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giveaway winnerCongrats Kelly – you have won the pair of Creative Candles tapers.  Email me with your address and I will get them sent your way.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!


This weekend was full of those little surprises that I just love.  It started on Saturday morning with Color & Candlelight with Eddie Ross.  The event was held at Gracious Home in Chelsea and sponsored by Creative Candles – so it was no surprise that the bulk of the chat centered colored candles.

Eddie gave great tips for updating so many looks with such a simple and inexpensive trick.


Colored candles are a great way to make your rooms, parties, you name it look magazine ready in no time. All with the simple swap from a white taper (or votive or pillar) to colored.  They are cheaper than new pillows and can last longer than fresh flowers.

I particularly loved his idea of placing a big group of candles of differing heights on a coffee table or even just a single – a bit of instant drama, and a way to show off more candlesticks that are likely hiding in a hutch.

And a quick way to modernize antique candlesticks?  Add a fun colored candle, and then set them inside a straight-sided hurricane (like this pic from Martha Stewart).

Being someone who is not necessarily color-shy, but seriously in love with neutrals, it’s a great trick.  A quick pink taper on any candlestick (brass perhaps), and voila – instant spice!

EddieRoss and colored.candles


With the colored candles (as seen on the table here), they really do help your eye continue to move up, in a way that white candles wouldn’t.

And so even though there may be a bit more color on the table than I would use at home (change the patterned overlay to maybe a smaller runner – I would want the food to shine through a bit too), I can’t wait to get more color in such a simple way. (And did you notice the candlesticks on Eddie’s table are brass? It’s popping up everywhere!)


We have more tips from Eddie coming up, but in the meantime, I thought a GIVEAWAY is in order.

I snagged some of these great candles, and thought that maybe you should have some too!!

Just leave a comment about how you would use colored candles and what color you like best (options below) and I will pick a winner at random.  The winner of a pair of  7/8″ x 18″ tapers will be picked May 1, so all entries must be in by then.


Good luck and I can’t wait to hear everyone’s favorite color!

Did you hear? Looks like we have six more weeks of winter.

Well, the weather may be that way and it might be a bit early for warmer wares, but nothing says we can’t bring in the sunshine inside with some spring colors.

Using the Pantone Fashion Color Report 2010 (thanks coco+kelley for the lead), we found a few things that brighten up any table.

The Venini vases may be a bit of a splurge, but the resin napkin rings have just as many colors without quite the investment.  And the yellow tray can make you forget the snow, particularly if it is serving breakfast in bed.  And those Missoni dessert plates, I have been eyeing that pattern for a while.  It is amazing how just one or two little things can punch up the basics.

How do you handle the wait for spring?


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Saks Fifth Avenue Snowlakes

Do you keep the same holiday decor every year, or do you switch it up a bit?

I know that it can be pricy to change decorations from year to year, but I do like mixing it up … maybe because there are so many fun things to try.  Red with lime green – metallics – magenta and white – bright colors like the old-school Christmas bulbs – so many fun things.  But one style I have never quite gotten into was the snowflake – until now!

Maybe because in sunny CA the snowflake seemed downright silly, or maybe because they always looked a bit cheesy – you know the ones on the blue and white paper plates?  But I think I am officially a convert.

The snowflakes on the Saks building inspired me, and I just couldn’t stop.

I found all kinds of great things for a winter wonderland in silver, pewter, grey, white, and cream.

grey snowflake decor

There are lots of lovely ornaments that can be found at great prices, but you don’t have to stop at the tree.  Gather bulbs in bowls, vases, apothecary jars, you name it!

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mercury glassc andlesticks

I like presents, so I figure you do to!

In honor of this here birthday, we are doing our very first giveaway on

These beautiful mercury glass clandlesticks come from one of my very favorite stores for gifts in NYC, John Derian.  Look at the pics below – there are too many treasures here to handle.

John Derian

To be entered to win these babies, just leave a comment below with your favorite store for gifts.  That way I can learn new haunts in other cities.

And just in case you want more of my fave stores for gifts (for me!! and others!) – Carrots in San Francisco and Surfas in Los Angeles.  Excited to hear yours!


Giveaway ends December 4 – so make sure to leave a comment before then.  Oh, and yes, I will read them all, but the winner will be picked at random.

These would be welcome on any holiday table – yours or those you will be getting gifts for soon!

Thin taper birthday candles

Being that today is my birthday, and figuring it might be time for a turkey break, let’s talk candles.

I know they are not the newest thing in birthday/party world, but I still really love the exta-long, thin tapers. The height just really makes them fun, without the obnoxiousness of those silly ones that don’t blow out.  You can find them locally at many stores and bakeries, or order them online in all kinds of colors from

Also in honor of my birthday, come back soon for an AWESOME giveaway from one of my favorite stores for gifts!  Can’t wait!!

Images via Crafted Candles

green bean candle lit

Let’s be honest – the Thanksgiving table can often use a bit of color.  Some of the main components of the plate are a bit bland, in color, not taste! But between the turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes, that is more than a bit of brown and beige.

So bright colors are a fun and welcome addition, like the blue table here, or how great is this purple version?  But knowing that the food is the main event, there might not be much room for flowers this round. Why not spruce it up with more food?

These candles with green beans are a snap – literally!  Just fit any candle you want with a rubber band and then insert the green beans.  Once you have enough to cover the circumference of the candle, trim the ends so it stands evenly.  Lastly, tie it up and remove the rubber band.  I think a twine would look a bit better, but my trusty kitchen string filled in quite nicely.

green bean candle

In the spring, this also works great with asparagus!

Another way to bring color and light is with artichoke votives.

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Martha Stewart I am not -
I have no intention of
whittling my own table
and can handle a martini
like nobody's business -
but I do have lots of
great ideas on cooking,
entertaining, and living
that I want to share with you.

Together, perhaps we can find
ways to have a bit more fun!


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