HOME & DESIGN: Ways to Cosy Your Home for the Cooler Months

COOLER MONTHS IN BYRON WINTER ARE JUST DELICIOUS.  THE DAYS ARE STILL SUNNY, THE STRETCHES OF BEACH AT CLARKES BECKON FOR A LONG LAZY WALK, THE LUSH HINTERLAND AROUND BANGALOW IS FRAGRANT WITH THE SMELLS OF OPEN LOG FIRES AND YOUR BOWER ACCOMMODATION IS A WELCOMING HAVEN TO TAKE TIME OUT.

Unwind with a warm, freshly brewed coffee, your favourite mag, a novel plucked from the bookshelf, a Netflix binge or just an old fashioned  board game - it's all there waiting for you.  Guessing it's been a while since you've had that kind of permission to just be.  We thought you might enjoy our tips to creating a dreamy, stylish and ever-so cosy cool-season oasis wherever you are. Winter you delightful beast.  Bring it!! 

CREATE A COSY NOOK

What’s better in Winter than being curled up on the couch with a hot cuppa and a book.  It just has to be a snuggle-worthy couch, so if yours is leather, cover it with a warm throw first. Our current favourite throw is sheepskin from NZ brand Wilson & Dorset.  They're third generation sheep farmers who've developed the most luxurious sheepskin range and they're are all about redefining lounging. Couch upholstered already?  All you need is a couple of warms blankets at arms reach. If your'e not the master of the perfectly placed throw, why not fold them up and put them in a beautiful basket (Dharma Door has some fab ones and you can buy online too) which you can include as part of your decor.

GET COSY UNDERFOOT

We love the feel of seasoned hardwood boards, polished concrete or beautifully tiled floors but come winter we like to layer it up with some thick, plush rugs. They add lots of texture, define spaces within a space and scream cosy. Our love of rugs is no surprise, and you’ll find gems from Mar-Kett, Tigmi Trading, Armadillo & Co and Dharma Door throughout all of our properties.  All. Year. Round! 

The Bower Suites, The Bower Byron Bay


SURROUND YOURSELF IN GREENERY 

Even in the colder months we love bringing the outside in with greenery.  It's a beautiful connect with nature when the skies are a little greyer and the coastal breeze is bringing some added-chill.  Plants help make a house a home, every week of the year.
 

ADD TEXTURE

Think weaves, furs, tassels, velvet and more in your soft furnishings. Whether it's cushions, throws, curtains, or rugs, layered texture creates dimension and warmth.  It creates a home.

SET THE MOOD

Next to the glow from logs burning in a fireplace, scented candles are the next best thing to set a mood. Scent is one of our most powerful senses and the flickering light from a carefully grouped candle or two is a quick and affordable way to add warmth and atmosphere to your space.  Come winter, we love a warm, spicy, woody scent like The ‘Paradis’ Patchouli, Amber, Sandalwood & Mint candle from Ash Candles.
 
Ambient lighting helps to create soft and warm spaces in your home and changes the mood from active-and-doing mode to chill mode.  So be clever in how you place lamps around the room and perhaps think about under-pelmet and under-bench lighting too.  And always have your ceiling lights on dimmer switches.  
 
The Bower Cottage, The Bower Byron Bay.  Byron Beach Abodes.
The Bower Barn, The Bower Byron Bay.  Byron Beach Abodes.
The Bower Barn, The Bower Byron Bay. Byron Beach Abodes
 

AHHH COMFORT FOOD

Salad is no-one’s friend when the thermometer heads south! It’s the season for warm and hearty aromatic dishes, with lots of flavour-filled juices to soak up with fresh crusty bread.  It's about time-saver meals so maybe now's the moment to invest in a slow-cooker and researching the recipe offerings from your favourite cooks.  Or if you've chosen to chill with us in Byron Bay, Bower Cottage and Bower House have full kitchens, so you can pop on your apron and get all Master Chef. Either that or order in one of our gourmet platters so the most you have to do is fill the wine glass. 

BATH TIME

Beautiful bath. Check. Luxury linen towels. Check. Custom-made bath salts. Check. The cosiest of Bemboka robes to pull on after a soak. Check. What better way to warm yourself than luxuriating in a loooong slow bath.  Try your hand at making our signature bath salts that we put in The Bower Barn.  It's a simple blend of Epsom Salts, dried rose petals and rose and lavender essential oils and oh so luxurious!


LAVENDER AND ROSE HOMEMADE AROMATHERAPY BATH SALTS

Ingredients

2 cups Epsom salt

6 drops rose essential oil (jasmine oil is also lovely)

15 drops lavender essential oil

2 tbsp dried rose petals

Directions

Combine all ingredients and mix together well.  Store in a cute little jar for up to 1 year.  Simple, huh?

The Bower Barn, The Bower Byron Bay. Byron Beach Abodes
The Bower Byron Bay, a Byron Beach Abodes property.