I’m cold. It’s freezing outside, and although Christmas is over and January is behind us, my radiator is turned up full whack and much to my husband’s dismay I’m wearing socks in bed.
February sucks. Everywhere I look I’m being told that Spring is here. Magazine covers hailing the arrival of a warmer season. Mannequins dressed in flimsy clothes in every shop window I walk by, and the real giveaway – daffodils in Mark and Spencer. But I’m COLD!
It snowed last week and temperatures were at sub zero. As far as I’m concerned, and for as long as I’m wearing thermal vests, it’s still deep mid-Winter.
Recently, while out and about sourcing for a current project, I found myself ducking into more shops than usual. Partly to warm my numb to the bone fingers, and defrost myself under those lovely air heaters that are usually over most shop doors, but also because I was magnetically drawn to all the blankets and throws I kept seeing.
I have them scattered all over my house. One is folded and hangs on the back of an occasional armchair in my reception room; each of my children have one on their beds for those extra cold nights (and, let’s face it – their mother is an interior designer – it looks smart) and there is a suede lined paisley throw in my own room mirroring the fabric of my curtains and tying the colour scheme together.
I saw a stunning one at The Rug Company the other day, made of finest Alpaca, available in two different colours, and I still regret not buying it. Wandering around Oka, I was tempted by their faux fur throws, so cosy and so elegant laid on the end of a bed. I also had to force myself to walk away from the beautiful wool throw which was so soft, I nearly curled up in it for a nap, right there, in middle of The White Company showroom.
Last night though, having braved the arctic frost all day, I got home, started my fire, pulled out my latest box set, brewed a hot mug of tea and snuggled under my own blankie, and it’s wonderful: Brora, Oatmeal cashmere….Aaah…..
Images as they appear: OKA, Faux Fur Throw £149, The White Company, Rib Cashmere throw £85, Brora, Cashmere woven blanket £499