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…or traditional and rustic (with a twist)Go a touch deeper with your core shade of mauve and autumnal or less well lit rooms will shine, too. Think shades of heather, soft checks, and cream and natural stone as a backdrop. If you’re brave enough to go for a pale rug or carpet underfoot (and don’t have dogs or small children and do have a dreamy boot room), it’s a lovely way to lighten up a dim room and gives a traditional country interior a bit of a twist. Again, layers and texture – from the subtly different colour tones to the bare stone fireplace, log basket, gleaming wood lintel and soft upholstery – are the key here to a warm and inviting interior. Just go for plenty more if your look is more country cool than contemporary townhouse.
Opt for classic checksFor a traditional country feel, bring some check patterns into your living room. A pale checkered sofa adds a stylish layer to this rustic space. The soft colours work well with other hues in the room to create a calm, harmonious spot in which to snuggle up in front of the fire.
Warm up insideOnce the outdoor festivities are over, your guests will really appreciate a cosy space inside where they can warm up. Prepare your living room with plenty of cushions and blankets. Make sure you have enough seating by providing extra pouffes, stools and large floor cushions.
Farmhouse fantasies pull us inMany of us wouldn’t say no to a country bolthole with an inglenook fireplace and exposed beams – plus a gorgeously designed and furnished interior, of course. Piling cosy cushions and blankets on ample seating is so welcoming. Little touches, such as the many candles and tealights on the stonework, also help to create a room that exudes warmth.
Rock the cosy cottage feelThere’s something about a simple, old-fashioned country cottage that feels extra right in wintertime. Brick fireplaces, low beams, formal upholstery and carpet might all seem rather traditional at the height of summer, but in the colder months they provide that Scandinavian hygge: the warm, cosy feeling of being snug and happy when it’s freezing outside.And you don’t need to have a home packed with period features to achieve this feel. A roomy sofa in a soft tartan dressed with plump cushions like this one and an upholstered pouffe for your feet will take you halfway there. Get tips on bringing a traditional cottage into the 21st century
Think bigWith their big dimensions, cottage fireplaces demand a big grate or a powerful wood-burner to fill them well and create decent levels of heat. This fireplace is gorgeously generous. The surround is made from chunky, original stone and timber, with a spacious hearth, while the big fireplace within it not only looks great, but will keep the whole room toasty.TELL US…What do you think of these cottage fireplaces? Share your thoughts in the Comments below.
Make space for your gatheringHanukkah is about gathering with your friends and family to celebrate the belief in miracles and sing songs and tell stories. Make sure your living room has plenty of seating to accommodate your guests and allow for comfortable conversation and storytelling. Ottomans and folding chairs provide excellent last-minute seating solutions if you’re short on surface area. Above all, enjoy yourself and have a happy Hanukkah!TELL US…Do you celebrate Hanukkah? How do you like to decorate your home for the holiday? We’d love to see photos in the Comments below.
Stoke up the fireNothing says countryside more than settling down for a cosy evening by the fire while the wind howls outside. If your home doesn’t have a fireplace, try gathering a collection of candles together to create a similarly cosy effect. TELL US…Would you rather stay in Iris’s English cottage or Amanda’s LA mansion? Share your thoughts in the Comments below.See how to get the look of Amanda’s LA mansion from ‘The Holiday’