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Making Your House a Home
We're loving September so far. The weather has not disappointed (like, we'd be grateful for an Indian Summer but at this stage we'll gladly pull on our jumpers) and we're getting back into the swing of a normal routine.
Our homes were largely vacated for the summer months because we were off doing nice summery things outside, but it's X-Factor time now so we'll be spending a lot of time in the sitting room. So, it's autumn clean time, hurray!
Imagine You're in a Land Far, Far Away...
L'Occitane have brought out new smellies - candles and home perfumes - which are inspired by all things Provence. So, if you close your eyes tight enough and think about fine wines and cheese and give a good old sniff you can practically be there, but in your own comfy chair.
Apparently, greeting visitors to your home with a mist of fragrance is a Mediterranean tradition, and one we really like. Also, home perfume is way better than Febreeze (sorry Febreeze).
Our favourite candle scent from the range is Rameaux D'Hiver (Winter Forest), but the box it comes in and label are beautiful too - they were inspired by traditional Provençal tiles.
L'Occitane candles, €18
L'Occitane home perfume, €22
These Mugs are Made for Gulping
Sure you can go to the Euro store for a few disposable mugs (disposable in the way if they break you won't really care) or you can splash out on a couple of really nice mugs, like these ones in New Look.
Lookit, we're aware that €11.99 is a but mad for a cup but look at them! They're very pretty and you'd get such good use out of them! Right? They are just calling out for a bag of Barry's.
Mugs, New Look, €11.99 each
Cush' It, Cush' It Real Good
Why didn't we think of this before? Cushions are cheap, people. And they instantly transform a sad looking old couch. Interior decorating is great fun but you can't be changing it up every season. But you can buy a couple of cushions!
This autumn, we're going for the smooth, luxe vibe and Penneys' offerings are only spiffing.
Gold Foil Oblong cushion, Penneys, €6 / Metallic Cushion, Penneys, €8
Spruce Your Walls
We have that very wall hanging in the Beaut HQ kitchen. Seriously! Because it tells the truth.
Wall art is a great way to spruce up your walls without painting them (they're also great for covering up peeling wallpaper and the like). There are loads of cute wall hangings to be found in Penneys, but obviously, since it's in our kitchen we wanted to show you this one!
Rule Wall Art, Penneys, €4
You can't beat a fancy mirror. Not only do you have something nice to look in and inspect your makeup, mirrors expand even the tiniest of rooms. A little change to the mirror frame can do wonders to your room's aesthetic.
We've spotted sunburst mirror frames in pretty much every interiors article featuring cool, hip people's pads and this version from Heatons is an absolute steal.
Sunburst Mirror, Heatons, €20
There is something so good about kicking your boots off and slipping your hooves into a nice pair of slippers when you get home after a long, tough day.
In case you're wondering why we're including footwear within homey stuff, this year, we're going Scandinavian and will have a pair of slips for everyone in the family at the door, so they'll practically be part of the furniture. These guys from Dunnes Stores are just ones for the job. So fuzzy.
Women's Jacquard Mules, Dunnes Stores, €10.
All the Nice Things
Do you get in the mood for change at back-to-school time? Do you like adding little touches to your home every so often? And, did you notice a lot of our picks are gold or have accents of gold. Do you have the Midas Touch?
Have you spotted anything fabulous that you'd like to share with us? Go on.