Ambience… The Old Fashioned Way

October 26, 2012

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


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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  • Pamela says:

    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!”

    • Vicki says:

      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… :)

  • Susan says:

    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.

  • I love candles…those colours are gorgeous together.

  • Je n’imagine même pas me trouver à l’atelier et ne pas allumer une petite bougie…
    Une très jolie publication.
    Gros bisous

  • Rena says:

    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.

  • StagerLinda says:

    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.

  • SueBee says:

    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…

    • Vicki says:

      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..

  • pve says:

    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.

  • Anita Rivera says:

    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

    • Vicki says:

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

  • 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…

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

  • 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.

  • Virginia says:

    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.

  • Kwana says:

    I am. I just wished my husband enjoyed them as much as I do.

    • Vicki says:

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

  • mary timmers says:

    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.

    • Vicki says:

      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…

  • 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.

    • Vicki says:

      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”..

  • I can’t imagine living without a candle burning. Ambience and scent is intoxicating.
    Happy Thursday, Vicki.

  • I am always over-budget on candles. Even when I’m alone they make my home feel warm and snuggly. xx’s

  • Gina says:

    candle lover indeed…love it when they melt all over each other

  • Victoria says:

    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

  • Karena says:

    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!

    Art by Karena

    • Vicki says:

      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… :)

  • Leslie says:

    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? ;)

  • Mary Jo says:

    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

    • Vicki says:

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

  • 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.

    • Vicki says:

      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…

  • Amy Kortuem says:

    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!



  • I adore candles and love them for evening…
    at the dinner table or in the bath!
    I am always looking for delicious scented candles in lovely containers.
    Any suggestions?

    • Vicki says:

      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..

  • francoise coadou-porter says:

    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

  • francoise coadou-porter says:

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

    • Vicki says:

      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…

  • Hope says:

    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!

    • Vicki says:

      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…

  • …and oh so beautiful!!!

  • 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

  • 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

    • Vicki says:

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

      • francoise coadou-porter says:

        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…

  • Vicki,
    I love candles, I think they add such a glow to a room and create a mood. It’s definitely candle burning season with the cooler evenings.
    Great ambiance.

  • Lorrie says:

    I do love candles. In the morning, on a rainy afternoon, in the evening – they add such coziness to a room.

  • Mouse says:

    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.

  • Pauline from Phillip Island says:

    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.

    • Vicki says:

      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…

      • Pauline from Phillip Island says:

        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.

        • Vicki says:

          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…

  • Mystica says:

    These are so very pretty!

  • Irina says:

    These are gorgeous…yes, I really love candlelight…

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