Cosy up your place

Don’t shiver through win­ter. Heat up your style.

Northern Rivers Style - - CONTENTS - TRACEY HORDERN

WITH win­ter of­fi­cially here, our at­ten­tion nat­u­rally turns to feath­er­ing our nests as we pre­pare our homes for cosy com­fort in the cooler months. Fol­low­ing are some ba­sic sug­ges­tions to warm you and your home both ef­fec­tively and eco­nom­i­cally.

Dress ap­pro­pri­ately

While this may seem ob­vi­ous, by dress­ing ap­pro­pri­ately for the weather, whether you’re out and about or loung­ing in your home, the de­gree that we need to warm our homes be­comes far less and costs also go down.

Block­ing out the cold

One of the most eco­nom­i­cal and ef­fec­tive ways to warm our homes is to en­sure that all our win­dows and door­ways are draft free. A sim­ple, in­ex­pen­sive door snake can ef­fec­tively keep the cool air from creep­ing un­der doors and into your home.

Tar­get the heat­ing

Try­ing to heat an en­tire home is both im­prac­ti­cal and ex­pen­sive. Ide­ally, you will want to warm only the rooms where you spend most your time.

Think small

New heated throws are an ex­cel­lent way to heat your per­sonal space,as are old-fash­ioned mo­hair throws and hot wa­ter bot­tles. If you want to spend time on your deck in the win­ter months, the lat­est out­door heaters are both ef­fec­tive­and in­ex­pen­sive.

A cosy bed

Beds that fea­ture a bed­head are in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar as we spend more time in our beds read­ing on our lap­tops or watch­ing Net­flix on our tablets. Most of the large re­tail­ers now in­clude a se­lec­tion of stylish beds that come with a bed­head. Choose a bed­head up­hol­stered in a soft, wel­com­ing ma­te­rial such as vel­vet.

When it comes to cosy bed linen, you can opt for soft flan­nelette sheets or an elec­tric blan­ket. In re­al­ity, you will only need one of these op­tions, but if you do choose to use an elec­tric blan­ket, turn it on half an hour be­fore you re­tire to bed, then turn it off once you are un­der the warmed cov­ers as over­heat­ing can lead to poor qual­ity sleep.

Cover your floors

While pol­ished floor­boards are vis­ually fab­u­lous, bare floors can lose more than 10 per cent of a room’s heat. Even if it’s only for the win­ter months, place rugs around your liv­ing rooms and bed­rooms for a dra­matic and in­stantly warm­ing ef­fect.

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◆ At­tach timers to all heat­ing de­vices. This en­sures your space is only heated when re­quired.

◆ Choose nat­u­ral fi­bres for your soft fur­nish­ings. Throws and cush­ions in pure wool, cot­ton, linen and silk all in­su­late nat­u­rally while keep­ing you snug.

◆ Draw cur­tains to keep the warmth in at night and open in the day to al­low the sun in.

◆ Win­ter is per­fect for bak­ing, with your oven dou­bling as a heater.

◆ When mak­ing your bed, use the heav­i­est blan­kets clos­est to you and layer the du­vet on top to pre­vent heat loss.

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