One of the best things about longer nights and chillier weather is that it inspires us to do some serious hibernating. Is there a more comforting feeling than being snuggled under a blanket with a good book while the rain lashes down outside?
At home, there's plenty you can do to usher in this new season of cosiness. After all, you'd put away your summer skirts and flip-flops in favour of coats and boots – why not do the same with your décor? Various practical household chores lend themselves naturally to autumn, like bleeding your radiators to remove any trapped air before they crank into life again, or getting the chimney swept, if you have one. Cosy décor can mean lower heating bills too: switching to heavier curtains (and drawing them in the evening, even in the rooms you aren't using, such as bedrooms), laying down a rug and using a draught excluder at the front door can make a surprising difference.Think about texture when it comes to creating the perfect winter home – there's no shortage of tactile products around at the moment, and velvets, felt, wool and quilting intrinsically make you want to sink in to them. Lighting's important too, whether it's a more-is-more grouping of church candles in the fireplace or a new floor lamp to illuminate your favourite armchair. Add a cup of tea and your comfiest pyjamas and you're ready to hibernate. Now, where's that book?
Decorating for winter
Large cushion, £120; small cushion, £60; rug, £220, all www.thewhitecompany.com
Louise duck-egg chaise longue, £1,339; Sophie floor lamp; £155; pink cushion, £30, all Pied a Terre at www.houseoffraser.co.uk
Viola flower quilts, £119 each, www.plumo.com
Osaka felted cushion, £18, www.bhs.co.uk
Botanica rug by Selina Rose, £450 from www.bodieandfou.com
Extra Large Teddington sofa in Atalante Brown fabric, £2,185; Rutland chair in Moon Skye Stage fabric, £919; Large Square Universal Footstool with Metro leg in Moon Skye Stage fabric, £389, all www.multiyork.co.uk
Lights, £30 for a string of 35, www.cableandcotton.co.uk
Retro fire, £5,992, www.ecosmartfire.com
Whitewashed wooden candle logs, from £27.95, www.nordichouse.co.uk
Log basket, £35.99, www.tch.net