Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Black Candles

I know Thanksgiving is still far away, but once September hits, I like to start thinking about the holidays. And the October issue of House Beautiful has a beautiful tablescape that is inspiring my thoughts for my Thanksgiving table.

Photo by Luca Trovato, House Beautiful October 2010

Excuse my cruddy picture...it's a stunning photo once you see it in the mag (pg. 84). The table was designed by Janice Feldman, founder of JANUS et Cie and I love it. I stared at it for a while - taking in the various pieces - and the last thing I noticed was the black candles. I've never thought about using black candles, but aren't they stunning? Especially for a fall table?

Once I got over the coolness of the black candles, I started to once again review the elements of the table. I think the variety of objects on the table is what is so eye-catching - the various candlesticks, the different plates, the glasses, and most of all, the small floral arrangements scattered throughout the table.

The pic got me thinking how I have several items that I can combine for a similar feel to my own table. I have bud vases, mint julep cups and tortoise tumblers that would be great to use for similar floral arrangements. If you look closely, you'll see the table has some fantastic brass faux-bois-ish candlesticks, which are very similar to the pair I bought earlier this year from Nate Berkus' line for HSN:

These candlesticks are gorgeous in person and I'm so glad I got them. I would gladly share the link, but sadly I don't think HSN has them any more. Boo. I hope they bring them back because I could another set or two!

The candlesticks will be beautiful to mix with other candlesticks that I have...and it would be super easy to pick up an inexpensive pair of wood candlesticks somewhere like Target and paint them white or even stripe them like the ones in the picture.

Once I mix in my own china, crystal, color palette and details, I think it will make a great autumnal table. And I'll definitely be considering some black candles this year.


  1. I am the same way. Already thinking about the holidays after the 1st fall breeze. I loved this table, and I didn't even notice the black candles until you just pointed them out. This would be a perfect look for Thanksgiving....upscale with a mix of cozy informal elements.

  2. I love black candles as seen in these photographs, but don't they seem sort of...i don't know...satanic or spooky in person? pagan?
    I like them much more when they are in a black candlestick like in this photo but still not sure I'd use them in my own house.

  3. Love the black candles and I think they'd look amazing with those candleholders. I'm itching to find some navy ones to dress up my dining table this year....

  4. Thanks for sharing! I just finished a post about my dining room makeover and was just starting to think about a Thanksgiving tablescape... Thanks for the ideas!

  5. i saw that photo too! beautiful indeed. makes me want to throw a dinner party!

  6. I almost bought a ton of those candle sticks for my wedding, I kinda wish I had now I really love them!


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