Hello cosy

I’ve decided to make more effort to decorate the house to reflect the seasons, well the dining room at least. It’s the perfect room as it’s a bit of a blank canvas and has a very relaxed, calm feel about it.

My first idea was to do something with the leaves I collected the other week, here’s my post about it. I wanted the leaves to stay their gorgeous colours for as long as possible so I decided to run them through the laminator and see what happened.

There, not too bad. They stayed like this for a couple of weeks until I decided what my plan was for them. Last week I decided I really must do something with them so I cut around each leaf.

The colours haven’t really changed much since laminating them so I guess it worked.

I went for a walk in the park the other day on the hunt for the perfect branch. The park was very pretty indeed.

It was good to get out of the house and see a bit of nature, we’d had a poorly house for quite a while and we hadn’t ventured out apart from to the shops. It was much needed to lift my spirits. Anyway, with perfect branch (covered in moss which was a bonus) in hand, I was finally able to finish my little project. I punched a hole in the leaves and threaded them onto some string tied to the branch. Ta-Dah!

I’m quite pleased with that. A little bit of outdoors brought indoors and some great Autumn colours too.

The area I wanted to focus on mainly was the fireplace as its the focal point of the room. I bought some artificial leaves from eBay and threaded them onto some yarn to make a garland. I then hung it together with my fairy lights which are a permanent fixture.

I got some lovely looking squashes, the young girl on the till in Aldi said to her colleague “how much are the funky looking pumpkins?” Ha ha!

And from our local wholesalers for all things lovely, I got some other autumnal bits for dressing the room. Some faux hay bales, leaves, acorns and berries.

I love how it’s all come together, it feels very homely and cosy. Along with our new comfy chairs so we can sit (and I can crochet) by the roaring fire.

I feel like we’re the old couple from the movie ‘Up’ with his and hers chairs!

I’d also planned on doing some crochet decorations but it just hasn’t happened.  I made about 5 little leaves which look rather pathetic on their own.  I might make a nice wreath ready for next autumn, who knows?

This year was my first ever time carving pumpkins, I can’t believe I’ve never done it till now. I got a bit carried away and got 6 but I think they look great all together. The kids helped with these and thoroughly enjoyed getting their craft on.

Although they look good outside, I am rather worried they might go walkies so indoors is where they’ll live.

Once the log fire and a few candles are lit, it’s super cosy. Add some gentle music, a mug of tea and some nibbles and there you have a perfect evening right before you.

It also fits in well with a concept I’m very interested in called Hygge. It’s a Danish word with no direct translation but it basically means, cosyness. I’ve asked for a book on Hygge for my upcoming birthday so I’ll maybe do a post all about it sometime. But for now, this is my Autumn set-up, and it shall stay this way until December when Christmas will come and sprinkle festive cheer around.

Thanks as always for stopping by.

Vicki xxx


8 thoughts on “Hello cosy

  1. madebydemi October 29, 2016 / 6:33 pm

    I love the idea with the leaves and the branch! Simple and stylish 🙂

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    • Vicki October 29, 2016 / 7:19 pm

      Thank you Demi! It really is easy and looks lovely in the room. I think I might do something similar for Christmas 🎄⛄️

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  2. The Artisan Duck November 3, 2016 / 10:58 am

    The leaves on the branch is such a good idea and looks so pretty. Your house looks so cosy with the fire and decorations. I love the idea of hygge and I have had a book about it in my Amazon wish list for months – I too think I will ask for it for my birthday. Currently in the middle of a massive declutter. We have so much stuff and in reality only a fraction of it gets used. Once the house is clearer I want to make it more cosy in the run up to Christmas 🙂 I look forward to anymore inspiration from you. Hxx

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    • Vicki November 3, 2016 / 11:36 am

      Thanks Hannah. Although decluttering is a daunting task, I find once you get stuck in it’s really therapeutic and I find I feel so much more organised and on top of things. I didn’t get the book for my birthday but did get some money so think I’ll treat myself. I’m sure there’s definitely a blog post in the making ☺️ xx

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      • The Artisan Duck November 3, 2016 / 11:46 am

        Happy belated birthday! I love a good declutter – as you say it makes you feel so much more on top of things. I always come unstuck over toys, craft stuff and generally the little bits that gather and have no home (mainly kids stuff really). Have you read ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ by Marie Kondo? I read it a while ago and quite enjoyed it. Think I’ll read it again to give me the inspiration I need to finish off. Hxx

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      • Vicki November 3, 2016 / 11:52 am

        Thank you! No, I’ve not read that, I’ll keep a look out for it. 😉 x

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