Friday, 11 December 2015

Winter Style

Selina Lake demonstrates the art of bringing winter magic to hearth and home

There’s something truly magical about winter. I love the feeling you get when you wake up to a blanket of snow outside. The sun is lower, which can create a glorious golden light and long, deep shadows. And of course it’s the time of year that makes us want to nest – to make our homes feel cosy and snug – and welcome friends and family at festive parties and gatherings.

house-590-2From left: Tie bundles of herbs, such as sage, together for their essence. They are available online and are also very easy to make. Pompom garlands are easy to make and are an ideal decoration for your bedroom. Dress your front door with a handmade wreath covered with festive decorations

In this book I share my tips for styling and decorating the home to create lovely, uplifting interiors during the winter months. It starts with my ‘Winter Inspirations’, which is full of ideas for putting together dramatic winter floral displays, wallpaper and fabrics. Each chapter then explores a different style: ‘Homespun’, ‘Faded Grandeur’, ‘Rustic’ and ‘Winter Whites’, all of which will hopefully inspire you.

house-590-1From left: White, in its many shades – from cool pale greys to warm, buttery creams – always creates tranquil rooms, and using a rich mix of textures will prevent it from looking bland. It also maximises light during dark winters. A Deborah Bowness Christmas tree silk screen print hangs behind the wood-burner. Pendant lampshades have been made by cutting circles out of books and sticking them onto a large paper lantern in a fish-scale pattern

In the concluding chapter, ‘Festive Celebrations’, you’ll discover how I style my own home ready for Christmas, featuring ideas on how to create country, natural and traditional looks. I also show you how to put together a colour-pop party and a romantic soirée for New Year’s Eve in a gorgeous old barn. I love getting crafty and making my own decorations and textiles, so throughout the book follow my ‘Makes’ and have a go at making your own lampshade garland, simple cushions/pillows or pinecone firelighters. I hope you have fun getting your home ready for the winter magic.

Winter Living: An Inspirational Guide To Styling And Decorating Your Home For Winter, by Selina Lake, with photography by Debi Treloar, is published by Ryland Peters & Small, priced £19.99.

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