Where have I been since my front porch styling post?! I’ve been away on business, and when I’m doing that there’s no time for posts and home decor unfortunately.
I had planned on doing a house tour of my parents’ beautifully renovated modern home, but them time slipped away from me and suddenly the lighting wasn’t good or it was 1am and I was exhausted. Point being, sorry about that folks. I try and keep a pretty steady stream of content coming your way, and I promise I’ll have a better system in place next time I take off for a week.
This being said, I’ve had tons of time in airport lounges to flip through some great magazines and take the pulse of the greater design world this spring. If I can’t be creating I might as well be [window] shopping. If you saw my post yesterday, you’ll know this is how I get the best deals.
My love affair with candles is pretty obvious. I love the glow of a genty flickering candle, the memories evoked by certain scents and smells trapped within the soy wax, and especially the beautiful jars they come in. When shopping for a candle I look for the quality of the wick, the number of burn hours, how strongly it smells when it’s not lit (a great indicator of how strong it will be once it’s going), and the quality of the wax (will it burn evenly?). These are all good questions to ask about the candle you want to get, and the answers will determine how much you pay and how good a candle you’ll get.
Because there are so many reasons to celebrate, gift or “treat yo self” these days so I’m going to share some of favourite picks for candles and accessories.
Pro tip: lighting a scented candle in your hotel room will help you settle-in and make the place feel like home. Pick a scent that you are used to at home, and travel with it for easy acclimatization.
Let’s be honest here ladies, I also buy my candles based on the jar they come in. Will it be cute once the candle is gone? What else could I fit in there? That’s was the entire rationale behind my adorable pineapple candles from H&M, I can use them for fun toothpicks or matches around the house. In this case, the pear and apple candle jars in brass for 40$ from Anthropology are to die for! These would look great on a buffet, on a bar cart, or in the kitchen and can hold a couple of different things.
Speaking of Pineapple candles, this appropriately scented one from West Elm is also shaped like a pineapple, which could be a super cute jar in our kitchen one day. P.S they’re on sale for 23$ right now, so take a look!
Ms. Betty’s You’re F’N Awesome – just like me from Etsy (CA) would make a pretty decent gift for your best friend or even for yourself. I personally love the clear glass with the black lettering. It would be a great fit for the bathroom where our colours are black, white and grey with touches of gold. If “you’re F’N awesome” isn’t the message you want to send, make sure you check out the rest of her candles, as they come with different sayings.
Can we talk about anything Voluspa?! Those things smells amazing and they’re the brand du jour at any worthwhile store. If you find one on sale you better snatch it up while you can! They make great seasonal and house-warming gifts. I can’t advocate for any particular scent because in this case they’re all amazing. The Yuzu Rose smells particularly fine though, and the large tin is a nice keepsake – perfect for keeping jewels hidden away.
You know when you’re trying to get a candle stick to stand up straight? This is where candlestick adhesive from Stick-Um comes in! You can’t beat 4$, and it will save you from having to scrape all that wax off whatever surface it has dripped onto because the candle decided to be crooked.
These adorable little cactus candles would make for a great centrepiece on any spring or summer table. You can arrange them just as you would real succulents or cactuses and maybe even with some living vegetation in a bowl filled with rocks.
The No*5 from Sweetcheeksnatural is made to smell exactly like …you guessed it… Chanel No*5! If Marilyn Monroe only wore some No*5 to bed, I’m pretty sure I can wear it around the house. I would stick this candle on my make-up table/boudoir and light it when getting ready for an evening out or just lounging around in my PJs.
What would all these candles be without matches to light them? You can get really long ones for large lanterns, cute ones in different colours, or you can buy your matches because the boxes look cute, and that’s pretty much the deal with these nautical themed ones from Anthropology for 6$.
With all these candles a snuffer will be a big help. People tend to spray candle wax all over the place when blowing out candies. You may not notice it if you use white wax candles, but if you’re using coloured candles you’ll notice the splatter of wax all over the wall the next day. Here comes the candle snuffer ladies and gents. This is the last pineapple of the post, I swear. They’re also enjoying a comeback, so hop on that trend while you still can! This adorable brass one is vintage, and will run you 22$ however there’s only one of them so I’ll race you!
How do you use candles around the house? I’ve got one in every room and try to light it whenever I’m in that space for a significant amount of time.
*Etsy affiliate links are featured throughout this post, but all thoughts are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make PMQ for two possible.