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Current Obsessions: Candlelit

December 9, 2023

Happy weekend, and Happy Hanukkah to all who celebrate. Ahead, 12 things we bookmarked this week:

a doable saturday afternoon diy: easy ceramic votive holders for a festive tabl 17
Above: A doable Saturday afternoon DIY: Easy Ceramic Votive Holders for a Festive Table (or for the mantle, or stocking stuffers, or a make-yourself menorah). All you need is air-dry clay and a few tools from around the house. Photograph by Justine Hand for Remodelista.
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Frequently asked questions

What are some ideas for creating a cozy ambiance with candlelight?

Some ideas for creating a cozy ambiance with candlelight include: arranging candles of different heights and sizes, using candle holders or lanterns for added warmth and charm, opting for scented candles to enhance the atmosphere, and experimenting with candle colors to match the desired mood or theme.

Where can I find unique candle holders or lanterns?

You can find unique candle holders or lanterns at various places such as home decor stores, antique shops, flea markets, online marketplaces like Etsy, or even DIY projects by repurposing items like mason jars, wine bottles, or old tins.

What are some suggested scents to consider for a cozy candlelit space?

Some suggested scents to consider for a cozy candlelit space are warm and comforting fragrances like vanilla, cinnamon, cedarwood, lavender, amber, or sandalwood. These scents can help create a relaxing and inviting atmosphere.

Are there any safety precautions to keep in mind when using candles?

Yes, there are safety precautions to keep in mind when using candles. These include keeping them away from flammable materials, placing them on heat-resistant surfaces, never leaving them unattended, keeping them out of reach of children and pets, and ensuring they are fully extinguished before leaving the room or going to bed.

How can I incorporate candlelight in different rooms of my home?

You can incorporate candlelight in different rooms of your home by placing candles on coffee tables or mantels in the living room, using them as a centerpiece on dining tables, placing them near the bathtub for a relaxing bath, or even illuminating outdoor spaces like patios or gardens with candles in lanterns or hanging string lights.

Do scented candles have any health benefits?

Scented candles may have some potential health benefits depending on the chosen fragrance. For example, certain scents like lavender or chamomile can promote relaxation and stress relief, while citrus or mint scents may boost energy and focus. However, it's important to choose high-quality candles made with natural ingredients to minimize potential irritants or toxins.

Can I mix different candle colors together to create a unique ambiance?

Yes, you can mix different candle colors together to create a unique ambiance. Combining multiple colors can add visual interest and enhance the overall atmosphere. Experiment with complementing or contrasting colors based on the desired mood or theme of the space.

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