Return to New York City


I’m back in New York City for a few days of meetings with editors and vendors. I absolutely love summer here in New York and I always look forward to exploring.

This photo was taken not far from one of my favorite stores in the city (and retailer of Linnea’s Lights), ABC Carpet & Home. It is just a stunning shopping experience, full of inspiration and knick-knacks from around the globe.

Follow us on Instagram (@linneaslights) for more peeks to come from NYC!

Thank you!

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Thank you all so much for making our very first Facebook giveaway a huge success! It seems like you enjoyed it, so please stay tuned as we plan our next contest. Our winner has been notified and the polls are now closed, but rest assured that you won’t have long to wait for your next chance to win!

Your support, as always, means so very much to us at Linnea’s Lights.

A Visit to Juxtaposition Home & Announcing Our First Facebook Giveaway!

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On the final leg of our trip down the gorgeous California coast, we stopped in a Newport Beach. Aside from enjoying time on the water kayaking and surfing, I stopped by to visit one of our favorite accounts, Juxtaposition Home. I was in awe of all the beautiful items they carry to dress the home in California style, and our Linnea’s Lights candles were scenting the entire store in the best possible way!

If you find yourself in Southern California, Juxtaposition home is a place I highly recommend visiting! Now after a fun filled 10 days away, I’m off to return to the studio. I have been inspired by the California lifestyle–mountains, lakes, cities, oceans, trees, blooming plants, and of course, the beaches.


In other fun updates, I’m thrilled to announce our very first Facebook giveaway: We’re nearing 1,000 followers on Facebook and for helping us get there, we’re celebrating by giving away two of our large, triple-wick candles in our newest Jasmine scent for one winner and a lucky friend! Jasmine is an earthy blend of jasmine blooms & bergamot tea that we just love.

Enter to win now and make sure to tell your friends to play along. We’re making it super simple for you to enter. Just follow this link. Thank you for being a part of our Linnea’s Lights family!

Postcard from the California Coast

Cliffs over the Pacific, Big Sur, CA

Cliffs over the Pacific, Big Sur, CA

On our family trip down California’s beautiful coastline Highway 1, I took a trip off the path to visit Kymberley Fraser, owner & talented designer of A Beautiful Mess in Agoura Hills, CA. What an inspirational store with gorgeous found items from throughout the world. So honored to be partners with her and her team and wishing her store was closer to me in Indianapolis!

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And here are some photos that were taken on our trip down Highway 1 before our stop in Agoura Hills. The lone cypress on Pebble Beach’s gorgeous 17-mile drive is one of my favorites. It is said to be about 250 years old and has survived fires and brutal weather. Inspiring!

Monterey, California

Monterey, California

The lone cypress tree

The lone cypress tree

Carmel by the sea, CA (It's official...I'm trading Carmel, Indiana for Carmel, California ;)

Carmel by the sea, CA (It’s official…I’m trading Carmel, Indiana for Carmel, California ;)

Holidays in July preview


Last week we started unveiling our newest scents for Fall & Holiday. Here’s a little peek behind the scenes! Our newest candle is called Jasmine, a wonderful blend of Jasmine blooms and earthy bergamot tea. Stay tuned for more details and where-to-buy links.


Meet & Greet: Getting to know a British Linnea’s Lights vendor with Circus Brixton

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Circus Brixton is a creative emporium selling affordable artwork from local designer-makers, beautiful vintage home-wares and so much more. Located in London, Tabitha Rout has been hard at work on Circus since 2009 and we are thrilled that she has welcomed Linnea’s Lights into such an inspiring shop. The shop reflects an approach to living life well– beautiful things, interesting people, good ideas, strong hot coffee and good conversation. She also believes in supporting new creative talent and keeping the business of shopping interesting and independent.

Here, we chat with Tabitha:

1. Where did the name Circus Brixton come from?
We chose Circus as we felt it described the unusual, eclectic and hopefully entertaining visual feast of the store.

2. What’s your inspiration for the merchandise you sell?
It’s recognizing beauty in the unexpected. We are all designers and creators. Hopefully the merchandise that we sell reflects this. We wont sell anything that we dont love.

3. What are your top 3 favorite stores around the world?
Not really stores but markets and charity shops. My favourites are Lincoln Antiques Fair, Chiswick car boot sale, Souks of Essouaria.

4. What are some of your favorite pieces in store right now?
Right now we have some hand made simple leather sandals from Morocco from our new Traveling Circus range. Also a new Japanese label Hanelca, travel accessories using traditional print designs/methods. And of course beautiful Linnea’s Lights candles that our customers absolutely love.

5. What drew you to Linnea’s Lights?
The whole package! The scents are absolutely gorgeous, personal favourite at the moment is Sea Salt and Persian Lime. The packaging and handmade ethos make them very special. I have been searching far and wide for candles like this and they are very rare…..unless you spend a fortune!

6. Any store mascots (pets, lucky charms…)?
Ginger cat that likes to wander in from time to time to keep warm. Have to be careful not to lock him in!

7. What’s your favorite part about having your own store?
Meeting new people, being in a market feels like being part of a big dysfunctional family. Having a free creative rein is very exciting.

8. Favorite vacation destination?

London, Barcelona, Morocco. There are lots of amazing places, But I think if you’re with the right people it can be just about anywhere.

9. Favorite neighborhood lunch spot?
The Agile Rabbit Pizzeria Brixton Village for fabulous pizza and live jazz in a very cool laid back spot.

Okay, time for the lightning round:

8 a.m. or 8 p.m.? 8pm
Beach or mountains? Beach
Beer or Wine? Wine
Cats or dogs? Dogs

Thanks so much for chatting, Tabitha! And to our readers, we hope you enjoyed this peek at another wonderful boutique. Check out Circus Brixton online or next time you’re across the pond!

Family Tree Prints by Evajuliet Atelier

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Since Linnea’s Lights was cultivated from such a deep family lineage, I’ve always had a strong interest in family history. Thanks to Anthology Magazine, I’ve just come across the striking work of these Evajuliet Atelier customizable family trees.

Each tree is an archival print with an original illustration by Eva. An art director, graphic designer and illustrator, Eva works out of her Quebec design studio and creates not just family trees, but also gorgeously intricate art prints as seen on her Etsy page. Her romantic and sweet style lends itself perfectly to gift giving. A fabulous keepsake and such a thoughtful gift idea!

Meet & Greet: Getting to know a Linnea’s Lights vendor with Bixby & Ball


One of the best parts of this business has been in getting to know our wonderful retailers across the country and around the world. We wanted to introduce you to some of our friends in this new blog feature, called “Meet & Greet”, which we’re kicking off here with California’s own Bixby & Ball.

Before we share our fun Q & A, first a bit of background:
Bixby & Ball is a result of the friendship and shared vision between the two founders, Melissa Anderson and Betsy Bracken, which began with their mutual passion for entrepreneurship, design, and improving the most sacred of living spaces—the home. Backed with ingenuity, determination, and a love for all things coastal classic, they have hand-selected their favorite elements of coastal living to create a one-stop shopping experience in the heart of Solana Beach’s charming Cedros Avenue Design District. Shoppers will find unique home décor and accessories, custom furniture, antiques and art, designer bedding and pillows, one-of-a-kind jewelry, luxurious bath and body products, fragrance and a variety of meaningful gifts for any special occasion. In addition to the thoughtful selection of products that Bixby & Ball has to offer in the store and online, they also offer full-scale customized interior design services and in-home styling.

Here we chat with Betsy.
1. Where did the name Bixby & Ball come from?
Bixby & Ball are two family names that hold significant meaning for each of us. The Bixby family, on Melissa’s side, developed a large part of California near Big Sur and the Ball family, on mine, produced the original mason jar out of Muncie, Indiana. Both of us have been deeply impacted by the incredible spirit of entrepreneurship in our families and felt inspired to create something of our own to honor the value of hard work and giving back to the community, which have been instilled in the two of us for generations.

2. What was the design aesthetic you had in mind for your store?
We wanted to offer a coastal design aesthetic without spelling it out in seashells and anchors — think Coastal Living Magazine with a nod to the nautical. Here we are near the beach and yet before we opened, there really wasn’t anywhere offering this aesthetic, so we definitely felt there was a niche we could fill. And our location is unique in that we’re housed in the first cottage built on Cedros Avenue in the 1920’s, so we wanted to create an experience for our customers that felt less like visiting a store and more like coming home.

3. What’s your inspiration for the merchandise you sell?
We’re always inspired by the stories behind the products — we want to know who creates them, where they’re made and what makes them special. After all, if we don’t feel connected to the items we sell, how can we expect our customers to feel compelled to purchase them? We don’t want to fill our store with a bunch of stuff — we really strive to curate a thoughtful and cohesive collection of items we would put in our own homes (or already have!).

4. Are there any expansion plans on the horizon?
We’ve expanded about as much as we can in our quaint little cottage — we’ve expanded into the small storefront next door and moved our office space to open up more room for retail. Of course we’ve talked about opening up another location and you never know, you may see a Bixby & Ball pop up somewhere down the road, but right now we’re really focusing on growing our e-commerce and interior design services, while continuing to provide exceptional service to our brick and mortar customers.

5. How do you buy for your store, keeping your customers’ needs in mind?
Before we opened, we talked a lot about who our ideal customer would be and identified Diane Keaton’s character, Erica Barry, from the movie Something’s Gotta Give as our dream customer, so during our first buying trip to NYC we shopped for Erica. About a year ago (and again this past weekend!), Diane Keaton came into the store to shop and WOW, that was most definitely a full circle moment. But now that we’ve established a loyal customer base, we’ll think about specific customers as we’re buying and say to each other, “Do you think so-and-so would buy that?” And it’s so much fun when that specific customer comes in and goes straight for that item.

6. What are some of your favorite pieces in store right now?
Our antique European pine hutch, all of our colorful John Robsahw pillows and the new Linnea’s Lights Heirloom Tomato Candle — we can’t get enough of that scent!!

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Image courtesy of Bixby & Ball

7. What drew you to Linnea’s Lights?
First and foremost, we absolutely LOVE the scents and packaging (especially the little box of matches enclosed with each candle!) and how the candles liquify as they burn so you get an even burn all the way down to the base of the wick. But we also were drawn to the line after discovering that it was created by a mother and daughter who take such great pride in the quality of their product. And certainly the Indiana connection makes Linnea’s Lights extra near and dear.

8. When it comes to candles, which scents do you tend to burn at work vs. at home? Do you differentiate between using a scent that has maybe more of a motivational kick for day and more of a wind-down essence to relax on weekends or evenings?
We each have our favorites and tend to burn those same scents at work and home, but for both of us it’s always Pumpkin from Labor Day to Thanksgiving!

9. What’s your favorite part about having your own store?
Oh so many things, but hearing customers say that it’s their favorite shop…it doesn’t get much better than that.

10. Favorite vacation destination?
Melissa’s is Mammoth, CA and mine is Leland, MI — both have very special meaning to our families and are the only places we feel we can truly unplug from it all.

11. Favorite neighborhood lunch spot?
Claire’s on Cedros for a casual working lunch and Las Olas on the beach if we’re in the mood to play hooky on a Friday afternoon and have a few margaritas.

Okay, time for the lightning round:
8 a.m. or 8 p.m.? 8 p.m.
Beach or mountains? Both
Beer or Wine? Wine
Cats or dogs? Dogs

Thanks so much for speaking with us, Betsy! And to our readers, we hope you enjoyed this peek at a wonderful boutique. Check out Bixby & Ball online or next time you’re in California!

Don’t Miss Out: Win the Ultimate Wedding Welcome Bag!


Time is winding down on this fabulous contest, so just a friendly reminder to enter now if you haven’t done so already! We’ve teamed up with the smarties at Guesterly for the Ultimate Wedding Welcome Bag Giveaway! It couldn’t be easier to enter for this chance to win creative goodies you and your guests will love.

Enter here for your chance at this great gift bag, featuring yours truly and many others, such as: Vosges Haut-Chocolat, Pinch Provisions, MAPTOTE, Gracious Goodies, and Help Remedies! How fabulous?! Contest ends July 17th.

Jet Set: Traveling with Candles

Photograph by Charles Allmon, National Geographic

Photograph by Charles Allmon, National Geographic

Summer always has me dreaming up my next escape and I so look forward to our next family vacation. In the meantime, I was reading the beautiful new July issue of InStyle Magazine with cover girl Kate Hudson, and found myself pulling out a few helpful travel tips from the Jet Set pages. I wanted to share one trick in particular I came across, courtesy of Jeralyn Gerba (co-founder and editorial director of Fathom: the fabulous travel website), which I have actually used for many years: When traveling, pack a few of your favorite mini candle votives. Not only will they keep your luggage smelling great, you can enjoy them throughout your travels and make any hotel feel like home without taking up a ton of valuable space! Brilliant, right?

My favorite scents for summer trips are Cashmere and Lavendar, both (and more!) available as mini votives for $16, here.

And as for that stunning image… in honor of the World Cup being played in beautiful Brazil, I couldn’t resist sharing this beautiful photograph by Charles Allmon (National Geographic) of a 1950’s scene along Arpoador Beach in Rio de Janiero.