I could hardly contain my excitement when I discovered Tatine candles at a local boutique in my city. Do you ever see something and think, “I HAVE to have that”? The first hook: the packaging is totally my style. Simple and rustic. Second, they smell awesome and come in absolutely amazing nature-inspired scents such as Woodsmoke, Tomato Leaf, Creeping Moss, and Hemlock & Jasmine. And third, they are also natural made of soy & beeswax, and come in recycled glass jars that you can reuse once they finish burning. Win-win-win! They are quite pricy for their size, so I just bought one — Lavender + Bitter Orange. My whole living room smells magical!
I finally purchased this little Erin Flett rabbit pillow I’ve been eyeing for weeks. Flett uses original screenprints to create the sweetest designs from her Maine studio. I think they’d be great for a nursery, but I bought this one for my living room (or maybe bedroom..can’t decide!). I purchased it at a local boutique, but she has an online Etsy shop where you can see her full range of designs. The pillow has a textured canvas feel to it (it’s 100% cotton bark cloth), and it’s very soft and luxurious. I love it! If you like her work, check out Erin’s website here. According to her site, the cotton backing is made of recycled materials, and the cloth and insert is all made in the USA.
I moved into a condo in October that has a big brick fireplace in the living room. It’s the focal point of the room, so I wanted to decorate it nicely, even though I have a small budget.
What I used:
– Aloe plant and ceramic pot at local garden store ($15)
– Family photos in silver frames that I found packed away ($0)
– Leaf candle stand from thrift store, a gift from a friend ($0) and cream candles from Target ($6)
– Stone frog prince ($14 from Home Goods). He might end up in my garden in the spring. I want to add a fern or some other type of lush plant on the right side of the fireplace opposite the frog, but haven’t gotten around to it yet.
– “Winter’s Night” candle from Slatkin and Co., a holiday gift from family ($0). When I finish burning it it, I will buy a non-toxic soy wax candle.
– Framed watercolor painting ($0) of Maine marsh with seagulls and boat that a friend got for me at Goodwill. I plan to replace the framed watercolor with something else more contemporary later when I can afford to buy some artwork.
– Yellow roses and baby’s breath from my boyfriend ($0) in a old-fashioned milk-jug style vase that I got at Goodwill ($1).
Thanks to thrift/vintage stores and little gifts from friends and family, this humble little project cost only $36.