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    Three Ways to Update Your Patio for Summer Outdoor Entertaining with Creative Candles

    Three Ways to Update Your Patio for Summer Outdoor Entertaining with Creative Candles

    You might be ready for summer, but is your patio? Porches, patios, decks and sunrooms are among the best places in your home to spend time in the warmer months. You can also make it your favorite space to entertain guests for summer soireés, barbeques and other get-togethers with just a few upgrades.

    One of the top trends for summer 2017 is creating a seamless transition from your home to your outdoor space by borrowing décor from the interior. This means ditching the standard wrought iron patio tables and chairs and furnishing the space with more upscale pieces that look like they were created for the indoors. The patio has truly become an extension of your indoor space, so add some pillar candles to set the mood.

    When it comes to outdoor decorating, you can never go wrong with a nautical color scheme. A mix of blues, red and white are not only perfect for patriotic summer holidays such as Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, they also provide a classic look year-round. So even if you’re landlocked, you can bring in the look and feel of a beach home with coastal style, especially with our ball and votive candles.

    Image: Pernille Loof

    Perhaps you’re craving to overhaul your space altogether. Designer Laurie Blumenfeld-Russo and her husband, Bob Russo, once pondered buying a weekend place in Connecticut, but instead, they decided to turn the roof of their Brooklyn brownstone into an entertaining oasis. Complete with a restaurant-worthy kitchen, lush greenery, a skyline view of downtown Manhattan and an abundance of seating for entertaining guests, the couple was thrilled with their new gorgeous rooftop patio. As seen on House Beautiful, the dining area features our pillar candles in varying sizes. 

    Creative Candles Spotted at Flutter Magazine Founder’s Wedding Featured on Style Me Pretty

    You know you’re in for a dazzling wedding and reception when the bride is none other than the founder of Flutter Magazine. Paired with a dream team of vendors including photographer Jose Villa, event designer Joy Proctor, floral designer Amy Osaba and the Sunstone Winery and Villa as a venue, this was one drop-dead gorgeous affair. With all this prettiness, where do we start?! 

    The color palette itself reflected the bride’s style with warm watermelon, coral and sunset tones paired against taupes and creams. To evoke the playful yet elegant aesthetic, the couple used a beautiful watercolor crest designed by Monvoir, complete with florals and butterflies throughout the suite. As guests made their way from the ceremony to the reception, they were invited to find their seating assignments in drawers of an antique dresser which had been filled with moss and flowers and topped with our taper candles in Paris Gray.

    The bride and groom were inspired by their special engagement in Tuscany, and it was important to them to have a truly extravagant dinner party, one filled with innovative delights and overflowing with wine, champagne and exquisite service. Our tapers in Paris Gray look modern and chic next to the glasses of rosé.

    Let’s talk about this reception setup. Another nod to their Italian engagement, the couple wanted to share an al fresco dining experience with their guests. Florals and greenery adorned the two rows of tables while Tuscan style chandeliers hung down the center. Unique, linen chairs and wooden tables added to the Tuscan look and feel, while artisanal breads, olive oil, fruits and flowers created for a lush, edible tabletop.

    By looking closer at the highly detailed tablescape, you’ll notice the gorgeous contrast between the vibrant florals and lush greenery against the neutral wooden table. Our pillar candles complemented the heart-fluttering look perfectly.

    Click here to view the entire feature on Style Me Pretty!

    Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2017

    Mother’s Day is May 14 -- be sure to celebrate mom in style with a thoughtful, handmade gift from Creative Candles. Whether your Mom has an eye for design, likes to entertain guests, or is the woman who already has everything, we've got just the right Mother's Day gift ideas to put a smile on her face and help say thank you for who she is and all that she does.

    Cocktail Gift Set (shown in Paris Gray, Pistachio, Eggplant and Aquamarine)

    Our cocktail gift set is the perfect present for any mom who likes to entertain. Each set comes with eight (8) thin taper candles and two crystal candle holders so the candles can be set up to enjoy immediately. These virtually dripless, smokeless tapers are also unscented so as not to conflict with the aroma of food. Shop Now


    Metallic Tapers (shown in Silver)

    Photo: John Siebs


    Metallic taper candles add a dazzling touch to any special occasion. Available in trendy metal colors like Copper, Rose Gold, Roman Bronze and Pearl, a pair of metallic tapers are perfect for the mom who likes anything that shines and sparkles. Shop Now

    Beeswax Pillars (shown in 3” x 6”)

    Photo: Sarah Hannam

    Our hand-poured beeswax pillar candles make for a thoughtful gift for the mom who lives a more natural, holistic lifestyle. These pillars are created with a high-quality beeswax blend to produce a beautiful, warm glow and a slow, even burn. Our beeswax pillars feature a mild, natural honey scent and look stunning on any neutral tablescape. Shop Now

    Our hand-finished floating candles come in two sizes and are ideal for upscale home decor. Floating candles look beautiful in glass vases as a table centerpiece, mantelscape, or out on the patio for outdoor entertaining. Shop Now


    Shop the entire Mother’s Day Gifts collection here.


    Floating Candles (Shown in Desert Olive and Cafe Au Lait)

    Our hand-finished floating candles come in two sizes and are ideal for upscale home decor. Floating candles look beautiful in glass vases as a table centerpiece, mantelscape, or out on the patio for outdoor entertaining. Shop Now


    Shop the entire Mother’s Day Gifts collection here.

    Fresh New Ways to Get Ready for Spring with Home Decor Inspired by Tristan Needham Designs

    Find out how we merged our on-trend candle colors with fresh, minimal design.

    Jackets are off and the sandals are on - it’s time to make your living space springtime ready. See how these on-trend colors, textures and tones get us excited for spring!

    Give your mantle a facelift! Here, we used Creative Candles’ Cornflower tapers to accent our blue Nate Berkus chambray pillow.

    If it’s green and white – we’re ALL in. Here, we paired Creative Candles’ Desert Olive tapers with a darker toned Eucalyptus taper to add that extra pop of color.

    Each season we always swap out the colors on our mantle AND dining table.

    Here, we color blocked the tones one would find in a fresh spring picnic basket and went to town. Desert Olive, Honeysuckle, Natural Beeswax and Café au Lait pillars, tapers and votives gave us just the right amount of fresh and fun.

    Easter Decorating With Creative Candles New Tapers


    Hippity hoppin’ - Easter’s on its way! Easter’s bright and cheerful color palette makes it one of our very favorite holidays. Combined with adorable bunnies (real, fake or chocolate), colorful eggs and quality family time, Easter is truly egg-cellent. Our Easter tablescape features a brightly colored table cloth, some festive greenery, a nest of robin’s eggs and two celebration candles in lime green held by the cutest glass bunny holders. Shop the look



    The mantlescape seen above was too fun and festive not to share! We love the cottontail bunny string art that says “Hoppy Easter” and the colorful egg tree. The mantel also features a pair of our 12” taper candles in one of our brand new colors for spring, Wild Poppy!


    Speaking of new colors, we’d like to introduce four new colors for Spring 2017!

    From top to bottom: Saffron, Wisteria, Mint Julep and Wild Poppy.


    We are so excited to announce the availability of four new colors: Saffron, Wisteria, Mint Julep and Wild Poppy! These fun and happy hues are perfect for spring and summer and have arrived just in time for Easter decorating.


    Saffron: Inspired by the color of the tip of the saffron crocus thread, from which the saffron spice is derived, this golden yellow looks just like a bright ray of sunshine. Shop now


    Wisteria: A pale tint of purple, Wisteria is named for a genus of flowering plants in the legume family that blooms in early spring. Shop now


    Mint Julep: The perfect shade of mint green! This color has made a recent comeback and continues to be a trend for home decor. Mint Julep is refreshing on its own but also looks great with another pop of color. Shop now


    Wild Poppy: Wild Poppy is the third shade in the lineup inspired by some of our favorite spring blooms. This bright and bold watermelon-red is reminiscent of a popsicle on the Fourth of July. Shop now


    How do you incorporate candles into your Easter decor? Show us in the comments or on social media by tagging us in your posts on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!



    Refresh Your Dining Room With Taper Candles by Creative Candles

    The dining room in Josh Hildreth’s Wesley Heights home has the unexpected combination of antique English dining chairs with seats upholstered in chartreuse leather. (Stacy Goldberg)


    In recent years, the concept of “dining” in the home has consisted of grabbing a plate of food to eat at a kitchen island or on a couch or chair in front of a screen. Even when a home has a separate formal dining room, the table is commonly used for homework or, at this time of year, as a tax-prep command center.

    However, according to the Washington Post, designers are indicating that dining trends are reverting back to the traditional dinner table. Designers say that their clients are getting tired of eating meals in the “great room,” an informal, open space that often accommodates casual eating and lounging. Some of their clients are annoyed with noisy, busy restaurants and want to do more entertaining at home.

    A McLean dining room designed by Thomas Pheasant has classical details. The walls are upholstered in velvet damask. (Durston Saylor)

    Bethesda designer Erica Burns says, “Everything is so casual these days, it’s nice to be a bit more formal in a room where you entertain or gather your family. The room sets the tone, since there’s no TV in there and hopefully no cell phones. It’s a space focused on conversation and eating.”

    A separate dining room is also on many homeowners’ and homebuyers’ wish lists in 2017. In the January 2017 Home Buyer Reference survey, 73 percent of homebuyers said the dining room was “essential or desirable,” according to a spokesperson for the National Association of Home Builders.

    A Potomac, Md., dining room designed by Erica Burns shows how she added interest to the Restoration Hardware side chairs by using brown velvet on the seats and front and a linen print on the back. (Anna Routh Photography)

    If you’re ready to reclaim your dining room, be sure to follow these tips from designers:


    Supplement lighting


    New York designer Katie Ridder says she advises clients who are renovating or redecorating a dining room to add down-lights around the chandelier. Ridder says, “It’s nice to have light pointing down on the table as well as chandelier light and candlelight.” Her favorite source for dining room table candles? Creative Candles, where she stocks up on 24-inch tapers in Paris Gray and Chocolate.


    Mix it up


    There’s no need to be so matchy-matchy anymore. Burns suggests opting for a different style for the host chairs at both ends of the table to make a statement. Also, instead of the usual chandelier hanging over the center of the table, try two pendants.


    Go for drama


    A dining room is a great place to do something more dramatic. Washington designer says, “If a client said, ‘I want glazed turquoise walls,’ I’d say we probably should not do that in a room you’re in all the time, if you want to be wild or crazy, a dining room or powder room is a good place to do it.”


    Lots of memorable moments take place in the dining room, yet it’s a space that’s often at the bottom of the list for refreshing or redecorating. It’s time to take back the dining room and make it fun and useful again.