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Lighten Up!

January 14, 2015

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DRIPPY, DREARY WINTER! Time to brighten the house with ideas both practical and fanciful.

In real estate listings a favorite idea seems to be a freestanding mirror angled in the corner of a room to catch daylight and bounce it around the room. Literally upping the wattage in a room can help, and placing a mirrored trivet behind or under a burning candle magnifies the glow. Here are some ideas and products that shed light on the subject.
–Nancy McKeon

The opening image shows fire-starters from Santa Maria Novella (5454 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, Md.; 240-743-4949,www.santamarianovellausa.com), which incorporate the 400-year-old pharmacy’s famous potpourri and, placed under logs, add quick combustion; four for $55. The glittery Nest Birchwood Pine and Holiday candles will glow even more if set atop a mirror. They’re $34 each at area Neiman Marcus stores and neimanmarcus.com. / Photo by Renee Comet.

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