Scrolling through our latest edition of The Southern Coterie, we came across this genius post from Libbie Summers. She made CANDLES out of ORANGES. We can’t think of a better way to bring fresh, citrusy scent into your home in the middle of winter! Plus, her pics are gorgeous. Read on and try it for yourself – we’re going to!
How To Make a Candle From An Orange (makes 2 candles)
(By Libbie Summers, Assisted by Candace Brower)
Ingredients/stuff you’ll need: 1 orange (preferably with a thick skin)
Grapefruit spoon (optional/you can use your hands just fine)
Olive oil or vegetable oil
STEP ONE Pick/Buy/Steal/Borrow An Orange.
STEP TWO Use a knife to cut the orange in half across the middle. Use your fingers or a grapefruit spoon to remove the flesh down to the skin, being sure to leave the middle stem like portion intact. (I was worried about it ripping out, but the worry wasn’t necessary. The “stem” is tough and won’t pull out easily.)
STEP THREE Pour oil over the stem (this is important, you need to get the stem/wick saturated with the oil to help start the flame). Fill to slightly below the top of the wick.
Let the oil filled candle sit for a few minutes before lighting with the lighter. Even then, it still takes a couple of minutes to keep the flame from extinguishing. But, once you get it lit, it will stay lit for….wait for it. FIVE HOURS!!!!! And, as far as the scent goes…think a homemade orange and olive oil body scrub. Just a slight citrus scent mixed with olive oil and something else you can’t quite put your finger on.
I will never throw away an orange rind again without illuminating it.
The biggest news of our weekend: L (thanks to J’s eagle-eyed Facebook spotting) finally purchased the Eero Saarinen tulip table she has been dying for for YEARS. This tulip table produced by Knoll – usually upwards of $5,000 – was a gently-used STEAL at $825. We love that this mid-century design icon works with a variety of aesthetics and styles. L is pairing it with a knock-off Sputnik chandelier, fancy dinner and glassware, a classic federal sideboard (still on the wish list)…and a little chinoiserie. Cause we love all of those things.
Today we’re partnering with Zillow to bring you Spring Design Trends. Let’s face it. After this brutal winter, we’re longing for pastels and warmer weather. What better way to start than sprucing up your space!?
Pastel tones that were originally popular throughout 1950s decor are making a comeback in 2014. These unsaturated, lighter and sweeter versions of robust hues are perfect for adding personality and creating calming atmospheres in any room of the house.
The versatility of pastels is endless. With clever styling, they blend seamlessly into existing décor without completely redecorating. Spring is just around the corner, encouraging homeowners to get creative with trending pastels throughout their homes. Here are four tips to for incorporating lighter tones.
Pastel tones work harmoniously with kitchen fittings such as stone, wood and stainless steel. Pinks and blues add a delicate country feel while lemons and mint greens provide a refreshing glow. For kitchens with existing black or granite fittings, work in neutral pastel tones such as grey, beige and olive green for a modern look. Get creative with application; year-round pastels can be introduced within backsplashes, kitchen tiles, appliances, painted cupboards and cupboard linings, and seasonal pastels can been included in practical items such as stools, dinnerware and even bouquets.
Colors evoke different sentiments; lighter colors are often thought of as feminine while darker colors tend to feel more masculine. Because of these connotations, homeowners commonly steer clear of pastels in shared bedrooms. However the fusion of pastel tones and darker colors create a comfortable, gender-neutral space with depth and character. Investigate mixing pastels such as pale greys and blues with dark contrasts. Add them into the bedroom with furniture, bedding, painted accent walls and artwork. Tie the tones together with patterned rugs, throw pillows and light fixtures.
Pastels pop when teamed with the crisp white basins traditionally found in bath and powder rooms. Bathrooms with existing color schemes can be complemented by harmonious pastel accessories. Adding new towels, a shower curtain and countertop decorations such as candles and soap dispensers are easy ways to infuse pastels into the bathroom. For balance, choose similar pastel tones in block colors and prints. For a more permanent and modern look, update floors, backsplashes or bath walls with unique mosaic tile featuring pastels contrasted with bold colors.
4. Living Room
Adding pastels to the living room is easy; choose a color and add it to an accent wall or piece of furniture, such as an ottoman or couch. Complete the look by adding smaller accessory pieces like cushions, vases, artwork and light fixtures in similar hues. Pastels are versatile because they complement existing colors in a living room without needing primary spotlight. The key is to choose the pastel that is a less saturated hue than the current feature color in the room. For a fuchsia feature, opt for accessories in pastel pink and cream tones. For a warm and inviting living space, choose earthly pastels such as beige and latte tones. To create a livelier feel, select vivid pattern pastel fabrics and team with neon hues and metallic features.
Pastel tones are easy to incorporate into everyday décor to make the home feel refreshed and ready for spring. Add just a few pieces at a time until the look takes shape. See more pastel inspiration and check out more design tips on Zillow. -Tali Wee
In the spirit of the new year, we’ve been trying some new products / upgrading our usual stuff. Here are our five favorite new things. Hope you have a glitterous Friday!
Mrs Meyers Radish Soap – L was first to try this delicious new scent from Mrs. Meyers. Now we’re both obsessed. Has an invigorating, clean scent, which is great when you’re washing dishes and you’re feeling a little (or a lot) tired.
Rimmel Scandal Eyes Show Off Mascara – We make our way through Rimmel products on the reg. We picked up their latest and greatest mascara a few weeks ago. LOVE the thick brush – coats evenly with no clumps.
Gold Foo Dogs – We both guard our homes with Foo Dogs. They’re believed to have powerful protective benefits, PLUS they’re super fun decorative accessories. L’s had her turquoise Foo Dogs for years, and J just scooped this gold pair from One Kings Lane.
Tory Burch Eau De Parfum Spray – New year, new scent. After going through several samples of this, J purchased the bottle. Solid decision. Not too heavy with a classic, clean smell. A++.
We cannot get enough Lucite these days. L has ordered TWO of these staplers for her offices and a pair of the Starck-ish chairs for her dining room. J may pull the trigger on this ampersand soon. The lamps (from 1st Dibs) will have to wait…but girls can dream, can’t we? What decorating trend are you loving right now?
You guys. This week has been one big stressful blur. Work and family commitments have limited us to zero time to get anything ready for the holidays. Our Saturday mission is to AT LEAST get a wreath up. We love these two inexpensive DIY ideas that appeared on Cupcakes and Cashmere recently.