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Crunchy leaves; hot chocolate; roaring fires… what’s not to love about autumn?

Sure, summer was brilliant and all but there’s only so long you can keep sipping Aperol before your shorts start to get uncomfortably tight.

Autumn is the season of release; cosy sweaters and roast dinners and prepping your house for the winter hibernation.

Here are seven of the best things to invest in right now:

1. SOOTHING SOAPS

Make the transition to soothing scents that relax the mind after a long day. Each Waters + Wild lavender + rosemary soap is hand crafted, with a unique identity and shape.

Buy it: €10 at Waters + Wild, Glandore

2. A LIVING ROOM COCKTAIL BAR 

There are a few bar accessories every home entertainer should have on hand. These handsome clear glass decanters look like heirloom classics.

Buy it: From €30 at Home Lust

3. WARMING SCENTS

‘When you open your front door, your home should rise up to meet you.’ – Oprah. We quite agree. The brand new Napa Leather candle by Cork’s own La Bougie will ensure that it does.

Buy it: €20 at Hamish & Hawkin, Kinsale

4. A LIGHTING UPGRADE

In this fast paced world it’s easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing, this cool light reminds us to take a moment to enjoy what’s happening right now.

Buy it: €45 at April & The Bear

5. GOLD STANDARD COOKING 

Having your friends ’round for Sunday dinner? Make your roast beef the centre of attention with a fancy gold roasting rack.

Buy it: €23.99 at Homesense, Grand Parade

6. A SEASONAL UPDATE

Few things improve the look of a room faster than a handful of plants and some beautiful storage. Get everything you need at Penneys.

Buy it: Hexagonal Shelf Unit €7, Plant Pot with Stands €6, Wooden Standing Faux Plant €7, Lantern €13, Penneys

7. PINK MARBLE AND LEATHER

Autumn is a time for TV dinners and breakfast in bed. Invest in a tray to tote your goodies around the house in a civilised fashion.

Buy it: €19.99 at Homesense, Grand Parade

MORE: Stop everything: Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte is returning early


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