Happy Friday! This week’s Friday Finds features a few cool things I’ve encountered this week.
First up is an incredible journal that is sure to boost productivity, positivity and gratitude. It’s called “The Five Minute Journal”. It let’s you note your daily affirmations, daily gratitude and things that will make your day a smashing success. I think it’s a little better than a regular planner as it’s not really a “to-do list” or a schedule. It forces you to look at ways to focus on your higher self. For me, it’s a fabulous tool as I set out to manifest huge accomplishments this year.
On a walk through of Marshall’s this week looking for a cake plate I need for a photo shoot I spotted this amazing cake plate by Madison and Mercer. A large silver platter sits atop three elephant figurines, making it an amazing convo piece if I’ve ever seen one. Of course, I think it’s begging to be the center piece of my next cocktail party.
I found these beautiful pens at Paper Source. Aren’t they perfect for the home office? I was thinking they would be great additions to stylized photo shoots too.
Then, my love for artisan jewelry led me to spot this gem from Sundance Catalog. I love the pearls and silver heart. Perfect for Valentine’s Day.
This week on Friday finds, I am sharing my favorite candles and accessories. It is my sincerest belief that a room with out candle light on a chilly dark night just feels drab. Candle light brings a warm glow to any room and adds a welcomed flair of romance. Every thing just feels cozy when the dancing flickering flame bounces around the walls illuminating the room with a soft glow. Whether it’s a scented candle or a few unscented votives, bringing in candles just warms a room.
I read once that Albert Hadley suggested that candle light be spread about a room rather than be clustered in one central place. I love this idea. A table set with three candles of varying heights complimented by a few smaller candles placed on accent tables brings a beautiful over all glow to a room.
So, how best to display candles? Well, how about these ideas…
wine bottle hurricanes courtesy of …..Etsy via Pinterest
candles displayed on mirrors courtesy of…. Colin Cowie via Pinterest
elephant tea light holder courtesy of …world market
I love the idea of turning old wine bottles into hurricanes to diffuse the candle light. It creates a soft warm glow. This idea is also wonderful for burning citronella candles out side. The glass and narrow bottle opening keeps the wind at bay. It’s perfect for outdoor dining with unscented candles as well.
Colin Cowie always has amazing ideas too. Placing candles on a mirror enhances the light of the candles by reflecting it upwards. Such a sweet idea.
My go to has always been the tea light. Tea lights are small candles that can easily be inserted into decorative accents like the elephant. They provide just enough light to be an enhancement without burning too hot and giving off too much heat. Tea lights can be found scented or unscented.
Any home that burns candles regularly needs a pair of wick trimmers. They are helpful in removing the creosote from the top of the wick and lets the candle burn more cleanly. Wick trimmers can be simple or more ornate. The choice is yours. I have a couple and much prefer the more decorative one as it sits nicely on a tray along with matches. The one above features a snuffer as well.
Snuffers are wonderful for zapping the oxygen from the flame to safely put out the candle. Often times I have the urge to just blow out the flame. This approach is ok with jar candles, but not recommended for tapers. Once I accidently blew wax all over the table. It was such a mess to clean up!
It’s hard to say I have a favorite scented candle company. I adore Tyler candles. They are made of soy and the scent is strong enough to waft through several rooms in the house. The one draw back is the cost. Lately they have been a budget buster for me. I recently discovered a line of soy candles at Target that are more budget friendly and also have a strong but not overpowering scent. Sweet Spun Sugar is my current obsession. It’s like taking a walk through the midway of a carnival and smelling cotton candy.
This week flew by, didn’t it? I feel if I blink it will be Christmas. I am not ready to say to good-bye to summer just yet. So while we still have a few weeks left to enjoy the warm weather and sand beneath our toes I thought I would feature my must have’s for summer entertaining.
Outdoor poufs for lounging with friends…. these were from Restoration Hardware
An table to gather around and share a meal
The quintessential outdoor bar
Citronella candles to ward off the bugs. These are a simple DIY with rosemary, citronella oil, lemons and a wax candle.
There is just something about the right chair in a space. Whether it’s an oversized cushiony chair or a sleek modern accent chair, the perfect chair can make a fabulous statement. This week’s Friday Finds features my five favorite chairs.
I simply love the idea of the Ghost Chair, designed by Philippe Starck. It’s a piece of art for your home. Sleek and translucent, the chair seems to float in a space giving it the illusion of not being there. Visually, it’s light weight making it perfect in a small dining room or as a chair for a vanity.
Parson chairs…. What can be said about the simplistic lines and angular profile? The Parson’s Chair is a great choice for side chairs, extra seating in a living room or even as a desk chair in a cozy home office. The material used to cover this chair, designed by Loni M Designs makes the chair stand out. I love the pattern and mix of colors she used.
Kelly Swallow, a London based bespoke designer has a fabulous line of patchwork chairs, ottomans and couches. She rescues classic styles and reupholsters each of them in amazing fabrics. Most of the time, she chooses bright patterns and colors. It would be a wonderful challenge to design an entire room around one of her patchwork chairs or couches.
I spotted chairs similar to this one at the Oxford Exchange and fell in love. It’s the Noir Ribcage Fabric Balloon Chair. It’s perfect for relaxing with a glass of wine or even that morning latte. I adore the unusual lines, although it would not be ideal in most design styles. Being a little eclectic I would scoop up a pair of these and place them right by my fireplace…
Mid-century modern design has been making a huge come back as many people gravitate toward a vintage look for their homes. The Barcelona chair is a classic that doesn’t seem to have faded into the background. Its lines are clean and welcoming. It pairs perfectly with a modern couch or even a more contemporary style. I would pick it for a masculine den with a nod to the 1950’s.
It’s hard to believe Christmas is just three weeks away, leaving very little time to shop for those hard to buy for men in our lives. I stumbled across a few unique gifts while hunting for some surprises for my guy who has everything. What I found was pretty cool….
A wood eyeglass holder, reminiscent of the heads found on Easter Island. This statue is hand carved wood made in India. It’s an artistic piece that offers a place to hang his glasses. Price: $18.00 available at Uncommon Goods
Steampunkesque cuff links….. price: $49.00 available at Touch of Modern
And an amazing camera dolley for the iPhone. It’s a perfect gift for the movie maker in the family. Price: $98.00 available at Touch of Modern