A MELLOW MOOD has infused winter interiors this season. Here’s are seven stylish ways to make your home more cosy AS THE TEMPERATURE DROPS …
1. The Trend: FIREPLACES
It’s time for the fireplace to once again take centre stage as the focal point of the home. Positioning a comfortable, plumply-upholstered tweed, wool or velvet armchair invitingly close to the fireplace draws attention the area. And rather than hiding away your fire screens and tools, upgrade and turn them into part of its allure. Finally, a good selection is available here from online retailers. Don’t forget to try local dealers for antique irons.
2. The Trend: COLOURED CANDLELIGHT
White is the classic choice but why not mix it up and try colour? Article has a good selection of dinner candles. Contemporary candlesticks are also having a moment. Taper candles, €8.95 for pack of ten, at Article, Powerscourt Town Centre, Dublin 2.
3. The Trend: LOUNGE DINING
The dinner party, as you know it, goes into hibernation this autumn, in favour of a more informal, less labour-intensive supper. Forget the formalities and gather friends around your coffee table for a cocktail and light supper of small plates or substantial canapés. Dispense with wine altogether and serve an Irish gin cocktail, offering two or three types of gin to choose from (and discuss the relative merits!). Serve mocktails for non-drinkers. The next big thing is sake, by the way, now that ur-critic Robert Parker is turning his attention to Japan’s pure polished rice wine. Time to dust off your rolling mats and prep some sushi.
4. The Trend: LUXURY LINENS
A revival of interest in Irish fabrics and manufacture is at the root of many new businesses. Sean Moran, creator of Nood tea, a brand conceived at the beginning of the specialty tea revolution, has a new venture. He’s become a purveyor of fine 100 per cent Irish linen, and it’s flying out the (figurative) door of his online store, Francis-M.com. “We are returning to basics: restrained simplicity that lasts, appropriately traditional, appreciated by the discerning. We look outwards as well as to the Irish market and the brand is gaining traction in NYC, Palm Beach, LA, Paris, Tokyo. One enormously rich client on Park Avenue latched onto the brand and as the word-of-mouth spreads from that, we ship several times a week. We are also starting to work with a few Irish weaving sheds to develop our own range of luxury blankets and throws,” says Moran. www. francis-m.com
5. The Trend: MATERIAL LUST
Nothing says luxury like a subtle flash of velvet – it upgrades any piece of furniture thanks to its glamorous look and feel. If you want to make velvet modern, avoid regal jewel-like colours: The marshmallow-like velvet chairs at Sketch restaurant in London got us hankering after something in pink.
6. The Trend: VANILLA NICE
A soothing palette of just the right shade of beige, cream and white ushers tranquility into a home. Use varying hues, pattern and texture to add interest and character. With a simple palette, it’s important to use high-quality materials. This is a look that’s very easy to live with.
7. The Trend: NESTING
As autumn sets in, cosy up your home for the colder months. During nesting season, why not invest in one or two ultra-warm throws from king of cosy UGG’s new home accessory collection or, looking closer to home, a berry-coloured woollen blanket from The Mill at Avoca or Donegal Woollen Mills. Get comfy on the couch.
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