Winter essentials: 10 ways to brighten your season

As the winter season approaches, it’s time to hunker down and reflect on the little things that bring us comfort. Whether that means curling up under a blanket or throwing on a chunky knit, it’s all about relishing the cosy everyday moments.

From cold-weather fashion to feel-good skincare and home staples, here are 10 ways to brighten up your winter season. Many of us will be looking to save energy costs, as well as prepping for the Christmas holidays. Whether you’re hunting for everyday essentials or low-cost luxuries, take a peek below for some winter inspiration.

1. Cosy up in chic loungewear 

When one thinks of winter, it’s often a homely night indoors we imagine – rain trickling at the window, hot cuppa steaming. So why not hunker down in comfy loungewear to boost those warm fuzzy feels? This three-piece lounge set from Carole Hochman is a serial lounger’s dream.

Of course, no lounge look is complete without a cosy pair of slippers. Emu Australia’s range combines cloud-soft comfort with practical, stylish designs. We love the Jacana sheepskin slipper – a real treat for the feet!

2. Grab your winter coat  

Putting on a winter coat for the first time after summer is the toastiest feeling! Whether you’re bracing the cold for a walk in the woods or you’re out and about in town, wrap up in style with this faux fur coat from Ben De Lisi.

Glamorous yet practical, this piece is perfect for powering up your cold-weather outfits. We have plenty more versatile designs in our coats and jackets range. From coatigans and raincoats to bomber jackets and shackets, there’s a style for everyone.

3. Boot up for the season 

We all know it’s not winter until you step out in your favourite boots. A wardrobe must-have, these low-heeled ankle boots from Dune bridge the gap between fashion and durability.

Whether you team them with slim-fit jeans or a dress, these on-trend boots will add casual flair to any ensemble. Discover more boot options here, with everything from knee-high boots to waterproof options and hiking styles.

4. Throw on a chunky knit 

It’s officially jumper weather, and a good knitted layer is like central heating for your body! Check out the big knitters in our cardigan and jumpers range, like this two-tone jumper from Ben De Lisi. Need a put-together look? You’ll love this silky-soft knitted dress, gorgeous teamed with leggings, boots and a faux leather jacket. Add a scarf for a final wintry flourish!

5. Upgrade your bedding 

What’s the softest, snuggliest way to get comfy without reaching for the heating? Snooze-worthy winter bedding, of course! Look no further than this four-piece duvet set from Cozee Home, featuring a jacquard spot design and the brand’s plush Velvetsoft fabric.

All that’s left to do is drape this Cozee Home throw over your bed and you have yourself a cosy set-up that passes all your vibe checks. Warmth and comfort, as well as an extra layer of texture and design. The throw is available in different colours (as is the duvet set), so you can pick the perfect shade to complement your bedroom.

6. Light some candles

As we retreat indoors, lighting candles is an intimate way to celebrate the shorter days. Price’s Candles has created distinctive scents and home fragrances since 1830, with everything from aromatic diffusers and scented jar candles to mason jars and household accessories.

For a contemporary touch, we love this set of three round candleholders from K by Kelly Hoppen. Whether you separate them or line them up, it’s a lovely way to create a serene atmosphere. Check out this statement ceramic lamp too!

7. Refresh your decor

Nature resets in winter, so why not reboot our home furnishing and decor too? This set of two pheasants from Alison Cork will look magnificent. We love how evocative they are of the British countryside, and they’d make cracking Christmas gifts!

From peacock photo frames to glass tealight holders, there’s much more to see in our decor range. For Christmas ideas, be sure to read our festive decor article.

8. Ready, set, bake!

Another way to combat the cold is by cranking up the heat in the kitchen. Baking has been proven to reduce stress, and it’s no wonder with all those good smells in the air. Bring people together and serve your hearty creations with this set of two baking dishes from Bundleberry by Amanda Holden.

You’ll receive a small and a large ceramic tray, each embellished with a mosaic design that reads ‘Bon Appetit‘. Whether you’re whipping up seasonal dishes or catering for get-togethers, you’ll find all the cookware, tableware and food you need in our winter kitchen range.

9. Supercharge your skincare 

If the weather outside has your skin feeling dry, our skincare saviours have you covered. A luxe addition to any regime, this Wonder Effect Night Wonder Concentrate from Elizabeth Grant sinks deep into skin overnight to help boost hydration, exfoliate and smooth wrinkles.

We also love Torricelumn Absolute Honey Mask, as well as Moisture Surge Home & Away by Clinique for a complexion as bright as the holiday season.

10. Get your winter sun (apricity!) 

Last but not least, what better way to brighten your season than by heading outside and getting some sun? Sure, there’s less of it, but that only makes it more special. From boosting mood and health to raising energy levels, there’s nothing like feeling the warmth of the sun on a winter’s day. There’s even an old English word for it – apricity.

Have a wonderful season!