Have you had your summer holiday yet? As I head off for a week away from the Real Homes office to enjoy some sunshine and relaxation (so long as the rain stops), I am leaving behind the October issue, which has just gone to print (looks great, get yours on 28th August) and am preparing myself to come back to a working day filled with all things Christmas. Yes, from around the middle of August, the Real Homes office turns into a hub of festive activity – researching the latest decorating trends, from on-trend colour schemes for your tree and new ways to make your house sparkle, discovering must-have gifts (always tempting) and gadgets that will make your festive season go without a hitch.
However, I must remember that, in real time, we are still clinging on to summer and we have a whole three months of Autumn to look forward to before the man in a red suit comes down the chimney. As the October issue features your complete guide to the latest Autumn/Winter trends, I thought I’d share my pick of the best.
The Autumn season is the time when homes become more cosy, throws are brought out from the cupboard and the heating is switched on, while textures become more luxe and colours are rich. My living room is a mix of grey and mustard yellow, with plenty of throws and soft cushions in various retro-style patterns and this season, I am looking to introduce some on-trend copper pieces to add that little bit of warmth. As a member of Generation Rent, any update I make must be one that can easily be removed, so I am thinking of adding a few decorative items and a new light fitting, just in time for those dark evenings.
Copper accessories are a great way to introduce the look and I really like some of the new vases, candlesticks, objects and lighting designs from the new high street collections. While I think large, bold copper pieces may jar with my yellow and grey scheme, subtle touches of the metal finish will bring the look right up to date.
Above: Great for storing magazines, throws and gadgets, this copper Wire Basket set, £139, from Idyll Home is right on-trend and is practical as well as stylish. It would be great to use one in the living room and use the smaller ones elsewhere in the house. Having once papier-mached my own cardboard letters in wallpaper offcuts to match my living room scheme, I’d love to update them with these trendy copper versions from Oliver Bonas. They cost £10 each. I am keeping my eye out for an ‘L’ for Lindsay
Above: A mix of Midcentury Modern style and copper is a win-win for me. I love this Conran Kitson coffee table from Marks & Spencer. I may need a bigger living room to fit it in though
Above: The subtler touch of copper on this clock would make a great addition to my home. I think wall clocks can add a real style statement to a space as well as being functional. This Acctim copper and black clock is from Tesco Direct and costs £30. This extra large Wire Frame light shade in copper, £60 from Home Candy is on top of my wish list and an item that I may have to get come August pay day
Above: I am going to try mixing and matching my new copper pieces with existing decorative items I have, such as some white ceramic items. I have a nice graphic owl ornament from Paperchase, which I love. I like the idea of mixing shiny copper with more subtle glass. Debenhams‘ Bloomingville vases (left, £38 and right, £46) look great with the more subtle tones of the LSA Polka Column vase in sheer copper, £50 from John Lewis.
Above: And if you do want to get into the festive spirit, despite it being August, this Christmas tree copper-coated cookie cutter from Sainsbury’s is £2.
What do you think of the copper trend? Which of my picks do you like best?