Lifestyle and interior expert Lisa Dawson is renowned for sharing her tips and advice on home, garden and DIY with the glossy magazines and leading brands. Lisa has partnered with us to share her insight on the leading late autumn/winter 2021 trends around the home and garden.

Autumn/Winter Trend 1: Country Style

Country style  autumn winter trend
Country decor with warm tones & traditional pattern

As the nights draw in and we head inside, our homes need to be comfortable and welcoming. Country decor is the perfect autumnal style, with traditional pattern, warm tones and natural materials leading the way. Cushions and throws in large checks are perfect for a cosy night in and lighting the log burner sets the mood. Recycled and reused is a key part of this look so go for worn vintage style rugs and lots of natural woods and aged materials such as concrete and washed rattan. Add potted cactus and succulents in textured tonal pots for that true country style.

Top Tip: Don’t be scared to mix your patterns – checks work brilliantly with florals and rugs can be layered.

Autumn/Winter Trend 2: Earthy Tones

Earthy, warm tones will be a key autumn/winter 2021 trend
Earthy, warm tones will be a key autumn/winter 2021 trend

As our passion for nature starts to move into our homes, so too is the trend for warm, earthy tones in our décor. A cool, calming look, it’s perfect combined with warm neutrals and natural materials and is perfect for promoting a relaxing ambience with a restricted tonal palette. Plaster pink seating in textured jumbo cord work beautifully alongside deep pile rugs and earthy patterns, whilst accessories in contrasting textures such as soft weaves and natural stone bring layers to the space. Woven cane is timeless and perfect for this trend – team with large scale plants for a minimal and stylish aesthetic.  

Top Tip: The key to this trend is to keep it simple and chic without too much going on – large scale art works well. 

Autumn/Winter Trend 3: Christmas – Décor

Natural colours and materials mixed with warm lighting for a cosy Christmas
Natural colours and materials mixed with warm lighting for a cosy Christmas

Natural, warm tones are key to this years Christmas décor. The trend for bringing the outside in is reflected in our interior choices and this has resulted in more muted, earthy colours that fit with this ethos. Silver and white decorations with textured surfaces can be mixed perfectly on the tree and hanging glass tealights add glow and warmth. Garlands in soft browns and natural materials such as wood are perfect for adorning our homes and strings of star lights create a feature. Add a retro edge with disco ball baubles which will make your room sparkle in the winter light. 

Top Tip: Combine greenery from your garden with faux to maximise this look.

Autumn/Winter Trend 4: Christmas – Outdoor Space

Outdoor Christmas decorations including wood and twinkling lights
Outdoor Christmas decorations including wood and twinkling lights

Over the last year, we have learned to make the most of our homes and this has given our outdoor areas a new lease of life. Creating a cosy Christmas space will bring an extra element to the festive season and lighting is the first place to start, with warm white garland lighting adding a welcoming touch. Natural materials are key to this look with wood, faux fur and plenty of seasonal greenery creating a room in which to celebrate. An outdoor stove will be a focal point for the arrangement whilst keeping you warm when the nights are cold.  

Top Tip: Making the logs a display in themselves adds to the cosy, Christmas ambience.

Autumn/Winter Trend 5: New Year Entertaining

Velvet will be a key autumn/winter 2021 trend
Mix sumptuous velvet chairs with gold, marble and brass for NYE glitz

Party time calls for ALL the glitz and adding the wow factor to your room is essential when you’re planning on New Year entertaining. A brass drinks trolley sits perfectly alongside gold and marble accessories and luxe materials such as velvet chairs, pouffes and deep patterned cushions will add texture and make the evening feel extra special. Large, cosy Berber rugs are a flexible addition and Moroccan silver lantern lights add to the mixed metallics.  A stand alone outdoor bar with stools is the ultimate in New Year entertaining and can be used year round for sociable evenings with friends.  

Top Tip: Adding Moroccan touches to this scheme breaks up the room and adds interest. 

Autumn/Winter 2021 trends article written by Lisa Dawson.

Lisa is an award-winning interior and lifestyle writer, workshop presenter and content creator, who covers key topics and insight across home, garden and DIY. 

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean your garden has to look drab, especially as the days are beginning to lengthen. Consider giving your garden a burst of colour with flowers and vegetables that can withstand the cold.  In fact, some plants are so hardy that they can survive low or even very low temperatures. Here are 6 handy tips for flourishing winter flowers and plants whilst the temperatures plummet.

Winter flowers that grow well in cold weather

Pansies and violas

Expert winter garden advice
(C) Fumiaki Hayashi

Pansies and violas can withstand sub-zero temperatures and will bloom beautifully. To ensure they flourish, place them in an area that gets the most sunlight and water them regularly with a fertiliser that is rich in phosphorus and potassium. 

If your region gets a lot of rainfall, add a drainage feature to prevent water stagnation. Roots react poorly to excessive moisture. This tip also applies to warmer weather and will stop mosquitoes from taking over your garden. 


Gardening advice
(C) Manuel Torres

Although often overlooked for this quality, cyclamen is one of the hardiest tuberous plants out there and makes for a great winter flower. Despite their delicate appearance, they shouldn’t be grown indoors unless they are put in an unheated room. Instead, consider planting them outdoors in a bright area that gets direct sunlight. 

When the weather begins to cool, cyclamen are getting ready to bloom. It’s the perfect time to give them a helping hand by giving them fertiliser for flowering plants

Water them once a week in a bath. Put the plant in a bucket or large pot full of water for approximately 10 minutes. This will stop the tuber from taking on too much moisture, which causes rot. 

Removing dead flowers regularly will encourage new growth.  You can easily take them off with your fingers or secateurs by keeping them close as possible to the base of the plant and removing the stem as well. 


Your garden can flourish in the cold
(C) Henry Perks

With their white, red, blue, purple or yellow flowers, primroses provide stunning displays of colour in your garden during the wintry months. 

You can extend their flowering cycle during the winter by putting them in direct sunlight or a bright area. Make sure you remove dead flowers regularly and provide fertiliser approximately every two weeks

Avoid growing them indoors, especially near a radiator. Keep in mind that all the plants featured in this article grow best outdoors. What’s more, primroses grow well when planted with the tuberous plants mentioned above. We recommend planting them at the same time. 

Cold weather care for your vegetables

Winter garden
(C) John Price

Winter is an ideal time for soil cultivation, especially if your garden has clay soil. It is much easier to turn the soil at this time, thanks to the rain and dew. Once you’ve turned it, leave it as is. Adding a little straw will help break it down. When spring arrives, the soil will be noticeably looser. You won’t regret having worked it during the winter. It’s an extra step that can be done gradually and without much effort. 

What vegetables grow best in cold weather?

Winter vegetables
(C) Jan Canty

Winter flowers also include varieties of lettuce, whose leaves are much thicker, and which can tolerate temperatures as low as -5ºC. Bear in mind that they won’t grow as quickly in the cold weather. They will flourish if you cover them with a thermal protection sheet. 

Cabbage varieties also grow very well in the cold. It’s even believed that they taste better when they’ve gone through a cold spell. Strawberries withstand the cold very well too. Cover the pots with straw and watch the leaves change from dark green to red in colour.  In the spring, the strawberries will begin growing again and quickly produce new leaves.  

If you are using a greenhouse, take advantage of any sunny winter days to open the doors or windows and let the fresh air in. 

What should I do if it snows on my flowers? 

Winter garden advice
(C) Marcus Cramer

That’s a hard question to answer because it depends on the plant.  For example, snow should be removed from plants with “soft” leaves, which can be damaged by the weight. But snow can be beneficial for some plants, as it protects them from potential frost damage. The best solution is to protect plants that are delicate by covering them with a frost protection cover. We recommend buying bags for trees and shrubs and sheets (by the metre) for the most fragile plants. 

Now your garden will have the chance to flourish throughout winter and you won’t have to wait until spring for an added burst of colour.

Did you enjoy this article on which winter flowers to plant so your garden can flourish? Why not read our article on identifying what’s wrong with your plants or even our guide on what to do in the garden in January!

Are you gardening this winter? Share your finished results with us on Instagram using the #mymanomanoway#manomanouk and #youvegotthis hashtags!

DIY Console Table with drawers created by My Thrifty Life by Cassiefairy

With just an old drawer, some reclaimed wood and a bit of imagination, it’s easy to build your own console table or desk. With many of us working remotely or home schooling, creating a dedicated space for studying or business is a great way to separate your work from your home life. Additionally, you can never have too much storage – especially in the hallway where keys, letters, loose change and newspapers can quickly clutter up the space. 

In terms of materials, you can use any reclaimed timber you have to hand, such as plywood, pallet wood or scaffold boards. For the drawer you can recycle one from an old, tumble-down chest like we have, or you could use a storage basket or two. The dimensions of this piece of furniture will depend on the size of the drawer you’re upcycling and the length of the legs. So, because you’re making it yourself, you can always customise the design to suit your needs. You could make it lower to create a child’s desk for homework or, rather than using a drawer, you could make a narrow cubby hole beneath the desktop to store your laptop, or you can use taller legs to DIY a narrow console table to keep your entryway organised. 

Check out the guide with step-by-step photos to make this handy DIY console table here. Enjoy!

DIY Console Table with drawers
DIY Console Table with drawers

Project created by My Thrifty Life by Cassiefairy with photography by Andy-Greenacre.co.uk 

Did you enjoy this guide on an inexpensive DIY Console Table? Why not read our article on our tips & tricks to create a cosy reading nook or even our January home & garden checklist!

Are you building your own console table? Share your finished results with us on Instagram using the #mymanomanoway, #manomanouk and #youvegotthis hashtags!

If you’ve ever wanted a neon light but can’t justify the cost, this project is for you! Thanks to the invention of electroluminescent wire, it’s now possible to DIY a neon-effect light in any shape you like. Seeing as Christmas is approaching, we decided to create a white neon snowflake, with a sprinkling of glitter for added sparkle. Read on to find out just how easy it is to create a neon light of your own.

Project by Cassiefairy.com and photography by Andy-Greenacre.co.uk

What you’ll need

To do this DIY project you’ll need the following tools:


Palm sander

Drill with drill bits

In addition, these materials will be needed:

1 small piece of MDF

Block of wood

Assorted sandpaper to fit your palm sander 

Fine surface filler

Quick-dry primer and undercoat paint in white

Rust-Oleum Sparkling Glitter spray paint

EL Wire in white with battery pack

Hanging hook

Cost, time and difficulty

The approximate cost of materials for this project is £25. Depending on your DIY skills, this project shouldn’t take longer 2 hours to complete, excluding drying time.

Step 1

Print out a snowflake shape to the size you want your finished neon light to be. Use this as a template to trace a slightly larger shape onto the MDF board. Use a jigsaw to cut out this shape.

Step 2

Cover the edges of the snowflake with quick drying surface filler. This will prevent the edges of the MDF board from absorbing the paint too much. Allow to dry thoroughly before using a palm sander with sandpaper to smooth any rough edges.

Step 3

Mark out where the EL wire will be positioned on the snowflake shape. Mark a cross at the points where the EL wire will need to be pushed through to the back of the shape. Use a drill bit with a slightly larger circumference than the EL wire and make holes at these points. Add one larger hole in the centre to fit multiple pieces of EL wire through.

Step 4

Paint the whole snowflake shape with a primer and undercoat paint in white. You may need two coats, so allow to dry between layers. Once the final coat is dry, for extra glitz you can use a glitter spray paint to cover the whole shape in glitter. This also provides a protective clear top coat to seal the paint.

Step 5

Cut a block of wood the same depth as the battery pack and screw this into the back of the snowflake in the centre. Add a hanging hook to the block. Tape the battery pack to the back of the snowflake beneath the block.

Step 6

Feed the EL wire through the central hole from the back and weave it into the hole at one of the tips of the snowflake. Feed it through the ‘branches’ of the snowflake on either side of the line. On the reverse, take the wire back to the centre and repeat until all the arms of the snowflake have an EL wire design. Tape any remaining EL wire to the back of the snowflake.

And there you have it, a DIY neon-style light! Turn on the EL wire and proudly position your snowflake decoration on a sideboard or hang it on a wall to add an eye-catching feature to your festive decor. If you want to create a different design to decorate your home all year round, simply trace out the shape onto MDF and follow the same steps to outline the design or write out a phrase.

As with all our projects, please take care while using tools, materials and equipment. This article was written by Cassie Fairy. You can find Cassie’s blog ‘My Thrifty Life’ at Cassiefairy.com, where she shares daily blog posts on Christmas DIY projects, upcycled finds, low-cost festive recipes and plenty of inspiration for living a lovely life on a budget.

More DIYs:

Pallet Cabinet DIY Tutorial

DIY Outdoor Pallet Bar

Here are a few ideas to hopefully give you some inspiration of some less obvious ways of subtly adding autumnal touches to your home as the cold draws in!


1. Add touches of autumnal colours

Different shades of deeper reds, yellows and browns will fit unbe-leaf-ably well with autumnal aesthetic. This colour scheme still stays within a neutral palette, yet adds some warmness to your home.


2. Brighten your home up with plants

Adding seasonal house plants is always a good idea. It’s been said that adding some nature and greenery to your space will help you to de-stress, which means that a pop of colour is simply a huge bonus. 😉

Autumnal Chrysanthemums and Bromeliads are gorgeous examples of autumnal house plants which can add vibrancy to your home and leaf you smiling.


3. Get some wood

Wood similarly has warmer tones in it and contributes to the ‘outdoors is indoors’ feel. Wood-n’t you love a bit of a rustic edge to your space? There are so many pieces of indoor furniture which use wood – why not turn over a new leaf and switch up your stool for a wooden one?


4. Warm up with candles and fire

Any form of (non dangerous) flame in a home is guaranteed to autumn-atically make your space so much more cosy! You can mix it up with candles of different sizes and smells, or even light up a wood fire.


5. Bring in the furs and rugs  

Added Hygge or comfort is a huge indicator that we’re entering into the colder months. Having a rug or blanket on hand in your space means that you’re guaranteed never to get chilly. Furr-ntastic!


We hope you picked up some tips on how to keep your home cosy yet seasonal this Autumn! Anyone who steps into your home will want to know where you got your inspiration from. 😉


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