Building Your Home | 2 June 2015

Winter warming

by Carlisle Homes

Baby it’s cold outside….
Yes winter is upon us, summer is in fact not endless and it now seems such a long long time ago. Avoid getting lost in the winter blues and start thinking about warming up with a new seasonal look. Discovering your winter warmer style doesn’t have to mean re-inventing everything, just a few simple ideas to create your own cosy haven at home.


Montclair at Greenvale Gardens Estate, Greenvale featuring Jetmaster SL550 with black surround

1.  De-clutter
You’re about to spend a whole lot more time indoors for the next few months, so don’t leave your home cleansing until spring. Be brutal with your rooms now to create a fresh clean palette to build on for your winter style. De-cluttering doesn’t have to mean throwing everything out, think more about putting things back in their right spots and finding new ways to store and organise your stuff. (We’ve found a good read about the basics of de-cluttering, read more)

2.  Layers
Put on your home’s winter coat with lovely throws draped across sofas and beds that just cry out ‘come snuggle with a cup of hot choc, woolly socks and your book club’s latest project…’. Don’t be afraid to mix and match textures and materials, like knitted pieces and faux furs. The key in your shopping is to find the perfect throw that gives your room a warming style but is also comfortable to use and snuggle into. (Check out Winter Essentials by Bed Bath N Table for some lovely ideas)


We love the chunky throw in the Arlington on display at Warralily, Armstrong Creek. And the luxury of the master suite in the Barwon at Williams Landing Estate.

3.  Cosy spaces
Think outside just the traditional living spaces and look for options to create some additional cosy nooks, such as an oversized armchair and lamp in the study for your own reading corner. Or perhaps you have a window that is a lovely spot to enjoy the winter sun, where you can create another space to chill out.


The Scandinavian themed Riva at the Berwick Waters Estate, Clyde North

4.  Lighting
Create a cosy warm glow on winter evenings with a focus on mood lighting, think lamps and candles, to make you forget the chilly conditions outside! When stocking up your candle supplies you can’t beat the many options available at Ikea, lots of ideas!

5.  Colour
In the midst of warming up your rooms don’t forget to use some pops of colour to break up the wintry tones. Some reminders of summer will get us through the dark days, think a scattering of bright cushions among the throws, or a trio of knick-knacks in a bright colour to create an interesting focal point.


Bright pops of colour remind us of upcoming spring Nevada at The Avenue at Casey

6.  Pyjama days
We all need a lazy day in winter where we sleep ‘til we’re hungry and eat ‘til we’re sleepy. If you only choose to do a winter makeover on one room, then the master suite is the perfect styling candidate. Think flannel sheets, layered quilts and throws and a cosy rug to warm our toes ‘if’ we venture out from under the doona! (Some great info to check out at Adairs – Getting your bedroom winter ready! And the Winter Style Clinic)


Imagine tucking yourself away in the cosy layers of the Illuka on display at Featherbrook Estate, Point Cook.


The master suite sanctuary of the Vaucluse on display at the Somerfield Estate, Keysborough.

To experiment with themes and find your perfect signature interior style make sure you check out our new Inspire by Carlisle. Be prepared to lose track of your time while you customise your home by choosing paint colours, bench tops, tiles and much more AND see it change in front of your eyes with Visualiser! Explore the Carlisle Collections to get the low down on feature items for each of our unique display home themes, and build your own Moodboard to create a visual diary of all the ‘must haves’ for your new place. And, because we promise you, you will be coming back for more, you can save all your favourites in your own Inspiration Book to share with friends and continue to refine, over and over again!

View all of the Carlisle Homes design themes via our extensive image galleries and virtual tours and plan your display home tour of our stunning homes. Register for our next Spectra Sneak Peak Evening and meet our interior designers to start your new home journey.

For a behind the scenes experience and to get the scoop direct from the design team, be sure to follow us on Instagram, @Carlislehomes.

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