Lustables: Embellished Candles

These edgy hand-painted candles will save you energy and rock your mantle.

The story goes that interior designer Lisa Carrier made a candle for Cher using hand painted Italian lace, rhinestones, silver studs and Swarovski crystals. Cher loved it so much that she commissioned several for her closest friends, thus launching Carrier’s career as a much sought after chandler.

We heart candles because at this time of year, they are both practical and flattering. Flattering, because we always look better in candlelight than we do under the kindest glare of bulbs, and practical because as daylight decreases, our energy usage creeps up.

Carrier’s paraffin pillar candles are scented with gardenia, jasmine, juniper berries, pinecones, vanilla, amber and black incense. Lovely. They also make for perfect seasonal gifts: the skull for Halloween; the Star of David for Chanukah; a cross from Christmas. Available from the designer for $90.

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K. Emily Bond

K. Emily Bond is the Shelter Editor at EcoSalon and currently resides in southern Spain, reporting on trends in art, design, sustainable living and lifestyle.