Decorate beautifully while loving the earth! These repurposed, imported wine bottles from West Elm make for a generous hostess gift for a summer shore or cottage visit. Understated yet chic, they create an artful display with tall taper candles or flowers and greenery, especially when displayed en masse as pictured. Available for $12 each, coordinating with West Elm’s Recycled-Glass Collection.
So, I’ve spent the past month moving apartments and trying to clear my mind of all the clutter that I’ve amassed over the last decade. While that means I’ve (shockingly) been spending less time obsessing over clothes and beauty products, it also means that I’ve had plenty of time to obsess about furniture and textiles. Which brings me to my latest fascination: Dekor, yet another reason to avoid IKEA. (more…)
I have been craving — yes, craving! — that Anthropologie-esque smell (attributed to Capri Blue Jar Candles) in my apartment. But I was so busy last week, I didn’t get myself over to the store to buy one (and I wasn’t completely sure which candle to get, so I didn’t want to order them online just yet). Luckily, I received samples of luxury candles just in time from lifestyle & home décor expert Baroness Monica von Neumann (wife of the late Austrian Baron John von Neumann), and I really like them!
My favorite in the collection of four soy-based candles (Atlas, Savon, Fete and Modena) is Fete, which combines navel orange, Seychelles Cinnamon, Zanzibar Clove, Norwegian Pine, Indonesian Patchouli and exotic Amberwood to create just the type of sweet yet spicy, tangy scent I wanted. (more…)
ONE. Pinhole Press 12-Photo Monthly Framed Calendar — There’s nothing like receiving something truly customized and personal for the home, and Pinhole Press is a new company that allows you to turn your pictures into sophisticated gifts that anyone from your boyfriend to your grandmother would love. Our favorite product is the 12-frame, 12 month calendar where you set each month to a favorite picture. Each month comes beautifully mounted in a wood frame. It’ll be perfect on the living room table or the front foyer-trust me, this is a calendar you’ll be proud to show your visitors! And coming in at under $35, you can afford to make a calendar set for everyone important in your life.
TWO. SushiSamba Cocktail Tree — It can be hard to find a nice gift for the home, but we’re loving SushiSamba’s Cocktail Tree. It’s such a creative way to display elegant stemware (who wants to hide nice glasses in a cabinet?) It would look amazing as the centerpiece for a holiday gathering, but you could definitely use it any other time of the year as well. Plus, it’s so unique (each one is hand made) that you won’t have to worry that you’re giving someone something they already have. In fact, we think it makes such a statement that we’re saving up for one for ourselves!
THREE. Tiffany Blue Box Plate — Any fan of Tiffany & Co. knows just the signature blue box alone is worth getting excited about, but to receive a big one that contains another “blue box” inside — in the form of a 9.5-inch bone china plate — is truly a wonderful feeling. For $75, the price is reasonable but the look on the recipient’s face should be priceless. Plus, everyone needs a good serving plate for appetizers or desserts. We think a mound of pfeffernusse cookies would look great on this one. In fact, we think we’ll go bake some to put on ours right now!
I used to buy Illume candles all the time, but for some reason, lately I haven’t purchased any because I’m still trying to get through the backlog of candles currently taking up way too much space in my closet. The problem is, most of those are what I’d call summer scents, and now that we’re heading into the fall, I want to burn richer scents that make me think of autumn. That’s where Illume’s new Modern Naturals collection comes in. There are five different scents in the collection and they’re all perfect to bridge the transition from spending your days in the pool to dragging out the hats, scarves and gloves again. Here are the five scents:
- Citron Basil – Refreshing citron zest and basil leaf infused with Spanish rosemary, green hyacinth and sheer musk
- Earth Rose – An alluring blend of sensual rose and patchouli topped with midnight jasmine and sparkling mandarin leaf and lavender
- Persimmon & Spice – Persimmon and fresh pumpkin top this spicy blend of nutmeg and clove
- Quince Cypress – Cypress, Siberian fir and eucalyptus are infused with quince, black currant and lime
- White Thyme & Pear – Crisp pear and fresh thyme blended with a hint of soft jasmine and rich vanilla
I tested out the Citron Basil and Quince Cypress scents and loved them both. Citron Basil is lighter – sort of a citrusy, spicy blend and Quince Cypress is a richer, deeper scent. I could definitely smell the fir and eucalyptus in it, which I love, but neither was overpowering. What’s great about these scents is that you can get them in several different sizes, from the Mini Glass Candles, which are $7 and burn for 15 hours, to the Boxed Glass Candles, which are $28 and burn for 65 hours. They’re even available in Reed Diffusers. (I’m a huge diffuser fan because I’m always nervous that I’ll forget to blow a candle out before I leave my place, so I feel like diffusers give me peace of mind sometimes). I’m so ready for the cooler weather to start…
I’ve been spending a lot of time at home writing lately, so I’m going through even more candles than usual as I try to make a comfortable environment for myself to work in. The newest one that I’m trying out is from the Soy Delicious line. The candles are made with 100% soy (instead of paraffin wax) and they burn cleanly, with almost no smoke coming from the tin. (Very nice for your health). The scent I tried is called Karma, and it’s a relaxing blend of rich lavender and warm vanilla that immediately welcomes me into the room where it’s burning. What’s really cool about these candles though is that once the candle liquefies, you can dip either your finger or the small spoon that’s included in the package into the liquid and use it as a moisturizing protein rub on your hands, feet, cuticles, or elbows. (I’ve been using it on my cuticles and it’s made them really soft). It sounds crazy, but the soy liquid is only slightly hotter than your body temperature, so there’s no chance of being burned. (But make sure you blow the candle out first!)
The candles come in a wide variety of scents, so if you’re into more of an energizing fragrance, be sure to check out Orange Groves or Pina Colada. (My next one is going to have to be Fresh Linen though, since that’s my favorite all time candle scent). The candles retail for $34 and can be found at www.soy-delicious.com.