5 Ways to Make the Most of An Extra Hour

 The  Aquiline Twin Stem Table Lamp  brings an elegant warm light to a hallway console or tall side table. Seen here against a bold Fromental wallcovering.

The Aquiline Twin Stem Table Lamp brings an elegant warm light to a hallway console or tall side table. Seen here against a bold Fromental wallcovering.

Winter is coming, that we can be sure of. Consider this your official reminder that this Sunday, 28th October, the clocks are going back. Sure, this means the darker, colder months are arriving, but what it also means is that you have a full extra hour to play with. Here are a handful of ways you can make the most of it:


Go outside

Daylight is precious and it needs to be savoured. Our bodies absorb Vitamin D from direct exposure to sunlight, but in the autumn and winter months we have access to less of it. With an extra hour to get on with your important errands, why not take a walk and soak up all the sunshine you can. Here are some of our favourite London routes.

Marie Kondo your home

Japanese consultant and author Marie Kondo is renowned for her wholesome but extreme approach to organisation. If you’re going to take one lesson from her four books, let it be this: don’t keep anything in your home that does not bring you joy. Why not spend an hour decluttering the house for some quick fix zen?


Create some drama

Now that the evenings are getting longer it’s time to start taking atmosphere seriously. Spend an hour or so assessing the lighting situation in each room of your home - replace or adjust any bulbs that might not be giving you the vibe you want or add an extra table lamp to enhance atmosphere and mood on darker evenings. An hour’s work today could improve your whole winter.

Soak yourself calm

Taking a bath in the middle of the day might feel a little self-indulgent, but consider it an act of self-care. It’s scientifically proven that hot baths help us physically and mentally relax, while being horizontal in the tub can actually improve your mood. Add a few drops of lavender oil if you’re bathing before bed to help get a good night’s sleep.

Curate your space

Design and art lovers alike are famously bad at bridging the gap between procuring a new piece and actually getting it on display. This Sunday, dedicate an hour to getting those prints in frames and up on the wall. Not only does this reduce the risk of your precious purchases getting damaged in storage, it also refreshes the interiors of your home just in time for a new season. Rita Konig shares her framing advice with House & Garden here.

 Add some lush perennial greenery to your home for all-year-round organic style.

Add some lush perennial greenery to your home for all-year-round organic style.

 A single table lamp and plush lounge chair turn any corner into a cosy reading spot.

A single table lamp and plush lounge chair turn any corner into a cosy reading spot.

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Jodie Sanders