Burning inspiration: bonfire night interiors ideas for your home
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Bring the fun of fireworks night into your living space with our edit of the six most stylish home wares guaranteed to keep you toasty through a night of gunpowder, treason and plot.
Autumn has hands down the best celebrations. No sooner is Halloween swept away in a pile of cotton wool cobwebs, sweet wrappers and wilting pumpkins then Bonfire Night is upon us.
Commemorating a failed plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament buy burning effigies on bonfires and letting off endless fireworks is one of those British peculiarities that appears entirely illogical to anyone who doesn’t have fond childhood memories of gathering around crackling pyres, sparkler clutched in one hand and steaming hot chocolate in the other.
Bring some Bonfire Night magic into your home with these six chic and cosy accessories, perfect for hosting your own fireworks party or for simply creating a cosy interior to snuggle up in if you’d rather shun a chilly night of noisy whizz-bangs.
Midnattssol Enamel Milk Pan, £19.00, ISAK
Warm milk is a key component of hot chocolate, and whilst a special pan purely for heating it up seems like an extravagance the cute shape and cool graphic design makes this enamel pot irresistible. Isak specialise in neat, retro designs that bring a little Scandi flavoured nostalgia to your home so when you’re not making sweet, milky treats it will look lovely decorating your kitchen.
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On a purely practical note the long handle is useful if you’re using it over an outdoor stove and the curved lips allows for easy pouring.
Fika Hot Chocolate Mug, £8, Oliver Bonas, NW3
If you’re drinking hot chocolate you’re going to need a suitable drinking vessel, and these sweet ceramic mugs from Oliver Bonas are perfect for the task. A wide handle allows for easy gripping even through bulky mittens, and the wide rim creates enough space for achieving the perfect whipped cream / marshmallow / cinnamon to drink ratio. Forget bog standard dry cocoa out of a supermarket tin.
To get your mitts on the real deal, head to one of north London’s stellar chocolatiers. Cocoa Bijoux on Broadwell Parade, West Hampstead, stocks pure cocoa for a truly decadent treat, and Rococo Chocolate on Moxton Street in Marylebone offer their own organic drinking chocolate that’s 70 per cent dark cocoa.
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EM77 Vacuum Jug in granite, £54.95,The Conran Shop
Venturing out into the frosty night without a hot beverage to warm the cockles would be foolhardy indeed. We’ve already covered the spectrum of hot chocolate accessories, so may we suggest a thermos full of mulled cider or an Irish coffee for the grownups.
This elegant vacuum flask is a cut above your average thermos. Designed my Erik Magnussen, the EM77 has a clever glass insert to keep your drink piping hot, a magnetised lid to prevent any spills and a patented rocker stopper to make pouring a doddle.
Blue Enamel Spatterware Dinenr Plate, £14, Dyke and Dean
There’s something so nostalgic about enamel tableware. It speaks of camping trips and the satisfying utilitarianism of packing up for an adventure.
Design duo Eddie Lloyd-Duke and Oliver Dean put a modern twist on old school quality products, and their spattered enamelware range puts a cool Jackson Pollack twist on the traditional refinement white and navy enamel tableware of yore. This plate is practically crying out for a piping hot and buttered baked potato.
Kubus 4 Candleholder in cool grey, £109, Skandium, NW1
You may have spotted a recurring theme here with Scandinavian designers, but no one does cool designs for colder climes quite like the Scandis. If you brushed up on our Hampstead Guide to hygge, the Danish ethos of creating cosy conditions, you’ll know that candles are very hygge indeed.
This Kubos candleholder is a limited edition from Lrssen, released in celebration of what would be the 115th birthday of its eponymous designer Mogens Lassen. The cubic shape has become a design icon as the antidote to traditionally fussy candelabras and this version in cool grey looks as of the moment now as it did back in 1962 when it was first released.
Multi Patchwork Throw in blue £85 , Moss Stitch Throw in natural, £60, Herringbone Throw in gold lurex, £85, from the National Trust
A chunky throw that can do double duty as a blanket proves that sometimes simple really is the best solution. Use them to switch up your soft furnishings during the day then drape one round your shoulders whist you stand and watch the show (just stay away from any smelly wood smoke fires – you’ll never get the stink out). The National Trust has some suitably autumnal throws in its new Wilderness range – think rustic, homespun textiles realised in a palette of mossy greens, sleet greys and heather purples taken straight from the British countryside.