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Putting on the glitz.

Byline: By Clare Jobson

Just because it's January, it doesn't mean you have to pack away all your decorations says Clare Jobson

After the shimmer and shine of the Christmas and New Year celebrations, it's always slightly depressing to take down the decorations and expose the formality of our regular home.

Gone are the twinkling fairy lights, the glittering baubles and the lush green foliage with their bright berries -- oh, how quickly it all passes. No wonder January feels like the most depressing month of the year.

But before you completely pack up all of your decorations away you may want to keep a few choice ones out to try to retain some of the glamour that has made your Christmas all shiny and bright!

Lots of us have clear glass decorations on our trees and they can easily be kept out of that cardboard box to grace other foliage.

Tear shaped drops and crystal-like baubles can be hung from your more sturdy greens. In particular, dried hydrangeas look beautiful adorned with glass decorations strung on silver thread. The clarity of the glass should catch the low winter sun perfectly and look beautiful.

Many people now favour strands of tiny gems on florist's wire rather than the traditional Christmas tinsel (though I like a combination of both) and again these can be used all year round ( there's no reason why not, lots of interior boutiques sell these throughout the year. Twine them round your bedstead or hall mirror for an instant New Year pick-me-up.

And, if you didn't manage to get these pre-Christmas, don't worry because the magpie's emporium that is VV Rouleaux stocks an abundance of home accessories that are perfect for this look. The leading ribbon and trimming company in Europe should have everything you need to spruce up your New Year home.

And talking of spruce -- your tree will probably be being turned into compost as we speak ( if not and it's stood in the garden looking forlorn then contact your local council to find out how to recycle your tree. A home can look very bleak without greenery or flowers and there's no other time of the year when your house needs some colour more than now.

So to bring the colour back why not keep a huge vase of foliage on your windowsill to make up for the severe lack of greenery outside! Trailing ivy, eucalyptus ( any greenery will do because, remember, foliage isn't just for Christmas!

And talking about another Christmas favourite that has longevity ( what about fairy lights? Once solely used annually on the Christmas tree these ethereal lights look great all year round.

And when you think about it, it takes an age packing and unpacking them so why not cut out the middle man? Put them in plants, or if you have a wrought iron bedstead around the frame?

To inject some real shimmering glamour into your home how about revamping your walls? January is the new start to the year so why not give your home a new look?

Metallic is still big news on both the catwalk and in interiors and wall coverings have definitely been given that golden touch.

Cole & Son have a great range of papers that will definitely add some chutzpah to your home. Or, if you have plain white walls that need a bit of twinkle you could opt for a stencil from the Stencil Library that incorporates glitter glaze and occasional Swarovski crystal.

So there you have it. Just because the festive season is over for another year doesn't mean you have to forego any of its glamour.

Just leave that tinsel packed away though!
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 4, 2007
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