A Starry Night.
The Christmas Cloche

Every year I do my house  a little bit differently for Christmas.

 

That’s not the plan of course. The plan is always to do it exactly the way it was the year before because that would be the fastest and easiest thing to do.  Plus every year when I do the house I think, Yup.  THAT’S IT!  THAT is the way I should decorate for Christmas EVERY year.

Then I decide to move stuff, or add things or decide that I no longer need a near life sized Santa Claus that tromps up and down a ladder while carrying lights and toys all to the sound of really bad Christmas carols.

Just moving an end table during the year can cause mayhem at Christmas.  WHERE AM I SUPPOSED TO PUT THE BOWL WITH BALLS NOW??!

The year I replaced all of my furniture and redid my whole house I had no idea where to put anything. Nothing was the same. Christmas was a real shitshow that year.

This year I’ve gone a little bit simpler for a couple of reasons. I’m in a mess because of the kitchen and dragging tons of Christmas decorations out just makes it feel like more of a mess. And I’m tired. I’m just plain tired. And I figure if I’m tired now, chances are I’ll be tired when it comes time to have to put away the mountain of Christmas decorations in January.

So really, my pared down Christmas isn’t about me being lazy right now.  It’s about KNOWING I’m going to be lazy in January.  I’m being proactive and problem solving.  I’m kind of great.

I’m still decorating for Christmas, it’s just a little more restful looking. As opposed to most years when it looks like hungover Santa barfed Christmas into my house.

When I saw this on the cover of the Restoration Hardware catalogue I knew I had to do it. I already had the cloche … all I needed was the set of lights.

 

 

Starry Lights Restoration Hardware

 

My first plan was to order them online but with shipping and duty it was going to be too much money. So then I planned to head to my nearest outlet mall with a Restoration Hardware in it.  They were sold out.

Back to my first plan of ordering them online.  Nope.  Still too much money.

So I searched around and found similar lights on Amazon for a lot cheaper.  $16 for 20 feet, as opposed to $40 for 20 feet from Restoration Hardware.

Both sets are plug in lights.  I have a very short string of these lights one of my sisters gave me years ago that work off of batteries.  I prefer the plug in, because nobody can hide an extension cord like I can, and you never have to worry about batteries running out.

Cloche Lit

 

I love them they look great but …

 

Cloche Unlit

 

… they are hilariously bright.

 

Dresser

I actually laughed out loud when I first plugged them in.  I was counting on them to be subtle. They are not subtle.  They could be used in a number of emergency situations including but not limited to landing planes.

 

Drama Shot

Once I got used to their brightness I loved them.  They’re beautiful, which doesn’t quite come across in the photos.  It’s remarkably hard to capture the beauty of a fake tree standing in a fake starry night.

I can rest a little bit now, knowing no matter what,  my season will be merry and bright.

92 Comments

  1. Jen says:

    Hello! I’m actually looking for the tree in your cloche. I’m having a hard time finding a large natural or white one. Where did you get such a big one? Thx!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jen. That tree would have come from one of two places. Either my friend who buys me a small tree for Christmas every year, or … the dollar store, lol. I got a bunch of white ones like that but they’re from Dollarama in Canada I’m afraid. ~ karen!

  2. Megan says:

    Hi! I know this post was from a while back, so I hope this reaches you! I ordered some cloches and string lighting because I love the look of that! Buuuuuut I’m lost. Trying to hide the battery pack? Did you have to drill a hole in the glass! How did you plug it in and keep the glass level on the wood? Thanks so much!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Megan! Yup, all comments reach me no matter how old the post. :) There are two things you can do. If the wire is small enough just run it under the glass. If it’s thin enough you won’t even notice the cloche is not level. The other thing you can do if the wire is thick is, using a small wood chisel, just cut out a tiny portion of the wood base that’s deep enough to tuck the wire into. Once you put the glass on it again, it will sit flush. I know it seems scary to chisel out the wood but it’s easy (just be careful and take tiny bits at a time) and you’ll never notice it once the cloche is on. Good luck! ~ karen

  3. Andrea says:

    Not as cheap, but the venerable Canadian Tire stocks something similar:
    56′ for $44.99
    (but I scored mine with a sale price!)

    http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/noma-156-outdoor-starry-christmas-lights-assorted-colours-1510750p.html#.Uqpymo3FbDc

    I want them installed in my ceiling – they are so starry.

    • Karen says:

      They don’t look bad! And they do always have sales. The best really do remain the ones from Restoration Hardware on the thick copper wire though. ~ karen!

  4. Leisa says:

    When I’m working on a painting, I have lightbulbs that are light purple to counteract the warm yellow of incandescent lightbulbs (purple is the complementary colour to yellow) so maybe you could try the opposite by dabbing some warm coloured transparent nail polish on the lights – cuz I know you have all kinds of time to repaint a thousand lights! LOL (you could try out some shades on a regular lightbulb to see if it works) Just a thought…

  5. Kari says:

    I LOVE this. Gah

  6. Kim from 3 peanuts says:

    Yeah, yeah, yeah..they’re merry and bright and great and all but HOW did you hide the extension cord? You left me hanging!

  7. Debbie says:

    Loved them, ordered them. Thanks for a new idea.

  8. Janet says:

    I saw these little ‘rice lights’ at Hobby Lobby today, and also at Target, Had quite a conversation about this blog post with a total stranger at the light display in Hobby Lobby…..(it was all good).

  9. debra says:

    38″ circumference = 12-ish inch diameter.
    http://www.onlineconversion.com/circlesolve.htm

    Math. It’s google-able.

  10. Barbie says:

    38″ around? That doesn’t sound right or “look” right when I see the picture. Are you sure it’s 38″ around?

  11. Barbie says:

    I am SO doing this one! I need a new centerpiece and this will work PERFECT on my big ol long table in the kitchen…I have a bunch of those cloches leftover in the warehouse that I used for prototype samples and have been looking for something to use them for forever! Oh thank you Karen! This just made my day! HOw far did that 30 feet go for you? Do I need a new string for each cloche?

  12. Mindy says:

    My house officially looks as if Santa had some serious diarrhea. My job here is done.
    And speaking of bright lights, it’s a long dreadful story, but we ended up replacing our tree lights this year with LED. Multi-colored (it’s a touchy subject). Anyway, the point of my story is, you can see our tree from space. So I bet if you looked out your window right now, and I flashed it on and off, I could send you a morse code message.
    I think your cloche is beautiful.

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