Brr! If you're looking for an excuse to stay in, Winter is certainly a good one.

This abrupt change of season brings chilly mornings and darker evenings - but it's not all doom and gloom. Take this time of year as your invitation to unwind and indulge within the comforts of your home.

We’ve paired some of our new and bestselling furniture with complementary shades from Resene's premium paint range to show you just how simple it can be to transform your space for the colder months.

Above, Tino Pai and Half Tea contrast on opposing walls to create a moody and inviting lounge room that ties in perfectly with the rich top-grain leather of the Montemart 3-Seat Sofa and the vertical slats of the Artemis sideboard.

Don’t be afraid to add comforting decor, like our snuggly hot water bottle cover (a must-have for winter), feather-filled cushions, or a round sheepskin rug - perfect under your feet on those bitter mornings!

These finishing touches become stars of the show, adding to the overall comfort of your space.

The best-selling Sabine Sofa continues to hold its place at the top of the range. Here, we’ve styled it up with plush green cushions and the Marley Throw in sand.

Resene Albescent White works perfectly on the walls to round off this timeless, neutral scheme.

A lighter landscape leaves endless possibilities to add your own style and personality whether that's through sideboards, coffee tables, wall art or patterned cushions.

If you’re looking for an armchair that will stand out and make a statement, our Lunar Swivel Chair has made a strong return in a delectable old gold fabric and is complemented by Resene Gumboot to add a little drama.

The Blue Litho Palm artwork and Hudson Velvet Cushion in petrol pull the whole space together.

On the left, Resene shade Savour sets the scene for the fabulously oversized Rio Chaise Sofa. Now available in natural and green, this piece invites you to stretch out, relax and stay awhile.

We love how the addition of a bold wall colour can entirely transform the feeling of a room, allowing you to easily add personality and give your furniture a whole new feel.

Nostalgic fabrics and rich wooden details also tie in a comforting sense of ‘home’ to both contemporary and traditional spaces. Extend this feeling into dining areas with pieces like the Sala Dining Chair and the Ella Extension Table and give living spaces a lift by adding eye-catching pieces like the Walter Lounge Chair.

At the end of the day, a combination of soft textures, bold tones and a splash of colour that you love will result in a dreamy space to cosy up and enjoy as the seasons change.

Now that you’ve got comfort sorted within the home, it's time for a little comfort food!

Our friends at The Culinary Letter took our new Fenix dinnerware for a spin with this delicious Fig Frangipane Tart with Ginger Creme Fraiche, a delicious treat to enjoy with loved ones on a cold day.

Fig Frangipane Tart with Ginger Crème Fraîche

Serves 6-8

Thyme Shortcrust Pastry:
200g plain flour
100g cold butter, cubed or grated
2 tbsp thyme leaves
35g cold water

100g butter, softened
100g caster sugar
2 eggs, beaten
100g ground almonds
40g plain flour
2 tsp ground ginger
4 large figs, sliced

To serve:
200g crème fraîche
1 ½ tsp ground ginger
Toasted sliced almonds
Fresh thyme


To make the pastry: 

  1. Place the butter and flour in a deep bowl. Rub the butter into the flour until it resembles sand. Mix through the thyme leaves.
  2. Add water to combine into a dough, adding extra water if necessary.
  3. Shape into a disk, cover and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  4. Roll out the dough to 5mm thickness and line a greased 23cm tart tin. Prick the base with a fork and place it in the fridge for 30 minutes before trimming the pastry edges. Preheat your oven to 200°C fan bake.
  5. Line the pastry with baking paper and fill with baking beans. Blind bake for 15 minutes, then remove the baking paper and cook for a further 8-10 minutes or until just golden. Set aside to cool.

To make frangipane filling:

  1. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat until combined. Stir through almonds, flour and ginger.
  2. Spread the frangipane filling into the tart case and arrange the figs on top, lightly pressing into the mixture. Place in the oven to bake for 40-45 minutes or until the mixture is golden brown.
  3. While the tart is still hot, brush with honey.
  4. Stir together crème fraîche and ginger until well combined.
  5. Sprinkle the tart with sliced almonds and thyme and serve with ginger crème fraîche and honey. Enjoy!