Fetch me matches and a goose. I am ready for a bit of atmospheric dining

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I love candle light. It is universally flattering, casts a magical glow over food and conversation and, especially at this time of year, gives inside a warm and cosy feel.

I also particularly love brass candlesticks. I think the they mellow yellow hue of this metal alongside the orange flick of flame just complement each other beautifully.

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I was delighted to discover this morning, in one Muswell Hill’s many charity shops, a very sweet, small brass candelabra. £12 later I carried home this very heavy and I think quite old little beauty.

With a bit of elbow grease and brass polish it shined up a treat. I then added a mixture of tangerine, cerise and one neon orange pillar candle to make it tie in with the orange touches in my dining room.

candles from Sally Bourne, www.sallybourneinteriors.co.uk

Fetch me matches and a goose. I am ready for a bit of atmospheric dining.

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Obviously you can trawl around charity shops, antique shops etc but if you are after a quick fix the very delightful Ben Pentreath will sell you a brass candle holder in his shop in Bloomsbury, London or via his website, www.pentreath-hall.com.

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