Interiors: 10 ways to jazz up January

Yes, we know it’s the darkest – and surely the longest! – month of the year, but why not use this to your advantage? We guarantee  that these bright ideas will put a spring in your step, whatever the weather

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MIXING BOWL, £15; JELLY MOULDS, £9.50 each; COLANDER, £7.50, and all other items, Marks & Spencer (available from the beginning of March)

1 Commit your thoughts to paper

Glam notebooks for your to-do lists or day-to-day musings.

2 Get crafty while you’re watching TV

Or even better, turn it off and immerse yourself in knitting, sewing, embroidery, etc. The sense of accomplishment will be hugely satisfying.

3 Spend time creating in the kitchen

Make a loaf, bake a tray of fairy cakes, cook a batch of marmalade, but don’t rush – enjoy the process and relish the delicious smells wafting through the house.

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PAPERBACK (20cm x 15cm), £9.50, Suckie

HARDBACK (18.5cm x 13.9cm), £12, V&A Shop

HARDBACK (18.5cm x 13.9cm), £12, V&A; Shop

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SEWING BASKET, £30; ROSE-FELT NEEDLE CASE (in basket), £8, and HOUSE PIN CUSHION, £8, all Cath Kidston

4 Paint your front door a fabulous new colour

From vivid mustard to vibrant berry, there’s a shade to make you smile.

5 Serve up a tasty one-pot wonder

Warm up from the inside out with delicious bakes and stews in stylish pans.

6 Nurture nature

Go nuts for birds and watch your feathered friends flock to your green patch.

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ONE-POT WONDER COOKBOOK, £12.99, Murdoch Books, available nationwide

CERAMIC TRIVET (Dia20cm), £12.50, Anthropologie

CERAMIC TRIVET (Dia20cm), £12.50, Anthropologie

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From top to bottom: STAUB CERAMIC (250ml), £19.99, Toast. TABLE FOR ONE CERAMIC (360ml), £16, Anthropologie. CAST IRON (1.3 litres), £65, Le Creuset. BAKING DAYS STONEWARE (2 litres), £22.50, Spode. DIFFERENT BY DESIGN CAST IRON (5 litres), £40, Sainsbury's. CAST IRON (6.7 litres), £160, Le Creuset

7 Swap an e-mail or a text for a handwritten note

In this age of technology, it’s easy to forget the pleasure of sending and receiving a letter on beautiful notepaper. Don’t just e-mail or text to say thanks for all those Christmas goodies – put pen to paper, girls.

8 Put a little pleasure into the mundane

Get on top of those niggles. File your personal admin or sort out the recycling. You’ll feel a sense of achievement, control and calm − we promise.

9 Embrace the cold and head outdoors for a winter picnic

Even if you only get as far as the bottom of your garden – wrap up warm and fill a flask with something hot (add a
dash of Baileys or rum as an extra warmer). 

POWDER-COATED METALl FEEDER (Dia11cm), £4.99, Crocus

POWDER-COATED METALl FEEDER (Dia11cm), £4.99, Crocus

BUNGEE BIRD FEEDER (H15cm), £8.50, the Balcony Gardener

BUNGEE BIRD FEEDER (H15cm), £8.50, the Balcony Gardener

HAND-PRINTED THANK-YOU CARDS (A5), £20 for eight, Samantha Morris

HAND-PRINTED THANK-YOU CARDS (A5), £20 for eight, Samantha Morris

10 Fast-forward to spring

Remind yourself that sunshine is just around the corner by planting a few pretty bulbs indoors, such as Iris reticulata (above). They are readily available in garden centres now.


A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING, tel: 0844 414 2885,
ANTHROPOLOGIE, tel: 020 7529 9800,
ARGOS, tel: 0845 640 2020,
THE BALCONY GARDENER, tel: 020 7431 5553,
BREWERS, tel: 01323 411080,
CATH KIDSTON, tel: 0845 026 2440,
CELIA BIRTWELL, tel: 020 7221 0877,
THE CONRAN SHOP, tel: 0844 848 4000,
CROCUS, tel: 0844 557 2233,
DOTCOMGIFTSHOP, tel: 020 8746 2473,
DULUX, tel: 0844 4817 8171,
DUtTCH BY DESIGN, tel: 0844 884 2340,
FIRED EARTH, tel: 0845 366 0400,
HEAL’S, tel: 0870 024 0780,
IKEA, tel: 0845 355 1141,
JOHN LEWIS, tel: 0845 604 9049,
LAURA ASHLEY, tel: 0871 983 5999,
LE CREUSET, tel: 0800 373792,
LIBERTY, tel: 020 7734 1234,
THE LITTLE GREENE, tel: 0845 880 5855,
MARKS & SPENCER, tel: 0845 302 1234,
PAINT & PAPER LIBRARY, tel: 020 7590 9860,
PRESENT & CORRECT, tel: 020 8299 5823,
SAINSBURY’S, tel: 0800 636262,
SAMANTHA MORRIS, tel: 07958 760240,
SMYTHSON, tel: 0845 873 2435,
SPODE, tel: 01782 744721,
SUCKIE, tel: 01273 542600,
THERMOS, tel: 0845 604 8195,
TOAST, tel: 0844 557 5200,
V&A SHOP, tel: 020 7942 2696,
WIGGLY WIGGLERS, tel: 01981 500391,
ZOFFANY, tel: 0844 543 4600,


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