With Christmas back in its box for another year, things can feel a little sad. But for me January is all about finding a different kind of light: tidy rooms, bright green shoots and fresh scented candles.
Spring may be a distant dream, but you can get a sneak preview of its magic with indoor bulbs. Either grow your own, or (like me) buy a few pots. You can transfer them into beautiful old bowls, or simply put the plastic container they came in inside a larger terracotta pot.
Bulbs are cheap, cheerful and last longer than a bunch of flowers – you can pick up a pot for couple of pounds in a supermarket. There’s something really wonderful about watching the hopeful green shots grow and bloom during the dark days of winter. If the scent of a Hyacinth is too strong for you, try miniature daffodils or iris instead.
Light a new candle
Lighting a new scented candle is one of life’s simple pleasures. After the rich, spicy candles of Christmas try something fresh, clean and bright. This candle from Willow and Honey, scented with Peony and Lily, fits the bill perfectly.
A fresh tablecloth on a clean table
Alleviate the gloom of a dark day with a freshly ironed tablecloth on a clutter-free table. The less festive, the better – gingham works well for me. I usually have to tidy mine away when the boys get home, but for something more hard-wearing, buy a nice new bit of oilcloth.
What are your favourite ways to brighten up your home in January?