I have developed a love for scented candles. I realize that I am about a decade or so late to the whole Yankee Candle Bandwagon. But I finally arrived. Let’s blame it on the whole having-kids detour that I took and small children are fascinated by anything hot or burning….
It was when I was selling my first house that I learned the impact scent has on how people perceive their environment. I had my home on the market for a few weeks, vacuuming everyday, turning on every light in the house to ensure that it looked like one of those amazing model homes I had been spending my weekends exploring. No offers to be had at the expense of my electric bill. It was a Saturday morning spent baking cookies and quick breads for a family event that finally sold my home. Mind you, the kitchen was a disaster, but it smelled heavenly and one potential owner returned twice that day….. and finally bought it! She said it smelled like home.
Now you know why they always have cookies baking in those model homes. They don’t want to feed you. They want you to feel at home.
And while I enjoy a beautiful-smelling candles to make my home feel cozier (or just possibly mask the smell of kids, dogs and dinner), I find I don’t like how they stand out in their glass jars like someone left out a glass of milk. My OCD-side goes right to what looks out of place.
A little burlap and a little twine can merge artless candles into your homes decor.
Twine alone can add interest and depth to simple pillar candles. Replace burlap with some pretty ribbon and you can change your candles to match your mood or reflect the seasons.