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March 14, 2023
Is it just me, or has the world gone candle-crazy. Not just scented candles, which have always been a mainstay, but especially dinner candles- the type that used to grace my grandma’s dining table.
After decades of being old-fashioned at worst, and an afterthought at best, taper candles are everywhere. They’re popping up in Architectural Digest photo spreads. The New York Times is opining on the best ones to buy, websites like House Beautiful and The Spruce are telling you where to put them and how to style them. Influencers like Chris Loves Julia are creating droll-worthy dining scenes dotted with candles.
For good reason- candles are an easy way to add ambience and character to your decor, and easy to switch out for seasons or occasions. Lighting a candle is a personal act, and can stir a variety of emotions like romance, excitement and even grief. For the thoughtfully decorated interior, candles can make a big statement with a small commitment- change the colors or the holders without modifying the whole space.
Image credit: Chris Loves Julia
I added a crystal set to my wedding registry over a decade ago- only to never use them. A few years ago when we bought our first house, I accented the mantel with a set of quirky black candlesticks, but never added candles. Now, I’m wondering where my fancy ones are (most likely, my in-laws’ house), because I’m dreaming of candlelight vignettes.
Perhaps because they’re the best-selling item at Anacua House, I’ve gone candle-crazy. If you’re wondering how to add them to your décor, here’s a few tips for a modern presentation of these old favorites:
Keep the look updated with vibrant colors or interesting textures. At Anacua House, we went the vibrant colors route, opting for a German-made, straight-sided dinner candle with minimal dripping. Arranged in a single color or a palette of complementary hues, the commitment to bold color makes the look fresh.
Beware of extremely textured or twisted candles- these often create more drips, and should be reserved for easy-to-clean surfaces.
The key a fresh look is to skip the traditional candelabra in favor of a nouveau shape, or even a series of single-candle candlestick holders. Choose ones with curvy or geometric shapes like our Sway brass candleholders or a minimal profile like our Veda or Como marble candleholders. Mix and match several shapes for an artistic, maximalist look.
Anchor your candles in the holder to help keep them upright and minimize dripping. You can try one of several tricks:
Add them to the usual places like dining tables and fireplace mantels—you can also try arranging a few on your entry table, bar cart, dresser, or kitchen island. Tag #anacuahouse on any gorgeous photos you create with ours.
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July 25, 2023
Here at Anacua House, we’re passionate about global and diverse voices in design. When our founder, Angela, saw pictures on social media of Daysie, an all-day casual bar in Bangalore launched by a coworker from her university days, she had to reach out. Daysieis making waves in the design world for its maximalist, highly-instagrammable environment that draws the city's tech-foward, trendy crowd of young professionals.
May 15, 2023
I see this as an extension of the overall warming trend in colors – the popularity of sages, terracotta, and warm reds, along with the general appreciation of natural materials and craft.
Here’s a couple shades that work perfectly for a 2023 take on Beige:
March 30, 2023