10 ways to update your home for winter

New Zealand is about to head into the grip of winter, which means you will be spending more time inside. Style director Louise Hilsz shares 10 easy ways to update your home for those chilled out nights at or when entertaining guests.


New bed linen

Nothing beats coming home from a long cold day and jumping into a cosy bed. We are obsessed with the new winter collection from MM Linen.

MM Bed Linen
MM Linen


Change up your candle scent

Scenting your home is so important. When you open the door it’s one of the first senses to be impacted and a candle is an easy way to set the mood. Move away from light florals and head down a warm, woody path.

Ecoya Spiced Ginger & Musk Madison jar, $53. Cire Trudon Spiritus Sancto 270g candle from World, $149. Alchemy Produx Tobacco Pine Beacker candle, $85. French Country Collections Into The Woods glass candle, $65.


Rethink a warmer tone of paint

Two of our fave Instagram accounts we follow for decor inspiration Evie Kemp and Michelle Matangi both recently transformed a room in their homes with warm winter colour. We're inspired by there flair with colour and how these tones can instantly change the look and feel of any living space.

Evie Kemp

Follow @eviekemp

Hello Autumn! Or should I say “Yellow Autumn!” 😂🙄.
We gave the living room it’s annual colour update with my first ever yellow wall, it’s actually the most scrumptious gold - Dulux “Manaia”. I feel like this room has been waiting for this colour all its life. You know when a colour just feels SO right? I had this when I became a redhead 😂. It’s super cozy and embraces the darkness of the space (its never going to be a light and airy room) but it also brings a big dose of bright colour and life. Not to mention how well it works with the wood and and the bricks - warm tone central right here and it’s divine.

Right now the acer tree outside the window is turning and the colour matches in just so perfectly. And, wait till you see my newly Manaia-d heatpump!
— Evie Kemp
I’ve finally completed the transformation in my office/fitting room! This is where I do coaching calls and also where I fit clients for clothing alterations. It’s been a lot of work removing the old anaglypta wallpaper, the walls were then skim coated, I prepped everything with so much care and boy has it made a difference to the final colour coat which is “Nude” by Porters Paints I also repainted the ceiling and all the architraves! The room feels so fresh and new! It’s been so much work but it’s now such a beautiful room and it makes me want to be in here a lot more which was the whole point, I find aesthetically pleasing spaces far more inspiring to work in!
Artwork is by the very talented @eviekemp 💕
— Michelle Matangi
Michelle Matangi

Our picks of this colour palette are Party Animal, Clementine Orange, Burning Sand and Brandy Rose available from Resene ColorShops


Wine glasses

Cosy nights at home call for glass of luscious red wine. Check your cabinet and make sure you have plenty of large, bucket glasses for a generous pour of Syrah.

Riedel Vinum Shiraz glass, $64. Schott Zwiesel Finesse Burgundy wine glass, $25. Villeroy & Boch Grand Royal Red Wine Goblet, $91. Bormioli Rocco InAlto Uno Small Wine Glass (Set Of 6), $80.



New cushions instantly refresh your living room and as one of the most low cost, high impact dècor ideas this season choose a soft texture and muted colours to add warmth on your sofa.

Vanilla Fly Protea Pink toil velvet cushion, $129. Kerridge Linen Cushion Tibetan Lamb Fur Square, $139. Tweedmill Fishbone Wool Cushion, $86. Tom Dixon Boucle Cushion, $177.



Winter is a time to draw your curtains to keep the warmth in, also the time you may need a fabric refresh. We’re in love with this collection from Osborne & Little it’s full of texture and plush jewel-tone shades.



Welcome your guest with a new doormat. Have fun with colour and patterns and this season we encourage you to go for luxurious thick mat, that will last through the wet weather ahead.

General Eclectic Doormat Spanish Tiles, $45. Artsy Yes Way Rosé Glitter Door Mat, $52. Bungalow Flooring New Wave Door Mat, $35. Bloomingville Sky doormat, $46.


Bedside lamp

Winter is the perfect time to add subtle light in corners of the room you like to relax. make sure the base or the shade make a statement by complementing the colours and style of your interior dècor.

Where in love with this Anna Jacobs Burnished Gold Flex Lamp Base - Large, $289. It’s the perfect balance of colour and texture.

Anna Jacobs lamp


Stylish pet bed

Your pets need a winter rethink, they too will be spending more time inside, so make sure they have a stylish bed that matches your dècor style.

Huts and Bay Pin Stripe Teepee Tent, $229. Wazzler & Binx Going Bananas Boxed Bed, $185. Lord Lou George Stonewashed Canvas Grey Pet Sofa, $536. Creature Clothes Dog Doza Bed, $160.


Plush Sofa

Finally it’s the season to splurge on a new sofa, and our fabric of choice this winter is plush velvet. Don’t be traditional and opt for black go for a jewel-tone instead. Our pick this season, Me & My Trend Baxter 2 Seater - Petrol Blue Velvet, $2295.

Velvet sofa