Downton Abbey returned last night, which I like to see as official unveiling of the Autumn Season! It was also the real official first day of Autumn, so thoughts have inevitably turned to wardrobes, wooly sweaters and cosy nights in. And nothing says Autumn/Winter more to me than blankets, so as the nights start to draw in and morning dew begins to feel chilly I have been airing out blankets that have been unloved all Summer.
I think blankets are a brilliant way of adding interest to rooms and I have a blanket or throw in each room accordingly. Textiles are one of the two things that frame a room along with paint colour, all else is layering points of interest atop these two staples. With this in mind, I have been amassing an array of blankets for the last few years. As with tablecloths and shoes, you can never have too many blankets, here are some of mine:
This blanket is my very favourite, my pride and joy (along with my credit cards shame and woe!) it’s a Missoni one from a few collections ago. I have a major design crush on all things Missoni, their patterns are always so provocative to the eye and I find their proclamation of bold hues so enticing.
Gorgeous Tweedmill Beehive Hot Pink blanket bought from Urban Outfitters for £75, I just love the honeycomb pattern, it is ultra soft as well. Cute kitten accessory, stylists own.
This was a superbly cheap and chic monochrome one I picked up last winter at IKEA, cost around £15, IKEA does both textiles and stationery so well.
I adore quilts, the homespun bespoke charm of something that takes the time and patience I don’t possess to form. I am an terribly lucky girl with a super talented best friend Tamla who made me this exquisite quilt for my birthday. The fabrics she choose were from a twenties inspired range called Pavilion and they are just perfect for me. I am far too impatient for crafts that take an age to take shape so feel very spoilt to have something I so enjoy looking at that was created just for me (although our new kitten, Dinah, has begun to claim it was made for her). Tamla is an amazingly versatile crafter and as a new mother open to commissions!
An old Cath Kidston plaid picnic rug and a rainbow-bright-table-cloth from Habitat, both bought in the sales. It’s surprising how many items that aren’t described as blankets and are much cheaper end up to being so cosy!
My Favourites of the New Season:
If I were allowed to buy any more blankets I would really like something geometric and an heirloom Welsh blanket, perhaps one of these:
Dinah, my adorable saboteur of blanket photo’s!