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
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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
Star Pendant Chandelier - $176
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.
Maine Candle - $48
Inspired by the island of North Haven off the coast of Maine, this candle would be just right for long winter nights.
Bonfire Log - $28
This bonfire log could help kick off an outdoor bonfire or keep building a fire simple in an indoor fireplace.
Vintage Brass Candleholder by Pinch of Paprika - $15.32
As a teenager, I had a candlestick like this one next to my bed. I loved the romance of reading by candlelight.
Rustic Wall Sconce by Worley's Lighting - $48.50
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.
Metallic Cord Set, Copper - $39
I don't incorporate much metallic into my usual decorating, but a little pop of something shiny could be just right for winter.
Tree Branch Candleholders by Worley's Lighting - $32.50
This woodsy candle set would be perfect to cozy up a non-working fireplace.
3-D Light Study 2 by A Bright Black - $900
Made especially to reflect the light, this piece belongs on a sunny wall to help brighten a small space.
Antique Brass/Gold Pendant
These brass lampshades remind me of Christmas bells. They'd be beautiful in December and all year long.
Glass-Shade Lamp - $1,280
This lamp is elegant without being fussy. Tucked into a corner, it would make the perfect reading light.
White Birch Forest Lamp, Natural White Birch Wood by Urban+ Forest - $60
A glowing birch log seems like the perfect antidote to a gloomy day spent indoors.
Starry String Lights, Diamond Lights on Silver Wire - $15
These might be the prettiest little string lights I've ever seen. I'd be tempted to leave them up all year.
Swedish Snowball Lantern - $68
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.
Medium Simple Arrow Tail by Halona Glass - $60
The diamond bevels in this light catcher will, as the maker herself says, "make any view gorgeous." I believe it.
Otis Light, White With Swiveling Walnut Socket by Onefortythree - $185
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.
Pleated String Lights by Pigeon Toe Ceramics - $224
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.
No. 5 Spruce Soy Wax Candle by Pommes Frites - $15
I'd light this candle every evening of December for a soft glow and a wintry scent.
Giant Silver Bowl Clip Clamp Light With Zigzag Cord by Earth Sea Warrior - $115
The little white clamp on this light means that it can hang out in whatever corner needs it most.
Vintage Tin Candleholder Clips, Silver by Lazy Days Relics
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.