Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | WELCOME - WORDS: DANNI MOR­RI­SON For more in­te­rior de­sign in­spi­ra­tion, visit www.de­sign­by­danni.com

Is it just me, or did the tem­per­a­ture on the Sun­shine Coast drop by 10 de­grees overnight? My py­jama shorts and sin­glets have been re­placed with long sleeve flan­nelettes and Ugg boots.

Tem­per­a­ture drops are only im­por­tant to me for a cou­ple of rea­sons – the re-in­tro­duc­tion of red wine, slow cooked stews, thick and fluffy throw rugs, a fully loaded fire­wood bas­ket and of course the beau­ti­ful smell that ac­com­pa­nies it. Wel­come to win­ter.

Nat­u­rally our house­hold changes as the cooler months ar­rive, with wardrobe swap outs and the ad­di­tion of key pieces in and around the home. There are ways to in­vite win­ter into your in­te­rior space with a more stylish and strate­gic ap­proach.

Dec­o­rat­ing tip 101: Fill the cup­board with your col­lec­tion of sum­mery cush­ions and dé­cor items and re­place them with win­ter in­spired colours and tex­tures.

This is a no brainer. Let’s look at some more ‘out­side the box’ op­tions to en­com­pass our coastal win­ter vibes.

Pair­ing brass and gold metallics into your in­te­rior space is a lovely way to add in­ter­est and el­e­gance, and we’ll con­tinue to see this trend strengthen into win­ter. Com­bin­ing small blocks of jet black with touches of metallics cre­ates a bold and dra­matic win­ter state­ment for those who ap­pre­ci­ate moody, in­tense in­te­ri­ors.

Yes, we all love a chunky knit throw to snug­gle un­der with a glass of wine, watch­ing MAFS while the fire burns away. If the bud­get al­lows, re­plac­ing larger soft fur­nish­ings like rugs and ac­cent chairs is a more in­ti­mate and au­da­cious so­lu­tion to bring in the win­ter vibes. Pieces cov­ered in dark colours, and lux­u­ri­ous tex­tures and pat­terns work.

Dur­ing the cooler months, many homes be­come in­hos­pitable en­vi­ron­ments for in­door plants. Whether it’s due to over­heat­ing, lack of nat­u­ral light or just the fact that’s it’s cold, it can be dif­fi­cult to keep house­plants thriv­ing.

In­stead of scat­ter­ing plants, the new­est trend is to in­cor­po­rate them in one room grouped to­gether.

It’s im­por­tant to choose your win­ter species well - I rec­om­mend plants like the Zanz­ibar gem, maid­en­hair fern, Chi­nese ever­green, fid­dle leaf figs and the su­per hardy suc­cu­lents.

Nat­u­ral light is lim­ited dur­ing win­ter so in­tro­duc­ing ex­tra light­ing with warm ac­cents not only cre­ates a cosy en­vi­ron­ment but a func­tional com­po­nent with added light.

Re­flec­tive sur­faces and strate­gi­cally placed mir­rors are an­other great way to bounce light around a room for an in­stant mood lifter.

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