Can you believe that Winter is just a month away? The cold weather has crept up on us and it feels like we’ve had to dust off jumpers and jackets overnight! Fortunately there are plenty things you can do to get your home ready for a cosy Winter – here are some gorgeous budget-priced shabby chic style accessories, decorations and must-haves that will help you beat off the cold, dreary months in style.
PS. This article doesn’t mention the ‘C’ word – I know you’re not ready to hear it just yet…
1. A super cosy blanket
When the cold is nipping at your toes, who can resist a super pretty, super soft blanket to snuggle under? And maybe you’ll share – maybe you won’t! This lovely vintage rose style blanket is just £11.47, with free delivery – get it here.
2. Microwavable slippers
One of the worst things about winter is that your feet get cold – so microwavable slippers are just the best invention ever! You’ll never have cold feet again with these soft and comfy snuggly havens for your toes. I love these slightly fluffy pink snuggle toes, pictured above. Here are loads of other designs to choose from.
3. A wind proof umbrella
….because let’s be realistic, it is going to rain and maybe even snow, a lot. Rather than huddling under a soggy black excuse of an umbrella that turns itself inside out every 2 minutes, why not treat yourself to this beautiful vintage rose shabby chic style brolly to brighten up the drizzly winter days? Get it here for £24.99 + £2.13 UK delivery.
4. Your fireside companion
If you’re lucky enough to have an open fire or wood burner in your house, ‘tiz the season where it will be getting a lot of use – so why not splash out on this super-charming fireside companion set to keep your fire roaring when the wind’s blowing outside? And if you don’t have an open fire, don’t you just want this charming nostalgic set for the fireplace anyway? I know I do! Priced at £69.99 + £4.99 delivery, you can get it here.
5. A pile of cushions
Because whether you’re snuggling up on the sofa or in bed, cushions make all the difference – no matter what your fella says. They’re like the grown up’s version of a ball pool that you can just sink into at the end of a long, cold day. I love this sweet cushion cover by Hetty Mae Crafts, priced at just £6.95 with free UK delivery (click here to get it) but there are so many cute designs to choose from with prices under £2 – click here to see more.
6. A winter duvet
Don’t cower in the cold under your thin, worn out duvet – treat yourself to a new super-snug hotel style replacement. Picture yourself drifting away in this thick, luxurious Silentnight 15 tog duvet which starts at just £19.99 for a single – a small price to pay for a good night’s sleep. Click here to see more. Don’t forget to replace your pillows at the same time (you should change them at least every 3 years, according to the Sleep Council) – choose these Microfibre Bounce Back pillows for a luxury hotel feel.
7. New bedding
…and while since you’re changing your duvet, you might as well throw away that threadbare bedding and replace it with something altogether more fitting. This cute Parisian bedset costs just £13.95 (double) with free delivery for Prime members. Click here to get it. Need a different size? Here are some more gorgeous designs to choose from.
8. Fairy lights
Okay, I know fairy lights don’t actually make your home any warmer – but they do make it feel more cosy and snug when it’s dark and unfriendly outside. I’ve recommended these 10 pretty filigree heart fairy lights a few times before – they give a sweet cosy sparkle to any room, whether they’re draped over the fireplace or wrapped around the headboard. Get them here for £3.25 plus £1.99 UK delivery.
9. Draughts? They’re excluded…
This is literally the best time of year to tackle draughts creeping under your door, making you chilly and bumping up those heating bills. An easy and cheap way to do this is to buy some lovely draught excluders like this super cute design which costs just £8.99 + £1.99 UK delivery – click here to get it or view more sweet designs.
10. Soft pyjamas
When the wind’s whistling down your chimney and the only thing you actually want to do is curl up under your super soft blanket and watch every single episode of Game of Thrones again back to back, these really soft brushed cotton Winceyette pyjamas with long sleeves are just what you need to cosy into. If you love this design as much as I do, you can get them here for £18.99 – but I’d advise ordering a size up as they come a little small. Click here to look at more cute designs.
11. Huggable warmer
I really don’t care that this is made for children. It’s the softest, sweetest, huggableist (yes, I did just make up that word) thing ever and I love it. It’s like a hot water bottle but you warm it up in the microwave and it’s so much nicer. It also smells lovely too. Get yours for £17.34 – with free delivery for Prime members.
PS. You don’t have to microwave the whole lamb. There’s a huggable insert in its tummy that you remove.
12. Winter wallpaper
Disclaimer: Not even remotely shabby chic but you’ll love it
Winter is so beautiful – especially when it snows or you venture to the mountains for some fun on the piste – but it’s also really cold. If you love the look of glistening snow but frankly can’t be bothered to move off your cosy couch, why not bring the alps to your front room or bedroom with this dazzling snow scene. This stunning wallpaper is hung in six panels which measure 420 x 270 cm but you can of course cut it down to size. You’ll be able to admire the beautiful view while enjoying a traditional apres ski vin chaud, without having to swop your cosy slippers for skis. Get it here for £54.05 + £3.99 UK delivery.
13. A generous mug
When it’s chilly outside, you’ll need more hot drinks to keep you happy and content – whether you love your scrummy hot chocolates topped with whipped cream and marshmallows, or you just appreciate a lovely cup of tea. For tea lovers, this generous 480ml mug for just £7 is the perfect Winter companion – click here to get it or view more pretty shabby chic style mugs.
14. Pretty lined curtains
If you’ve survived this year until now with no curtains or blinds at the window, it’s a great time to trade in for some lined curtains that will keep out unwanted draughts. These pretty Catherine Lansfield curtains are not only lined – they’re also reversible so you can switch them round now and then for a fresh design. They’re £22.45 for the pair and there’s matching bedding available too. Team the look with a white blackout blind for the perfect night’s sleep.
15. A cosy rug
If you’ve got a wooden floor next to your bed, you’ll know that feeling when you put your toes down on a Winter’s morning – it makes you want to put them straight back under the covers! Give your feet a happy landing place with this quaint bedside quilted rug in lovely shabby chic style. At £14, it’s a complete bargain – and delivery is free for Prime members. Click here to get one.