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Reread your favourite bookDo you have a few favourite paperbacks you return to time and time again, like old friends? Autumn is the perfect season for digging out your favourite classics and treating yourself to an hour or two of escapism, particularly if any of them reference the change in season or celebrate all things cosy and autumnal. Epic dramas, classic romances, and big, sweeping novels are all perfect reading material to accompany the darker nights and help shift the melancholic mood that can sometimes accompany the change from summer to autumn. Curl up in an armchair, lose yourself in the story and reignite your love of all things warm and homely.
Recycle where you can“We have to buy in some reclaimed flooring, but we’re also using what we can from the house,” Clare says. “For example, there’s enough left over from the current dining room – which is being turned into a utility/loo/corridor (and being tiled) – to create the entire flooring in our new loft bathroom. “A bonus is that when the builders re-lay the planks, they’ll put them closer together and can also silicone underneath – especially good in a bathroom. They’ll be original and look beautiful, but – recycled – they’ll function much better.“We’ve also taken some original tiles that were on the patio and are reusing them for our front path. We’ve picked out the red and black square ones, as we’ve seen a chequerboard layout in these colours in front gardens elsewhere on our street.”
Lighten upAlice recommends you don’t scrimp on lighting. “This is key,” she says. “Rental lighting is often dark, stark or virtually non-existent, so add in lamps at different levels. Bring in floor lights and table lamps, along with candles and fairy lights, to add depth and ramp up the cosiness.”Tell us…How have you decorated your rented home? Share your ideas and photos in the Comments section.
Create a cosy reading cornerIn a narrow living space, it’s practical to push seating towards an alcove, which isn’t possible if it’s fitted with shelves or cupboards. Doing so can look a little unnatural, however, unless you give the seating a bit of context. Creating a reading corner like this is the simplest solution. A sofa can sit square on, but an armchair will look more welcoming placed at an angle.
A quiet spot for reading Give your mum her own corner to relax and read a book. A home library with rows of shelves and a ladder is a dream idea, but it’s also a pretty tall order. Instead, position a comfy chair or beanbag somewhere warm and quiet. Buy your mum a good-quality reading lamp and satisfy her passion for design with some pretty vintage books.Discover some of the best reading nooks
Make a space for youIn a busy household it’s important to find a place to gather your thoughts and spend a few minutes by yourself. Being alone for a while will allow you to recharge, and get ready to face the world again. If you can’t grab a whole room for yourself, a cosy corner will do fine. Here, the armchair is ideally located next to the fire, with an angled table lamp placed perfectly for reading. If you have a hobby, such as crocheting or painting, create a designated space for it. Devise storage that will keep all your equipment to hand, so you can easily dip in and out whenever you have some spare time.
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Layer 1: Light for Doing We all use our living rooms differently, and that means you can benefit from carefully considering what common tasks you and your family perform in the living room before choosing lighting. Do you like to read? If so, good table lamps or floor lamps are a must. Prefer to watch television? Lamps might reflect on the screen, so dimmable downlights might offer a better solution. Playing games with friends? A brighter living room illuminated with both lamps and downlights can make interactions more enjoyable. Browse dimmable lighting
Layer 1: Light for Doing We all use our living rooms differently, and that means you can benefit from carefully considering what common tasks you and your family perform in the living room before choosing lighting. Do you like to read? If so, good table lamps or floor lamps are a must. Prefer to watch television? Lamps might reflect on the screen, so dimmable downlights might offer a better solution. Playing games with friends? A brighter living room illuminated with both lamps and downlights can make interactions more enjoyable.