This post contains affiliate links. Welcome to my first “Naturally Sourced” post.
As Autumn creeps further in, the inevitable drop to single figure temperatures is imminent and its time to ramp up the cosy at home. As we prepare to spend more time indoors, now is a great time to consider how we can connect our homes to nature through the darker months. It’s time to layer up indoors and outdoors, and this is going to be one Winter we all need extra hygge at home.
I am most definitely an Autumn person, perhaps because I am a November baby and probably why I was so drawn to live in the Lake District. Cumbria has a landscape that loves to show off in Autumn. My surroundings have made an enormous impact on my interiors as you can probably tell from below.
I get asked all the time where things in my home come from, how to get my look, for help and advice on sourcing homewares made from natural fibres, fabrics, and materials. So this is how the idea for this new journal series, Naturally Sourced began. If you are looking for inspiration to connect your home to nature through design this Autumn, look at my top picks below for something cosy underfoot, to sit on and to snuggle beneath.
Naturally Sourced: Autumn Home Edit
Autumn Colours underfoot
While nature puts on her autumnal colour show we delight in seeing oranges, reds, deep rusts and yellow everywhere, especially underfoot when the leaves fall. Biophilic Design favours colours, patterns and textures that sit in appropriate locations in our homes meaning flooring that reflects the seasonal colour of fallen leaves is a great way to connect your space to natural processes.
If you are in the market for a new rug or want to layer up your flooring to stay extra warm this autumn/winter, consider this glorious saffron colour pop which is guaranteed to brighten the incoming wintery gloom.
Made with 55% wool and 45% cotton this rug from Living Room has just the right balance of warmth and soft texture. It’s handwoven, with a flatweave making it robust yet soft when barefoot.
I love this rug for its combination of beautiful colour, subtle pattern, and natural texture. I own one myself so I can vouch for the quality. Prices start from £129 for 120x170cm which is exceptional value for a handwoven, natural fibre rug of this size. Also available in mustard, taupe and pebble.
Living Room is a British brand inspired by a lifelong passion for mid-century furniture design who create furniture of quality and provenance. Built to exacting standards by skilled craftsmen with natural fabrics sourced from British & European Mills.
Natural texture: Sheepskin
I use sheepskins everywhere in my home and always recommend them in my client’s design projects. They instantly boost the level of cosiness in any space, they are easy to move from room to room and are a fantastic way to layer texture into you home. A sheepskin will transform the comfort of wooden chairs and really, is there anything more luxurious to step out of bed onto on a wintry morning.
Sheepskin care: I regularly brush my sheepskin to keep it looking soft and glossy. I use a spare pet hairbrush as both sides of the brush work well to plump and fluff the fibres, helping remove any dust and dirt.
Get the look
My natural sheepskin (above) came from a rare breed giving it beautiful natural cream and grey colours which suits most interiors. For natural purists you can shop my look with this double pelt grey tipped sheep skin from Dunelm (sourced via ufurnish.com) which is a bit of a bargain at £75 for 60x160cm size
Or get my mossy green look with this similar small sheepskin from Marks & Spencer (sourced via ufurnish.com, below). I love my green sheepskin, it does remind me of the moss covered tree stumps I've sat on many times when out in the woods.
This small rug from Marks & Spencer (below via ufurnish.com) is the perfect size to be draped over a chair or kitchen/bar stool and it is an absolute bargain at £35 for 100% sheepskin. It also comes in charcoal, light grey, natural, cream or rose. Size: 50cm x 80cm.
Natural Fibre: Blanket
For a touch of luxury wrap yourself in British Lambswool. I love the nature inspired design on this Majestic Moth blanket by Larkin Society. It features vintage illustrations of seven different moths laid over a floral design and is so unique. In shades of grey, oatmeal and blue it will sit well in most interiors’ schemes.
Made from 85% Merino lambswool, 15% cotton, woven in Lancashire and hand stitched to finish. The 180x150cm size means is equally good for layering on a bed as well cosying up under on the sofa. £198
Larkin Society is a small British brand that focuses on handmade, sustainable products for the home using natural materials.
Hope this has inspired you to bring some nature inspired design into you home this autumn/winter, I would love to know what you think so just drop your comments below.
Bye for now