[This post is sponsored by Very.]
Winter is a time for self-indulgence: and for making the most of those long, cold nights spent tucked up at home while the rain batters against the windows.
Well, that was the general consensus from your comments on my ‘How to Survive the Winter‘ post, anyway: it seems most of us like to just shut out the cold and indulge in a few of our favourite things, whether it be food, drink or, in my case, fridges. Yes, you heard me: fridges. (I also like raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, but that’s a whole other post…) As I mentioned in that post, this winter I’m doing my best to focus on making my home as nice as possible, given that I’m not actually planning on leaving it from now until April. At least.
Which is where that fridge comes in. Our house, you see, is very much a work in progress – and has been ever since we moved in, two years ago. The progress, when it comes, tends to come in fits and starts: so we’ll do absolutely nothing for months on end, then all of a sudden have a spurt of enthusiasm, and start ripping up floors, knocking holes in walls – that kind of thing. Because of that we still have entire rooms that are more or less empty – and I have a huge wishlist full of items I want to buy, but am having to consign to the “maybe someday” pile.
At the very top of that list, is a Smeg fridge. I’ve wanted one for as long as I’ve known they existed, and it’s basically my number one home-related goal. In fact, if I was the kind of person to use the expression #LIFEGOALS (and I sometimes AM that kind of person), a Smeg Fridge would definitely be one of my #LIFEGOALS. What can I say: some people want to climb mountains or jump out of planes – I want a baby blue (or possibly mint green: the jury is still out) fridge. Oh, and a matching kettle and radio, thanks. Well, it takes all sorts of people, doesn’t it?
Unfortunately for me, pastel kitchen appliances are NOT currently one of Terry’s #LIFEGOALS, so when Very.co.uk asked me to select some very special somethings from their website, I obviously included the fridge, but I also picked out some slightly more realistic items with which to indulge myself this winter, and escape the cold for a while.
A cosy blanket, for instance. A Yankee candle. (I actually sampled this one last weekend, and really liked it: it’s called ‘Winter Glow’, which makes winter sound like a soft, friendly kind of thing, don’t you think?) One of those arrow lamps, which I’m currently obsessed with, and thinking would REALLY brighten up that blank wall in my kitchen. A, er, hard-backed chair (or six), which, OK, doesn’t sound TOTALLY indulgent, but which would look so good with the new kitchen table I’m ALSO currently obsessing over. (And which I may or may not already have purchased some decorative items for. No, we haven’t bought the table, and probably won’t be buying one until long after Christmas, but it’s good to be prepared, isn’t it?) And so on and so forth.
Now, I’m not saying that owing these items would magically make winter more bearable, by making my house a nicer, brighter place to be… but I also kinda AM saying that, to be honest. Because it’s true.