Artisanal Candles (and More) via Wax Atelier in the UK


Founded in 2017 by designers Lola Lely and Yesenia Thibault-Picazo, London-based Wax Atelier “revisits traditional techniques,” as they say, “ranging from candle dipping, paper making, to crafted textiles using natural wax to waxed linen food wraps.”

Here’s a look:

A bundle of Eight Green Tea celebration candles (£ Above: A bundle of Eight Green Tea celebration candles (£22). Each pack ranges in a palette of Mothers Milk, Moss and Seaweed. When lit, the candles release a subtle aroma of matcha tea and honey. 

For the Double-Dipped Twisted Candle (£data-src=
Above: For the Double-Dipped Twisted Candle (£12), a  yellow beeswax candle is dipped in a mix of dyed beeswax.
A bundle of eight Celebration Candles in Pink Blossom (£
Above: A bundle of eight Celebration Candles in Pink Blossom (£22) are made with a fusion of beeswax and madder dye.
A set of ten Double-Dipped Birthday Candles is £.
Above: A set of ten Double-Dipped Birthday Candles is £15.
The Waxed Linen Roll-Top Bag (£) is hand-dyed with flower heads and roots; ideal for use as lunch bags or to store bread,  grains, root vegetables, and more.
Above: The Waxed Linen Roll-Top Bag (£28) is hand-dyed with flower heads and roots; ideal for use as lunch bags or to store bread,  grains, root vegetables, and more.
A set of three Waxed Linen Food Wraps is £
Above: A set of three Waxed Linen Food Wraps is £22 and is made with English linen naturally dyed with flower heads, roots, and wood bark.
A detail of the waxed linen food wrap.
Above: A detail of the waxed linen food wrap.

For more natural dye inspiration, see:

Color Explosion: Linens Imbued with Natural Plant Dyes

DIY: Natural Turmeric-Dyed Tablecloth

Dyed in Dublin: Kathryn Davey’s Naturally Tinted Textiles



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Five Favorites: Chic Black Dish Drainers


Noticed lately; a new crop of black dish drainers for the domestic Goth. Here’s a roundup of our favorites:

Above: The Combe Wire Dish Drainer with Rubber Wood Handles is £29 from Made; in the US, it’s available at Crate & Barrel for $49.95.
Above: The Yamazaki Tower Black Wire Dish Drainer Rack is $55 at Crate & Barrel.
Above: The Stainless Steel Over the Sink Multipurpose Roll-Up Drain Tray by Kraus is $24.95 from Wayfair.
Above: The Brabantia Large Dish Drying Rack is $72 at West Elm.
Above: The Popity Home Dish Drainer is $28.99 from Amazon.

For more kitchen intel:

10 Easy Pieces: Countertop Dish Drainers

Domestic Science: How to Clean a Dishwasher

Trend Alert: 12 Modern, Fragrant, All-Natural Dishwashing Liquids



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10 Easy Pieces: Bedside Alarm Clocks


As an alternative to your smart phone alarm clock, here is a roundup of our favorite small-scale bedside alarm clocks that work just as well for travel.

At Schoolhouse, the Flip Clock in White is made by TWEMCO, one of the original flip clock manufacturers since 56; $99 at Schoolhouse.
Above: At Schoolhouse, the Flip Clock in White is made by TWEMCO, one of the original flip clock manufacturers since 1956; $99 at Schoolhouse.
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Above: The Jasper Morrison-designed Punkt AC 01 Alarm Clock has glow in the dark hands and comes in white, black, or red; $185 at Luminaire.
Designed by Arne Jacobsen, the classic Station Alarm Clock in black is $data-src=
Above: Designed by Arne Jacobsen, the classic Station Alarm Clock in black is $129 at the MoMA Design Store.
The Newgate Clocks Cubic Alarm Clock in black is $48 at Food5
Above: The Newgate Clocks Cubic Alarm Clock in black is $48 at Food52.
One of our editors swears by this simple alarm clock: the Lexon Flip Travel Alarm Clock designed by Adrian & Jeremy Wright, is turned on or off depending on which side you flip it to. Finished in silicone rubber and available in seven colors; $30 at the MoMA Design Store.
Above: One of our editors swears by this simple alarm clock: the Lexon Flip Travel Alarm Clock designed by Adrian & Jeremy Wright, is turned on or off depending on which side you flip it to. Finished in silicone rubber and available in seven colors; $30 at the MoMA Design Store.
The Alume Cube Clock is encased in wood with an LED screen that illuminates when touched; $48 at the MoMA Design Store.
Above: The Alume Cube Clock is encased in wood with an LED screen that illuminates when touched; $48 at the MoMA Design Store.
The Wideboy Alarm Clock is a retro-looking analog clock in a matte-finished acrylic case; $50 at West Elm.
Above: The Wideboy Alarm Clock is a retro-looking analog clock in a matte-finished acrylic case; $50 at West Elm.
The Braun Classic Analog Quartz Alarm Clock (BNC00
Above: The Braun Classic Analog Quartz Alarm Clock (BNC002WHWH) is an icon of modern design. Available in white for $35 on Amazon.
The Karlsson Chunky Alarm Clock, shown in Black, is made of polyresin and a gold finish; $ at Royal Design. Also available in Sand or Grey.
Above: The Karlsson Chunky Alarm Clock, shown in Black, is made of polyresin and a gold finish; $27 at Royal Design. Also available in Sand or Grey.
Again, a flip clock from TWEMCO, but with a more simplified design. The Alarm Flip Clock AL-30 comes in seven different colors including Beige (shown) for $9 at Time Will Flip.
Above: Again, a flip clock from TWEMCO, but with a more simplified design. The Alarm Flip Clock AL-30 comes in seven different colors including Beige (shown) for $149 at Time Will Flip.

For more on walls clocks and clocks as decor see our posts:

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on January 20, 2010.



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10 Easy Pieces: Classic Reading Sconces


It’s surprisingly difficult to source over-the-bed reading sconces; there aren’t many that pass the style and utility test. Here are ten we like (and use).

From Brooklyn-based David Weeks Studio, the classic Shell Sconce No. 6 comes in Black Satin, Grey Gloss, Ivory Satin (shown), and White Satin, with Polished Nickel or Brushed Brass hardware. Contact David Weeks Studio for ordering information.
Above: From Brooklyn-based David Weeks Studio, the classic Shell Sconce No. 206 comes in Black Satin, Grey Gloss, Ivory Satin (shown), and White Satin, with Polished Nickel or Brushed Brass hardware. Contact David Weeks Studio for ordering information.
The Original BTC Stirrup 3 Wall Sconce comes in Black or Natural Aluminum (shown) for $885 each at Lightology.
Above: The Original BTC Stirrup 3 Wall Sconce comes in Black or Natural Aluminum (shown) for $885 each at Lightology.
A longtime Remodelista favorite, the Original BTC Hector Medium Dome Wall Light designed by Peter Bowles, comes as a hardwired style for light switches or with a switch on the light itself; $9-$5 at YLighting.
Above: A longtime Remodelista favorite, the Original BTC Hector Medium Dome Wall Light designed by Peter Bowles, comes as a hardwired style for light switches or with a switch on the light itself; $269-$285 at YLighting.
The affordable Skurup Wall Lamp in black is designed for an LED bulb; $.99 at IKEA.
Above: The affordable Skurup Wall Lamp in black is designed for an LED bulb; $14.99 at IKEA.
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Above: Kenneth Grange’s Type 75 Mini Wall Light designed for Anglepoise is $145 at YLighting.
West Elm seems to always have a classic-looking wall sconce available. Their latest is the Sculptural Glass Cone Sconce in Milk with four choices of hardware finishes; $79.
Above: West Elm seems to always have a classic-looking wall sconce available. Their latest is the Sculptural Glass Cone Sconce in Milk with four choices of hardware finishes; $79.
The essential Tolomeo as a sconce: Designed by Giancarlo Fassina and Michele de Lucchi for Artemide, the Tolomeo Classic Wall Spot Light is $5 at YLighting. For a new design idea involving this sconce see our post Design Sleuth: The Tolomeo Takes a Turn.
Above: The essential Tolomeo as a sconce: Designed by Giancarlo Fassina and Michele de Lucchi for Artemide, the Tolomeo Classic Wall Spot Light is $205 at YLighting. For a new design idea involving this sconce see our post Design Sleuth: The Tolomeo Takes a Turn.
The Jielde Signal Wall Sconce SI300 comes in  different colors and is available with or without a switch; $3 at Horne.
Above: The Jielde Signal Wall Sconce SI300 comes in 23 different colors and is available with or without a switch; $320 at Horne.
The Bestlite BL7 Wall Sconce comes in black or white with a Chrome (shown) or Brass finish; $4-$495 at Horne.
Above: The Bestlite BL7 Wall Sconce comes in black or white with a Chrome (shown) or Brass finish; $425-$495 at Horne.
Another one from Original BTC, the compact Ginger Wall Sconce comes in White (shown), Cream, Chrome, or Black for $359 at Lightology.
Above: Another one from Original BTC, the compact Ginger Wall Sconce comes in White (shown), Cream, Chrome, or Black for $359 at Lightology.

For more wall-mounted lighting see our posts:

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on November 30, 2011.



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Bathroom of the Week: A Spa-Like Sanctuary in a Sonoma County Cottage


When Katie Baum, a Bay Area-based photographer, bought a weekend house a couple of years ago in Monte Rio, along the Russian River in Sonoma County, she turned to designer Lois Vinsel of Lola Home Design to help her overhaul the interiors, specifically the bathroom. “It’s a two-story, two-bedroom 1970s cottage, rustic and a little funky (in a good way),” Lois says. “Katie chose to renovate the ground floor guest bathroom for a few reasons: she has frequent visitors and overnight guests, she wanted a soaking tub (which was not possible in the tiny master bathroom on the second floor), and sadly, it was in bad shape (the previous owner had made adaptations for accessibility that had not aged well).

“Katie wanted to create a welcoming, soft, modern space, which we achieved by mixing tiles for texture, bringing in more sunlight by moving and enlarging the window, and adding key natural wood details. And to keep it modern, I relied on a (relatively) narrow color palette and simple fixtures.

“Key improvements included dropping the ceiling just enough to allow for much needed insulation, venting, and recessed lights. It was critical not to cover the exposed beams completely, because they are a key feature throughout the house. The bathroom has two doors (ugh!); one from the public space and one from the guest bedroom, so I spec’d solid core doors for sound insulation, painted them the same Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace as the walls and the ceiling, and went without trim. (Blend, blend, blend!) For as tidy a look as possible, I spec’d no baseboards, radiant heated floors (to avoid adding a floor register), and door-hinge stops.”

Here’s a look:

Photography by Aya Brackett.

The wood-grained ceramic exterior tub tile is from Vallelunga & Co. (VL-3006 Tabula Miele). &#8
Above: The wood-grained ceramic exterior tub tile is from Vallelunga & Co. (VL-3006 Tabula Miele). “It was a bit clunky in its original 6-inch width, so we trimmed it to 3 inches on site. The shower and tub trim tile is 3-by-6-inch Savoy Field Tile in Rice Paper from Ann Sacks.

“Katie really, really wanted a wood tub surround (which I agree is beyond lovely), but I just thought it would lead to heartbreak due to maintenance issues,” Lois says. Instead, she clad the tub exterior in surprisingly authentic-looking wood-grained ceramic tile from Italy, which “saved the day,” she says. “Katie is really happy with the result.” For flooring, she chose Artillo Brick 4-16-inch Concrete Field in Smoke from LA tile company Arto.

The hanging plant holder is from Crimson Horticultural Rarities in Oakland. The Fog Linen Towel Bar is from Atomic Garden in Oakland, and the West Slope Single Hook in oil-rubbed bronze is from Rejuvenation. The wood bench and the basket are from The Gardener in Berkeley, and the towels are from Coyuchi and Kontex. The framed “Neapolitan” photo is by Katie herself.
Above: The hanging plant holder is from Crimson Horticultural Rarities in Oakland. The Fog Linen Towel Bar is from Atomic Garden in Oakland, and the West Slope Single Hook in oil-rubbed bronze is from Rejuvenation. The wood bench and the basket are from The Gardener in Berkeley, and the towels are from Coyuchi and Kontex. The framed “Neapolitan” photo is by Katie herself.
To bring more light into the bathroom, Lois installed a custom steel window from Bonelli, a San Francisco window manufacturer. The Roman shade is from The Shade Store.
Above: To bring more light into the bathroom, Lois installed a custom steel window from Bonelli, a San Francisco window manufacturer. The Roman shade is from The Shade Store.
The shower fixtures are from Kohler&#8
Above: The shower fixtures are from Kohler’s Purist line in polished chrome. The floor (not visible) is Ann Sacks’ Savoy Herringbone Mosaic in Lotus from Italics in Berkeley. The glass shower enclosure is from HeavyLux in San Leandro.



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Object of Desire: The Indoor/Outdoor Desert Chair from Ferm Living


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Stylish Storage from Copenhagen: The Moebe Wall Hook


Spotted (and admired): a sculptural wall hook from Danish design studio Moebe.

Above: The Moebe Wall Hook is “formed as one single continuous element,” according to the designers. “The hook has two points for hanging your coat, keys, or hat.” Prices start at €18 for a pack of two Large Chrome Moebe Wall Hooks and go up to €38.50 for a pack of two Small Brass Moebe Wall Hooks; both from Finnish Design Shop.
Above: The small chrome hook paired with a large black powder-coated steel hook.
Above: The hook is available in a choice of solid brass, black powder-coated steel, or chrome coated steel.

For more favorite hooks, see:

10 Easy Pieces: Modern Robe Hooks

Made in California: 11 Design-Worthy Wall Hooks from the Golden State

Object of Desire: Slender Coat Hooks from Switzerland



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Steal This Look: A Summery Bellport, NY, Porch, by Elizabeth Roberts


Not too long ago we featured Brooklyn-based architect Elizabeth Roberts’ 1850s cedar-shingle cottage in Bellport, Long Island (the low-key Hamptons alternative). Our favorite feature? The breezy screened porch, overlooking the pool and outfitted with easy-to-replicate elements.

Here’s a guide (and see the full house here):

At one end of the porch, Elizabeth has created an outdoor dining area. For a similar shade of gray for the flooring, consider Benjamin Moore’s Stormy Monday. The Knotty Bubble chandelier by Lindsey Adelman was inspired by Japanese packaging, buoys, and shibari.
Above: At one end of the porch, Elizabeth has created an outdoor dining area. For a similar shade of gray for the flooring, consider Benjamin Moore’s Stormy Monday. The Knotty Bubble chandelier by Lindsey Adelman was inspired by Japanese packaging, buoys, and shibari.
 Elizabeth bought the sun porch sofa at auction and had it painted blue and reupholstered. The macramé plant holder is from CB
Above: Elizabeth bought the sun porch sofa at auction and had it painted blue and reupholstered. The macramé plant holder is from CB2. For similar pillows, head over to Serena & Lily.
A view from the porch overlooking the pool.
Above: A view from the porch overlooking the pool.
The Indio Outdoor Sofa from Pottery Barn is made of sustainably harvested mahogany certified by the Forest Stewardship Council; it&#8
Above: The Indio Outdoor Sofa from Pottery Barn is made of sustainably harvested mahogany certified by the Forest Stewardship Council; it’s currently on sale for $799 (pillows are extra).
The bamboo/jute Market Coffee Table from Serena & Lily is available with a white or navy enamel tray top;  $498.
Above: The bamboo/jute Market Coffee Table from Serena & Lily is available with a white or navy enamel tray top;  $498.
Jasper Morrison was inspired by a folding camping chair he bought in Japan when he designed his Fionda chair for Mattiazzi; €488 ($544) from Milia Shop. It’s available with a red, natural, or black canvas cover. (And for more ideas, see 5 Favorites: The New Canvas and Wood Folding Chair, High to Low.)
Above: Jasper Morrison was inspired by a folding camping chair he bought in Japan when he designed his Fionda chair for Mattiazzi; €488 ($544) from Milia Shop. It’s available with a red, natural, or black canvas cover. (And for more ideas, see 5 Favorites: The New Canvas and Wood Folding Chair, High to Low.)
The hand-braided Macrame Plant Holder, made of cotton/nylon cord, is $.95 from CB
Above: The hand-braided Macrame Plant Holder, made of cotton/nylon cord, is $24.95 from CB2 (pot not included).

See the full house tour here:

Elizabeth Roberts at Home: The Architect’s Own Beach House in Bellport, NY

And take a look at another favorite Bellport house here:

A Colonial House in Bellport with Uncommon Style from French Designer C. S. Valentin



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Trend Alert: Handmade Graphic Flags as Decor


In honor of Fourth of July, a roundup of handmade graphic flags for the summer interior.

The Now or Never Flag ($350) by Beacon, NY-based Lost & Found Flag Co., pictured in a project by Staci Pfeffer Interiors. The flag has &#8
Above: The Now or Never Flag ($350) by Beacon, NY-based Lost & Found Flag Co., pictured in a project by Staci Pfeffer Interiors. The flag has “hand-stitched appliqué letters and shapes on an all-natural linen field and is finished with natural twill tape, then rubber-stamped. Each flag is dip-dyed in coffee and hand aged,” says owner Dylan Assael.
 Above L: The Cabana Flag from Lost & Found Flag Co. is $90. Above R: The Swiss Ensign Flag from Lost & Found Flag Co. is $0.
Above L: The Cabana Flag from Lost & Found Flag Co. is $90. Above R: The Swiss Ensign Flag from Lost & Found Flag Co. is $280.
The handmade Code K Flag, by Austin, TX-based Wild Standard, is $data-src=
Above: The handmade Code K Flag, by Austin, TX-based Wild Standard, is $110 from West Elm. “Torn by hand, each flag is ripped from 100 percent natural cotton utility duck and every grommet is set by hand. Code K is Wild Standard’s minimalist interpretation on the nautical signal flag, which means ‘I want to talk to you,’” according to West Elm.
The handmade Code Zero Flag, by Austin, TX-based Wild Standard, is $90 from West Elm. &#8
Above: The handmade Code Zero Flag, by Austin, TX-based Wild Standard, is $90 from West Elm. “Code Zero is their minimalist interpretation of the maritime numerical signal flag.”
Rochester, NY-based We Buy Gold, founded by Erick Florez, makes handmade, hand-printed flags and banners using only use water-based inks. &#8
Above: Rochester, NY-based We Buy Gold, founded by Erick Florez, makes handmade, hand-printed flags and banners using only use water-based inks. “We do our best to source the majority of our materials from the US,” says Florez. The Talking Heads-inspired This Must Be the Place flag is available in white and black for $57.
This Black U.S. Flag from We Buy Gold is screen printed on 0 percent cotton canvas and features sturdy stitching and precise construction. Made to be hung vertically; $87.
Above: This Black U.S. Flag from We Buy Gold is screen printed on 100 percent cotton canvas and features sturdy stitching and precise construction. Made to be hung vertically; $87.

For more flag intel:

A Flag for Every Family from a Pair of Paris Artists

Design Sleuth: Made-in-the-USA American Flags

DIY: American Flag as Window Treatment



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5 Favorites: Summery Natural Fiber Sconces


Spotted lately: a slew of summery sconces in natural materials. Here’s a roundup:

Above: From Maison of Hand in LA: the Sconce Jonc shade is made of bulrush over a metal frame; available in two sizes (the smaller is $79, the larger is $119.99).
Above: The Raffia Wall Lamp from Marseilles-based Honore Deco is €128.
Above: The Sconce Hela shade from Maison of Hand is made of bulrush over a metal frame; available in three sizes (prices start at $79 for the smallest).

Above: The woven rattan Santa Barbara Drum Sconce from Serena & Lily is currently on sale for $168 (down from $198).
Above: The Sconce Candil shade is made of bulrush over a metal frame; $239 from Maison of Hand.

For more lighting ideas, see:

Summery Rattan Lighting from Colonel in Paris

10 Easy Pieces: Basic Porcelain/Glass Ceiling Lights Under $200

In Common With: A New Collection of Customizable Lighting



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