to a room’s overall look.
  3. Candles. “Candlelight gives a room intimacy,” Eleanor explains. “You can’t have too many candles.”
  4. Flowers. “In my opinion, floral arrangements are a must for all rooms,” Eleanor says. The bloom of choice for this experienced designer is the white orchid – a timeless classic. While real flowers bring beautiful scents, Eleanor says modern artificial flowers are so good, you can hardly tell a fake from the real thing – and you won’t kill it!
  5. Rugs. If your budget allows it, Eleanor says a textured rug is a piece that will tie all these winter warmer ideas together. Go for a deep pile (not a shaggy rug though, as they have seen their day, Eleanor says), a wool blend and a neutral tone. Eleanor says a lighter rug gives the impression of luxury – something just darker than ivory is her choice.

“At the end of the day, you want to be able to jump onto your lounge, among your cushions and throws, and get lost in them,” Eleanor says. “Oh, and the one last thing I would recommend this winter is to have a good glass of wine in your hand!”



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