The edges have finally cooled on a (very) long, hot summer and we’ve gleefully turned our attention to the task of getting cosy. Because the cooler months can be all too fleeting in the Sunshine State, it pays to be prepared so you can get the most out of those clear, crisp days and snug evenings. Tick off these key areas now to create a luxurious sense of hygge-worthy warmth. Do try this at home…
While a spring clean involves packing down doonas and opening up the house, an autumn edit is more about adding depth, tweaking colours and textures, and cocooning. After all, cooler weather calls for comfort as families start to bunker down together. The slow cooker is dragged out. Red wine and conversation start to flow. The temptation to curl up with a good book, snuggle on the couch, or binge watch tv (with hot chocolate in hand) is greatly increased. An inviting space where you can make the most of the season is the end game here.
Layer up your textiles
Just like in your Queensland winter wardrobe, layering is key. The humble cushion is a real game changer in any decorating toolbox, so treat yourself to new-season textures and tones for your bedroom and living spaces. Velvet, faux fur, and leather always bring a dash of luxe while cotton and silk blends will transition beautifully back into spring. Look to Domayne or Greenhouse Interiors for an armful of eye-catching options that are highly tactile and brimming with personality. Then unpack your throws and roll out your rugs (a floorboard draught is so-not-cool in the depths of winter). If you were thinking of hanging wallpaper, this low-humidity time is ideal. Dreaming of a comfy new couch or armchair? Time to shop!
Add depth to colour & flavours
Swap breezy coastal accent colours for earthy, woodland tones that create a down-to-earth calm. This extends to artworks, accessories, textiles, and even wall paint. Consider mushroom, charcoal, deep greens (forest, moss or hunter green), moody blue, and on-trend rust, amber or terracotta. If you’re looking to energise, try spice tones or juicy hues of tangerine, blush pink or marigold. Our coffee mugs are about to hit high rotation, so bring your warming palette to the pantry too. Stock up on chai (we love The Fresh Chai Company from the Sunshine Coast), boutique teas, coffee and cacao alongside a caddy of invigorating spices (think cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and chilli powder) to craft uplifting blends and would-rather-be-in-bed beverages.
Light my fire
If you don’t have a fireplace ready to roar, light up a candle. Look for long burn times, cotton wicks, soy-based blends and gorgeous vessels that can be curated alongside your other pretties. A high concentration of perfume-grade fragrance will also help garner compliments and set the mood, even when your candle isn’t lit. The crisp, smoky goodness of Diptyque’s classic ‘Feu De Bois Gris’ is the next best thing to a log-burning fire while the richly seductive notes of Byredo’s ‘Bibliothèque’ channel the charm of a vintage wood-panelled library (Byredo also do a divine ‘Chai’ candle). Love the windswept romance of a wintery beach? Try Jo Malone’s ‘Wood Sage & Sea Salt’.
Warm to outside
Okay, so in Queensland our fondness for the great outdoors goes well beyond a seasonal crush: it’s a year-round obsession. But there’s something extra special about the cooler months. Clearer skies, more tolerable humidity and lots of sunshine makes every jaunt outside an absolute pleasure — whether it’s a picnic in your own backyard, a leisurely morning coffee on the deck, or even actioning that list of odd jobs. Do ensure your firepit is stocked with timber, don’t forget to plant out your vegies, and consider investing in an outdoor rug or floor cushions which lend focus and colour to even the most low-key space.