December is finally here! While this month brings joy and lots of holiday spirit, it comes with a price: wet, cold, gloomy weather. Decorate the inside of your home to create a warm and inviting environment. Lanterns, string lights and candles will help you forget the darkness outside.
Keep your windows clean (and as bare as possible). You may be surprised at how much more light comes in through crystal-clear windows. Even if it’s too cold out to get to the exterior side of the windows, cleaning even inside can boost light. And while there’s something to be said for the insulating effects of heavy window treatments, they do nothing when it comes to letting in maximum light on dim winter days — so open the blinds and pull open those drapes!
Line your hall with lanterns. If you have a long hall, why not line it with a row of sturdy lanterns or hurricanes filled with pillar or LED candles?
I imagine this would make just walking from one room to the next a far more romantic experience.
Have your fireplace ready and waiting. If you have a working fireplace or wood stove, stock up and get ready with everything you need to light a fire at a moment’s notice.
Chop and stack wood, prepare kindling and get your tools in order. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to have your chimney professionally cleaned.
Knowing everything is ready to go may nudge you into having a cozy fire more often.
Use string lights in the bedroom. Whether you choose plain white twinkle lights or mini paper lanterns on a string, fairy lights bring a magical touch to the winter bedroom.
Drape them from the headboard, hang them vertically from a curtain rod or drape them across the top of the closet. Before bed put out all lights but the twinkle lights and candle, and revel in the ambience.
Enhance the kitchen with candles. Kitchen lighting can be a bit sterile — it gets the job done but doesn’t add anything to the mood. Supplement the overheads with a smattering of tea lights or votives on the counters, and I think you’ll find even chopping vegetables or washing up to be a more pleasant undertaking.
As always, keep an eye on burning candles, and never leave them unattended.
Do we need to say to put candles around the tub? If you don’t normally soak in the tub, make an exception for winter.
Bring in a few candles and place them around the tub, turn down the lights and relax. Repeat at least once a week.
Keep your holiday decorating simple. I’m not one for going overboard on holiday decor (especially not way in advance of the holiday), but a few simple, natural pieces can bring a welcome festive air to the home.
How about making your own tree branch star, like the one shown here, and wrapping it in fairy lights?