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Clever ways to season proof your home

Clever ways to season proof your home

I’m sure we are all guilty of it, you go out shopping and see a beautiful cushion, throw or vase and by the time you’ve got it home you’ve already planned to redecorate the whole lounge. There is nothing wrong with that so long as you have deep pockets that can stretch the budget to allow for trend following.

SO I’m going to give you a few tips on making your home a chance of being futureproof!

1. Get the basics right

The big spends in your home are likely to be the sofa, the carpets/flooring and in a lounge the fireplace too. When choosing these ask yourself how important it is that they follow a trend, would a plain or subtly striped sofa like the Jonah pictured from Made.com be a better choice than an exuberant exotic patterned sofa for example? If you choose furniture that can be dressed up or down depending on the season with cushions, throws or vases they will keep you happy longer.

We don’t use our fire all year round so choose something that looks good whether you are using it or not. Log burners are very trendy at the moment but not practical for everyone, I like the very retro and cool Smeg fires that look like pieces of artwork mounted on the wall. They are also flueless so you can install them more easily and you can position them anywhere in the room.

Carpets are great for warmth in winter but would a great solid wood or tiled floor be just as good if you laid a rug in the winter to keep your toes toasty? You could change the rug every year and that’s not going to break the bank.

2. Accessorise smart

Accessories for the home don’t always have to be big expensive gestures, in the summer fresh flowers bring the outside in along with lots of colour. In the autumn I love to fill my home with piles of logs by the fire and fill vases with twigs and branches for a warm cosy and earthy feel that can be dressed up with some sparkle for winter and Christmas. Watch out for spiders in the log pile!

If you do choose to invest in new seasonal accessories think to clever cushions, like these double sided ones by Ferm Living; flip them over and rather than statement prints you have classic, timeless stripes.

3. Plan ahead

It’s been said time and time again but plan ahead and set aside a weekend to rearrange the furniture, get out your woollen throws and lay the rugs then pretend you are a hedgehog, snuggle up and see the winter out in style.

How do you change your home for the different seasons?