On how to make the most of the winter
MAKE THE MOST OF WINTER WITH WARM AND COSY INTERIORS
Yes, I know it feels pretty damn cold around now. In fact, as you read this, I’m probably doing star jumps on a Melbourne building site (it’s a The Block Sunday) with an icy, wet wind whistling through the gyprock. But as an ex-pat Pom, I can tell you that winter is something we do rather well by northern European standards. Barely noticeable in some parts, noticeably bearable in others, but a challenge nevertheless for those style-your-home-for-winter articles that abound at this time of year.To be honest, I thought the last thing the world needs is another list of to-die-for throws and covetable candles – rugging up in Jindalee is very different to snuggling down in, say, Jindabyne – so instead I’ll tell you why I love an Aussie winter and why it should be enjoyed, not just endured.
First up it’s a time to sleep without plugging in the odourless mozzie zapper, or flicking on the air-con or Dyson, and without one leg hanging out the bed, which is a peculiar warmweather quirk of mine. It’s a time to ditch the Kiwi pinot gris for a fine Aussie shiraz or (my weakness) an Argentinian malbec; to pack the dogs in the car and head south to a beach that is never more beautiful than now;
to throw a log on the wood-burning stove and be woken by dawn’s first kookaburra; to watch the fire pit crackle on an inner-city deck; to not feel guilty about an extra Sunday morning hour in bed or an evening curled on the sofa.To close the curtains, light the candles and just be. It’s winter and it will be gone as swiftly as it arrived.
But just in case Christmas feels like coming early, I do have a wish list that I prepared earlier. Let’s call it my winter edit. In no order of preference, there is any candle from the Mad et Len collection (fallow.com.au); a pair of felt Mahabis (an oxymoron, I know, but they’re the coolest slippers – mahabis.com); and Sheridan’s glamorously retro flannelette bedding (sheridan.com.au). My cushion of choice is One Another’s Mid Mod, each one individually signed (oneanother.com.au) and my book is It’s Beautiful Here, Megan Morton’s latest collection of soulful homes (hardiegrantgift.com.au). And while I’m not usually a throw man, even I have to surrender to Hay’s Crinkle throw (hayshop.com. au) or anything from Australian brand St Albans (stalbans.com.au). How’s July looking, Santa? Neale Whitaker is editor-at-large of Vogue Living.