Highfields' Own - - Home Living - OWNER OF TARLIE B DE­SIGNS, NATALIE BROWNLIE Face­book: Tarlie B De­signs In­sta­gram: @tar­lieb­de­signs

Win­ter is upon us – a time when the trees have lost their pro­fu­sion of colour­ful leaves and the land­scape and weather is a lit­tle grey and dull.

What bet­ter time to re­vamp your home with th­ese quick fixes?

As with any project, plan­ning is al­ways im­por­tant, so be­fore em­bark­ing on a shop­ping trip cast an ob­jec­tive eye around your room and work out what will en­hance the space. How would you like the room to feel? What mood do you want to set? What are your life­style con­sid­er­a­tions? A floor rug is a great place to start. Think tex­ture and tone, some­thing that feels great un­der foot.

I love some of the fab­u­lous nat­u­ral fi­bre rugs which pro­vide great looks, style and colour longevity.

When shop­ping have a sketch of your room in­cor­po­rat­ing mea­sure­ments and fur­ni­ture place­ment, then se­lect a rug size that will se­cure the area by ex­tend­ing be­neath the ma­jor fur­ni­ture pieces. Also, al­ways in­sist on view­ing the rug on the show­room floor be­fore buy­ing.

Cush­ions and throws are a quick and rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive way to add pops of sea­sonal colour and tex­ture – think rich jewel tones in sump­tu­ous vel­vets and gor­geous faux fur in neu­trals – and don’t for­get clas­sic win­ter white.

Adding some green­ery can bring in­stant life to a room and make spring feel just that lit­tle bit closer.

While I pre­fer to use real plants, if you do not pos­sess a green thumb and in­door heat­ing is work­ing against you, there are very im­pres­sive ar­ti­fi­cial plants. Place th­ese in a hand­crafted bas­ket and put away your wa­ter­ing can! En­hance your space with am­bi­ent and prac­ti­cal light­ing, in­tro­duce a floor lamp to high­light a fur­ni­ture piece or to read by in your favourite chair. A sculp­tural el­e­ment in the form of a sus­pended pen­dant can add in­ter­est and beauty in a func­tional way. A ta­ble lamp will bring warmth to a dark cor­ner and flick­er­ing can­dle light is al­ways wel­com­ing in any space.

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