Guest Picks: Winter Lights to Ward Off Dark Nights
Don't let less daylight around the winter solstice get you down — these lights, candles and mirrors will keep your home merry and bright
The weeks leading up to and away from the winter solstice are the darkest in the year. It's no wonder that during this season we all string lights along banisters and lampposts and turn our focus to merrymaking. Here is a collection of wintry lights to help brighten up your home when it needs it most. Whether it's with a crackling fire or a string of cheery lights, may you find ways to stay bright this season and always. — Erin from Reading My Tea Leaves
I've always liked these star pendants as welcoming lights on front porches and in entryways. During the darkest time of year, they're especially cheery.
Inspired by the island of North Haven off the coast of Maine, this candle would be just right for long winter nights.
This bonfire log could help kick off an outdoor bonfire or keep building a fire simple in an indoor fireplace.
As a teenager, I had a candlestick like this one next to my bed. I loved the romance of reading by candlelight.
My couch gets a lot more company in the wintertime than in other seasons. With wooden sconces to read by, I'd bring a book and snuggle up for the duration.
I don't incorporate much metallic into my usual decorating, but a little pop of something shiny could be just right for winter.
This woodsy candle set would be perfect to cozy up a non-working fireplace.
Made especially to reflect the light, this piece belongs on a sunny wall to help brighten a small space.
These brass lampshades remind me of Christmas bells. They'd be beautiful in December and all year long.
This lamp is elegant without being fussy. Tucked into a corner, it would make the perfect reading light.
A glowing birch log seems like the perfect antidote to a gloomy day spent indoors.
These might be the prettiest little string lights I've ever seen. I'd be tempted to leave them up all year.
A Swedish snowball lantern is delightful whether or not it's glowing. I think it'd be especially well suited at the top of a fir tree.
The diamond bevels in this light catcher will, as the maker herself says, "make any view gorgeous." I believe it.
This swinging wall lamp with a walnut socket is beautiful any time of year, but its bright white and warm wood are especially evocative of wintry snowscapes.
The delicate ceramic covers on these tiny globe lights are simple and beautiful. I love them as used here: strung up across a wide room.
I'd light this candle every evening of December for a soft glow and a wintry scent.
The little white clamp on this light means that it can hang out in whatever corner needs it most.
String lights on Christmas trees and mantels are more practical than candles for lots of reasons, but this set of vintage tin candleholder clips would be beautiful in a carefully attended spot.
Ideabook published on Dec. 21, 2012.
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