Curtains keep the cold out and the heat in.
Curtains keep the cold out and the heat in. iStock

Create the High Cosy effect for winter

Many years ago when I lived through genuinely cold winters in London, my fellow Australian mates and I would gather together for what we called "High Cosy” evenings. That is, a cosy night in - but with style. I especially lucked out and lived in an amazing house in Chelsea and I styled my home to celebrate the cold, rather than deny it.

Here are some tips to create the High Cosy effect in your home:

GO FAUX

As anyone who has lived in London knows, you can't have genuine fires to keep you warm. But set into original fireplaces in the home I lived, we had those attractive faux fires that ensured my place was popular because it was warm, with the added ambience of a 'fire'. There are so many versions of this style of heating - and for atmosphere, they're brilliant.

BLOCKING OUT THE COLD

I learnt to love curtains in London, especially the lush velvet ones that spill onto the floor. But of course they were also practical - as are any window dressings designed to keep the cold out and the heat in. A simple door snake in a stylish fabric can also work wonders keeping any cool air from creeping into your home under doors.

KEEP WARM WITH A HOTTIE

I swear by old-fashioned hot water bottles. They warm you almost instantly, cost virtually nothing, plus there's some gorgeous hot water bottle covers now in cosy fabrics such as cashmere. I have several and it's great to be able to offer one to a guest when it's cold.


Repeat youth offenders targeted with ‘suite of initiatives'

Premium Content Repeat youth offenders targeted with ‘suite of initiatives'

Commissioner: ‘suite of initiatives’ used to target youth crime

Man faces ‘absolute’ loss of licence after decades old Roma charge

Premium Content Man faces ‘absolute’ loss of licence after decades old Roma...

A man charged with disqualified driving from the 70s could face losing his licence...

Two arrested after alleged armed robbery of Maranoa servo

Premium Content Two arrested after alleged armed robbery of Maranoa servo

Police have tracked down and arrested two people after they allegedly held up a...