Hello Darkness My Old Friend - How to Lighten Up in the Pacific NW

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

Time To Lighten Up!




No winter lasts forever, no spring skips its turn
                                                                                                             -Hal Borland 


When November rolls around in the Pacific Northwest, the days get noticeably shorter, especially with our recent time change. Last night, around the table at our multi-generational home, my parents both remarked that it's now dark at dinnertime. When it's raining, things can quickly start to feel gloomy.


In order to lighten things up in our homes, literally, many of us get creative with lights and keep candles and our fireplaces and wood stoves glowing. The cozy ambiance helps make up for the loss of bright and cheery sunlight. 

We're fans of Thanksgiving and want to fully honor the day before bringing out the Christmas decorations. Therefore, it's important to make sure the lighted decor still reflects the right season, or holiday. Using leaves, pine cones, and autumn colors really helps ensure the right mood.

We also tend to play a lot of music in the background too. Year round, actually. Currently our Pandora choices range from opera to classic rock to classical. Don't tell, but we've already snuck in a few winter-themed selections such as "If on a Winter's Night," a studio album from Sting and a long-time favorite, "December," by George Winston.


Do you have any tricks you use to survive the darkest months of the year? If so, we'd love to hear them. 



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ViewHomes™ grew out of our passion for nature, beautiful surroundings, and peaceful environments. Starting together in an urban environment, over the years we've gravitated towards areas with smaller populations and less density. We now enjoy our lifestyle in a rural environment, but with close proximity to metropolitan areas where we appreciate all the amenities of fine restaurants, shopping, and an easy drive to an international airport.
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - I think you have found a winning formula!  Your holidays will be festive and full of light!

Nov 11, 2017 11:37 AM #1
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thanks Sheri. 

Nov 11, 2017 12:06 PM #2
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

I love your ideas. It certainly is getting dark earlier, so anything we can do to brighten up our homes is a great idea.

Nov 11, 2017 12:20 PM #3
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I remember looking out my office window in Los Angeles, and seeing it get dark at 4:30 in the afternoon.  We had the office building install full spectrum lighting fluorescents which kept a sunshine glow.  We have those in the kitchen here, and led in the lamps.  A

Nov 11, 2017 12:50 PM #4
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Love your blueprint for chasing away that early dark.

Nov 11, 2017 01:44 PM #5
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

HI Debb and Bernie - I hear you! Even thou it's Phoenix we get dark so early too. It was a strange few weeks getting used to the darkness both for us and our little guy Barney! Your decorations are beautiful - very festive! Around here we normally have lights all around the fence in the backyard and the spa area but since we just had our home painted we haven't had a chance yet to get them all back up yet - and it's seems so dark back there without all the lights!  Maybe tomorrrow.....

Nov 11, 2017 03:05 PM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Debb and Bernie- yes...move to Florida!  Just kidding. I love soft lighting including the string of lights and I have battery operated candles everywhere. 

Nov 11, 2017 05:47 PM #7
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX

I love the idea of lights on the fireplace.  Even though I am in South Texas, it si dark here a lot earlioer this year it seems.  I know we just had the time change, but it just seems as though it was still never dark this early.  I'm going to try the fireplace lighting.  I love the fall decor and am enjoying ours as well.  Have a grea day - love your pictures!

Nov 12, 2017 06:31 AM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I don't think I could survive the cold winter months that others have to endure, I am so acclimated to warm winters.

Nov 12, 2017 07:33 AM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Debb and Bernie -  what works for me is the warmth of a fire and cooking and making some tasty meals.

Nov 12, 2017 07:58 AM #10
Barbara Altieri
RealtyQuest/Kinard Realty Group, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate - Shelton, CT
REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale

Debb: I am not well suited to this time of year with the early darkness.  I love the long days and warmth too! I like your ideas and have actually been thinking of getting some of those really small micro mini light sets and put them around the house. I also like those flameless candles, some of which really do look real from a distance, and set them on the timer.  I also like the house warm and comfortable with lots of good food!

Nov 12, 2017 06:35 PM #11
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Those are really cool looking and so creative of you. The early darkness drains my energy and that is my biggest objection to flip-flopping between time zones.

Nov 12, 2017 06:39 PM #12
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Simply beautiful! How creative and beautiful too! 

You're right, having the right ambiance sets the mood and makes the home feel warmer and cozier. Tis the season to think outside the box and make the home feel as special as the people who live there (pets too!)

Nov 13, 2017 07:09 AM #13
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

I love the pictures and ideas Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD , it gets dark here about 430 these days and it makes me blah 

Nov 14, 2017 12:51 PM #14
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