Design New England

Candles aglow with charm


This very well may be against the fire code (shh) but I now have a candle at my desk, and my did it make the world of difference. Come groggy mornings or mid-afternoon slumps, all I have to do is light it and wait for the subtle, fresh scent and flickering, warm flame to brighten me back up. One of my simple pleasures: a well-packaged, perfect scented candle — like Linden by Linnea’s Lights (above, available at Twelve Chairs), a soy candle that comes with a small matchbook (a fun touch). I know it’s cruel to share candles in a forum where one can’t smell (you’ll have to trust me on that one), but scent aside, the artful packaging alone made this post worth doing.

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Jo Malone for Farrow & Ball — what a brilliant marriage. And us Bostonians are very lucky, as the Boston Design Center showroom snagged a select few remaining from this one-off.


My desk candle: the Paddywax Library Collection (thanks to West Elm Fenway, which carries it). Four candles, four famous quotes — Austen, Poe, Thoreou, and Whitman. Yup, I have two.


Great candle, superb packaging. I got this French Tulip by Seda France (available at Hudson) as a housewarming gift, and unsurprisingly, the box lives on.

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Really could have picked any Thymes candle, but Moonflower won for its subtle “twilight” aroma, ideal for curling up with a blanket and book (plus the print sure didn’t hurt).

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