To warn you, this post is basically a festival of snaps taken in terrible lighting.
A few years ago I was in some wildly vapid conversation where I declared, I really want to learn how to decorate with candles.
Hand to God, those words actually came out of my mouth.
I mean, really.
- Is decorating with candles a learned skill?
- How much technique does one really need to successfully decorate with candles, beyond an active effort to not burn one’s own house down?
I grew up with tapers at the dinner table, but we weren’t burning pillars all over the house or anything like that. It was a subdued situation. I was (and still am) of the opinion that the Yankee Candle Company and Scentsy are on the same level as Diet Coke and Margarine (the Axis of Evil).
A few years ago, Marcus bought a bag of probably 100 tea lights for one reason or another and they have been languishing in the bottom drawer of our kitchen island. I thought that working our way through those would probably be a good place to start.
Exhibit A: These crystal candlesticks we received for our wedding.
They have spent most of their lives on top of the footlockers in our living room.
Exhibit B: These jam jars I have been washing and saving once we have emptied them.
I’m especially proud of this idea – they’ve been taking up space in our cabinets for a long time now. I’m sure that the more creative types would swath these in ribbons and fabric and whatnot, but a more neutral look works for the ledge on which they are balanced.
Related: We all know that I don’t own the sort of ribbon and fabric bits that these jars could be wrapped in. Unless curling ribbon counts.
Exhibit C: These $5 Mercury Glass votive holders from Target.
I was apprehensive about bringing these glasses home because they are a silvery-blue and our living room motif is more of a warm cherry-brown-sort of situation. I like to think that they’re sort of reminiscent of those fancy $30 candles at Anthropologie. I just don’t think I’m at $30 of commitment with candles yet.
I’m sure y’all can understand where this feeling stems from.
We’re off to a good start.