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Stem vase and candleholder from Ferm Living resemble wooden logs.


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Wood in all shapes and forms is very much on trend again this year. It has moved on from a stack of well shaped logs being placed beside the fire as an accessory to using objects that reflect the woodland. Examples include candleholders and vases that resemble wooden logs, using birch tree trunks as room dividers, using tiny cut offs from a coffee tree as tiles in a bathroom, using hooks that resemble branches. It is not just a case of bringing the garden indoors or using the garden as a room to extend your home - it is now a case of bring the woodland indoors.

Home Knits are very popular too but it isn’t just for tea cosies and cushions - think of hand knitted tubs and baskets, hand knitted covers for glass vases. Knitting in homewares is going to be even bigger this year. If you don’t feel able to klack those knitting needles yourself, there are lots of Irish knitters out there knitting and crocheting beautifully fashionable items as well as products for the home.

Keeping in with the ‘cocoon’ theme, sofas are becoming more rounded. Even L shaped sofas have more cushioning to soften their curves. It is as though the curves are trying to wrap around us, keep us warm and cushion us from any harsh exterior gloom.

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I expected to see much more evidence of bright colours, these ‘colour brights’ that we have been hearing so much about, bright explosions of sizzling oranges, hot pinks, bright indigos and vivid purples set against monochromes and while they were there, they weren’t present in the volume I expected. What was more apparent were the soft greys, mauves and soft purples with occasional dull reds set against the greys.

The signs are there - prepare your home for a long cold winter with cosy woollen throws, hand knitted cushions, logs on display as well as for the fire and throw in the occasional stag’s head and you and your home will be bang on trend.

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Winter Security Check List

1. Get an intruder alarm installed as this is the best deterrent.

2. If you have an existing alarm, make sure it is working correctly.

3. Use good sensor lighting around your house.

4. Ensure that your doors are secure with an adequate locking system i.e five point locking system.

5. Check all your windows to ensure they are closing and locking correctly.

6. Make sure that external gates and sheds are fitted with locks.

7. Secure your fuel store and oil tank.

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