It is officially autumn and we couldn't be happier. The temperatures are dropping, the leaves are changing their colours, and the entire TBCo. team is pulling out their cosiest jumpers.
If you're anything like us, you've been hanging on to those last days of summer and haven't had much time to prepare for the changing seasons. That's why we've written this guide: to help you get your home ready for autumn, just in the nick of time.
1. Autumn cleaning
We've all heard of spring cleaning, but the start of autumn is another great opportunity to get rid of clutter and finally tackle that chores list.
This is the perfect time of year to have your chimney and roof inspected, your gutters cleaned, and your windows examined for possible draughts.
Inside the home, drain your hot water heaters and change your air filters to make your heating system more efficient for the colder months.
2. Create a cosy atmosphere
Once all your summer clutter has been tidied away, you can start bringing in some autumnal styling elements to turn your living space into a cosy retreat.
An autumn favourite in our office, a lambswool blanket in Buchanan Antique tartan brings all the lovely seasonal oranges, blues and greens indoors. These delicately soft blankets are generous in size, so they're perfect for wrapping up the whole family for a movie night.
If you prefer something a bit chunkier for the autumn weather, a new wool blanket is also a great option. Truly warm up your home with deep colours, like those in the Stewart Royal Antique tartan or the Gordan Antique tartan.
Autumn is also the perfect season for candlelit dinners and cosy nights in. Our concrete pillar candlesticks are perfect for a stripped-back, no-fuss look. To really reflect the candle's light, try one of our mirrored lanterns, or go completely traditional with a stylish handmade brass lantern.
3. Organise an autumn-inspired porch
We all love autumn, but let's admit it - it's a messy season. Muddy wellies, wet hats and mittens, and clean homes just do not mix.
Get your entryway organised to avoid all kinds of sticky situations this autumn. We recommend looking for a stylish mat for your front door and investing in some great storage solutions for all your autumnal bits and bobs.
4. Decorate from nature
Albert Camus put it perfectly when he said, "Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower". Autumn is a gorgeous season, so why not bring some of those beautiful natural elements indoors?
We love this tutorial for DIY autumn potpourri, made with dried fruit and leaves. You can also make garland from pinecones, or decorate your table with conkers, apples, pomegranates - whatever happens to be in season.
5. Come together
Autumn is all about spending more time indoors, but that doesn't have to mean being more isolated. Our last and most important tip for getting your home ready for autumn is to fill it with all the most important people.
Gather your friends and family together to enjoy some hot cider and pumpkin carving, or simply snuggle up under some knee blankets for a cosy candlelit dinner.
How are you getting your home ready for autumn? Let us know in the comments.