Interiors: Let it glow!

Soft lighting and the smallest decorative touches make the biggest impact at Christmas, says YOU’s lifestyle editor Clare Nolan

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Nightlights often burn out too quickly, so it’s worth paying a bit more for long-lasting ones. Price’s, £2.55 for six, have an eight-hour burn time. 


Fairy lights and candles are your new best friends – they’re a quick and cheap way to get that ambient glow that shouts Christmas. It’s all about adding extra sparkle and shine. Drape fairy lights where access to plug sockets allows – mirrors should be your first targets (their reflection doubles the twinkle factor). Then add as many nightlights as you can bear to light. You’ll love the warm feeling so much that, come January, you won’t want to pack them away. A word of caution: choose your location for candles carefully, especially when placing near lengths of cards strung from the walls or ribbons hanging from garlands – don’t take any risks.


Pretty china cups, thick glass tumblers and short glass vases make fantastic votives for nightlights. Choose designs with cut or faceted patterns to create beautiful reflections on table tops and walls 


Single out cherished Christmas decorations and special cards and treat them with the importance they deserve – display them as you would an artwork in a case or a decorative frame.


For a unique look decorate your home with items that hold special meaning. A carefully chosen bauble or a piece of nursery art created by the children in your life will trigger memories and mark the passing of time.


Beautifully wrapped presents ensure even a pair of socks will be graciously received – and will show you’ve put some thought into it. Your efforts won’t go unnoticed.


Keep your eye out for pretty trimmings during the festive months when ribbons, tags and paper are cheaper. Keep a stash of beautiful wrapping paper for impromptu gift-giving.


John Lewis and Liberty department stores both have haberdashery departments that, along with specialists VV Rouleaux and Barnett Lawson (for bulk-buying only), will give you that girl-in-a-sweetie-shop feeling. For the online equivalent, log on to (tel: 0845 450 1212), which stocks ribbons, sequins and more – everything you could possibly want to make your presents look the part. 


CHRISTMAS CARDS, £8.95 for a box of ten, Rob Ryan, from Liberty

CHRISTMAS CARDS, £8.95 for a box of ten, Rob Ryan, from Liberty

ROCKING HORSES, £22 for two, Fortnum & Mason

ROCKING HORSES, £22 for two, Fortnum & Mason

LACE TAPE (approx 45m), £6.50, Rockett St George

LACE TAPE (approx 45m), £6.50, Rockett St George

STAMPS, £13 for three, Lollipop Designs

STAMPS, £13 for three, Lollipop Designs


ASPEN & BROWN, tel: 0800 033 6116,
ATTIC, tel: 020 8943 9626,
Barnett Lawson trimmings, tel: 020 7636 8591,
B&Q, tel: 0845 609 6688,
CHLOE ALBERRY, tel: 020 7727 0707,
COX & COX, tel: 0844 858 0744,
the essentials company, tel: 01379 608899,
FEW and FAR, tel: 020 7225 7070,
FORTNUM & MASON, tel: 020 7734 8040,
HOMEBASE, tel: 0845 077 8888,
John lewis, tel: 0845 604 9049,
JOHNSTONS of elgin, tel: 01343 554040,
JUNIOR GEO, tel: 01305 751669,
LETTERBOX, tel: 0844 557 5263,
LIBERTY, tel: 020 7573 9645,
LISBETH DAHL, tel: 020 7736 8866,
LOLLIPOP DESIGNS, tel: 07919 536638,
NIGEL'S ECO STORE, tel: 0800 288 8970,
NIKI JONES, tel: 0141 959 4090,
OKA, tel: 0844 815 7380,
ORCHARD CARDS, tel: 01270 524509,
PAPERCHASE, tel: 020 7467 6200,
PETERSHAM NURSERIES, tel: 020 8940 5230,
PRICE'S, tel: 01234 264500,
RE, tel: 01434 634567,
ROAST Designs, tel: 020 8671 6595,
ROCKETT ST GEORGE, tel: 020 8350 5450,
THE RUG COMPANY, tel: 020 7229 5148,
TOAST, tel: 0844 557 5200,
TOBIAS AND THE ANGEL, tel: 020 8878 8902,
V&A shop, tel: 020 7942 2696,
VV ROULEAUX, tel: 020 7224 5179,
WEDGWOOD, tel: 01782 404045,
THE WHITE COMPANY, tel: 0845 678 8150,
ZARA HOME, tel: 0800 260091,


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