Fall for this Autumnal Home Décor

So, before I begin, I should probably introduce myself. I’m Hayley, a professional freelance Copywriter and Content Writer who absolutely loves blogging (and home décor, as you’ll soon find out)! Therefore, when I came across Nat’s tweet explaining that she needs guest bloggers to fill in for her whilst she’s on holiday, I jumped at the opportunity. I enjoyed reading her clothing wish lists, so decided to do something similar for homeware, because who doesn’t love a fancy cushion or two? Just me? Anyway, I’ll stop rambling now and get into the post:

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Whilst I’m going to miss the warmer weather and bright evenings, we’re now officially on the second day of Autumn, so it’s time to embrace the new season with open arms. The beautiful orange leaves, the cosy clothes, and copious amounts of hot chocolate definitely make it easier to say goodbye to Summer (plus, it’s almost Hallowe’en).

Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m a bit of a home decoration enthusiast – any opportunity to give my home a fresh, new look is welcomed in my books. I always think that changing seasons are perfect times to add little pieces that reflect the weather, either through using different colours, patterns, or even textures. The best part about this is you certainly don’t have to break the bank to do it!

Before I began writing this post, I got thinking about what I associate with the season because it’s always useful to have a ‘theme’ which will ensure that all the pieces look good together. I’ve compiled a little list below which helped me to find the items I included, so, should you want to look for more yourself, you’ll have something to refer to:

– Rustic wood
– ‘Earthy’ tones (think burnt orange, brown, mustard yellow)
– Leaf patterns
– Rough textures

So, let’s take a look at some pieces you’ll fall for this Autumn (get it… fall? Okay, sorry).

Yankee Candle in ‘Brilliant Autumn’

How much more perfect could the name of this candle be? It’s a must for any Autumn lover who wants to bring a little bit of the woodlands indoors. To me, there’s nothing cosier than having some beautiful smelling candles burning on the coffee table whilst you relax on the weekend! Plus, it’s a gorgeous orange colour that will complement the other items in this list (any other home décor enthusiasts will agree that this is very important).

Image taken from fragrancedirect.co.uk

Item: Large Yankee Candle (Brilliant Autumn)
Shop: Fragrance Direct
Price: £14.50

Cosy blanket

When updating your home décor, you can’t go wrong with a big, fluffy blanket. The neutral ‘mink’ tone of this one from Wilko means that you can mix ‘n’ match it with a range of different colour schemes throughout the year (because, let’s be real, the UK is chilly around 80% of the time). I personally love the soft ‘waffle’ texture on this as it prevents the blanket from being too plain, but it won’t clash with other patterns!

Image taken from wilko.com

Item: Waffle Throw (Mink)
Shop: Wilko
Price: £16

Burnt orange cushions (bonus points if they incorporate a tartan pattern)

Dunelm are currently selling these statement tartan cushions in a perfect earthy, burnt orange shade (though they do offer lots of other colours if you’d prefer to mix it up). The tweed texture also gives it a lovely rustic feel that provides your home with instant cosy-factor fit for a pub in the countryside. Cushions are a great way to instantly change the colour scheme in your living room as they’re much larger than some of the other items on this list, but still relatively inexpensive!

Image taken from dunelm.com

Item: Tweed Woven Cushion (Terracotta/Orange)
Shop: Dunelm
Price: £14

Wicker hearts (or any shape you want)

Sometimes, just having random little knick-knacks in your house can make it feel more like a home. You can grab this set of three wicker hearts for under £10 on Amazon* (bargain!), and have them delivered next day if you’re a Prime member. The adorable gingham ribbon and rustic wood texture also give it a little extra bit of detail that screams ‘Autumn’.

Image taken from amazon.co.uk

Item: Large Rustic Wicker Heart Decorations
Shop: Amazon
Price: £9*

Cute Mugs

Whilst these are more functional items than decorative ones, they still make the list, because what else are you going to drink hot chocolate from whilst you sit in your newly-decorated living room? I’m a sucker for anything with a cute animal design plastered on it, so I just had to include these Fairmont & Main bone china mugs from Amazon. I love how autumnal the design is, from the range of beautiful colours, right down the leaf print. Ahh, let’s get the kettle on!

Image taken from amazon.co.uk

Item: Fairmont & Main Bone China Mug (Orange)
Shop: Amazon
Price: £4.99

So, there you go – updating your living room on a budget is easy (and fun)! What will you be adding to your home this Autumn? Let us know!

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Psst, if you enjoyed this post, you can find more of me (and my company, DTM Copywriting) here:
Website (including my blog): http://dtmcopywriting.co.uk/
Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter: @dtmcopywriting
Email: hayley.andrews@dtmcopywriting.co.uk

*Please note that prices on Amazon are subject to change.

I just want to say a MASSIVE thank you to Hayley for writing this post! She was such a joy to talk to via Twitter and email and was so professional and lovely at the same time. It’s made me so excited for when I come back from Fuerteventura to have a mooch around the shops for some lovely autumn editions to add into our home this year!

What items do you like buying as the season changes from summer to autumn? Please make to sure to let me and Hayley know in the comments!

Until next time take care all and I hope you’re doing well!

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Adventure Time With Animals, Part One! *WARNING PICTURE HEAVY THUS V. LONG POST*

Hello all! As I mentioned in my what I wore post  at the start of the week my boyfriend and I took a trip to a children’s farm for the afternoon.

We were meant to go on two occasions before this but the first time it was pouring with rain so we decided to stay in instead and the second time I had to go to work so it was cancelled.

Luckily though over the weekend we finally got to go and I can safely say it was worth the wait!

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We went to a children’s farm called Hoar Park, Nuneaton and got there just after lunchtime, which seemed a good time to go as it was still quiet but busy enough that we weren’t the only ones walking around.

As well as the farm being there, there is also a cafe, children’s play area, art gallery, ice cream, cake and sweet shop, antique shop and many more little shops like these.

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Before going into the farm we got ourselves some ice cream, my boyfriend decided to get chocolate and strawberry and I had coffee. The chocolate ice cream looked amazing and a part of me wishes I’d had a scoop of that as well, but I’ll save it until next time!

We had a look around a few of the shops and then decided it was time to go and see all the farm animals!

It only cost £2.50 each, which I thought was a great price for how many animals we got to see, plus you don’t get timed for how long you look around for, which I thought was even better! As well as that you could buy some food buckets for the birds, as well as the bigger animals (goats, pigs, deer) and these cost 50p each, so I bought one of each for my boyfriend. I would have had a go at feeding the animals too, but I’ve never been a huge fan of it myself, so I was happy enough taking photos and watching him feed the animals.

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I have never in my life seen a black duck so when I saw one before we even paid to enter the farm, I was shouting, “It’s black! Why is it black?! I didn’t even know black ducks existed!” and I can honestly say I didn’t, but they’re now my favourite ducks! They’re more of a darkish brown-black with gorgeous feathers that turn from green, purple and blue shades in the right light, as you can see on my pictures. We also spotted some black ducklings, but they’re being saved until later in this post.

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These three turkey’s were left to wander around amongst the visitors of the farm and I won’t lie, they freaked me out a tad. They seemed harmless enough and followed purely for food, but I like the scared child I am, I walked away from them as soon as I could and I was only brave enough to get close enough to them to take these three pictures.

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Inside one of the chicken and duck pens they had a bird box for doves, which looks gorgeous and it was covered in doves and as we walked around the farm doves would be sat on different pens, every now and again flying away to go back to their bird box. I was lucky enough to get close enough to this dove to take a good picture of it. I really like this picture.

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These were our favourite animals in the farm area, the little kids! Look how cute they are! Across from them were some adult goats, which of course were given our attention, but not as much as these little guys. They were adorable and kept running over to us for more food, as well as following us around their pen as we made our way to the other animals. We saw these last too before heading to some different animals (which we took most of our photographs of).

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This is Marlon the pig and boy did he like being fed! If you held the food above his head and dropped it he would open his mouth and gobble up all the food you dropped into his mouth for him. My boyfriend had told me before we left to head to the farm about Marlon, but I didn’t quite believe it until I witnessed it for myself. Look at that happy face on the third picture, it’s as if he was saying thank you for the grub!

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These two guys were next to Marlon, look there’s a ginger pig, like my boyfriend… He’s not a pig… Just ginger. 😉

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This deer was really cute and with a shake of our food bucket it came wandering over for some treats. It was really friendly and docile which was really nice seeing as the kids and goats all fought each other for food.

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The goat on the left was a bit of a dick and wouldn’t leave us alone.
However, the ginger goat was head-butting the poor little black and white goat because he wanted our food.

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This goat was nice, he didn’t have much of our food.

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A mountain goat, at heart and thus the overlord of all the goats!

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LOOK, IT’S RAMDALF THE GREY!

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This is the poor little black and white goat that kept being bullied by all the bigger goats. We tried to make sure he was fed the most as he deserved it, even if the ginger goat kept head-butting this poor little guy away. We liked this goat, he should have been with the kids!

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This was another deer, who was double the size of the previous one. It also only had three legs and it seemed tired whenever it moved about. Nonetheless it was quiet and somewhat shy, but still very friendly. We stood by this deer for ages and fed it whilst we watched some commotion going on with the farms Jack Russell catching a rat next to Ramdalf.

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We weren’t supposed to feed the donkey’s, but we ended up feeding one of them… But we noticed a family did exactly the same thing we did. The donkey’s were cute and like all the other farm animals, quiet and friendly when we approached them.

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Next to the donkey’s pen was this wooden archway and I quickly took a picture of my boyfriend stood at the top of it. It’ll look beautiful when it grows a little more and has some leaves on it. Also, you know the turkey’s I mentioned earlier? The ones who were left to wander around with the visitors? One of the turkey’s sat next to one of the pens where fellow turkey’s were kept. This looked really sad, so I thought I would take a picture of it. Turkey’s need to stick together!

Then we moved onto the smaller animals… Which you will have to stay tuned for as otherwise this post will be way too long and so full of cute that it needs its very own post!

It’ll be on tomorrow, so stay tuned for that, it’ll be worth the wait!

Until tomorrow, take care and see you soon.

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