Blending a mixture of textures also adds to the ambiance with things like chunky knitted throws, faux fur and velvets. In fact, any fabrics that are soft to the touch will help to create the desired feeling of cosiness. You can also be adventurous by combining layers of comfortable throws, floor coverings or cushions. Adding a deep pile rug under your coffee table or at your bedside is another nice touch that always works. Candles are a fabulous addition, especially if they are scented with beautiful fragrances like cinnamon and vanilla. If you don’t have a fireplace then the flames of candles can elicit some of that heart warming feeling.
If you do have a fireplace, but don’t like the work of making the fire daily and cleaning ashes, there are more convenient options. Fireplace inserts that come in various styles and sizes can be purchased for a few hundred euros. They burn a combustible liquid and, though not a source of heat, they do add that special fireside feel. Of course we will be blessed with more than our fair share of fabulous sunny days right through Christmas and into next year. But invariably the nights will feel a bit wintery, so be ready to pack away the traces of summer, and snuggle up to enjoy a wonderful winter here on the island.