Homes & Gardens

14 Must-haves For A Cosy Winter Home

Our cosiest picks to keep you toasty and warm through winter.

The temperature is dropping and there’s only one thing for it: to claim your spot by the fire, grab a huge mug of something warming, plus a good book, and hunker down whenever the slightest opportunity presents itself. Here’s our edit of the items that will help you feel cosy, festive and warm throughout the winter.

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Shetland Island Sheepskins, £95, Freight HHG

We’re obsessed by Freight HHG’s minimal but perfectly crafted aesthetic. This Shetland Island sheepskin is the ultimate thing to throw over an armchair and sink into for hours of snug bliss.

Yutanpo, a Japanese hot water bottle, £40 , Objects of Use

We’re big hot water bottle fans (it’s a product whose sole purpose is to give you a warm hug; what’s not to love?). We’re intrigued by this unusual galvanised steel rendition of the classic. But do note, fill with warm – NEVER boiling – water!

Shearling Sheepskin Slippers, £79, Toast

Keeping toes toasty is the first commandment of cosiness. How better to do so than with this gorgeous sheepskin pair of slippers?

Hopsack Throw, £250, Bamford

This hand-spun, hand-woven throw is gloriously soft and comforting. Just the thing for curling up with on a winter’s eve.

Kindling basket, £460, Annemarie O’Sullivan

As the mercury plummets, we’ll mostly be found by the fire. We’re coveting this handmade basket – hewn from Dicky Meadow Willow –for all our kindling and newspaper storage needs.

Handmade Stoneware Tealight Holder, £12, Rowen and Wren

Rowen and Wren has almost too much to choose from when it comes to stylish but cosy accoutrements for the home. But since candlelight is everything in winter, we find this Florence Nightingale-reminiscent candleholders irresistible.

Phoenix Aran Cable Men’s Cashmere Socks, £69, Johnstons of Elgin

The idea of getting socks in your stocking for Christmas used to seem unimaginably dull. These days, we’d welcome a pair of such sublimely soft examples as these (in the red colourway, please).

Fireside Embers Scented Candle, £24, Plum and Ashby

For those of us who don’t have an open fire at home, candles help set the tone and give ambient warmth to a room (if not literal heat). We love this one by Plum and Ashby, which recreates the scent of the last embers of a fire. Heaven.

Patchwork Bedspread in Ruby, £150, John Lewis

We’ve always been big fans of a patchwork quilt, and although this one suggests its for your bed, it will, in fact, be accompanying us straight to the sofa for obligatory duvet days this winter.

Velvet Song Love Seat, £3,495, Maker & Son

Maker & Son claims to make the comfiest armchairs and sofas in existence. We’re dreaming of pulling this one up to the fire and then staying put – perhaps for days on end. It comes in all manner of colourways, and is big enough for two to snuggle on, hence its name.

Small Metal House, £16, Flint

These mini houses looks utterly charming illuminated by tealight. Dot them about the house or cluster together on a mantelpiece or dresser.

Velvet Quilt Throw, £183, Heal’s

Was there ever a creation more suitable for nuzzling into and cocooning yourself from the cold than this? No, is the correct answer.

Sheepskin Hot Water Bottle in Charcoal, £39, King's Farmers

If you err on the side of classic cosy when it comes to your hot water bottle, this sheepskin beauty is the stuff of huggable dreams.

Navy And Terracotta Coffee Cup, £10.95, Closet & Botts

It is imperative that winter afternoons spent curled up with a book must be accompanied with multiple cups of cocoa. We have our eye on this beautifully chunky mug for all our hot choc needs this season.