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6th September 2021

How to Keep Your Kids Cosy This Autumn

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Summer is almost over, and there’s already a cold nip in the air. For us adults, it’s easy enough to flick on the heating and snuggle into a blanket after work. There’s very little that can drag us out of our homes from September to March.

But for our kids, the outdoors is often their playground. And for a lot of kids, that means playing sports.

The best way to keep your kids healthy and active throughout the year is to make sure they dress properly for the weather, and there’s no better time to start than now.

Here are our top tips for dressing your kids for fall:

Layer up

Just like you, kids are at their most comfortable when they’re layered up. Give them tights, leggings, shorts, t-shirts, jumpers, coats, gloves, hats, scarves, the more the better.

Every layer of clothing your child wears is another layer between them and the cold.

It’ll also mean that they can take off a layer when they get too hot, or add extra layers when they get too cold. In short, they can layer up or down depending on the weather.

Wool is great

Wool is one of the best fabrics to wear when it’s cold. It keeps you warm even when it’s wet, which is perfect for rainy British weather.

Wool is also antibacterial, so it doesn’t get smelly. It’s also fire-resistant, so it’s perfect for football or other sports.

When it gets wet, wool naturally dries quickly. It also keeps you warm when it’s wet.

Wool is also very soft and comfortable, so it’s perfect for babies and kids.

Encourage sensible footwear

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Most kids’ sports shoes will be insulated and waterproofed to keep their feet warm and dry. But you still need to make sure your kids wear the right shoes.

Athletic trainers are great for kids, and they’re usually waterproof and insulated. They’re also lightweight and easy to move in, which is ideal for sports. There are lots of great styles available for girls’ shoes as well as for the boys.

You could also consider boots. They’re very warm and comfortable. However, they’re heavy and can be difficult to run and play in.

Don’t forget to wear a hat

Kids’ heads are a lot smaller than our heads, so their bodies can get hot much quicker. That means they’ll probably need to take off a layer of clothing to cool down.

Make sure your kids wear a hat if they’re going outside. It’ll keep their head warm and make it easier to take off a layer.

If you have a scarf, wrap it around their neck. That’ll stop them from losing heat when they take off their hat.

Winter is coming

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If you’re in the UK, you might be dreading the thought of winter. But when it comes, you’ll be glad you invested in a good coat for your children.

Check they’ve got a coat that’s warm and waterproof. That’ll go a long way towards keeping them warm and dry during the winter.

A shawl or scarf will also help keep them warm and toasty.

Good socks are just as important

Socks are just as important for your kid’s feet as shoes are. If they’re not wearing good socks, their feet will get cold and wet.

It’s also very important that your kid’s socks are the right size, and that they wear the right socks for the right activity.

Final words

It’s not easy keeping your kids warm and dry when they’re outside.

But a little preparation in advance will go a long way towards keeping them warm and dry throughout the year.

Accessories Area Home’s Best Friend

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There isn’t a better way to make a visual change in your home than by adding some beautiful decorative items. It’s often said that house accessories are the jewellery of the home because just like jewellery, they have the ability to achieve many different effects. 

Whether your goal is to add style and interest, colour and texture, height diversity, tie things together or turn attention away from something, you can easily do so with the help of the right decor. Nevertheless, like with jewellery, home accessories can be a good and a bad thing. If you use too much of them, they can overwhelm the place and rather than aesthetically pleasing, look simply as stress-inducing clutter

Regardless of whether you are buying decor for the first time, or are simply adding to your already decorated place, it’s important that you know the limits of your space, including the size, the colours, the layout and the furniture. If you’re in search of the loveliest home accessories UK has to offer, it’s crucial to plan ahead so that you know what you want in advance. 

Start with the Basics 

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Of course, decorating a place with homeware accessories is a matter of personal taste and preferences. Nevertheless, there are still some simple guidelines that you can follow to avoid some common mistakes. 

While for some people choosing what they’ll use in their home decor is fun and easy, there are many people who can’t simply imagine something and be right about it. If you are one of them, the first thing you need to remember is to not buy too many things at once. 

 If you are not sure as to what kind of homeware accessories you are supposed to have, you can make a short simple list of the most common ones that homeowners and interior designers alike love using to enrich a place and give it dimension. Aside from the seasonal ornaments for different holidays, some of the most common accessories that you can start with include vases, candles, cups, picture frames, plates, artwork, sculptures, plant pots and trays. 

Choose colours, shapes and sizes according to the room, the walls and the furniture, and think about what you want to achieve before going on a hunt for the perfect home accessories UK wide. This way you won’t buy something you really like only to end up storing it in a dark corner, or giving it to someone as a gift, because you can’t stand something so beautiful not to have its rightful place.

Avoid Overwhelming the Room with Decorations

Home decor vases, candles and a lamp
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Most of us have home decor accessories hidden in drawers and closets, gathering dust, because at some point we’ve overdone it. If you are decorating a new place, it’s always better to buy less than too much. Having a gap in the decor means that you can fill it whenever you find the perfect piece, whereas having more things that your space can handle, means unnecessary clutter, which never looks nice. 

By decorating in moderation, not only will you save money, but you will also give yourself some space to make a mistake, and re-evaluate. Furthermore, if you are just moving into a place, don’t forget that people will bring you presents, and there is a very big possibility that at least some of the presents will be homeware items. 

When it comes to clutter in home design, quantity isn’t the only problem. As a matter of fact, there are many ways in which you can make a room feel stuffy and overwhelming. Overmatching, like using too much of the same colour, too much of the same sizes, shapes, textures, patterns etc., is often a result of people fearing they don’t really know a lot about home design. Matching is very intuitive, but if you overdo it becomes dull and unwelcoming. 

The same goes for symmetry – while it certainly looks beautiful, and symmetry and balance are something we all seek, in home decor, if everything is symmetrical it can also end up looking boring and plain. 

Instead, you should use decor to add diversity and interest. Use it to break patterns, for instance, a tall vase to add height or one in an interesting shape for a different effect. You can also use a bunch of smaller items and then one that’s taller, or items in the same colour but with different patterns or shapes. Experiment with symmetry – see what looks better in your room and don’t be afraid to do something bold.

Don’t Forget About Your Old Things

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Aside from the homeware accessories that you will buy or get as presents, don’t forget about all the important items you have gathered over the years – photos, souvenirs, memorabilia, collectable home decor, things that remind you of people, moments, places. So, when you are buying home decor items take everything you want to display into consideration. Think about how you can decorate with these items, and also think about how you can use other decorations to create accents in the room, that will guide the eye towards them, not only looking beautiful but also make you smile while thinking of pleasant memories.

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