While I am temperature-wise more of a summer person, my preferred palettes seem to be a whole lot more winter-bound. I battle down my hatches with soft greys, charcoals, nickel, zinc and palette-cleansing whites. What I love about my go-to interior palette is that with just a touch of navy or a dash of blush the interior can be pushed to either a slightly sophisticated or relaxed atmosphere with just a few additionals.
I hope you enjoy my styled selection here, photographed at my own home. I might live in Sydney, but with the right radio station on, it feels like I could be in France. Put on the kettle, dust off your board games, surround yourself with gentle gestures and give winter a warm welcome in your space.
Baking and winter go together like gin and tonic, Angus and Julia, wool and leather or in this case, elephant grey ceramics and the warmth of wooden oak. As I am not a natural cook, I find baking with the children in the winter so utterly pleasurable.
Although I am a summer bunny, I do like the hibernation opportunities around this time of the year. I like to keep one room super toasty, so it’s a real treat when you arrive there. One thing I think a lot of people do is overheat their houses which means you can never get that sweet warm spot, all in the one
When winter begins, we like to bunker down and have tea and toast for dinner! The evening makes for premium at-home-time, radiators are turned up to the max, we change the radio station over to easy listening and calm reigns through the house.
We are a family who games together. We love backgammon, Uno, and pick up sticks! Come June, we swap out the summer snorkelling gear, air the wetsuits, order up on fire wood and bring out the games!
I love smoky hued glass because it ups the mood instantly and is more forgiving than clear. I like to keep the lights down low and litter candlelight throughout the house. From the front entry to the back door, live light can make the whole house glow.
Novelist Paul Theroux (yes, Louis’ dad!) says that winter is a season for recovery and preparation.So true. Winter’s mantra: Keep your reading stack high and your layers handy. We live next to the most beautiful library so have huge library hauls for all family members and seem to go through books and firewood with equal speed.