Fall in love with your in­te­ri­ors

Want to chan­nel an au­tumn glow at home? Well­be­ing and styling guru Liz Earle shares her top tips with SAM WYLIE-HAR­RIS

Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - Hot House -

The leaves are crisp and golden, and dap­pled sun­shine is fil­ter­ing through the win­dows, so it’s the per­fect time to em­brace na­ture and bring a touch of au­tum­nal charm in­doors.

If you’re look­ing for in­spi­ra­tion as to how to chan­nel the colours and warm glow of the sea­son – think rich reds, deep orange and soft yel­lows and pinks – who bet­ter to turn to than well­be­ing and styling guru Liz Earle?

A nat­u­ral pro when it comes to har­vest­ing the ideal set­ting for a rus­tic feast, au­tumn is one of her favourite times of the year.

She’s a fan of out­door en­ter­tain­ing dur­ing this cool, crisp sea­son too.

“The end of sum­mer doesn’t have to mean the end of al-fresco eat­ing” says Liz. “Au­tumn can be the ideal time to en­joy na­ture at her finest, eat­ing with friends in the golden light of the evening.

“I like to cap­ture the magic of au­tumn by spread­ing my ta­ble with the nat­u­ral splendour of for­aged finds – and this works bril­liantly in­side or out.”

Whether you’re look­ing for in­spi­ra­tion for out­doors or in­side, take a leaf out of Liz’s li­brary of styling tips.

Here’s how to let au­tumn’s shades and fo­liage in­spire your decor and din­ing set­tings...

1 DEC­O­RATE YOUR TA­BLE WITH FOR­AGED FINDS

“This is my favourite time of year for for­ag­ing, and the per­fect mo­ment to dec­o­rate your ta­ble with na­ture’s bounty. I love us­ing ap­ples to make tea light hold­ers, and dec­o­rat­ing ta­ble run­ners with leaves and dried seed pods and berries,” says Liz.

2 CRE­ATE A CEN­TRE­PIECE

“Ev­ery party ta­ble needs a cen­tre­piece, and one of my top tips for a real show-stop­ping im­pact is to hol­low out a pump­kin and fill it with sea­sonal flow­ers. Chrysan­the­mums and dalias look par­tic­u­larly sen­sa­tional, cre­at­ing a cen­ter­piece that is bound to be a talk­ing point for weeks to come,” says Liz.

3 DE­SIGN A WARM­ING SEA­SONAL MENU

“I en­joy serv­ing guests a menu in­spired by au­tumn shades, and given the abun­dance of red, orange and yel­low vegeta­bles at this time of year, this is eas­ily achieved,”

says Liz “Many of my favourite au­tumn recipes can be found at lizear­lewell­be­ing.com, in­clud­ing roasted pump­kin soup, lamb tagine with but­ter­nut squash, and caramelized ap­ple and wal­nut lat­tice pie. All sea­sonal, lo­cal fare that’s easy to pre­pare in ad­vance, so I can spend more time chat­ting to guests.”

4 LIGHT UP THE DARK­NESS

“As night-time falls, whether you’re eat­ing in­side or out, tin-can lanterns can make the per­fect back­drop to any feast. With pretty or­na­men­tal de­tails, they are es­pe­cially at­mo­spheric in a dark­ened room and I love the way the light dances around as the can­dles flicker, like a camp­fire.”

For more of Liz Earle’s tips, visit LizEar­leWell­be­ing.com Al­ter­na­tively, try these fun lights without the fuss of hav­ing to hunt down a box of matches. Light­ing up a glass bell jar (a lovely dec­o­ra­tive ad­di­tion on its own), a string of 50 warm white mi­cro fairy lights chan­nel a soft, dif­fused glow, which works es­pe­cially well with cop­per ef­fect din­ing ac­ces­sories.

Ap­ple tealight hold­ers

Grand min­i­mal dome mi­cro light bun­dle, £38.99, Light­s4­fun (ta­ble set­ting de­cos, stylist’s own)

Au­tumn bou­quet, cur­rently re­duced to £59.50 from £85, Laura Ash­ley

Liz Earle

Har­vest Bas­ket, £30, gar­den­trad­ing.co.uk A wo­ven bas­ket adds an ex­tra rus­tic touch. Fill with warm blan­kets, or fruit, twigs and berries

Orla Kiely Ce­ramic Lanterns, cur­rently from £21.95 – £39.95 each, re­duced from £30-£50 each, Cuck­ooland

Pump­kin serv­ing dish, cur­rently re­duced to £31.50 from £45, Laura Ash­ley

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