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.

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

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Happy Mother’s Day everybody! Every year, I always look forward to celebrating this special day with my family. We usually start off the day with a family brunch with cute little finger sandwiches, blueberry waffles, and coffee brewed from my favorite coffee beans.

I always feel that the best gifts are ones that come from the heart. Gift your own unique bouquet for mom – a bouquet of Linnea’s Lights newest scents Rose, Violet, and Wild Honeysuckle. Or feel free to mix and match!

What are you getting for Mom this year?

Brand New Scents for Valentine’s Day & Spring: Part 1

With Valentine’s Day around the corner and Spring following shortly after, we’re excited to be introducing our latest candles for your enjoyment. Wouldn’t it be nice to give your sweetheart the ultimate floral bouquet and one that will last a heck of a lot longer than just a few days? Personally, I’d love to receive something like that too!

Now I’d like to introduce the first of our newest additions to the Spring 2012 collection: our Violet scent. It is said that those with violet auras are forward looking visionaries while in ancient Chinese paintings the pigment cultivated from pure violet flower extract, represents the harmony of the universe, the yin and yang. Violets are known to have a flirty scent as its fragrance comes and goes with the gentle winds of spring. Inspired by the beauty and elegance of the color Violet & the simplicity of the plant itself with Iris at the heart, Violet represents love & luxury. This blend has top notes of florals & leafy greens, middle notes of violet & iris and bottom notes of musk.

Enjoy and once you try it, we always love to hear what you think!

Unwrapped: Our Favorite Gifts to Give

Image courtesy of 479° Popcorn

This is one of our favorite times of the year and before we even begin to deck the halls, we’ve already started buying gifts for loved ones. We’ve pulled together a list of some of our favorite gifts to give and hope they offer you some inspiration!

  • Gourmet Popcorn from 479°: ANY and everything from them…so delicious!  And best of all, no GMOs, Gluten Free, All Natural, No Trans Fat, Air Popped and Kosher.
  • From our friends at Vosges Haut-Chocolat, our absolute favorite sampler is the Mini Exotic Candy Bar Library which also happens to be gluten free for my daughter’s allergies!
  • For Champagne, wine and holiday spirits, our favorites are Henri’s Reserve and Tito’s Vodka
  • Turkish Towel Sets: We find ours at AshBlue and we love that they can be monogrammed for that personalized touch.
  • Divine & Elegant Tea blends: Lynn prefers The Earl Grey and Laura prefers The White Duke.
  • Books! We adore sharing books of fiction from various writers and editorial books from Assouline and Patina Style by Steve & Brooke Giannetti — great inspiration and gorgeous, effortless style.
  • Cashmere! Throws, sweaters, scarves…everyone deserves a little luxury wrapped around them, perfect for both men and women. We actually love it so much we named a candle after it!
  • Seasonal flowers, inspired terrariums and bulb kits (like kits we find from Sprout Home): we love to give the gift of growth in the winter season.
  • Letterpress stationery: We fell in love with Delphine Press, printed on vintage letterpress, & Smock designs on bamboo papers.
  • Spaaaahhhh days and gift certificates for others to indulge and experience time away for themselves, just the best!
  • Old fashioned games & puzzles for the family which goes great with the popcorn suites from 479!
  • And of course, nothing sets to tone like holiday music: A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi Trio, the holidays aren’t the same without this!

Of course there’s much more depending on the recipient, but we hope this helps you get a festive jump on the gifting season!

Celebrating the Arrival of Summer

Memorial Day weekend is here again, which means sunshine and sundresses, watermelon and, of course, barbecue! This weekend throw the perfect barbecue for all your friends to start off the summer.

image courtesy of Breakfast At Toast

For ideas on what to eat and drink, check out the Huffington Posts’ hunger-inducing slide-show of Memorial Day recipes. Of course we all know that it’s not all about the food. Create a lovely picnic tabletop with Linnea’s Light’s Magnolia scented candles – they’re perfect for an early summer weekend – and some fresh flowers.

Happy barbecuing!