Blue Monday has dawned, the January day on which – supposedly – everyone wishes they could hit permanent snooze on the alarm clock and preferably not resurface until mid March. The Christmas lights have grown dim behind us and Spring still feels a bit too far away. But don’t despair! There are still a few perks to be found in this limbo season… read on and be encouraged.
10. Embrace cosy nights
These dark nights are a great chance to recharge for the year ahead. Shut the front door against the arctic breeze, leave the phone elsewhere for an hour or two and hunker on down with that stack of books you’ve been intending to read since 2008. Or even head for a cosy night out! London (and many places beside) is brimming with twinkly bars and pubs. Among the Vinterior favourites are Gordon’s Wine Bar in Embankment, The Water Poet in Spitalfields and Simmons in Angel.
9. Get hyggelig
We’re all fairly well educated in the concept of ‘hygge’ by now. If there’s any doubt, enlighten yourself here (pun not intended). One key way of getting ‘hyggelig’ is to transform your home into a den of cosiness. Deck the floors with a beautiful rug. Embrace all of the cushions. Throw a sheepskin rug onto your favourite armchair, snuggle in, and then layer another blanket on top of yourself. Stay put for several hours.
8. Big mugs of coffee
…Or the hot beverage of your choice. If you’re feeling a bit chilly, nothing says ‘simple pleasure’ like wrapping your hands around a steaming mug of something delicious. This is a great one for the time-pressed! Whether in the office or at home, take something nice with you to drink it from. You wouldn’t deplete the experience of drinking a cocktail by sipping it out of a plastic cup, the same goes for your morning/mid afternoon/mid-mid afternoon and late-in-the-day coffee. Use drink-ware which gives you joy!
7. Throw a candle-lit dinner party
Dinner parties don’t have to be fancy and take up lots of your time. Good friends on a dark Tuesday night just need a hot pasta bake and an escape from the cold. Turn off the overhead lighting and give these dinner parties an extra dose of cosy with some stylish candle light. It’s these small details which make the difference when outer natural charm (read: sunlight) is missing. Any Danish friends will be particularly appreciative.
6. Light it up
Dark nights equal twinkly lights! Ask any passing Scandinavian – the experts on living in the dark all winter long – and they’ll tell you that ambient lighting makes all the difference. Use this darker time of the year to fill your home with soft pools of light, a great excuse to go out and find that dreamy vintage lamp you’ve been Pinteresting. We’re used to staring at blue light on our screens all day, so a dose of warm golden light will have you feeling much better very soon!
5. Meet your dream sofa
This one should really go in hand with number 2. If you’re amassing throws like there’s no tomorrow (Spring?) to hide the off-putting sofa within, it might be time to treat your home to a new one. The grand plan is to spend a lot of time between now and mid-March drinking coffee, chatting with friends, learning to knit and catching up on that must-watch series with this sofa, so choose one which you both love to look at and sit on. Many vintage sofas come with the added bonus that they are built to last and have proven so by faithfully serving their occupants through every winter since 1957.
4. Become a bookworm
As mentioned above, when the days are cold and dark there’s nothing better than losing yourself in another world. In an age of digital saturation, many of us are reading less and less and depriving ourselves of this joy! Ask your flatmate/spouse/dog to deposit your phone somewhere you won’t find it for a few hours and lose yourself in something fabulous. Then keep your favourites in an equally fabulous bookcase.
3. Stock up on blankets
With all those throws lying around, you’ll need somewhere to store them. A vintage trunk or wooden chest does just the trick and also lends your home instant character. They also make for an excellent hiding solution when unexpected guests drop round and you’re halfway through that brilliant new novel you finally started reading. Rumour has it that Austen used one for this very purpose.
2. Shake a tail feather
Wintry nights allow time to brush up on your cocktail making skills. Shake a tail feather or two with a stylish drinks trolley to showcase your favourite drinks. Whether you go for fashionable brass or mid century teak, there are so many gorgeous trolleys to choose from and they make whipping up a batch of Old Fashioneds all the more fun. Whether you’re 25 or 55, your parents will be impressed.
1. Slow down!
Finally, just accept this season for what it is and carve out small moments to enjoy it. January and February are good months to rest following the busyness of Christmas and to recharge for the energetic Spring season ahead! Enjoy spending time in your home and make it a comfortable a place to be whether this looks like updating the furniture or simply enjoying some new mug-ware. Keep the faith, lighter and longer days are just around the corner!
Find all of these lovely things above in the Vinterior collection.
Title image credit: Living.co.uk