Cosy ways to decorate your home in time for autumn

Wrought iron autumn designs
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There’s no better excuse to give your home a fresh look than the changing seasons, so while we’re all hoping for a lovely long summer, it’s tempting to start turning our thoughts to cosy autumnal looks.

Wreaths of twigs, dried leaves and fruit like berries make for a great welcome on your front door, on even inside - perhaps in your hallway or kitchen. The best thing about creating an autumn display in a vase, is that there’s no arranging involved. Simple strip leaves from branches and drop them in a vase, leaving any berries in place as the prettiest feature of the plant. Pressed leaves look pretty too, in patterns or collected in a dish or bowl along with figs or chestnuts, and the best part is that you can harvest all this foliage for yourself from the great outdoors. Dot a few tall candles - in reds and oranges - around the room, in spicy scents, nothing too floral, to complete the look and feel. (Just make sure you keep open flames away from all those dry leaves!)

Wicker furniture goes down great as the cooler seasons approach, especially when accented with warm cushy pillows and blankets or throws. Burnt orange is a great colour for accessories and - if you really mean business - you could even go so far as to lay your hands on a few pumpkins which look great dotted around the house and garden. If you really want to show your creative side, and make sure the postman never forgets you, you could even stencil or stick your house number onto a pumpkin and place it on your doorstep.

Inside the house, cosy is well and truly the name of the game, and nothing says cosy like a big roaring fire.

Even if you don’t have a fireplace, a wire basket filled with big hunks of firewood - stashed in your living room or entrance hall - can often be enough to leave visitors feeling toasty.