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Let There Be Light

Brighten up the darkest days of winter with smart and stylish illuminators.


The winter solstice is behind us, but there are still weeks to go before we can leave the office in daylight. A depressing thought—even more so if you are prone to seasonal affective disorder (SAD). So make your home a sanctum as the sun sets, enlivening it with lights to suit your romantic, or modernist, or green-minded tastes. An even easier fix for the January doldrums: Stockpile a stash of flickering tea lights. The silver-dollar-size votives from Bed Bath & Beyond ($4.99 for a bag of 100 at the Tribeca store, 270 Greenwich St., nr. Murray St.; 212-233-8450) transform a mundane room into an otherworldly refuge when lined up on bookshelves or mantels, huddled on a dining table, or scattered about like miniature stars.


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