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Mirror, Mirror On The...

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Anyone who reads my blog on a regular basis and followed my apartment renovation knows that I love to use mirrors to bring in light and to add interest to a space.  The proof is in the many places I have installed mirrors throughout the apartment.

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The mirror that started it all.  I worked with Desiron (desiron.com) to create this custom Klar floor mirror that I had mounted on the wall outside my closet.   I loved it so much that I decided to have more made for other areas in the apartment.  You can see my blue painter's tape outline in the background for the one I wanted above by my desk.

1 The mirror that started it all. I worked with Desiron (desiron.com) to create this custom Klar floor mirror that I had mounted on the wall outside my closet. I loved it so much that I decided to have more made for other areas in the apartment. You can see my blue painter's tape outline in the background for the one I wanted above by my desk.

Inside the closet, in the corners on each side, I had Junior from Narcissus Mirror and Glass install strips of mirror to open up the space and give the feeling that it goes on forever.

2 Inside the closet, in the corners on each side, I had Junior from Narcissus Mirror and Glass install strips of mirror to open up the space and give the feeling that it goes on forever.

I also mirrored the back of the lowest shelves on each side of the closet.  They bring so much extra light to the space.

3 I also mirrored the back of the lowest shelves on each side of the closet. They bring so much extra light to the space.

Another custom size Klar floor mirror from Desiron in my dining room.  Just beautiful.

4 Another custom size Klar floor mirror from Desiron in my dining room. Just beautiful.

The finished product.  What was once a tape outline is now a reality.  I love how it reflects the river outside.

5 The finished product. What was once a tape outline is now a reality. I love how it reflects the river outside.

I did a series of custom Klar floor mirrors above and below the wall mounted cabinet in my living room.

6 I did a series of custom Klar floor mirrors above and below the wall mounted cabinet in my living room.

The mirrors in this tear sheet, space designed by Karl Lagerfeld and shot by Francois Baudot, were my inspiration for the living room mirrors.

7 The mirrors in this tear sheet, space designed by Karl Lagerfeld and shot by Francois Baudot, were my inspiration for the living room mirrors.

In my powder room, I decided to remove the standard, installed medicine cabinet and replace it will a floor to ceiling mirror behind the sink.

8 In my powder room, I decided to remove the standard, installed medicine cabinet and replace it will a floor to ceiling mirror behind the sink.

In my main bathroom, mirror installed under the sink and below the shelf helps to brighten up the space and dark floor.

9 In my main bathroom, mirror installed under the sink and below the shelf helps to brighten up the space and dark floor.

Another great trick is to back the inside of a medicine cabinet with mirror.  It's an easy project with a big impact.

10 Another great trick is to back the inside of a medicine cabinet with mirror. It's an easy project with a big impact.

I did the same in my bath supply cabinet.

11 I did the same in my bath supply cabinet.

Even utilitarian spaces can benefit from mirror.  The dark closet where my washer and dryer are located is now a bright workspace.

12 Even utilitarian spaces can benefit from mirror. The dark closet where my washer and dryer are located is now a bright workspace.

I needed a smaller size mirror for my entryway to fit the space between the sconce and floating shelf and found a great option with the Infinity mirror from Room & Board (roomandboard.com)

13 I needed a smaller size mirror for my entryway to fit the space between the sconce and floating shelf and found a great option with the Infinity mirror from Room & Board (roomandboard.com)

A while back, I was in my office looking through a book on Jacques Émile Rhulmann, one of the most celebrated Art Deco interior and furniture designers of the twentieth century.  An image in the book really caught my eye and got me thinking about a new project for my apartment.  The image shows a indoor pool.  The water is so still and reflective that I thought it was actually mirror installed on the floor until I read the photo's caption.

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This is the image from the Florence Camard book, Ruhlmann, that got me thinking about installing mirror in the cove ceiling in my living room.

1 This is the image from the Florence Camard book, Ruhlmann, that got me thinking about installing mirror in the cove ceiling in my living room.

For some time now, I've been trying to think of something interesting that I could do in that space.  What about installing mirror there?  I contacted Junior, my friend at Narcissus Mirror and Glass, to come down to the apartment and talk about my idea and take some inital measurements.  A few questions came up during the visit.  Would the mirror reflect into the open space between the cove and ceiling?  If so, that wouldn't too be pretty.  Was there lighting originally installed in the cove?  That's a question I have for my contractor, Bob Tobin of BC Interiors, Ltd.  If there is wiring for lighting up there, it would be great to reconnect it to illuminate the ceiling.

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The cove ceiling in my living room.  It would be a great opportunity to do something really interesting in this space.

1 The cove ceiling in my living room. It would be a great opportunity to do something really interesting in this space.

This is the view from the front windows.  As you can see, it's a substantially sized space.

2 This is the view from the front windows. As you can see, it's a substantially sized space.

Another angle.  Whatever I decide to do is really going to change the look of the space.

3 Another angle. Whatever I decide to do is really going to change the look of the space.

I scheduled a visit with Junior to come in and have a look at the ceiling.

4 I scheduled a visit with Junior to come in and have a look at the ceiling.

One great point that he brought up was that if there is mirror on the ceiling, it would reflect whatever appeared in the cove.

5 One great point that he brought up was that if there is mirror on the ceiling, it would reflect whatever appeared in the cove.

I had to get up and see for myself what was in there.  Definitely not so pretty in there.

6 I had to get up and see for myself what was in there. Definitely not so pretty in there.

During my renovation, I think I remember that there may have been lighting that was installed in the cove but I'm not sure.  I need to ask Bob, my contractor.

7 During my renovation, I think I remember that there may have been lighting that was installed in the cove but I'm not sure. I need to ask Bob, my contractor.

A flashback of my entry hall.  The hall has certainly come a long way since this picture was taken.  This was the lighting that existed.  I hoping that's  the case for the cove in the living room.

8 A flashback of my entry hall. The hall has certainly come a long way since this picture was taken. This was the lighting that existed. I hoping that's the case for the cove in the living room.

Junior begins taking measurements to get an idea of the size of the space.

9 Junior begins taking measurements to get an idea of the size of the space.

Junior did a quick sketch of the space.

10 Junior did a quick sketch of the space.

Another important point to consider is that any irregularity in the space where the ceiling meets the wall will be highlighted once the mirror is in place.  Maybe the mirror is not the best option.   We'll see.

11 Another important point to consider is that any irregularity in the space where the ceiling meets the wall will be highlighted once the mirror is in place. Maybe the mirror is not the best option. We'll see.

In additional to installing mirror in the cove, what other options do I have?  We recently launched a new line of specialty paint finishes at The Home Depot.  One of the finishes is called Precious Metals and has a beautiful decorative sheen.  That could be really beautiful painted in the space .  I am also researching some metallic and reflective wallpapers that could also be another great option.

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This is the palette from our new specialty finishes project paint at Home Depot.  Painting the ceiling in either Mirror Glass or Tin would be a good solution.  It would add a beautiful sheen to the space without reflecting everything like the mirror will.

1 This is the palette from our new specialty finishes project paint at Home Depot. Painting the ceiling in either Mirror Glass or Tin would be a good solution. It would add a beautiful sheen to the space without reflecting everything like the mirror will.

So, what do you think?  I would love to hear your thoughts on what you think I should do?  Please comment and stay tuned in the coming weeks to see what I decide to do in the space.

Brimfield Antiques Show (Part I)

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The Brimfield Antiques and Collectibles Show is the largest and one of the best shows of its kind in the world.

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Since 1959, It has been held three times a year in the quintessential New England town of Brimfield, Massachusetts.  It is a must for any designer, decorator, collector, or antiques aficionado.

Thousands of the country's dealers and collectors migrate to this tiny hamlet to buy, sell, browse, and haggle for six days straight.

Under the miles of tented outside fields, there is a range of product that is truly dizzying --  from a tent where all its contents are under $5 to furniture and accessories that can soar into the five-digit stratosphere.

Come along as we walk through (albeit a small part) of the first Brimfield Show of 2011.

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Daybreak on the first day of Brimfield and the parking lots are already filling up.

1 Daybreak on the first day of Brimfield and the parking lots are already filling up.

Another advantage to waking up this early? A gorgeous sky.

2 Another advantage to waking up this early? A gorgeous sky.

A common site at Brimfield? A myriad of antique wrought-iron beds.

3 A common site at Brimfield? A myriad of antique wrought-iron beds.

Large signs from shops and gas stations are popular items.

4 Large signs from shops and gas stations are popular items.

These matching rocking chairs are amazing.

5 These matching rocking chairs are amazing.

Often it is intimidating when faced with a display like this one. The key is to take your time and focus on items you are looking for.

6 Often it is intimidating when faced with a display like this one. The key is to take your time and focus on items you are looking for.

One of many horse sculptures that were sprinkled around Brimfield.

7 One of many horse sculptures that were sprinkled around Brimfield.

A hotel sign rests on a patchwork blanket.

8 A hotel sign rests on a patchwork blanket.

This gentleman is ready to shop. I wonder what he will have by the end of the day.

9 This gentleman is ready to shop. I wonder what he will have by the end of the day.

Cash only.

10 Cash only.

There is a nominal fee for entrance to each field.

11 There is a nominal fee for entrance to each field.

Quite a bargain to access all of those antiques.

12 Quite a bargain to access all of those antiques.

Brimfield stretches along one long road -- the main thoroughfare for shoppers.

13 Brimfield stretches along one long road -- the main thoroughfare for shoppers.

Here come the crowds.

14 Here come the crowds.

A beautiful (albeit cloudy) spring New England day.

15 A beautiful (albeit cloudy) spring New England day.

People often wear signs or their own clothes that advertise what they are hunting for. This couple wore matching exercise suits to hit the fields and get the world out about mah jongg.

16 People often wear signs or their own clothes that advertise what they are hunting for. This couple wore matching exercise suits to hit the fields and get the world out about mah jongg.

Many dealers take great pride in merchandising their wares.

17 Many dealers take great pride in merchandising their wares.

Yvette is making notes on her potential purchases.

18 Yvette is making notes on her potential purchases.

The green owl on the wooden deck set seems as if it were arranged already on someone's porch.

19 The green owl on the wooden deck set seems as if it were arranged already on someone's porch.

With so much walking, it's important to stop and fuel up from time to time.

20 With so much walking, it's important to stop and fuel up from time to time.

This screen caught our eyes immediately.

21 This screen caught our eyes immediately.

The wood planter was sprouting white tulips. That's how to make a sale.

22 The wood planter was sprouting white tulips. That's how to make a sale.

This wicker bench was miniature -- just the right size for a little girl's room.

23 This wicker bench was miniature -- just the right size for a little girl's room.

Each field area boasts a unique name. Here, the Dealer's Choice entrance.

24 Each field area boasts a unique name. Here, the Dealer's Choice entrance.

Green pottery and Depression glass was displayed on an antique lace tablecloth. The jadite (on the right) has always been a favorite of Martha's.

25 Green pottery and Depression glass was displayed on an antique lace tablecloth. The jadite (on the right) has always been a favorite of Martha's.

A view of just one of hundreds of rows of antiques.

26 A view of just one of hundreds of rows of antiques.

Stylist Scott is ready to shop!

27 Stylist Scott is ready to shop!

French flour sacks are piled inside one dealer's tent. These can easily be turned into pillows.

28 French flour sacks are piled inside one dealer's tent. These can easily be turned into pillows.

This trio of antique chairs was lovely. This mustard stripe stood out among the mostly blue and red striped linens.

29 This trio of antique chairs was lovely. This mustard stripe stood out among the mostly blue and red striped linens.

Such an interesting light fixture. However, it did not make it back to NYC.

30 Such an interesting light fixture. However, it did not make it back to NYC.

This caftan reminded us of something Barbra Streisand might have worn in

31 This caftan reminded us of something Barbra Streisand might have worn in "A Star is Born."

Scott and Decorating Editor Rebecca with just some of their Brimfield buys.

32 Scott and Decorating Editor Rebecca with just some of their Brimfield buys.

Crowds are lining up for a field of dealers that is set to open in mere moments.

33 Crowds are lining up for a field of dealers that is set to open in mere moments.

The crowds are eagerly awaiting another field to open.

34 The crowds are eagerly awaiting another field to open.

Finally, everyone is allowed in.

35 Finally, everyone is allowed in.

One of many stylish shoppers.

36 One of many stylish shoppers.

This dealer had an intriguing collection of pieces.

37 This dealer had an intriguing collection of pieces.

Everyone was a big fan of this outdoor set. The bamboo motif is amazing.

38 Everyone was a big fan of this outdoor set. The bamboo motif is amazing.

It's not uncommon to see a surfboard and tailor's forms together in one booth -- the mix is often unexpected.

39 It's not uncommon to see a surfboard and tailor's forms together in one booth -- the mix is often unexpected.

These chairs blew everyone away!

40 These chairs blew everyone away!

This dealer had a great selection of industrial furniture.

41 This dealer had a great selection of industrial furniture.

Many of the dealers were set up along a riverbank. So peaceful. Notice the ribbed vase on the right. The horizontal ribbing is so smart.

42 Many of the dealers were set up along a riverbank. So peaceful. Notice the ribbed vase on the right. The horizontal ribbing is so smart.

The thick-planked table on the left caught our eye.

43 The thick-planked table on the left caught our eye.

Don't you love these light fixtures?

44 Don't you love these light fixtures?

Another dapper Brimfield shopper.

45 Another dapper Brimfield shopper.

This Navajo blanket was simply stunning.

46 This Navajo blanket was simply stunning.

Such a gorgeous print. Unfortunately, the dealer was nowhere in sight to inquire about it.

47 Such a gorgeous print. Unfortunately, the dealer was nowhere in sight to inquire about it.

This gentleman knows what to wear to Brimfield.

48 This gentleman knows what to wear to Brimfield.

This display of African woven bowls was so colorful and interesting. Multiples of these would make a great wall display.

49 This display of African woven bowls was so colorful and interesting. Multiples of these would make a great wall display.

Some of the antique sales are tucked into some beautiful New England woods.

50 Some of the antique sales are tucked into some beautiful New England woods.

It's hard to remember just what was bought.

51 It's hard to remember just what was bought.

Bright and cheerful umbrellas shield each of the dining tables from sun...or rain.

52 Bright and cheerful umbrellas shield each of the dining tables from sun...or rain.

Another great option? Jumbo hot dogs.

53 Another great option? Jumbo hot dogs.

The line is growing for hand-cut fries.

54 The line is growing for hand-cut fries.

An impromptu ketchup bowl is created to accompany a burger.

55 An impromptu ketchup bowl is created to accompany a burger.

Yumm!

56 Yumm!

There is no end to the food choices available.

57 There is no end to the food choices available.

The world-famous Brimfield french fries.

58 The world-famous Brimfield french fries.

Another lunch option? Chicken gyro.

59 Another lunch option? Chicken gyro.

We don't feel badly about ending lunch with an ice-cream sundae. After all, we've been walking all day.

60 We don't feel badly about ending lunch with an ice-cream sundae. After all, we've been walking all day.

A few of the day's finds...tucked away safely.

61 A few of the day's finds...tucked away safely.

A grouping of brass vessels intricately carved with beautiful designs.

62 A grouping of brass vessels intricately carved with beautiful designs.

The rugs on offer here were incredible.

63 The rugs on offer here were incredible.

On to the next tent...

64 On to the next tent...

And only hundreds more to go...

65 And only hundreds more to go...

This table had the most delicate thin legs. Look for it in Martha Stewart Living soon.

66 This table had the most delicate thin legs. Look for it in Martha Stewart Living soon.

This horse head was really impressive. It was impressively priced as well...$3000.

67 This horse head was really impressive. It was impressively priced as well...$3000.

Taking breaks is important to be able to keep focused.

68 Taking breaks is important to be able to keep focused.

Nothing says New England like a pristine white church steeple.

69 Nothing says New England like a pristine white church steeple.

With all of the hunting, sometimes you forget you are in some of the prettiest country.

70 With all of the hunting, sometimes you forget you are in some of the prettiest country.

More impressive rugs.

71 More impressive rugs.

A perfect basket.

72 A perfect basket.

You could use it in so many ways...in so many rooms.

73 You could use it in so many ways...in so many rooms.

Every corner holds a new surprise at Brimfield. Here a set of hand-carved models.

74 Every corner holds a new surprise at Brimfield. Here a set of hand-carved models.

An impressive display of jadite at one dealer's booth.

75 An impressive display of jadite at one dealer's booth.

There are also a number of garden ornament dealers that attend Brimfield.

76 There are also a number of garden ornament dealers that attend Brimfield.

A view of just one of the dozens of Brimfield areas. Look at that sky.

77 A view of just one of the dozens of Brimfield areas. Look at that sky.

This is where to go to stock a kitchen or a bar area.

78 This is where to go to stock a kitchen or a bar area.

A rack of plaster arms.

79 A rack of plaster arms.

This case held embroidery thread spools at one point.

80 This case held embroidery thread spools at one point.

What's this?

81 What's this?

Props from the television series Survivor.

82 Props from the television series Survivor.

Tents are a necessity to keep antique pieces safe and dry.

83 Tents are a necessity to keep antique pieces safe and dry.

Another horse.

84 Another horse.

I hope everything fits.

85 I hope everything fits.

Starting to pack up all our finds to make their way back to New York.

86 Starting to pack up all our finds to make their way back to New York.

In case any of the crowds thought otherwise.

87 In case any of the crowds thought otherwise.

An eccentric dealer's outfit du jour.

88 An eccentric dealer's outfit du jour.

Kerstin and Scott are tired but happy at the end of the shopping day.

89 Kerstin and Scott are tired but happy at the end of the shopping day.

A long day of antiquing is rewarded with a hearty meal.

90 A long day of antiquing is rewarded with a hearty meal.

Did this set get purchased? Check back tomorrow to see.

91 Did this set get purchased? Check back tomorrow to see.

If you missed the show last week, do not fear. You can still attend two more times in 2011. Here are the dates:

July 12-17

September 6-11

To help the novice, we have created a list of Brimfield Dos and Dont's. Be sure to print it out to take with you before you hit the road.

Brimfield DOs

1. DO bring plenty of cash -- very few dealers accept checks or credit cards.

2. DO wear comfortable shoes. The days are long and you are walking through wet fields most of the time.

3. DO bring hand wipes. Many items are dusty and you'll be touching a lot of pieces throughout the day.

4. DO remember to write down measurements of spaces you would like to fill. This will ensure your new find looks perfect.

5. DO get the hand-cut french fries at the food court (which offers everything from lobster rolls to ice-cream sundaes).

6. DO bring a large shopping bag with shoulder straps and possibly a handcart so that you can transport your finds back to the car.


Brimfield DON'TS

1. DON'T sleep in. Except for special areas, most dealers are there at dawn. The later you sleep the less will be available to you.

2. DON'T walk away if you really love something. Chances are, it won't be there when you come back.

3. DON'T bring only large bills. Be sure to start saving up your one dollar bills and quarters. Often, dealers don't have change.

4. DON'T be shy about asking a dealer if he can give you a better price. They are used to customers asking politely to take some money off.

5. DON'T shop alone if this is your first visit. It's good to have a trusted friend give his or her opinion on a possible purchase.

** Be sure to check back tomorrow when the decorating editors will share what they brought back from Brimfield!

Cire Trudon Candles

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In 1643 a salesman named Claude Trudon arrived in Paris and began selling wax candles. For a while, candles were only used by the wealthy, for special occasions or in church. For centuries, Trudon's candles provided light for some of the most influential people in history -- Louis XIV, Marie Antoinette, and Napoleon Bonaparte to name a few.

The Cire Trudon shop in New York City made me realize how influential something as small as a candle has been throughout history. The Parisian company is here in NYC and has some of the most exquisitely designed candles you can find. In addition to the beautiful and wide variety of colors the store offers, Cire Trudon candles are made from 100% vegetable based wax and are allergen free. The candle experts at Cire Trudon know everything about candles. So when you visit the store, be sure to ask for tips on how to properly burn, store, light, and maintain your own.

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This wall of candles shows the different colors Cire Trudon offers in the store.

1 This wall of candles shows the different colors Cire Trudon offers in the store.

This is the space before the store was set up.

2 This is the space before the store was set up.

The store is located at 54 Bond Street in New York City.

3 The store is located at 54 Bond Street in New York City.

I love the cabinets that are used to display products.

4 I love the cabinets that are used to display products.

Here is the completed store.

5 Here is the completed store.

I love the way this mirror is made of mirror tiles.

6 I love the way this mirror is made of mirror tiles.

Cire Trudon is a French company, so it makes sense for the French flag to be in the corner of the room.

7 Cire Trudon is a French company, so it makes sense for the French flag to be in the corner of the room.

I love the blue of this room mixed with the beautiful gold medallions.

8 I love the blue of this room mixed with the beautiful gold medallions.

This case is absolutely stunning.

9 This case is absolutely stunning.

Another view of the gorgeous gold medallions on the wall.

10 Another view of the gorgeous gold medallions on the wall.

Cire Trudon is the oldest candle company in the world.

11 Cire Trudon is the oldest candle company in the world.

A Cire Trudon hand-crafted interior perfume.

12 A Cire Trudon hand-crafted interior perfume.

The candles are made from 100% vegetable based wax and they are allergen free.

13 The candles are made from 100% vegetable based wax and they are allergen free.

There are three Fairy tale scented coffrets that come with an illustrated fairy tale, a small candle and a room spray fragrance inspired by the individual story.

14 There are three Fairy tale scented coffrets that come with an illustrated fairy tale, a small candle and a room spray fragrance inspired by the individual story.

Perfumed Stink Bombs have an interior scent.

15 Perfumed Stink Bombs have an interior scent.

Ayesha Patel and Ramdane Touhami

16 Ayesha Patel and Ramdane Touhami

The store incorporates antiques into their displays that are for sale.

17 The store incorporates antiques into their displays that are for sale.

Here is another display.

18 Here is another display.

The history of the oldest candle maker in the world is so intriguing, I thought I would share the highlights of Cire Trudon's history (these facts have been provided by Cire Trudon):

1719 Trudon became the Royal wax manufacturer.

1747 Cire Trudon furnished Louis XIV's court as well as almost all of the great French churches with candles. Like many of France's revered churches, Eglise Saint-Roch, in Paris, has continuously burned Trudon's candle since 1643.

1728 Cire Trudon revealed its secret to the public in "The Art of Candle Making."

1793 Cire Trudon lit the last hours of Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette's life.

1810 Cire Trudon became the favorite of Napoleon Bonaparte. To commemorate the birth of his son, Napoleon gave him a Trudon candle encrusted with gold coins featuring the Emperor's portrait.

1889 Thanks to the quality of the wax, Cire Trudon survived the arrival of gas and electricity and earned a gold medal at the World Exhibition in Paris.

1930 Cire Trudon moved to Normandy and started to produce candles for esteemed French luxury companies -- such as Hermes, Christian Dior, Cartier and Guerlain.

2010 Cire Trudon opens its first store outside of France in New York City.

Inspired by the story of Cire Trudon, I found some gorgeous candle projects that have been featured in Martha Stewart Living.

They would be wonderful warm accents in your home as winter nears. Take a look...

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Rolled candles are quick and easy to make, and since the wax is softened rather than melted, they're also the safest.

1 Rolled candles are quick and easy to make, and since the wax is softened rather than melted, they're also the safest.

If you have antique teacups that have lost their saucers they can make sweet gifts when fitted with candles.

2 If you have antique teacups that have lost their saucers they can make sweet gifts when fitted with candles.

Cinnamon has a beautiful aroma -- perfect to have in the air during the holidays.

3 Cinnamon has a beautiful aroma -- perfect to have in the air during the holidays.

Hand-dipping candles is an ancient technique.

4 Hand-dipping candles is an ancient technique.

These molded candles are gorgeous. Crafts stores offer a wide array of candles molds that usually come with instructions on the gauge of wicking and amount of wax required.

5 These molded candles are gorgeous. Crafts stores offer a wide array of candles molds that usually come with instructions on the gauge of wicking and amount of wax required.

Handmade votive candles are wonderful small gifts! I love seeing these lined up on a mantel.

6 Handmade votive candles are wonderful small gifts! I love seeing these lined up on a mantel.

Candle slipcovers can easily be made by dressing a glass candleholder in a decorative fabric.

7 Candle slipcovers can easily be made by dressing a glass candleholder in a decorative fabric.

Pictured here are everlasting candles -- beeswax candles won't melt!

8 Pictured here are everlasting candles -- beeswax candles won't melt!

Birch-log and pincone candles sit atop a plate of faux snow -- I can't help but wonder if it will snow before Thanksgiving this year!

9 Birch-log and pincone candles sit atop a plate of faux snow -- I can't help but wonder if it will snow before Thanksgiving this year!

Decorate inexpensive pillar candles with twine for gifts or a creative table display.

10 Decorate inexpensive pillar candles with twine for gifts or a creative table display.

Antique jelly jars are perfect vessels for scented candles.

11 Antique jelly jars are perfect vessels for scented candles.

Transform basic pillar candles with strips of beeswax and a simple under-and-over weave.

12 Transform basic pillar candles with strips of beeswax and a simple under-and-over weave.

Embellish a plain taper candle with a lacy doily for an elegant effect.

13 Embellish a plain taper candle with a lacy doily for an elegant effect.

Wrap hurricane glasses in layers of colorful tissue paper to glowing effect: although it appears there are multiple tints, only one shade is used.

14 Wrap hurricane glasses in layers of colorful tissue paper to glowing effect: although it appears there are multiple tints, only one shade is used.

Arrange pillar candles of different sizes and colors in a serving platter or shallow bowl. Then, surround the candles with a layer of dried beans (we used kidney beans, but pink lentils, red beans, and red rice also work nicely). Beans make cleanup of the wax easy and unify a group of candles into a true centerpiece.

15 Arrange pillar candles of different sizes and colors in a serving platter or shallow bowl. Then, surround the candles with a layer of dried beans (we used kidney beans, but pink lentils, red beans, and red rice also work nicely). Beans make cleanup of the wax easy and unify a group of candles into a true centerpiece.

Loose candles can get damaged easily when stored in drawers. Use paper-towel tubes -- the perfect size and shape -- to protect them. Wrap a pair of candles in tissue paper, then slip the package into a cardboard tube.

16 Loose candles can get damaged easily when stored in drawers. Use paper-towel tubes -- the perfect size and shape -- to protect them. Wrap a pair of candles in tissue paper, then slip the package into a cardboard tube.

Keep candles burning brightly: Trim wicks before lighting. Longer wicks produce larger flames, which create more soot.

17 Keep candles burning brightly: Trim wicks before lighting. Longer wicks produce larger flames, which create more soot.

Rolled Candles

Teacup Candles

Cinnamon Candles

Dipped Candles

Molded Candles

Handmade Votives

Candle Slipcovers

Everlasting Candles

Birch-Log and Pinecone Candles

Swirled String Candles

Jelly Jar Candles

Basket-Weave Candles

Lace-Embellished Candles

Glowing Hurricane Glasses