When the buzz of Christmas fizzled into a deep and tired breath of tossed wrapping paper and a sweet scent of a dried out Christmas tree, I looked around the apartment and wanted to figure out how to hold on to that evening goodness of the holidays. I’m talking about the late evening magic of a lit-up tree in a dark room and the scent that is usually reserved for one month out of the year. I hope that these two simple design tricks will ward off the post holiday-new year-winter-is it spring yet?-where are all my friends?–time to worry about taxes already-blues. Do you suffer from the same afflicition?
- Keep the lights.
- Dry the flowers.
While I can’t say that this has worked for February and March quite yet, I can say that the transition into January has been less jolting. It’s really that simple, and it can be interpreted by you. For me, the lights are a set of Ikea string lights originally purchased over a year ago for the kids’ shared room. The “flowers” are a long-stemmed eucalyptus that I’ve never had the pleasure of purchasing before. The day after Christmas, I bought a new vase, the flowers, filled the water and placed it at the center of my dining room table. Besides giving room the same grand height that the Christmas tree once did, the smell is divine and I get wrapped in it each time I enter my apartment.
At night, “the lights” portion also consists of lighting candles way past our dinner hour. The candlelight carries me through the night, from the kitchen to the living room mantle, and even for my long bath. When I returned to my room last night to fold clothes, I lit a candle too. When dinner is done and the kitchen is cleaned up, I turn on the stove surface light, which I never turned on until Christmas time.
Here’s to a light-filled winter, feeling the warmth inside our homes and inside our bodies.
If you’re interested:
- Vintage brass candlestick holders
- Green glass candlestick holders
- Beeswax candle sticks
- Organic U.S made beeswax votive candles
- A simple night lamp