Six Ways To Winterise Your Home

MICHAEL MORRIS from The Bearded Candle Makers shares six tips for making your home a hibernation haven this winter …


There is magic in the air this time of year, and not just because Christmas is around the corner. Winter is reminiscent of some of our most cherished moments – from watching the first glimmer of snow, basking in the glow of a crackling fireplace or savouring the first sip of a hot whiskey after a long walk.

With a significant drop in temperature and longer nights drawing in, it’s time to layer up on cosiness and turn the home into a hibernation haven. Michael Morris from The Bearded Candle Makers has shared his six tips for bringing festive winter wonder into the home – but fair warning, you may never want to leave your house again!

Festive fireplace

As the focal point of a room, decorating the mantle around the fireplace is a sure-fire way to bring a little bit of nature indoors. Think a pine garland along the mantelpiece, with pine cones, holly and rosehips. The rich earthy colours will come to life against the glow of a blazing winter fireplace. Opt for fresh trimmings to add extra aroma to the space.

Candles alight

You don’t need to travel far to enjoy the pleasures of winter – all you need is the strike of a match in the comfort of your home. As my craft, I am passionate about sparking sensations through scents and inventing new aroma concoctions that can transport people.

I have recently partnered with Bushmills Irish Whiskey to create a warming winter scent inspired by Black Bush. The candle, which is named ‘Black Bush Alight’ embodies the rich, fruity notes and deep character of the premium Irish whiskey and is available to win at

A real Christmas tree

Instead of beginning the arduous task of climbing into the attic to take down the plastic tree, treat yourself and your home to a freshly cut Christmas tree. The refreshing scent of soft pine needles, with the earthy woody notes from the bark will set the senses alight. Early morning coffee or late-night whiskeys will be enriched by the powerful aroma of pine needles in your home.

Winter centrepieces

Spice up the kitchen table or dining room centrepiece with a bowl of fresh orange and clove pomanders. A Christmas tradition in many households, this beautiful combination emits a fresh and spicy aroma to the room, while also adding extra bold colour against the drab winter weather.

Woollen throws

As a homage to traditional Irish craftsmanship, a handwoven wool throw will transform any sofa or chair into a warm nook. Eddie Doherty from Donegal is one of my favourite brands. Made from pure wool, these throws symbolise cosy evenings and conversations around the fire. With a wide range of rich red tones or earthy green shades, the throw’s colour will also bring the spirit of winter to life in the home.

A warm welcome

Don’t forget one of the most important features of the home, the front door. Decorating from the outside in, a festive, aromatic wreath is a timeless way to add Christmas cheer to your home. Whether you prefer the traditional look of rich pine or opt for a more decadent design with dried oranges, Eucalyptus and cinnamon sticks, there is no wrong way to make a wreath.

Michael has partnered with Bushmills Irish Whiskey to host a hands-on candle making workshop at Drury Buildings in Dublin on November 27 and 28. The evening will offer attendees the opportunity to understand the art of documenting scent and create their very own keepsake winter Black Bush candle. The event is free to attend but places are limited to 50 per night. To register for a place visit by November 23.

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