I love being cosy. I know Spring is nearing us, but let’s be honest the weather is not getting that much better. The heating is still on, you’ve not sorted the garden out yet, spring is not here. So I still want to by lovely and cosy and warm and content. This is a safe haven where I am most happy and comfortable; curled up on the reclining chair with the fire on, candles flickering and preferably a howling gale or torrential rain on the window. It’s a lifestyle I am full on ready to embrace, and you can too for not that much money. That is until summer comes and I whinge that I’m too hot.
Until then, cosy is king and I’m happy to roll with it. So here are some tips, tricks and a few items to look into in order to transform any space, big or small, from a little bit soulless, to full of warmth and happiness.
I am a big fan of Woodwick’s Hearthwick range. I’m clearly drawn to auditory stimulation because it’s not just the smell of them that gets me, but the sound they make. No, not kidding. Hearthwick is a special kind of wick that crackles like a fire as it burns. On these dark, miserable nights, to have these candles flickering in the background, smelling incredible and sounding like you’re next to a campfire just makes everything much nicer. They come in a vast array of sizes, shapes and fragrances and most are awesome. If you’re into subtle smells, Sea Salt and Cotton, as weird as it sounds, is one to get. It’s a lovely colour and a gentle fragrance that will not overpower you or your guests once you light it.
With these candles, caring for them is key to make sure they don’t go black and start creating smoke. We’ve got a post all about caring for your scented candles here, so be sure to check that out once you start using it.
Blankets are boss in this house. We have tonnes of them. In the summer months, Wes and I don’t use a duvet – we just have a blanket each. In the winter however they are found in every room and my sherpa is my absolute favourite. A big, heavy blanket that is knitted on one side and a soft fluffy sherpa on the other. I loved it so much I went back and bought two more for Mason and my mother-in-law! If you’re looking for comfort and warmth, look no further than here. Best part is, once you’re done with it, you can fold it up and easily store it away without it taking an inordinate amount of room, like a duvet does.
I don’t know who came up with making a lamp out of salt, but hey it’s 2019 and here we are. People claim various health benefits come with a salt lamp, such as purifying the air and helping you sleep but (as this Amazon seller points out) there is ZERO science behind it. So why is it on the list? Because it’s beautiful, it’s earthy and creates a warm glow in any room its placed. A nice, alternative light source that will add the warm ambience that any cosy home will need.
One thing that has been fairly widely proven to help promote calm and relaxation however, is aromatherapy and the use of essential oils. This Air Diffuser is a tiny little thing that will take up next to no space, but works at gently providing some humidity to your space. The oils create a lovely warming scent around the room and bring you to a state of total relaxation. A bonus with this little gadget, because it’s so portable, you can take it with you to make any space a little more homely and calming without any effort.
Even if you don’t know the first thing about using essential oils (and let’s be honest, I don’t) this is the perfect way to introduce aromatherapy into your home and make your living room a safe, happy, comforting place to be with zero effort.
Which home comforts can you absolutely not live without? Anything I’ve failed to consider here? Let me have your ideas in the comments and of course if you do buy some of these products for your home, send me photos! I’d love to see what you do with them!