There’s nothing quite like candlelight to elevate a space from ordinary to extraordinary. Whether your guests are gathered around an outdoor table or glimpsing it from inside the house, flickering candlelight will help create a festive atmosphere. Hint: LED tapers or pillar candles look like the real thing, but can last through a windy evening.
An Eastern influenced cabinet is a great and functional anchor point for storage and organization in this eclectic foyer. The spiral staircase with patterned carpet and dark wood railing is a striking way to introduce visitors to any home or business and contrasts warmly with a beautiful wood floor. Attention to detail – like an ornate sconce, decorative wool rug and fun oversized candles on a contrasting black table – makes the space immediately fun and inspiring.
Taking cues from winter’s bare trees, this flowerless centerpiece is wintry but neither dull nor lifeless. Tree branches create height and visual interest, while flickering tea light candles contribute soft movement. Pinecones add a charming, woodsy accent. Recreate this look with forest finds, or buy natural items in bulk at your local craft store. Hang votives from the branches using twine or wire.
If your get-together will continue into the evening, illuminate the party area with strings of lights encircling an umbrella, wound around tree trunks or run along cables suspended above partygoers' heads. Candle-filled or solar lanterns, placed on tables and at patio edges, are great alternatives if your home doesn't have outdoor electrical outlets.
To create a stylish centerpiece, fill a compote with water and whole limes, and tuck flowers – stripped of most stems – in amongst the limes. Pinecones, ornaments or fresh, colorful vegetables like artichokes and radishes also serve as sturdy anchors for blooms. In addition to candle-filled votives set casually on the table, succulents placed in water-filled votive cups make charming tabletop decorations.
You don't need clutter to add warmth. This well-curated selection of objects offers just the right amount of texture and personality to this room. Baskets, including for plants, always add a sense of comfort; a selection of hardback books offers reading material for guests and candles and plants instantly create ambiance. Little things mean a lot in this nicely-balanced room.
A trio of beautifully textured, patterned wall panels compliment the simple yet elegant table in this foyer. The pale blue wall paint makes a clean, soft backdrop. The palette-like base of the table highlights the country design and natural wood look of the table. A display of candles, plants and book easily dresses up the table while maintaining the calm style.
Designer Camille Styles pairs rustic elements like beeswax candles, gourds and a salvaged wooden board as a table runner with a porcelain footed dish overflowing with greenhouse blooms. Her arrangement contains roses, hydrangea, dahlias, copper amaranth and ranunculus with a few sprigs of fall greenery, grasses and berries to signify the season.
The sitting room of this Point Lorna, California, villa home features a central fireplace under a hearth lined with cylindrical vases. The vases' curved edges complement overhead lighting; rings of minimalist candelabras mounted with lanterns hang down. Below, a low marble coffee table is arranged with lavender flowers and candles, the flora complementing decorative pillows on four plush wingback chairs which fill the room.
"I am up and about for more than 12-14 hours a day, sometime in heels that should be illegal. So the one thing I look forward to is calling it a night in a bed with freshly laundered sheets. There's something magical about being able to indulge in a personal, clean and soft bed that I find priceless. Add lavender candles and I'm a happy, happy gal." -Manvi Drona, Mochatini
In a bathroom designed for the parents of three young daughters, designer Shelly Amoroso took care to make all the details as relaxing as possible. Her goal, says Amoroso, was a space that was both beautiful and practical. “In addition to a deep tub deck with room for plenty of candles, we also included storage space for the kids’ toys, towels, reading materials and even photos of the girls—to remind mom and dad of how lucky they are.”
This dining table in the Northridge, California home of Jair and Tiffany Paz has been beautifully dressed by HGTV Star Season 8 contestants Abby Vasek, Anne Rue, and Brooks Atwood. The designers have wonderfully combined glass jars of lemons with yellow and red flowers and a pair of black candles.
As seen on HGTV's hit show Elbow Room, Chip and his team redesigned the Howells' master suite to include lots of closet space, an open concept floor plan, and brilliant, bold colors. The Howells were looking for a spa retreat, and Chip has delivered with an oversized whirlpool tub, a multitude of candles, and deep purple hues that are sure to bring anyone into tranquility.
Create a tall grim centerpiece by filling a three-tier cake stand with various Halloween decor. HGTV fan Tamgypsy filled the centerpiece with glittery skulls, bones, spray-painted Christmas ornaments and a silver witch's hat. She placed miniature skulls on the plates and brought crystal elements to the table with candle holders and wine glasses.
A posh Paris hotel spa was the inspiration for this master bathroom. The furniture-style cabinets are a replication of French country cabinetry prevalent in the south of France during the 18th century. A stunning wall of candle niches offers pockets of glowing light and the therapeutic benefits of chromotherapy have been incorporated through lighting in the tub and shower areas. Piped-in music and a flat screen television mounted behind a tempered two-way mirror complete the experience.
For retreat areas that you’ll use after sunset, include lighting in your design. Twinkle lights, outdoor lighting, lanterns, candles, solar lights—there’s definitely a light to suit your style. Consider combining different lighting options to give your retreat a dual personality—candles or twinkle lights for intimate gatherings or strings of larger wattage bulbs for entertaining. Built around a tree, this covered rooftop retreat features multiple lighting options, comfy built-in seating and even a bed for Fido. Pets like green spaces, too.
Celebrate the start of spring with an inviting nature-inspired tablescape. "A simple blossom-themed wrapping paper is the inspiration for this table setting to welcome spring. A variety of candles and a pedestal holding an egg-filled bowl add to the fresh feel of the table," Katrina Giles of Seaside Interiors says. For a subtle contrast and touch of drama, black place mats are added beneath simple aqua dishes.
As a shop purveyor, Camille has an eye for detail. No space is complete without floral arrangements which she designs herself in the shop. A mix of pink and blue florals sits atop a silver vintage tray. The tray features a vignette of sweet pieces that can be found in Planning Pretty shop, from appetizer plates to a pale pink Laurel Glass candle.