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green_earthI don’t know about you, but I love to create ambiance.

Creating ambiance is something you can do without harming the environment and with limited financial resources. All you need to do is add imagination!


Give me a needle and thread or a box of paints and I can ‘t create anything.

But give me a cardboard box, a couple of throws and a candle and I’ll create you a beautiful room.

(An astrologer once told me that was my Libra moon at play 😉 )

Lighting is one of the simplest ways to create ambiance in your home and at the end of a stressful day I’m all about candles, incense and subdued lighting.

As you know, we’re huge fans of solar and LED lighting here at Chez Green. Mr Green has installed a few small solar panels and built LED light bulbs for the downstairs lighting.

But I do love my twinkly pretty stuff as well as the practical in life.

A friend of mine has fairy lights, not just for Christmas, but as a permanent fixture around her fireplace. I love that idea.

And back in my student days, my housemate used to run up our electricity bill in the winter by adorning our home like Santa’s grotto – we had fairy lights around the pictures and mirrors and outdoors climbing around windows and snaking up trees.

Fortunately there are now more eco friendly solutions such as solar lights which capture and conserve energy from the sun during the day to be used to light up as night falls.

These are perfect for creating a beautiful setting both indoors and outdoors and as our amazing summer comes to an end I’m thinking about making the most of the warm evenings.

You can use solar lights to illuminate steps:


solar lighting

Solar powered hanging lanterns hung from tree branches or trellises are a beautiful alternative to Chinese lanterns; which can cause problems in the environment and to animals.

solar lanterns

And if you’re doing a spot of camping late summer, how about adorning the doorway with solar fairy lights so you never lose your way!

solar camping

What about you – what simple ways do you use to turn your house into a home?

1 Comment

  1. Small Footprints on August 27, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Oh I love that you love fairy lights!! 🙂 When we lived in Florida, we typically went tent camping for the holidays. We’d bring our Christmas lights (LEDs) and decorate our camping spot. There was something magical about colorful lights twinkling in the bushes.

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