SEASONALISE SEASONALISE SEASONALISE
Now I’ll be honest here, this is one of those tips that I preach but don’t necessarily practice. I’m always intending to do it and I know people who and I’m full of admiration but, here in the Mad House, we haven’t quite pulled this one off yet.
It’s another of those brilliant Scandinavian habits that we’re quite keen on the UK, and elsewhere come to that. So where you would have lots of warm cosy textiles in winter; think knitted cushions, faux fur throws, velvet and cashmere all layered onto your sofa for maximum cosiness, in summer you simply change them for lots of cotton and linen and lighter materials.
The Finns change their curtains seasonally too from heavy winter drapes to lighter muslin ones in summer. The Danes don’t go in for curtains so that one doesn’t apply for them. We have plain white blinds in every room so there’s nothing for me to change there. You can also change rugs over too. After all, storing a rug rolled up under a bed doesn’t take up much room and the same for cushion covers.
Christmas is the perfect time for this. You can buy really cheap and seasonal cushion covers that are perfect for a few weeks during the festivities and you can put them away again afterwards when you’re over it. It’s the same with Christmas lights. I have a Swedish friend who puts up masses of rope lights and star lights on 1 December which I have always thought was a bit too early for my taste. But, she explained to me that at this time of year when it’s cold, dark and miserable, a few pretty lights dotted around instantly lifts the mood. And she’s right. And it’s safer than candles which the Danes light all the time.
You don’t have to limit yourself to Christmas – although that it probably when you can have the most fun. Think about doing it the rest of the year too. It will make you feel like you’ve redecorated.
Hmm, perhaps I really will get round to it this year. After all, once the days start to get longer again who doesn’t yearn for a little seasonal refresh to let the light in?