Autumn is in full swing. Leaves have already fallen off the trees, the nights are getting much chillier, darker and here in Prague they have quickly put on a veil of heavy milky fog with a morning tail of mist and that kind of morning cold that bites you down to the bone and then it takes you a good hour to regain your regular body temperature. The more unwelcoming and dreary it gets outside, the more we start to appreciate the cosiness of our warm homes – no matter whether the warmth comes from a storage heater or a crackling fire. What’s your recipe for the perfect cosy evening when it’s cold, oh so cold outside?
4 THINGS THAT WILL MAKE A COSY NIGHT IN ABSOLUTELY PERFECT
FOR THE CURIOUS MIND
Running away from these cold evenings isn’t anything you need to be ashamed of. I’m pretty sure that everyone including you, me and Pippin sometimes get a sensory overload of the freezing world around us and fancy nothing more than a snug evening in front of the telly. Or with a good book. I happen to have a wall projector, which I use to project my favourite films on the wall in my living room (the most hipster way to watch a film these days, I’m telling ya). But having a huge telly that would actually play everything (not just old DVDs that go into my old DVD player) is an actual dream. I haven’t owned a TV licence for years but the televisions you can get today are mind-blowingly good. Just look at this OLED TV Panasonic – it has got all sorts of fancy modes from a mode for the cinema to a 65-inch screen (which is some half an inch bigger than me!
FOR THE COLD FEET
Don’t forget to surround yourself with soft cushions and even softer to touch blankets. I have a whole belly basket full of beautiful fluffy blankets which I rummage through on a regular basis these days. Despite Pippi having peed in it a few weeks ago. I know. What a bloody monkey. Two of my most recent finds are from Primark – one is in the colour of honey with a touch of mustard and the other one is a deep teal shade and is unbelievably large. I can wrap it around me about 5 times before I start feeling like an actual cocoon!
FOR THE HUNGRY BELLY
I strongly recommend you spend some time planning your perfect evening menu. For me, it’s definitely a cup of mulled wine with orange and honey together with a batch of freshly baked faux Russian doughnuts (I’m pretty sure you remember the recipe, don’t you? They were the absolute best!!). If you can’t be bothered to spend time baking your life away after a long day at work then I say a takeaway will do. And if you’re in Prague then you can even have a KFC delivery! Say what!
FOR THE ROMANTIC SOUL
These creative lighting ideas will definitely give you some inspiration however if you haven’t got time to go and replace your LED light bulbs with warm romantic Edison lights and a bunch of dreamy fairy lights in the shape of tiny snow-covered houses or you know – pineapples – then an insane amount of candles will do. Or just a half-insane amount of candles. Not to go too overboard. You already know that DW Home is my most favourite brand of candles in the world (you can get them in TK Maxx) but even those plain pillar candles from IKEA make for a homey candlelit evening. Or the baby powder ones they have in IKEA as well – those are soooo nice!
What’s your recipe for a cosy night in?
? This post has been inspired by Panasonic and their range of damn beautiful televisions!