When we have guests over, all the “good” candles come out. All the Toccas, all the Jo Malone, Annick Goutal and beautiful diptyque numbers. But when it’s just me in the late afternoon (the sun sets at 4pm now!) I tend to burn the other candles. Much more affordable votives found at the market or neighborhood drugstore. It saves a ton of money, but there is often a downside to these other candles: boring, lackluster design. I’ve been searching for a great holder to tuck them in and finally found one last week.
This golden gem at ABC Carpet & Home just north of Union Square. ABC is like a gigantic dollhouse. Everything you could desire – housewares, clothing, furniture, fragrances, and even food. They’re constantly updating and changing scenes in this store. I stop in once a week and it’s always a new, whimsical experience. Addictive.
The votive holder was tucked away on this wall, two shelves of all things gold and silver, light and muted and glitter with porcelain artfully tangled in the mix. Dishes, bowls and cups. And lots of random goodies, seemingly purposeless, but so beautiful.