Seasonal Update: Autumn 2018

Autumn Update 2018 lead image showing glassware from nkuku.com

Autumn provides a great opportunity to add some seasonal touches and a warming glow to see us through until December, when it’s time to decorate for the Christmas festivities. It’s one of my favourite times of year and I especially love the beautiful palette of colours that we can see on the autumn trees – these rich hues are too pretty to be confined to the outdoors, so here we show you how to introduce them into your homes to make your spaces feel homely and inviting. And, if you are a lover of all things ghoulish, we’ve also rounded up some of our favourite spooky sweet treats that you may wish to stock up on.

Decorative autumnal style

One of my favourite things about these autumnal months is drawing the curtains, lighting candles and hunkering down. If you’re like me, you’ll love these pieces that I’ve brought together below, which will help bring some colour, texture and cosiness to your home.

Autumn pumpkin wreath, £47, Pippa Designs at notonthehighstreet.comAutumn pumpkin wreath, £47, Pippa Designs at notonthehighstreet.com

Wreaths are definitely not just for Christmas! Each autumn I admire a fabulous faux-wreath on a door close to home – it features all the colours that we love at this time of year, and adds a very smart touch to the entrance of the property.

Glass candlestick vases, £7 each, REGlass candlestick vases, £7 each, RE

I’d use these versatile candlestick vases along a mantlepiece or console table – as you can see here, they look great dressed with long feathers, or you could add single stems of seasonal foliage. When Christmas approaches, you can change the look depending on your mood.

Hanley candlestick, from £25; Neve mustard tealight holders, £42 for a set of 3; all NeptuneHanley candlestick, from £25; Neve mustard tealight holders, £42 for a set of 3; all Neptune

Neptune’s autumn collection is rich and intoxicating, featuring many textural accessories that will immediately add real character to a space.

Faux hydrangea stems, £30 for a set of 3 (currently reduced from £40), Cox & CoxFaux hydrangea stems, £30 for a set of 3 (currently reduced from £40), Cox & Cox

These big blousy blooms look great in vases; dry your own hydrangea stems or, for an easier life, pop some of Cox & Cox’s faux blooms into a jug for a stylish display.

Laying the table

With a ready-made palette of burnt oranges, burgundy, mossy greens and gold, an autumnal dining table can quickly be made to look impressive. Here are some of my favourite pieces that I’ve come across for this autumn:

Edler wood slice placemats, £10 each; Kestle zinc plates, £38 for a set of 4; Frayed-edge linen napkins, £16 for a set of 2; all Rowen & WrenEdler wood slice placemats, £10 each; Kestle zinc plates, £38 for a set of 4; Frayed-edge linen napkins, £16 for a set of 2; all Rowen & Wren

This grouping of the wood slice placemat, zinc plate and frayed edge napkin will make for a very stylish autumnal place-setting.

Autumn leaves table confetti, £4.50 for 40 leaves, Rosie and the Boys at notonthehighstreet.comAutumn leaves table confetti, £4.50 for 40 leaves, Rosie and the Boys at notonthehighstreet.com

For beautiful paper-cut decorations, we love the offering at Rosie and the Boys, which includes this autumnal leaf confetti. Add a pretty finishing touch to your dining table by scattering some amongst the tableware.

Large mottled rose gold pumpkin battery light, £29.99, lights4funLarge mottled rose gold pumpkin battery light, £29.99, lights4fun

At 19cm tall, this coppery pumpkin would make a fabulous centrepiece on a dining table; dot candle holders along the rest of the table and mix in some miniature gourds and pots of autumnal leaves.

Croft Collection Stuart Carey jug in Brown, £25, John LewisCroft Collection Stuart Carey jug in Brown, £25, John Lewis

Textural and artisanal in feel, this jug has lots of autumnal appeal with its honey-toned hue. Fill with drinking water for the table or, alternatively, pop in some flowers for a relaxed seasonal display.

Abeeko glassware, from £7.95 for a tumbler, NkukuAbeeko glassware, from £7.95 for a tumbler, nkuku.com

Nkuku’s latest range of glassware is particularly gorgeous! Available in Aged Gold and Smoke, the etched pieces will look stunning on any dining table.

Black & Gold tea light holders, £5.06 each (currently reduced from £6.75), The Forest & Co.Black & Gold tea light holders, £5.06 each (currently reduced from £6.75), The Forest & Co.

The punched leaf design of these tea light holders from The Forest & Co. will create a beautiful effect when the candle burns – dot them along your dining table or any surface that would benefit from some extra light.

Spooky Sweet Treats

A stunning array of Halloween goodies can be whipped up if you have the time and creative flair; alternatively, here is my roundup of some impressive cakes, biscuits and chocolates that will be sure-fire crowd-pleasers. I’ve also included a few products that will enable you to quickly transform home baked goods into fancy party pieces.

Owl cupcake brownies, £9 for a set of 4, BettysOwl cupcake brownies, £9 for a set of 4, Bettys

Who doesn’t love a rich chocolatey owl cupcake? These ones would be great for small children who may be afraid of the more fabulously-frightening pieces.

Meri Meri Halloween cupcake set, £11, Victoria Windsor at TrouvaMeri Meri Halloween cupcake set, £11, Victoria Windsor at Trouva

After a particularly fraught time trying to (at speed) transform some fairy cakes into Frankenstein’s Monster creations last year, this Halloween may see me reaching for some of Meri Meri’s cupcake toppers!

Extra-long sharing board in Oak, £85, The White CompanyExtra-long sharing board in Oak, £85, The White Company

This long sharing board would make an impressive receptacle for toffee apples and slices of pumpkin pie at this time of year; at other times it could be used to present cheese and meat, tapas or small bowls of pre-dinner nibbles.

White chocolate pumpkin, £8.95, BettysWhite chocolate pumpkin, £8.95, Bettys

The team at Bettys confess to being a ‘devilish bunch’ – they certainly do know how to make fantastic chocolate creations. This chocolatey pumpkin would make a great gift – yum!

Haunted House biscuit tin, £35, BiscuiteersHaunted House biscuit tin, £35, Biscuiteers

Biscuiteers have once again come up trumps with their collection of iced biscuits – this set of Haunted House biscuits would go down a treat amongst grownups and children alike!

Halloween treats, from a selection at John LewisHalloween treats, from a selection at John Lewis

John Lewis have some impressive Halloween-themed pieces this season, including the chocolate gold scull shown here.

Pumpkin cake bunting, £7.95, Rosie and the Boys at notonthehighstreet.comPumpkin cake bunting, £7.95, Rosie and the Boys at notonthehighstreet.com

This hand-cut paper decoration would add a beautiful flourish to any pumpkin pie or creepy cake!

Halloween chocolate eyeballs, £9.50 for 4, Choc on Choc at notonthehighstreet.comHalloween chocolate eyeballs, £9.50 for 4, Choc on Choc at notonthehighstreet.com

If you like your Halloween to have some gruesome elements, then these chocolate eyeballs might be right up your street – they would be particularly good for older children.

Wishing you all a happy autumn and a spooktacular Halloween! Keep an eye out for our Christmas seasonal updates coming next month.

With thanks to nkuku.com for kindly allowing us to use their photograph as the lead image.

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