As the nights draw in, embrace the season and plan a relaxing night at home
Turn your bedroom into a sleep sanctuary
If you haven’t already, swap summer bedding for a higher tog duvet and brushed cotton bed linen and add a fleece throw for five-star cosiness. Replace harsh lighting with bedside lamps that give off a gentle light to create a tranquil ambience and lull you into a sleep-ready state. Switch off devices a few hours before bed and don’t bring them into the bedroom. Apply a skin-boosting night cream such as Formula’s Absolute ultimate sleep cream and spritz your pillow with This Works’ Deep Sleep pillow spray before you drift off.
Elevate a night on the sofa
Make your living room a space to hibernate in. Create a sofa to sink into with a pile of plump velvet cushions and a faux-fur throw. Keep lighting soft and layered, with table lamps, floor lamps or candles. Swap workwear for cosy loungewear to signal the end of the working day and put yourself in a relaxed state of mind. Choose from luxurious cashmere hoodies and joggers or colourful sweatshirt and jogger co-ords. Then hunker down with a comforting rewatch or a buzz-worthy new show. For more interiors inspiration, read ideas to make your home feel cosy and updates for living rooms and bedrooms.
Make a meal of it
Even a Monday-night dinner at home can feel special if you bring out the good crockery and add a few simple touches to elevate the table. Napkins can give colour or pattern to the table, and a bunch of seasonal flowers in a simple glass vase provides a pretty focal point. Whether you’re cooking from scratch, bringing the restaurant to you with our delicious ready meals or heating up leftovers, make a meal of it. Serve in an oven-to-table dish or platter and add a sprinkle of fresh herbs for a tasty finishing touch.
Turn your bathroom into a spa
Change a standard soak into a soothing ritual to help you relax and unwind. Light a scented candle infused with a relaxing essential oil such as lavender, add your favourite bath treats to the tub, put on a face mask and lie back with a book or magazine, or listen to an audio book or your favourite podcast. Step out of the bath onto a plush bathmat and wrap yourself up in fluffy Egyptian cotton towels warmed on the radiator while you’re in the tub.
Words: Miranda Eason