The temperatures are dropping, and will only continue to do so over the coming weeks. The lead up to Christmas is beginning, and we are starting to see evidence of seasonal cheer in the streets and shops. The Christmas and New Year period can be taxing, with parties, festivities and family visits taking their toll on your body and mind. So, to make sure you are refreshed and prepared now, we recommend that you spend some nights indoors, either in solitude or with friends, and make the most of the calm and serenity before the craziness of December and January starts.
With the help of our UK experts, we have put together a fabulous ideabook that is bursting with cosy and charming ideas. From bottle openers to knitted pouffes, we have got it covered! Let's take a look…
Let's start by setting the mood and tone. Candles are a great way to add warm and charm to a room, as well as omit a wonderful scent. Wick & Tallow has a great range of candles that will set the perfect scene for a night in. The pictured candle is White Fig and Vanilla, which sounds truly delectable just by the title. With a burn time of approximately 50 hours, you can be sure to have oodles of time to kick back, relax and take in the succulent aroma. Not to mention, your pillows, blankets and sofas will too, inherit this tantalising smell into their fabric.
KAKKOii and the legendary Pantone have come together to create this quirky and fun speaker box. Visually pleasing, of course, and portable, you can take your favourite tunes with you wherever you go. Given that the sensation of scent has been covered above, it is only fitting that we would appease our aural capabilities too. Small yet powerful, you can either get the party started, or mellow down with some classical piano or jazz beats. This speaker is also a great idea as a gift for your tech-savvy friends and family members.
Now that the nose and ears are looked after, what about the sensation of taste? To complete the package, no good evening indoors could be complete without a bottle of wine, or a smoky whiskey. Shipped all the way from Brooklyn, this delightful bottle opener has been hand crafted from wax, and left unfinished to reveal its textured and interesting appearance. Titled the
Fort Bottle Opener, and lovingly supplied by Fate London, you are sure to be the envy of all your guests when you pull out this neat and minimalist opener to begin the night. This too is a great gift, because let's be honest, a good bottle opener should be a staple in every household.
Moving onto a more tactile experience, our evening indoors cannot be spent without some cosy blankets and cushions to nestle into. These tweed quilts, aside from being visually stunning, are the perfect addition to any bedroom or living room. Lisa Watson has made it rather difficult, as each design is so unique and pleasing that it will be very hard to decide which one to choose! Either way, you will be toasty warm rugged up underneath one of these quilts, with a glass of red and even a good book at hand. Your friends, should they choose to stay the night, will feel the exact same sentiment, and may never want to get up!
When those unexpected guests turn up and disturb your Zen, neither you nor they should feel cold in the company of one another. Pouffes are a great way to maximise seating capacities, as not only do they look good, but are comfortable to sit on for an evening of chess, cards or good conversation. Staying on the theme of cosiness, these handmade delights are From Brighton With Love, and have been crafted from 100% wool. Whichever cheek it is you decide to rest against these bundles, you are sure to be warm, snug and happy.
Lastly, but definitely not least, you have the wine, quilts, music and seating sorted, so it's now time to turn your head to the snacks that you and your guests will indulge in. Being the host with the most is important, so presenting your hard labour or tasty treats should be done so in style. In this image, created by Sue Pryke, we have a wonderful selection of serving boards, bowls and jugs. Created by artisans across England out of Oak, Pewter and Terracotta, you can have a range that is timeless, elegant and made from durable modern materials.
We hope you have enjoyed this ideabook about winter warmer inspiration for the indoors! Perhaps an idea or three has come to you for the chilly coming months?