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Angelina Villa-Clarke talks about the art of cosiness for this month’s series, Keep the Home Fires Burning
From rustic log baskets to ceramic lanterns, there’s a myriad of ways of dressing your mantelpiece and hearth. Pastel Lane is a one-stop shop for tea-light holders, antique-style lanterns and lace-effect candle pots, which can all combine for a charming effect.
For a range of modern candle-holders, copper storage baskets and mirrors, check out Out There Interiors. Founder Jenny Hurren says: “Nothing says winter like a crackling, cosy fire. For the ultimate relaxed setting, place an oversized armchair next to the fireplace and layer up chunky knitted throws, indulgent faux fur cushions, and rich autumnal colourways. Add opulent metallic tones for a modern touch. My top tip is to add cinnamon sticks or essential oils to the kindling to fill the home with the most wonderful scents.”
Giving her take on creating ambience is home-accessories queen Gisela Graham: “In winter, at my house, the sitting room fire is nearly always lit. It is infinitely nicer and more comforting than central heating – my cats like it, too! I always keep logs in a basket beside the fire ready to use, which look lovely and the smell reminds me of winters in Germany. And, of course, there are always lots of candles.”