SEA­SONAL SWAPS Re­fresh your home through­out the year with small changes.

Re­fresh­ing your home through the year doesn’t have to mean paint­ing or dec­o­rat­ing, says Caro­line Row­land – sim­ple swaps can re­flect the changes in na­ture

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As our out­side en­vi­ron­ment evolves and changes with each sea­son, it pro­vides us with a nat­u­ral prompt to also adapt our in­te­rior spa­ces for the months ahead. Not only does it pre­pare our homes for the change in tem­per­a­ture, but a re­fresh of your sur­round­ings also al­lows you to see things with fresh eyes and be­come re­ju­ve­nated sim­ply by mak­ing a few small ad­just­ments.

While it’s true that high street home­ware brands up­date their ranges sea­son­ally, spend­ing lots of money to cre­ate a com­plete over­haul to your in­te­rior is not a path that you need to fol­low. Some sim­ple swaps of ex­ist­ing items and a bit of a reshu e will be su cient to make your home feel fresh and new, ready for what­ever our un­pre­dictable weather sys­tems throw at us.

“I love re­fresh­ing the look and feel of my home all the time,” says in­te­rior de­signer and stylist, Dee Cam­pling (www.dee-cam­ She does this by sim­ply mov­ing things around. “I call it shop­ping my home; us­ing items I al­ready have in di er­ent rooms for new pur­poses,” she ex­plains. “For in­stance, I might take a co ee ta­ble and re­pur­pose it as a bed­side ta­ble or a lamp ta­ble in a sit­ting room.”

Con­sider where you spend most of your time dur­ing a par­tic­u­lar sea­son and fo­cus your e orts on that area. Dee took the in­doors out­doors dur­ing the sum­mer months this year: “I styled our cov­ered out­door space with a leather sofa, rugs, cush­ions and a rus­tic crate as a co ee ta­ble. I used lots of jute and sea­grass ac­ces­sories for a beachy, sum­mer feel.” When au­tumn arrives, those rugs and cush­ions can then be brought back in­doors and lay­ered up in the liv­ing room for a cosy look, plus the ad­di­tion of some soft throws and sheep­skins brings ex­tra warmth and tex­ture. Dee likes to cre­ate a co­coon of cosi­ness as the evenings draw in. “I dot can­dles and fairy lights ev­ery­where for warm light, and I bring in logs and branches to re­mind us of the out­doors while we’re in­doors over the win­ter,” she ex­plains.

Scent is, of course, an­other as­pect of how your home can feel di er­ent at var­i­ous times of the year. Dur­ing the warmer months, it may be fresh ow­ers that bring in the breezy smells of sum­mer – lilies, roses and sweet pea pro­vide nat­u­ral aro­mas, up­lift­ing you as you walk past. But as the lighter days fade, along with the blooms, opt­ing for warm­ing scented can­dles, smudge sticks and in­cense will ll the ower void. There are lots of lovely can­dle brands out there, so do shop around, although we par­tic­u­larly love the range from Essence + Alchemy (www.essence­an­, whose can­dles are 100% nat­u­ral and blended from sus­tain­able rape­seed wax and es­sen­tial oils.

Your sur­faces don’t need to go ow­er­less all win­ter ei­ther, as you can switch up fresh for dried. Cer­tain ow­ers are just as stun­ning in this form –

hy­drangeas, phalaris, poppy seed heads and even ar­ti­chokes are all great ex­am­ples. Dry your own by hang­ing blooms in a dark, dry cup­board for a few weeks, or take a look on­line for un­usual va­ri­eties.

Colour is an­other way of giv­ing your home a new lease of life in tune with the sea­sons. But this doesn’t mean you must start trawl­ing the DIY store aisles for a new shade for the walls or spend­ing your Satur­days strip­ping wall­pa­per. “We have a busy fam­ily life, so don’t have a lot of time to re­dec­o­rate our rooms or change the colour of the walls,” says Kelly Gri n, owner of chil­dren’s life­style store La La Loves Dé­cor (www.lalaloves­ “In­stead, I like to reg­u­larly swap around dé­cor such as pic­tures, cush­ions and throws to keep it fresh and to re ect the sea­son.” She nds in­spi­ra­tion in na­ture: “In the au­tumn, I’m drawn to the beau­ti­ful shades seen out­doors, such as gold, mus­tard and rust. I add dried ow­ers, wreaths or painted leaves to cre­ate that au­tum­nal feel in­doors,” she ex­plains.

Kelly’s sea­sonal changes are also based in prac­ti­cal adap­ta­tions too; she lay­ers up her bed at this time of year with more tex­tiles for warmth – an earthy-coloured throw and ex­tra cush­ions. This gives her the op­por­tu­nity to tone in other bed­room dé­cor to match; a co­or­di­nat­ing wall hang­ing at the head of the bed and sprigs of eu­ca­lyp­tus placed at the bed­side. As spring rolls around, she strips the bed back, adding linen in lighter colours, and the wall hang­ing is re­placed with fresh art­work or even ow­ers taped to the wall.

Al­ter­ing our in­te­rior spa­ces in line with the sea­sons is not only a chance to make your home look and feel fresh, but in­tro­duc­ing na­ture in­doors can also bene t our bod­ies and minds. “An im­mer­sion in na­ture is not solely spend­ing time out­side,” says well­be­ing coach Gemma David of The Quiet Heart (www. qui­et­ Liv­ing with the sea­sons is at the core of her work, hav­ing found that it can not only im­prove our men­tal health, but also lower blood pres­sure, im­prove con­cen­tra­tion and de­crease fa­tigue. “Ob­serv­ing even a house­plant, or any­thing that con­nects you with an el­e­ment of the sea­son, will pos­i­tively im­pact your en­tire hu­man body,” she ex­plains. “Sim­ply look­ing at an ob­ject of na­ture and tak­ing a few slow deep breaths will in­stantly lower the stress lev­els in your body and will help you to feel good.”

For­ag­ing for nat­u­ral nds to dec­o­rate with also means get­ting out in the fresh air and ei­ther en­joy­ing some me-time by your­self or qual­ity time with loved ones. “Some­times my daugh­ter and I will make mo­biles – hang­ing for­aged feath­ers, leaves and sticks from big branches. Stones gath­ered from my trav­els around the UK are also scat­tered around our house and gar­den, and we of­ten make pat­terns or spi­rals with our favourite ones,” Gemma tells us. This nat­u­ral cre­ativ­ity has be­come a sea­sonal rit­ual for her: “Through­out the year, I cre­ate wreaths to hang around the house, and in au­tumn we love col­lect­ing pine cones, acorns, chest­nuts and di er­ent coloured leaves.”

Which­ever sea­son you feel most akin with, we are so lucky to be able to watch the ebb and ow of the nat­u­ral world. Rel­ish each change and see it as a chance to re­plen­ish your­self and your en­vi­ron­ment. Let your in­door and out­door spa­ces con­nect and you’ll nd more en­joy­ment and beauty in the slow pass­ing of time.

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