Creative Candles Blog
Hygge. It’s everywhere. The Danish concept doesn’t translate directly to English, but that doesn’t stop everyone from talking about it – and for good reason. Sometimes it’s a verb, and sometimes it’s an adjective. No matter the exact part of speech, hygge is always an experience, and one worth replicating in our hectic lives.
Setting aside the challenges of everyday life for a calm evening at home surrounded by people and things you love…that’s hygge. Maybe it’s with friends, enjoying a glass of wine and chatting about life. Maybe it’s with family, making the most of the time and living in the moment. These experiences are simple to achieve, but have lasting impact – it’s when we create the memories and make the connections we’ll cherish for a lifetime.
How do you create this experience? Reading this, you’re no doubt envisioning a room you love serving as an escape from everyday life. That’s a great start, and here are a few more defining elements of any true hygge experience:
- Togetherness – the feeling that you’re with the ones you love, whose company you enjoy above all else. Feeling the warmth radiate from our relationships is truly hygge.
- Quiet – maybe you’re talking, but it’s not a raucous experience. Muted tones, quiet conversation, and relaxing topics make for a memorable hygge evening filled with joy.
- Light – the most important hygge element? Light. The ambiance provided by soft, low light is the perfect backdrop to an ideal hygge experience.
Turns out light itself is the single-most important aspect of creating hygge experiences. Even better? The Danes are the experts here, and they’ll tell you it’s about natural sources of light – a crackling fire and candlelight. Maybe you don’t have a fireplace, but you can achieve the same result with carefully-selected candles.
Candles create the ultimate relaxing, cozy lighting – and they’re for everyone, every space, and every day. Small room or large, candles will illuminate a room at exactly the right level for a perfect hygge evening.
And why limit it to an evening? Make hygge a daily goal – turn off the phones, light candles, and snuggle up with a cup of tea to unwind every day.
Premium luxury candles from Creative Candles deepen the hygge experience with smokeless, dripless candles that are great for both those special evenings with friends and your daily hygge goals.
This holiday season we are focusing on gifting experiences to our loved ones. In this third blog of the series, we discuss giving the gift of a relaxing night in with a good book- for you, for your friend or for your family member. Enjoy.
There are few pleasures in life greater than being fully immersed in a great book. The struggle is finding the time. Let’s face it – carving out space in our day to sit down with a good read is difficult. Despite the mental and physical well-being benefits of relaxing with a stimulating novel or work of non-fiction, we often overlook this as a proven way to remove ourselves from the daily grind.
Making this a habit is a good idea, and it helps to accompany it with a bit of a routine that changes your mindset and helps you unwind.
As with most relaxing environments, lighting is key. Creating the ambiance in which the benefits of reading can be fully realized is an important aspect of the experience. Further, the ritual of taking the time to prepare the room gets your mind in a place to take full advantage of the escape into your book.
Once you’ve selected the optimal reading nook in your home, complete the space with candles. While you’ll likely need another light source for reading, candles provide two important things – defining the space and defining the event. Setting the tone with soft light is instantly impactful, and taking the time to light the candles and settle in helps you luxuriate in your precious reading time.
It’s a small thing, really – pausing for a moment to prepare your room and your mind for immersion in a good book. But like most small things, it’s worth it and makes all the difference.
This holiday season we are focusing on gifting experiences to our loved ones. In this second blog of the series we discuss giving the gift of a relaxing spa night in - for you, for your friend or for your family member. Enjoy.
Numerous studies expound the health benefits of a bath – everything from improved sleep to boosting memory. When you give the gift of a home spa night, you are allowing your friend to take a break, disconnect, and focus on herself, all of which aid in relaxation, stress reduction, and shifting our point of view in a harried world.
In today’s connected society, our homes are often our refuge. Most people today are subject to a lot of demands from others. It’s essential to our mental and physical well-being that we take the time to pamper ourselves on a regular basis.
To create a home spa experience, you only need a few items - starting with a few candles.
Candles are present in every iconic relaxing-in-a-bath photo and epitomize a luxurious setting for taking care of ourselves. The natural warm glow that only candlelight can provide instantly calms our minds and appeals to our senses.
And it’s important to have the right candles to put the perfect touches on your home spa. To truly shut the door on the world at home and come out feeling refreshed, make the most of the experience by filling it with the best. Handmade, artisan candles match the unique and high-end experience you’re creating for yourself.
Candles are the single-most important element in designing the home spa experience that will transform your day. Knowing those candles are carefully made with this experience in mind means you can’t find a better option to create just the right room for just the right moment.
This holiday season we are focusing on gifting experiences to our loved ones. In this first blog of the series we discuss a date night in with your significant other. Enjoy.
On the whole, we’re a busy society. Nearly everyone these days is scheduled to the max, and if it’s not on the calendar, it’s not real. For couples, it’s easy to get lost in the activity and forget what’s most important – our significant other. That’s why it’s important to carve out time in that calendar for date nights.
And let’s be clear – date nights are special. These are the evenings with your love and should be treated with care. No rushing allowed! A bit of planning and some careful thought go a long way in creating an experience that keeps the magic alive in your relationship.
That said, sometimes the best date nights are those without a lot of fuss. The time and energy you put into planning a special evening doesn’t have to mean a dinner reservation and theater tickets. Sometimes the greatest joy can be found right at home, appreciating your shared space in a new way and for a new reason.
Still, you want it to be special. You spend a lot of time in your home, and it can be the scene of rushed greetings and exits, crying children, and the national news on the TV. Just because you stay home for a date night doesn’t mean you can simply order in and kick back on the couch.
For the night to be special, you must transform your home from the daily grind to an oasis.
You want the experience to feel luxurious, bespoke, and meant for a couple reconnecting.
To get started, lower the lights, turn off your phones, have a glass of wine. And light a beautiful, handmade candle.
Candlelight is the most effective way to create a whole new environment in your home. High-end candles evoke not only a feeling of indulgence perfect for a date night, they also provide a smokeless, dripless burn that doesn’t distract from the experience you’ve created.
Apart from decluttering, you really needn’t do much more – the warmth and ambiance provided by candlelight is all you need to enjoy your home from a new perspective.
So send the kids to grandma’s or the neighbor’s, bring in or prepare a nice dinner, and enjoy each other by the light of a few nice candles. It’s bound to be an evening you won’t forget, and hopefully will become a regular occurrence that shapes the future of your relationship.
At Creative Candles, we’re thankful for a lot of things, but most importantly our team of artisans who design and make our candles. We take pride in the fact that real people make each and every candle that leaves our warehouse – they’re all hand-crafted, hand-finished, and loved…all the way from our shop to your home.
Inspired by the fall season, which is full of rich colors and unique textures, this autumn editorial featured on Once Wed was the perfect opportunity to blend delicate textiles, simple lines and earthy colors. The mood was captured beautifully by Jen Jar Photography, and each detail was carefully selected and positioned to complement each other as well as the overall tone of the shoot.
Everything about this shoot conveys a lesson in how to expertly layer together different elements to make them feel new and fresh: our saffron taper candles are clustered together to strategically offset the large, luscious floral centerpiece. To highlight the season of fall, the arrangement features bronze china chrysanthemums, delicate garden roses, carnations and Chinese lanterns.
Geometric-shaped rings, necklaces and studs paired perfectly against the delicate gowns from Gossamer. The stationery suite was crafted with brown-toned marbling and gold foil finish to enhance the warm palette. Finally, the handmade ceramic plates were essential to complement the various layers, highlighting the truly romantic and modern atmosphere.
After reading through this post, we hope you’ll be seeing color in a completely new way. This vibrant autumn editorial shoot combined awe-inspiring wedding flower inspiration and one of the top colors for 2017 -- yellow -- in a modern, but still totally elegant way, all thanks to the rich shade of saffron.
Photography Jen Jar Photography | Styling/Design Yvonne Xue Design | Creative Direction Gossamer | Jewelry Vrai and Oro | Stationery Suite Seniman Calligraphy | Florals Gossamer | Model Anna Kudashkina | Cake Sweet & Saucy Shop | Dresses Gossamer | Linens La Tavola | Candles Creative Candles | Plates Blue Door Ceramics | Silk/Ribbons Silk & Willow | Film Lab Photovision Prints