Updated: Apr 28
It has been said that good things take time. Spring's arrival takes time. Maybe more than any other season, the shift into spring reminds me of simplicity and new inspiration, in my stores and in my home. While most await the sweetness of summer days, spring is a true welcome invitation to start fresh and approach my spaces with a new perspective and outlook. The tools for this reset begin with the senses—sounds, smells, colors and textures.
If you haven't figured it out, I am a bit of a scent junkie (hence a store that makes everything for the senses). Candles are a true joy to make and testing the burn is pure joy. Buy a new candle and start looking for the places in your home where you can clear clutter and incorporate new colors like a pretty plant to add life. My go to are succulents, topiaries and a gorgeous orchid.
As for the inspiration in our handmade candles, it is found in spring blooms while exploring beautiful nurseries located off the beaten path, the scent of the morning air on the barrier islands and the mainland where the sprawling farmlands of New Jersey sit proudly with row after row of newly planted seeds and fresh cut grasses (after all it is called the garden state).
Another source of inspiration for me are my tiny gardens which have shown me my quiet determination. How beautiful it does feel to transpose plots that were so badly neglected into the representation of a calming old
soul, (my little cottage has the unique distinction of being an original Sears Craftsman Home, built in 1910). True to the period this old cottage has plantings of that time period like wildflowers, hydrangeas, rose gardens, a variety of bulbs and herbs. In the summer months there is always a small "victory garden" filled with several different varieties of tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, peppers and cherry tomatoes". To me these gardens have shown love, life and patience in the wait.
As a company, the new year taught me how to hone my style and define my patience. Anything that you have the passion for is worthy of the pursuit, it is an opportunity to intentionally create, and steady my forever moving life-in-motion, while not only trusting in the process but trusting in an almost childlike way that there is a purpose.
This spring I am keeping it fresh with new scents created just for the season, available in beautiful linen sprays, reed diffusers and soy candles and my gardens are starting to flower and bloom adding the much needed color and texture after a long grey/brown winter.
xo - Caroline & friends