As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned to love burning candles at home. I now enjoy buying seasonal scents in pretty containers, and I’ve learned to love making my own candles. With industrial-style accents becoming increasingly popular, I made a set of concrete soy candles with beautiful wood wicks using rose, one of my favorite scents.
Candles can be quite easy to make if you use traditional kitchen items like pots and spoons, or you can invest in high quality candle making materials like a metal candle pitcher and wick holder. Continue Reading
Wintertime is in full swing here in Minnesota. Early in the week we experienced a few rounds of snow and ice, resulting in the outdoors being treacherous and uninviting. While I definitely have holiday-related errands to run this weekend, staying off the roads and keeping indoors is pretty tempting. I’m a homebody for certain, and I’ve learned how to keep the stir-crazies away during these colder months. Part of staying sane while being stuck inside has to do with how you light your home. Continue Reading
Scandinavian designers have a distinctive way of lighting their interiors. This unique lighting method emphasizes a sense of warm coziness. They light interiors to create a pleasant atmosphere, not just to be able to see clearly. Light and shadow are equally important elements, as they contribute to a feeling of warmth and naturalness. By follow a few of these easy tips, you can recreate that cozy Scandinavian lighting effect in your own home.
Candles, Candles and More Candles
It cannot be said enough that people in the Nordic countries love lighting candles. Continue Reading
Science has shown that our sense of smell is strongly tied to memory and emotion, so creating a beautifully scented home is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Today we’re sharing ten ways to give your house that Christmas aroma, using things like simmering stovetop mixtures, candles and even scented pinecones. Read on to check them out!
1. This cinnamon scented candle is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit. Continue Reading
It’s a bit of an unspoken rule that our homes should smell delicious during the fall and winter. You’ve gotta have those berries. You should smell the pumpkin. We’ve rounded up a handful of ways that you can bring that scent right into your home and enjoy it all season long!
I came up with this idea one night while watching Project Runway. Designer Justin LeBlanc created a hot glue embellished dress, and I wanted to turn that technique into a decorative holiday project for the home. The process was super simple, super affordable, and I totally love how they turned out. Let’s make some!
The great thing about this project is that the list of materials is really quite short. Here’s what you’ll need:
Pumpkins aren’t just for carving this year, and they don’t have to be destined for the trash after Halloween is over. Here’s a DIY use for pumpkins that makes them usable long after Halloween is over and actually makes them functional as well.
Steph from Henry Happened made these useful pumpkin candles that can be used for Halloween parties, fall gatherings, and even the Thanksgiving season.
I love the versatility of the apple. Whether you eat it fresh, baked, pureed, or smothered in caramel, it’s a wonderful thing. Did you know you can craft with apples too?!
Say “hello” to the apple candle. These are just perfect for your autumn mantle decor or used as a centerpiece. Liz from Say Yes To Hoboken shares how to quickly make a few (or a bunch!) of your own! Visit Say Yes To Hoboken for the full tutorial! Continue Reading
A few weeks ago, our editor, Chris Gardner, posted a sweet woodworking tutorial over on our ‘brother’ site, ManMadeDIY. In it, he explained the steps he took to make a beautiful hardwood modern menorah. If you’re in the market for a new one for Hanukkah this year, or you’re not Jewish but you just want a candle-holder with room for nine lights, then I suggest you check it out. Chris shipped us the finished product, and we were thrilled to put it good use right away. Continue Reading