Candles aren’t your only choice for impromptu outdoor illumination. If you prefer a more modern look, consider these saucer-shaped oil lamps. Polyterrazzo Oil Lamps, $19.95 from CB2, are made of poly/resin/stone for a modern take on midcentury terrazzo. Filled with mineral oil or citronella oil, the lamps will burn for up to eight hours.
Here's a great tip for adding an aromatic touch to your table: As dinner is wrapping up, bring hot pies out to the table on cake stands and cut the first slice while the pie is still hot. The scent of the pie will work as a candle, teasing guests' palettes for what's next on the menu.
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.
It's important to think about lighting, especially once it gets dark. The warm glow of candles, string lights and lanterns creates a fun outdoor mood. Tea lights, and many battery-operated lighting options, are available at stores like Target and Home Depot. Hang lanterns from the tent ceiling using ribbons.
"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.”
Twin gray velvet sofas with faux fur pillows offer comfortable seating in this Hollywood Regency-inspired living room. A modern console table is elegantly designed with two twig-like structures on either side of the mounted television and a collection of candles and floral arrangements in the middle. A mix of natural light and recessed lighting illuminates the space. Designed by Emily Mackie of Inspired Interiors.
A beautiful table scape completes this French country living room. Coffee table books along with accessories add interest and depth to the overall feel. The antique portrait provides a watchful eye over the room. A Hermes blanket is neatly folded over an antique french chair covered in taupe leather; antique alter sticks are topped with modern LED honeycomb candles that provide a warm glow during the evening hours.
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.
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.
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.
Filtered through a thin gold curtain, this dining area is able to receive some natural light from the large living room windows. The screen divides the rooms without sacrificing the open floor plan. A dark dining table with an interesting glass top filled with rocks sits beneath a rectangular candle chandelier. The table, a stone bench seat and ornate wood dining chairs provide contrast to the light yellow wall and create an intimate dining area.
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.
Sometimes, a storage unit can play more than one role in a space, as in this contemporary master bath designed by Alisha Hillary. “The towel caddy was installed between the vanity and the toilet primarily to stop the view straight to the toilet when walking into the bathroom,” says Hillary. “It also serves as a great spot to store hand towels or candles and other small decorative items. The small stone feature tile running up behind the caddy references back to the travertine on the floor.”
Longing for that summertime feel during the winter months? Bring the beach right to your table. This sea-inspired centerpiece is easy to make and can be used all year round. "A rustic wooden tray provides the base for the rectangular glass vase filled with sand, candles and a variety of seashells," Katrina Giles of Seaside Interiors says. Add vibrant shells and starfish for an extra boost of summer hues.
White chairs and floor-to-ceiling curtains balance the dramatic black walls in this dining room, as seen on HGTV's Secrets From a Stylist. The colorful artwork and rug help warm the space. The stunning dining room employs a transitional design to include contemporary art and traditional furnishings. The black walls and and contrasting white of the draperies, dining chairs table help draw the eye to the artwork that serves as a visual focal point. The lantern chandelier that houses candles is another exceptional element in the room.
When you have a view like this one, you wouldn't want to obscure it with over-sized opulent furniture. In the dining room at the 2011 HGTV Dream Home, this 9-foot Appalachian cherry table provides elegance and functionality without obstructing the view. The chrome and leather seats are streamlined and adjustable adding boldness to the space while the three glass cloche chandeliers and glass candle holders add character without blocking the immaculate view and providing elegant dining.