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Get the look: Add some warmth as winter chill creeps in

The best way to beat the rain, wind and chilly weather is to batten down the hatches with a really comfy home.

Big country homes are renowned for their draughts, but the folk who live in historic houses know how to keep them cosy when temperatures begin to plummet.

Large wing-backed chairs in sumptuous velvet, leather studded sofas covered in cushions made from tactile fabrics like brocade and tweed make returning to the roost a welcoming experience.

It’s easy to recapture some of that to the manor born chic... even in the most bijou of residences. For a modern take on the hunting lodge, what about white antler mounts, £45 each, from Marks & Spencer?

Would-be squires might also like the Radlett chair, £799, cowhide footstool, £349 and rope stripe cushion, £29.50, all from M&S.

Meanwhile, the Elizabeth armchair, £549, M&S, would look perfect beside a roaring log fire on returning from a bracing country walk... pull off the wellies, and pull up this chair.

And don’t forget to add a Pemberley embroidered cushion, £45, M&S, or a vintage terrier cushions, £20, from Debenhams for proper ‘big house’ charm. Finally characterful accessories such as lantern-style lights, tartan rugs, candelabras and over-sized portraits are all essential ingredients for mansion-house living... minus the butler and stables.



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