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At the end of this post, please be sure to join the conversation for a chance to win a set of four holiday scented candles! Today, I would like to talk about my love affair with candles. In my opinion, they are a very under-rated decorating element. This one small item can instantly enhance the mood of an entire room with a simple swipe of a match. I love to decorate using candles year round, but during the holidays, they are an absolute must-have.
There are so many simple and affordable ways candles can be used to create a festive holiday atmosphere. Even budget friendly candles found at the supermarket can be transformed into elegant, expensive-looking, holiday displays with just a few simple embellishments. Not only do candle displays look pretty, but scented candles can play a big roll in creating a heartwarming holiday feeling by providing the aromas of the season.
Here are some of my favorite places around the house to use candles during the holidays…
1. On The Table
This example is my Thanksgiving table from a few years ago. I filled a trio of lanterns with fresh coffee beans and placed a vanilla scented candle inside each one. The coffee beans looked really pretty and provided texture to the table top. They also gave off a heavenly scent as they were warmed by the candlelight.
This DIY centerpiece by Just A Girl is a simple, but stunning way to create a holiday candle centerpiece that casts a beautiful glow on your table. If you ever wanted to try your hand at a DIY project, click here for a great step-by-step tutorial.
Speaking of simple, this tablescape from Best Day Ever couldn't get any easier to assemble, nor could it be any prettier! Simply placing fresh greens and twigs along the center of the table and topping them with pretty, white candles creates an incredible winter table scape. Click here for more fabulous images of this holiday candle display.
2. Around The Fireplace
If you ask me, there is nothing better than having a beautiful fireplace to cozy up to during the holidays. This gorgeous holiday fireplace is all aglow thanks to a collection of candles on top of the mantle and along the hearth. I may never want to leave if I visited this home for the holidays. More details on this mantle can be found here.
This image from Potterybarn grabbed my attention right away thanks to the beautiful oversized candle holders and small votives grouped together inside the fireplace. Occasionally I fall in love with the scent of a candle, yet the color may not be right for the area I am using it in. A pretty candle holder allows you to incorporate a warm candlelight glow in any scent you wish, regardless of the color of the candle. Such as the Emerald Woodlands candle by Airwick. It is a fabulous holiday scent and the green color looks great in most areas of my home, however, if I wanted to use it in our bedroom where green isn't an accent color, having a pretty holder to place it in gives me total freedom to use it there.
3. Any Room a Guest Would Use
This image is of the shelves in our powder room located in the main level of our home. This is the rest room that our guests use during holiday parties, having a pretty scented candle for this space is a seasonal must-have. A lit candle placed in the areas used by our guests provides a warm, welcoming atmosphere as well as provides a fresh scent.
If you follow decor blogs then you are sure to have visited Dear Lillie. Her Guest Room always looks cozy and welcoming. During the holidays it is especially beautiful. As you can see in this vignette on her dresser, this space always features fresh florals and candles for her guests to enjoy. Yep, pretty sure I would be overstaying my welcome if I visited her home.
Why stop at using candles to welcome your guests inside your home?
These candle lit luminaries lining the walkway to our front door the other night drew our neighbors over for a visit. I was lucky enough to be across the street with my camera just in time to grab this picture of the visitors that were lured to our home by the candle lit path. This project was so easy to do, I filled white paper bags with play sand and placed a candle in each bag. Voila!
This large urn featuring holiday greens and an oversized lantern filled with candles is a show stopping way to decorate the front porch. I think this is my favorite Christmas planter EVER (image found here).
5. On The Stairs
I have always wanted to place a collection of candles on the staircase during the holidays and my children are almost to an age where I feel safe doing so. This candle display featured by Coastal Living is just too pretty. I can only imagine how it looks at night!
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