Upgrade Your Thanksgiving Table Settings

As I prepare for Thanksgiving next week, I’ve been hunting for new table setting inspirations from around the web and in all my favorite magazines. One trend I’ve noticed? Candles! It’s true, there’s just something about a Thanksgiving table that calls out for beautiful, cozy candles. I liked some of these decorating ideas from Real Simple, which style speaks to you? For me, I’m all about the vintage mishmash and I think I’ll pair it with our new Wood candle, a terrain-exclusive pour. This sizable candle is scented with sweet, musky sandalwood and housed into a rugged, bark-covered vessel. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together and so looking forward to time with great friends, family and food!

Enter to Win the Gift Bag Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year Took Home!

Thrilled to have been a part of this year’s Glamour Magazine’s inspiring Women of the Year issue and awards. Just look at the goodies in this gift bag! For your chance to win a new Linnea’s Lights candle and so much more, just enter here. Good luck!

Last Minute Halloween Decoration Ideas

Image courtesy of tabletop-trends.blogspot.com

Halloween is one of my favorite events to celebrate with the kids, but somehow it always seems to sneak up on me! This year I’m scrambling for last minute decorations, and you can’t beat Martha Stewart for inspiration…

Since we always have plenty of candles around (imagine that!), a go-to craft is carved pumpkin luminaries. Here are some easy instructions, along with a few other ideas for outdoor Halloween decorations, to help inspire:

http://www.marthastewart.com/274309/outdoor-halloween-decorations/@center/276965/halloween#270128

Happy Halloween!

Exploring London Town

Images courtesy of Laura Cler

I am currently in London meeting with friends and vendors and I have been looking forward to this trip all Summer! I’ll take any excuse to hop the pond, and have so been enjoying my short time abroad.

This morning I stopped into Borough Market where I enjoyed some delicious paella and couldn’t help but gaze at all the beautiful fresh fruits, flowers and veggies. Later on, I walked on the south bank along the Thames, took in the Tate Modern with its inspiring showing of Saloua Raouda Choucair (the world’s first major museum exhibition of this remarkable Lebanese artist). Afterwards I enjoyed the view from the Millennium Bridge and couldn’t help but marvel at my luck with the beautiful weather here!

I’ve been lucky enough to visit a few other great spots, some of them UK vendors for Linnea’s Lights, including: Les Choix de RomyHeal’s, Luma, Lipp Interiors, The Birdcage, and Graham & Green, were some highlights.  They are all so lovely! Now I’m off to enjoy my last few days here, and please let me know of anything I must see or do before heading home.

Bringing Home Inspiration from New York Fashion Week

Images: Left to Right - Phillip Lim runway courtesy of ctpost.com; Tommy Hilfiger runway, courtesy of Haute Living

Hearing word that some of New York Fashion Week’s most popular runways were covered in salt (Phillip Lim) and sand (Tommy Hilfiger) and I can’t say I’m too surprised. I too have been inspired by these elements when I created our Sea Salt candle.

So if you’re looking for an easier (and less messy) way to test the trend at home, scatter a few of our summery, fresh candles around the house and be transported in style!

Try the trend for yourself, available here.

Visiting terrain in Westport, Connecticut

This past weekend I had the great pleasure of visiting one of my favorite shops, terrain, in Westport, Connecticut.

The reason for my visit was to help celebrate the Heirloom Tomato Festival and Made in America Marketplace, which was a blast. We featured some of our special candle blends exclusively for terrain: Heirloom Tomato, Patchouli and Vintage Saddle.

I wanted to share some of my snapshots from the day with you and if you were unable to attend, you can still try one of our exclusive terrain candles at home! Pick up our Vintage Saddle candle here. It was a lovely store with a great staff, and I really had a wonderful time meeting some of our fans!

Summer Entertaining DIY: Seashell Candles

Image courtesy of Banana Grove Designs

After returning from a family vacation, I always wonder what to do with some of the souvenirs we collect along the way. In the summer, it’s so lovely to walk along the water collecting interesting stones and beautiful shells and I came across a great little DIY project that will make use of the many seashells I tucked away.

Per DesignSponge, where I found this quick, easy and cheap craft: This is my favorite sort of project, one that takes next to no time and very little money. All you need are some shells (I used the leftovers from summer collecting), a few tea lights and something to melt the wax. If you’re lazy and using small shells like I did, you can just melt a few tapers over the shells, but the proper method usually involves making a simple double boiler.

Materials

  • shells
  • tea lights
  • double boiler or a heat-safe bowl over a pot of simmering water

Instructions

1. Remove the wicks from the tea lights by peeling off the silver covers.

2. Place the wicks in the bottoms of the shells. (If the shells won’t lay flat, you can lay them on a crumpled paper bag or cloth to keep them level)

3. Place the leftover (without wicks) candles in the double boiler and melt. (You can also melt them in a non-stick pan. You’ll just need to clean the pan while it’s still pretty hot to get all the wax off.)

4. Carefully pour the candle wax into each shell, leaving at least a half-inch of wick exposed. This step can get a little bit messy, so to avoid wax spills on your table, it’s best to place your shells on a piece of aluminum foil or paper before pouring.

5. Wait for them to dry completely and then set on the table!

Candles Off Main Explores Our Summer Scents

We were thrilled to see a fun new video posted by our friends at Candles Off Main, featuring a few of their favorite spring and summer candles from Linnea’s Lights. See which scents were at the top of their list and then pick up a few from their well-stocked e-shop!

What fragrance  of ours do you enjoy most in the spring and summer months?

Bring the Garden In

Image courtesy of Saipua

As Spring quickly moved on to Summer, the flowers in the yard have been in full bloom. Apartment Therapy recently posted a very timely piece with some lovely ideas for bringing the garden in,  and they were also kind enough to include us in the piece. With so many floral scents in our line, you’ve got some wonderful ways to freshen up the home for summer!

Try some of our favorites:

New! Wild Fern

New! Peony

Magnolia

Tuberose

Easter Centerpieces & Deviled Eggs

Photography by Kessara Dhana, taken at the Linnea's Lights Studio

With Easter prep in full swing, we’ve been dyeing our eggs and decorating the house for our Sunday guests. For the centerpieces, I’ll use a sprinkling of our new Spring candles: Wild Fern and Peony. Gently scented for the season, I love the way the cream-colored candles in our glass votives look against the classic pastel dyed eggs.

We’ll inevitably have eggs leftover and it’s got me craving Deviled Eggs. After some research, the Deviled Egg has a much richer history than I imagined. Long before they were set out at dinner parties by 1950′s hostesses, they enjoyed popularity all over the world. The Deviled Egg has its origins in Ancient Rome, with the first recipes coming from 13th century Andalusia. Originally they were stuffed with things like raisins and sweet herbs. The term “deviled” comes from the 18th century term that referred to foods that used spices or condiments with a lot of heat. There are different versions of Deviled Eggs all over Europe, Romania, Sweden and Russia. Here is a recipe for one of my favorite versions, Russian Stuffed Eggs:

Ingredients

  • 1 Dozen large eggs
  • 2 to 6 oz smoked salmon
  • 4 to 6 oz of mascarpone cheese or other cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • salt, nutmeg and pepper to taste
  • *1 tablespoon mayonnaise (optional)
  • A sprinkling of paprika

How to make it

  • Boil a dozen eggs for 10 minutes and cool completely
  • Slice eggs in half (long way) and remove yolks
  • Smash yolks and mix in salt, nutmeg, and pepper
  • Process the smoked salmon and mix with the eggs yolk
  • Mix with the Mascarpone cheese and * Mayonnaise and parsley chopped
  • Re fill eggs with yolk mixture and garnish with parsley or olives
  • Sprinkle with Paprika.

Enjoy & happy Easter!