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    Autumnal inspiration: antique pieces to cosy up your home

    Posted by Chris on 20/10/2023

    Autumnal inspiration: antique pieces to cosy up your home

    Autumn – off to a slow start in the UK, where the leaves are staunchly refusing to turn to their glorious orange and reds – arrives officially with the end of British Summer Time.

    It’s now worth looking to the darker, colder winter evenings ahead, and preparing your home accordingly – turning your rooms into warm and snug areas where you can all relax and cosy up against the cold outside.

    We’ve selected a list of antiques and vintage pieces which will help your home stay inviting and relaxing this autumn and winter.

     

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    Fireplaces, surrounds & scuttles

    Antique fireplaces: Autumn antiques - our roundup of antique and vintage pieces to help get your home cosy for winter

     

    When you picture being at home in winter, what comes to mind? We think of a logs crackling in a cosy fireside, with that smell unique to real, open fires.

    But even if you don’t have a real fire at home, these antique fireside pieces are still a wonderfully decorative way to dress the centrepiece of your living space.

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    > Explore all antique fireplaces, fire dogs, surrounds, log bins and coal scuttles

     


     

    Antique candlesticks and lamps

    Antique candlesticks and lamps: Autumn antiques - our roundup of antique and vintage pieces to help get your home cosy for winter

     

    Creating a soft, ambient lighting environment around the home is essential for being able to properly relax during those long winter nights. Candles and authentic oil lamps will bring a sense of the past into the present – with so much more character than cheap, modern lighting.

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    > Explore all antique candlesticks, holders and accoutrements

     


     

    Antique & vintage armchairs

    Antique armchairs: Autumn antiques - our roundup of antique and vintage pieces to help get your home cosy for winter

     

    The fire is starting to crackle, the candles and lamps are lit – you’ll need somewhere to sit comfortably and relax. Depending on your style, you might favour the ornate Victorian, or the more sleek mid-century vintage.

    Either way, we have over 350 armchairs listed from dealers and private sellers – here are our top picks.

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    > Explore all antique and vintage armchairs

     


     

    Antique and vintage rugs

    Antique and vintage rugs: Autumn antiques - our roundup of antique and vintage pieces to help get your home cosy for winter

     

    We mentioned that Turkish rugs are in favour with ‘new antiquarians’ and interior designers back in our late summer article exploring latest trends in antiques and collectables.

    An antique rug isn’t just stylish – it’s also warm and inviting, great in the winter for covering cold flagstone and hardwood floors (or walls) – and adding textural interest to the drawing room or lounge.

    Interior designers may choose to hang Turkish and Persian rugs on walls to add power and interest behind period furniture and fixtures – but the floor is just as good a place for your antique rug to live.

    With textiles, look at warm, muted colours, and adding softness to spaces. Adorn beds, sofas, chests and ottomans with throws featuring warm mulberries, muted pinks and different shades of greys.

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    > Explore all antique and vintage rugs

     


     

    Antique Alcohol, Sherry & Port

    Antique alcohol, sherry and wine: Autumn antiques - our roundup of antique and vintage pieces to help get your home cosy for winter

     

    The winter drawing room is nearly complete – you’ll just need a glass of port or sherry to enjoy by the fireside, from your luxurious armchair.

    From as far back as 1100BC – and maybe even further – evidence can be found of Phoenician sherry-making in modern-day Spain. There is something about a small tipple of a winter’s eve that evokes the legacy of something traditional, long-lasting and integral to the human experience.

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    > Explore all antique wine and alcohol pieces


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