Thursday, February 24, 2011

Detail: Lights











A simple way to create warmth and ambiance.

I believe that both lighting in the way of light fixtures as well as candles can really transform and add a blanket of warmth to any given space. As of late, we've had an unexpected few days of snow, and so, just when we thought that the extra layers could be stored away for the season, we must embrace them just a little longer, seeking warmth and comfort. How interesting it is to break down the many elements that can warm a space; be it fabric, paint, or light. I recently came across this beautiful home, featured above, and found it to be the most perfect example of warmth—truly, the epitome of ease and enchantment, and furthermore, so inviting. Beautiful candles line the generous staircase, or hung, a hearty fire is lit in the fireplace, bold art forms have been made into light, and even dainty, decorative lights are strewn. Above all, I long to be in image 05 this evening—enjoying a long, lingering meal that might very well last for hours, without a stitch of technology in sight... just the jovial company of loved ones and the smell and sound of that warm, warm fire mixed with comforting and delicious food...

Some favorite candles: Land by Land / Lothantique / Voluspa / Linnea's Lights / Dyptique / Coté Bastide / Cire Trudon / Anthousa / & also, Lollia / do you have a favorite?

— images: Coté Sud, Déc/Jan '04, by Nicolas Mathéus

27 comments:

  1. For snow not to be over just yet this is a beautiful post inspiring to embrace coziness a little longer. Loving all the candles, esp in image 2 and 6. I often use Yankee Candles for their great scent. Hope you have a few joyful snowdays:)

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  2. Sarah!
    These are the most gorgeous images! Can you imagine dining at that table, sitting by the fire in that living room, sleeping in that bedroom... you get my message.
    Hope your week is going well.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  3. I love candlelight during this time of year, makes the winter at least a little bit more cozier... great post Sarah!

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  4. "Droplets shed by a candle in flames are actually tears because its end is near."
    I have lots of candles in every room of my house, can't live without it.
    Hugs
    Tereza

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  5. I love the light-filled bedroom near the end of your post - it is the kind of room dreams are made of.

    Andrea x
    andreareh.blogspot.com

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  6. So so beautiful! I am a total candle lover! They are perfect all the time. I even take them when I travel to get that feeling of home when i am away!

    Best,
    Christina

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  7. A very warm welcome indeed...such gorgeous images might want people to wish that the winter never gets over!! thanks for sharing, Sarah..have a great weekend ! xx meenal

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  8. I ever love the candlelight,and here you show us with this fabulous pictures how beautiful, theatrical and romantic they can be.
    Love this post Sarah.
    Have a wonderful and rested weekend,
    Hugs
    Cecilia

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  9. Oh my goodness ~ I don't know which of these spaces I am loving the most. Each one has an air of quiet, stillness and privacy, as if they are intended just for the user only.

    Really beautiful post!

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  10. Hello again - it's funny you should post these today as we are about to head off to France to stay in a Farmhouse that is not dissimilar! It's a real favourite and has such charm; not quite as luxe as this but somewhere close! Lovely images as ever...Lou x

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  11. How Fabulous - didn't realize until the end that it was all the same place - magical!!

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  12. These are gorgeous, Sarah. I am completely with you about photo #5! Swoon! LOVE it... made me gasp a little. Don't you love how a photo can do that? Only a blogger would understand the excitement over finding the right photo!!! xo

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  13. I am obsessed with candles as well. I have a few favorite sellers on Etsy that I buy from obsessively every month. It's just so lovely to come home and cook a dinner and pick out your favorite candle to compliment the mood and food.

    Another lovely post Sarah! You continue to inspire me. :)

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  14. Sarah, i could really get lost in these pics. A great way for me to start my weekend. I hope you have a great one my friend. XX

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  15. it's amazing how much you can change with a good light! happy weekend, darling Sarah! xo

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  16. So beautiful! I would love to relax in these rooms and take in the beauty.
    Much love,
    B

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  17. Lou: that's great—have a wonderful time, and I cannot wait to hear all about it. Hoping that you will be posting pictures, too :)

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  18. These are yummy. Something so ivy league about the first photo. And I love the valentines day post.

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  19. Charming details dearest Sarah...I especially adore that bedroom on the ninth image.

    Have a great weekend my dear friend, cheers: Evi

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  20. Sarah what a lovely and inviting home. Lighting is vital in creating atmospheres.

    I hope you enjoy your weekend.

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  21. Nest Studio: yes! you are so right about that—I read your comment and instantly saw what you meant...

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  22. Sarah, these images are so warm and inviting...I've never met a friend who didn't like candles. I adore them...

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  23. I was inspired this morning by your New York photos. I have featured them on Inspire. Hope this is ok? Thank you! No21x

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  24. Lovely! And that table by the fire jumped out at me as my favorite image too! I hope you did get to enjoy a wonderful fireside dinner this weekend! As far as candles, I love Dyptique Fig and also their Patchouli is heavenly. Lately I've been burning these wonderful little sticks called Palo Santo and they have replaced my love of candles for the moment.

    Hope you're having a great weekend Sarah!
    xo Mary Jo

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  25. Number Twenty One: oh, certainly—of course!

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  26. can you tell me what type of fabric that is in the bedroom walls (with the candles and vines) ???

    im in love!!!!

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  27. can you please tell me what type of fabric that is on the bedroom walls?? (with the vines and candles)

    i am in love!!!

    thank youQQ

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