As the seasons change and we say goodbye to summer, there are many things we can look forward to. Walking through the trees as they explode in a fiery display of burgundy through to lemon-coloured leaves, foraging and scouring the pathways for things to eat or to decorate the home. Finding comfort in foods such as hearty soups, casseroles, and roast dinners. Curling up in front of an open fire, blankets, quilts and getting comfy-cosy.
Change can be positive if you relish the good times each season brings.
We wanted to share some of our new goodies to refresh your home for the new season, as well as some of our favourite tips to help you transition to this nurturing phase of the year.
Starting with our most apt, the beautiful cut-out cascading leaves bring an aesthetic of nature’s exquisite design, to provide a centrepiece worthy of any space. The light is diffused and reflected off the brass coloured elements creating a warm glow across your room, synonymous with autumnal sundown.
Find opportunities to bring warm and natural coloured tones into your home. The Pondicherry Rattan Chair is ideal for a hallway or a reading corner in a garden room. Named after a pretty French colonial city in India with a French Quarter of tree-lined streets, colonial villas and chic boutiques this elegantly shaped wicker chair is made from rubberwood and natural woven rattan. With sweeping arms and a gently padded base, the curved wooden inset struts support the legs and back, and the densely woven rattan provides a genuinely comfortable seat. Making it impossible to resist an afternoon nap!
We love the warmth that velvet provides, whilst being an incredibly luxurious fabric and draping beautifully our best-selling Plushious Velvet Cotton Quilted Bedspread is a must have this season. Smart but relaxed, the colour is best described as caramel. It’s a dreamy, creamy, flat white coffee tone, conjuring up the feelings of a steaming mug of café cupped within our hands.
Made from the softest pure cotton velvet, with hand-embroidered dots densely separated on the borders and more sparsely spaced on the square central section of the bedspread - nothing says ultimate autumnal comfort like enveloping yourself in this coffee velvet dream.
The simplest way to add autumnal decoration to your existing interiors is to add decorative pieces that you can bring out again each year. These finials are perfect for adding texture and depth to your mantle or window display - perfect for sitting amongst baby pumpkins or with candles and pinecones as we head towards Christmas.
A decorative antique wood style finial embellished with acanthus leaves, and a tapered base that sits atop a small square plinth. Equally beautiful to admire when backlit by changing seasons during the day as they are in the glow of evening candlelight as our nights begin to set in earlier.
Cushions don't get more 'huggable' than our Mongolian Sheep Cushions! The most tactile huggable, run-your-fingers-through cushion, akin to a Havanese puppy! The cushion size is 40 x 40cm; however, due to the long-haired fur, it sits closer to a 50 x 50cm size.
Made from 100% wool (a by-product) with a velvet reverse, this fluffy cushion is sealed with a reverse zip and is plumped with an ethically-sourced feather inner pad.
Now your home is dressed for the changing season, it’s time to think about carving out some time to immerse your senses into the delights of stay-at-home autumn.
Bring autumn inside (literally, don't forget your foraging bag!)
Potential decorations are abundant under many trees at this time of year, so it is well worth keeping a foraging bag to hand. Pinecones and acorns can become sweet garlands with just some pretty twine, or painted with a touch of gold to make table decorations. Even if you save them until later in the year, you will have what you need to make beautiful on-trend arrangements. We will also be showing you how to use them to make your own wreath closer to Christmas!
We just love rosehip cordial. These vibrant fruits develop after the roses have gone, so be sure to pick them before you get pruning - or find them in the wild. If you can source 1kg of ripe rosehips, you can make a delicious syrup, to be enjoyed with sparkling water, as a mixer or with hot water and honey as a cold and flu treatment.
Place 1kg rosehips in a pan and add 2ltrs boiling water, bring to the boil and then take off the heat and leave to infuse for 15 mins. Strain through two sheets of muslin and set aside.
Add the pulp back to the pan and add another 1.5 litres of boiling water. Bring back to the boil once again and then set aside for 15 mins. Strain through two clean sheets of muslin and add to the set aside liquid.
Pour all the strained liquid to a clean pan and simmer until the liquid has reduced to about a litre. Stir in the sugar until dissolved and carefully pour into serialised bottles. Keep in the fridge for a couple of months.
And finally, a warming cup of winter spice tea might be just what you need to keep you going. As the days shorten, we tend to be less active outdoors. Packed full of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties spices can bring a boost of that fresh air feeling into our homes, as well as tasty beautiful flavours and scents.
Mix ground spices of Star Anise, Cinnamon (true Ceylon has more of the good stuff) Cloves and nutmeg and add a small teaspoon to a saucepan of milk (hazelnut milk works beautifully). Add a dollop of honey and take off the heat as it reaches boiling. Enjoy at your leisure, preferably on a sunny window seat with a blanket to hand!
For an evening tipple, add a finger of rum instead of the honey (after you have taken it off the heat - so as not to evaporate the alcohol).
With a combination of textures and tactics, you’ll have your home looking like an autumnal palace in no time at all. From all of us at FBC we wish you a cosy, contented transition to autumn and we hope you make the most of all the little moments the new season brings.