• mahabis guide // preparing your home for the winter months

  

The days of lounging outdoors and soaking up the evening sun may be gone for another few months, but don’t dismay. These early autumn days are the perfect time to transform your home to embrace hygge and unwind indoors, no matter how bad the weather seems outside. What are you waiting for? Slip on your mahabis and put your feet up.   

 

mahabis guide // preparing your home for the winter months

 

Hygge, the word on everyone’s lips this season, as the Danish secret to a content winter finally makes itself known to a wider audience. The high season for hygge is Christmas, but there are plenty of ways to embrace the tradition in Autumn, from supper clubs to ski resorts. But firstly: hygge begins at home.

 

mahabis guide // preparing your home for the winter months

 

Textiles are integral to creating a cosy and welcoming home. Think of scattering a range of blankets, throws and cushions in a variety of soft textures. Add cushions to your sofa and armchairs, keep a stack of blankets within easy reach and drape throws over the back of less welcoming items of furniture. If you have wooden or tiled floors, try introducing thick rugs to lock more of the heat into the room.

To bring warmth to a minimal home, there's no need to paint over white walls. Introduce textile wall hangings, paintings, or bring warmer colours into rooms with your choice of furnishings. Yellow ochre tones will make your rooms feel cosy whilst retaining a sense of calmness.

 

mahabis guide // preparing your home for the winter months

 

Avoid harsh overhead lighting and keep table lamps dotted around the corners of your rooms to offer a softer and warmer light. Try replacing your usual bulbs with filaments that create a less harsh light. Place candles inside glass lanterns and on your mantelpiece to create the perfect lighting for cosy nights in. With minimal natural light, draw your curtains when the sun sets and embrace the candlelight.

 

mahabis guide // preparing your home for winter months

 

If you have an open fire or wood burning stove, keep your wood pile replenished and light the fire when you have company. The aroma of wood smoke and flickering light will instantly help you and your guests to unwind. Compile playlists of your favourite relaxing songs and allow your home to become flooded with music.

 

mahabis guide // preparing your home for the winter months

 

Keep your mahabis classics within easy reach, ready to slip on when the temperatures drop. Likewise, now is the time to relocate your sweatshirts and cable-knits to the front of your wardrobe. Keep yourself comfortable and bundled up to reflect the ambience of your home and to allow yourself to fully unwind.

 

mahabis guide // preparing your home for the winter months

 

There’s no shame in relaxing on the sofa swathed in layers of wool and reading a book when there’s a gale blowing outdoors. Likewise, lighting candles around your bathroom and sinking into the tub for a long and relaxing hot soak. These are the times that a little idleness is acceptable, and preparing your home in advance will help to ensure that you can slip into a relaxing state with minimal effort.  

 

mahabis guide // preparing your home for the winter months

  

The days of lounging outdoors and soaking up the evening sun may be gone for another few months, but don’t dismay. These early autumn days are the perfect time to transform your home to embrace hygge and unwind indoors, no matter how bad the weather seems outside. What are you waiting for? Slip on your mahabis and put your feet up.   

 

mahabis guide // preparing your home for the winter months

 

Hygge, the word on everyone’s lips this season, as the Danish secret to a content winter finally makes itself known to a wider audience. The high season for hygge is Christmas, but there are plenty of ways to embrace the tradition in Autumn, from supper clubs to ski resorts. But firstly: hygge begins at home.

 

mahabis guide // preparing your home for the winter months

 

Textiles are integral to creating a cosy and welcoming home. Think of scattering a range of blankets, throws and cushions in a variety of soft textures. Add cushions to your sofa and armchairs, keep a stack of blankets within easy reach and drape throws over the back of less welcoming items of furniture. If you have wooden or tiled floors, try introducing thick rugs to lock more of the heat into the room.

To bring warmth to a minimal home, there's no need to paint over white walls. Introduce textile wall hangings, paintings, or bring warmer colours into rooms with your choice of furnishings. Yellow ochre tones will make your rooms feel cosy whilst retaining a sense of calmness.

 

mahabis guide // preparing your home for the winter months

 

Avoid harsh overhead lighting and keep table lamps dotted around the corners of your rooms to offer a softer and warmer light. Try replacing your usual bulbs with filaments that create a less harsh light. Place candles inside glass lanterns and on your mantelpiece to create the perfect lighting for cosy nights in. With minimal natural light, draw your curtains when the sun sets and embrace the candlelight.

 

mahabis guide // preparing your home for winter months

 

If you have an open fire or wood burning stove, keep your wood pile replenished and light the fire when you have company. The aroma of wood smoke and flickering light will instantly help you and your guests to unwind. Compile playlists of your favourite relaxing songs and allow your home to become flooded with music.

 

mahabis guide // preparing your home for the winter months

 

Keep your mahabis classics within easy reach, ready to slip on when the temperatures drop. Likewise, now is the time to relocate your sweatshirts and cable-knits to the front of your wardrobe. Keep yourself comfortable and bundled up to reflect the ambience of your home and to allow yourself to fully unwind.

 

mahabis guide // preparing your home for the winter months

 

There’s no shame in relaxing on the sofa swathed in layers of wool and reading a book when there’s a gale blowing outdoors. Likewise, lighting candles around your bathroom and sinking into the tub for a long and relaxing hot soak. These are the times that a little idleness is acceptable, and preparing your home in advance will help to ensure that you can slip into a relaxing state with minimal effort.  

 

  • Emma Lavelle
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