26 Oct 2012

Ambience… The Old Fashioned Way

I have always thought that candles are one of the easiest ways to create ambience in our homes.

Long lasting and easy to style… candlelight can make even the most simple of spaces look magical…

 These candles at the Maison Objet in Paris… arranged on platters… different colours and different heights… were so atmospheric…

I imagined them on a coffee table, a dining table, a sideboard or a commode… in my entrance hall to welcome guests or simply make us feel cosy…

I like the mix of autumn colours… I wouldn’t have thought to add that soft green to the reds and oranges…

What do you think? Are you a candle lover like me? xv

CREATE THE CANDLELIGHT

Metallic red… here

Simple red… here

Soft green here and Ivory here

Pumpkin pillars here and here

add a little scent with this one… here

Serving Tray… here

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79 Comments

Pamela

another thing about candles..we all look better by candle light! when entertaining, i mostly use candles for lighting. i love the process of lighting candles in the evening when the little ones go down to sleep. to me it says..”me time!”

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Vicki

I remember thinking that too Pamela… There is something relaxing about lighting candles and enjoying the ambience they provide… and yes… We do look better by candlelight… :)

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Susan

I love this, my mother had a candle arrangement just like this when I was much much younger. So many candles today are in glass vessels, I love the way these melt into themselves.

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Vicki

I though so too… and I always stick with monotones…but I am going to strat melding the colours like these..

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Rena

I can’t get enough of candles..I like white and black …not only wonderful smelling, even the hot wax, romantic and flattering for the face, in my country also often useful as we have power failure on a regular basis.

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StagerLinda

I love that picture. Candles add so much ambiance to a house. I love their fragrance, low light and mystery. The are an inexpensive luxury.

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SueBee

You just made me get up and light a candle, just for me!! I must say I love yours all melty open on the tray, but it scares me. I must have mine in a pretty container for safety. You inspired me today!! Thank you…

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Vicki

I think as long as they are contained somehow… like on the tray in these shots.. they will be fine… I wouldn’t leave them unattended… but who would? I would be watching them… they are so mesmerising..

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pve

I think I have a serious addiction to candles. I have quite an array.
They do look so pretty at dusk and on any tray or table.
pve

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Anita Rivera

We have “candle light” every night. However, since both my husband and I have a tendency to fall asleep after our long days at work, we are using the most GORGEOUS (battery-powered) candles. Shhhhh……yes, they are absolutely lovely. But real candles are used much when we entertain either outside or on the dining room table. LOVELY THOUGHT for this raining and chilly day here my dear! Anita

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Vicki

I have not tried the battery powered ones… I guess they are like a variety of lamp… Candles do require attention though…:)

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Heather in Arles

I think that you know the answer to that. ;)

When we had our last apartment and so had not only candles indoors but in the garden, I would have up to 30 lit for the evening! And not for any special occasion. No, candles are the easiest way of making the everyday special, I think. I actually went on a bit of a ‘candle detox’ after that but they are slooowly creeping back up in number…
xo,
h

PS. Monoprix has some beautiful greige colored ones that I bought for our wooden chandelier…

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Vicki Lee Johnston

My favourite things … candles. There is nothing like a house full of lit candles and no other lighting – perhaps fairy lights – thousands of them.
Nobody is short for ideas on what to buy me as a gift – I always ask for candles … and beautiful dishes, platters and glassware to put them in. I love the nightly procedure of lighting the candles – it’s magical.
Very exotic when there is a blackout … sometimes I don’t want the lights to come back on.

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Virginia

Yes, yes, and yes! I love the way these get all wobbly and squishy ( sorry for the lack of decent adjectives) . I have them in my non working fireplace and on tables. Affordable ambiance.
V

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Vicki

Oh no… :( little by little Kwana…
Sometimes men are not so enamoured with the scented ones… so I mix them up a little…

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mary timmers

I pretty much have scented candles going every day– except for the hottest days in summer. Thinking about it, when the AC is on, I have them going then too! There is something eternal about them. The flame I light, someone else lighted thousands of years ago… The feeling they envoke goes on and on.

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Vicki

Yes I agree… I think there is something very comforting about candlelight… I burn them all the time too… and often blend the scented ones to have my own fragrance…

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Vicki Lee Johnston

Vicki I love that you reply to comments when you are able – a quick question: which Australian House and Garden edition is the home feature in? If it is in newagents here I will try and find it.

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Vicki

I like to try and involve us in a conversation… when I can… It is much more fun for me.. if we chat…:)
It was in last month’s … September issue… and the front picture was entitled ‘Coming Up Roses”..

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Vicki

Yes it’s the one thing I always have when I am on my own MArsha… the candles burning…

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Victoria

Indeed, I am a huge follower of the old fashioned way to create ambiance. Candles anytime. These are lovely set up! Hope your autumn is golden! xoxo

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Vicki

A ‘golden ‘ selection would look lovely too…with a touch of sage green… the possibilities are endless…

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Karena

Vicki I adore having candles lit. Today is cloudy and raining so I will have several lit! Love the look above on the serving tray and the way they are melting down!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

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Vicki

I am going to try this out soon… once I re-stock my pillar candles.. I am running low and really want to reproduce this look… :)

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Leslie

Beautiful assortment of fall colors and I like to see them as they’ve been burning. I use lots of candles, particularly during the extended dark periods here in the pacific northwest. They do create a wonderful warm ambiance .. and who doesn’t look better in candle light? ;)

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Mary Jo

Vicki, I realize that all the candles I have are in containers–beautiful ones but your post is making me think of going out and buying the pillars and making up a tray like this–it would be so beautiful especially on a gray morning like this–beautiful!

xo Mary Jo

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Vicki

I am the same Mary-Jo… all mine are in glass containers… but these candles stopped me in my tracks… I am ordering some… :)

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peggy braswell

I am sure, in another life, I lived only by lighted candles. If you can, use them in a chandelier with a pulley & rope,makes it easier to light the candles + the glow is heavenly. I love to use them any Ole way. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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Vicki

Me too Peggy… :)
My dream was to have candles on the Christmas tree… I am sure I would set fire to the house!! So I have stayed with fairy lights…

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Amy Kortuem

I am indeed a candle lover! Though I have to be very, very, very careful when I light them. My large, wonderful, dramatic white cat Harry has no sense of personal space and has dragged his magnificent tail through a candle flame at least three times…and once even SAT on a grouping of votive candles in glass holders!

Evidence:
http://amykortuem.blogspot.com/2011/12/christmas-baking-with-harrys-help.html

and:
http://amykortuem.blogspot.com/2010/11/band-rehearsal-lights-up-night.html

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Vicki

So many! I might do a post on my favourite scented candles… Thank you for the inspiration…
And I love them in the bathroom too..

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francoise coadou-porter

Candle lighting is my evening “ceremonie”.When i had a b&b in byron every night i spent half hour lighing the gardens with candles and balinese flares, under the leaves,hanging off branches,singly, in trio, all doors opened onto the garden and NO lighting inside, just candles,When ever my guests went out before dark,and retuned, tjey all thought it was magic, and it was amongs teh frangipanis in bloom or just amoungs the nature artistry of bare branches. In St remy even on my own, candles everywhere …indoors now , how about a bath surrounded with candles and a drop of lavender in the water !!!..heaven

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francoise coadou-porter

i actualy want to do a candle making course this winter in provence anybody can help where ??

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Vicki

Maybe in Graveson? There is the candle manufacturer called La Ciergerie 2 Avenue Lieutenant Atger, 13690 Graveson, France, Tel: +33 4 90 95 71 14 …

They make many of the church candles in the region… perhaps they have something on offer…

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Hope

I’ve had issues with soot. Anybody had that problem. It doesn’t seem to matter the quality of the candle. Even when I used all-natural beeswax candles, I got soot settling on things. I would love it if anybody had any thoughts on this to offer!

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Vicki

Hope… it could be because you aren’t trimming the wick? I trim mine after each burning… And when I first burn a candle I light it for one hour, let it burn then blow it out. When it cools down I then trim the wick so that it doesn’t smoke. It also means that you get a more even burn in the wax… It’s a bit of extra work but it really pays off and makes your candles last that much longer…

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Vicki

They really looked so pretty… burning away at their different heights… and colours…

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A Gift Wrapped Life

How I miss my scented candles! I would have them everywhere, all the time (well I used to) but I did light a bevy of unscented votives for a dinner here last night and they looked beautifully reflective on our antique mirrored dining table. It did make me think I should do it more often (and I will), it is so annoying being fragrance sensitive because the scent is half the fun! Much love and hugs. xx

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Vicki

The non scented do look pretty… and I love the votives on mirror… I am sure the table looked magnificent…

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Francesca Muir

Oh how I love this – I love the “art” they create when they are able to melt in their own way and own time – and then when they are completely melted down I simply put another pillar candle on top in another colour so the new wax melts into the old. Gorgeous. Fx

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Vicki

I love the ‘messy’ of the wax… and adding one upon another… the way their sides roll over and semi collapse is gorgeous…

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francoise coadou-porter

remember the days of “mattews rose” (not sure of the spelling anymore) in london the 70th. mattews bottle were considered a fantastic candle holder and the more the wax dripped the better it looked, we had one in a restaurant i work then and the mountain of wax nearly reached one metre, a fantastic piece of self made art…

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Mouse

oh yes, a nice fire in the grate with flames dancing and candles flickering in the corners are my recipe for a relaxing evening after a week at work fighting cybercrime.

I think they remind me of dusty old churches and the candles that people light to communicate their innermost feelings with their god. I have lit many candles in many churches all round the world.

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Vicki

I do that too.. one of those rituals that I make whenever I am travelling and if I can…

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Pauline from Phillip Island

I love candles and they play a big part in my life. I think it is so important to take the time to create a beautiful and peaceful sanctuary in our own home. Candles can help do just that. Not just for important times but for all the everyday moments that make up our lives. Candles are like flowers and I think they make every day seem special, both in the ritual of lighting them and the beauty they create around us.

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Vicki

I am glad that I am not alone in my love of candles… I have always considered home to be the most important place in my world… and the ambience generated by the simple things just makes it more so…

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Pauline from Phillip Island

You are amazing, Vicki. Both for your wonderful blog which I adore and also for responding to so many comments. It makes your readers feel very special. Thank you.

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Vicki

You are more than special… readers are the reason I blog… :) I wish I could get around more.. chat with everyone more often because I love the connection…

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