Love JOMO? Read our secrets to a cosy home
The days are starting to shorten, the air is cooling down and the leaves are browning beneath our feet. All these Autumn changes seem to put us into a sort of hibernation mode where we want to spend the darker evenings all snuggled up indoors... and we’re not complaining. You see, we're obsessed with cosy living and we love a bit of JOMO (the "Joy Of Missing out"), so we've put together this guide for creating the perfect cosy nook, featuring the most snuggliest of Bert & Buoy homeware.
It’s difficult to relax into a cosy night in without first having an exuberant day out. We highly recommend a walk (or two, or three!) along one of our many stunning beaches or coastal paths - we really are spoilt for choice in Devon. If you’re not sure where to start when picking the perfect walk, the South West Coast Path Association - Britain's longest National Trail - has a whole host of info on how to plan your walk. The Autumn season also boasts some incredible events in South Devon for days in the crisp open air. We adore Dartmouth Food & Drink Festival (22-24 October), watch with wonder of Ottery St Marys - Tar Barrels (5 November) and support all the indies at Exeter Christmas Market (18 November - 19 December).
Once you’re home, it’s time to start winding down. First things first, warm-up and melt away the hustle and bustle of the day with a relaxing bath. This seems like the perfect moment to revel in our natural soap collection, handmade from essential oils and enriched in shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil. These soaps are the result of a local collaboration between Bert & Buoy and Soap Daze, connoisseurs in creating handcrafted soaps with uplifting aromas. We have three relaxing soaps to choose from, Calming Lavender and Orange, Nourishing Bergamot and Neroli and Rejuvenating Lemongrass and Patchouli...oh, and they are also cruelty free, vegan, planet friendly and arrive in a gorgeous box screen printed by Bert! Once you've finished soaking, it’s time to wrap yourself up in your loveliest of loungewear and head to the kitchen.
Warm… check. Relaxed... check. Now it’s time to put together something yummy. A cosy night in would not be complete without a mug of your favourite hot drink. Our sweet tooth means we're frequent hot chocolate guzzlers, but whatever hot toddy or tea leaf you choose, it's going to be perfectly paired with one of our Nautical Niceness, coastal mugs. Meticulously crafted and designed through a collaboration between Bert and Keith Brymer Jones, these mugs are luxurious yet practical enough for everyday use - and most ideal for cosying time!
Reclining in warmth and comfort would not be possible without a super snuggly blanket and some puffy cushions to nestle into. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered with our beautiful coastal blankets, featuring exclusive surface patterns by Bert, inspired by life on the British coast. Made by a family-owned weaving business in England with over 150 years of experience and operating as one of the last traditional cotton weavers in the UK - these blankets really do have the wow factor! There are now seven coastal designs to choose from including the classics Dartmouth, Great Gulls, So Shrimp, Fishy Union Jack and newbies Riviera, Petite Puffin and Sammy Seal.
Lastly, you will need some cushions to cuddle into. Our cushions are all lovingly made in the UK, feature nine of Bert’s unique surface patterns and really are the perfect accessory for any sofa, bed or chair. You could even go all out and match your blanket with an accompanying cushion, or, mix and match to have an array of colourful, coastal designs to relax into.
The Autumn period gives us a chance to slow down, sit back and enjoy the more simple pleasures. We hope you feel inspired to put your feet up and spend some quality, snuggly time with your loved ones over the coming months.