Sunday, November 1, 2009

Flowers and Candlight


A friend asked me about the little wood "vase" I used to hold roses earlier last week. Funny they should ask, because it's actually candle packaging that I thought was too pretty to toss. There's a watertight vase tucked inside, but I thought the grainy wood gave my yellow roses a more autumnal feel than the usual glass or silver.

The candle is by Voluspa's James Boyce Collection. I bought mine at Gramercy Fine Linens & Furnishings. In case you are not in Atlanta, they are also available here.

While it is generally considered a faux pas to burn fragrant candles while cooking or eating, this line was designed specifically for that purpose by chef James Boyce. (Sounds like a good Thanksgiving host gift to me!)

And if it makes you feel any better, the boxes are made from sustainable Palownia wood without the use of stain or lacquer. My scent of choice is "Herb Garden", which is very fresh and subtle.

Happy November!

21 comments:

Karena said...

What a great repurposing idea! Some things do come in the most attractive boxes and tins!

Ms. Smart said...

creative thinking and lovely look

sarah @ realestatestyle said...

I'm a sucker for great packaging

Sanity Fair said...

Both the "kitchen candle" and your use of the packaging are great ideas. Anthropologie has done some interesting wooden "vases" in recent months too.

Chic Coles (Cole Design) said...

Wood vase is so pretty and has such a great fall feel with the yellow roses. I want to find these candles from James Boyce. Would be so nice to be able to burn them while cooking. Thank you.

Easy and Elegant Life said...

Very smart. Both you and the candle maker. There's always something cooking around the manse, so I have my own scented environment.

Just at the moment, it's chicken stock I'm making.

Brilliant Asylum said...

Also, I read in Self Magazine that burning one of these candles helps with appetite suppression because it masks lingering cooking odors. It's worth a shot...

Michelle said...

I love it! I use an old candle package to hold paint brushes, it makes me happy :) I love your photos.

Laura Casey Interiors said...

great idea. I love pretty packaging.

Arianna Belle said...

Very pretty! Love the pairing!

Kyle Lynn said...

I probably would have bought the candle for the box!! Yes I am a sucker for useful packing.

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My Notting Hill said...

Great idea! Your wooden box looks very similar to a wood upright tissue holder box I bought at Crate & Barrel a few years ago. Love it w/the yellow roses, my favorite flower!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Love the vase & love all of Voluspa's incredible candles. So much to love ~

FROM THE RIGHT BANK said...

What a smart idea! The yellow roses look so pretty in it!

Olivia said...

I love wooden vases- especially in the fall. I'll have to try one of those candles for myself! :)

LindsB said...

I have a major obsession with candles lately, and a candle in pretty packaging is even better!

Gramercy Home - Atlanta said...

Thanks for the mention on your blog - I just love this candle and think your idea of using it as vase is brilliant. I used it as container to hold pens on my desk.

Brittany Stiles said...

How clever! Sometimes its the simplest things that get the most attention.

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Material Girls- Emily said...

Very pretty! The yellow roses are the perfect touch.