7 Candles That Double As Home Decor

My BFF just bought her first condo in a lovely Victorian downtown. It’s all very Sex & The City, and I know it’s going to be the perfect bachelorette pad for her.

The best part? Furnishing it! With neutral walls and hardwood floors, it’s the perfect blank slate for the “modern yet feminine” look she has envisioned. Of course, she has designated me the official “fragrance expert” because of my candle obsession.

I want my bestie to have a sweet-smelling apartment, but on top of that, I want her to have candles that double as objets d’art, as the French say. So I’ve been looking not only for the chicest scents I can find, but in the loveliest packaging, too.

Here are seven of my picks for candles that double as home decor.

La Jolie Muse Citronella

This citronella candle will serve as a natural insect repellent, so she can enjoy a glass of wine on the balcony all summer long. Additionally, the marbled tin in fun island colors is a great centerpiece that will match her outdoor furnishings whether she chooses wicker or teak.

Paddywax Urban Collection in Salted Grapefruit

Juicy sweet with a sea salt tang, this mouthwatering scent comes in a very on-trend votive that blends urban concrete with a pastel geometric slant. Perfect for the kitchen—both as an energizing scent now and as the perfect planter for growing edible herbs, later.

Jonathan Adler Women’s Muse d’Or Candle

Feminine and funky, this golden votive is certainly a conversation piece. Perfect for the living room, it doubles as a sculpture while it fills the room with a sophisticated floral scent.

Capri Blue Faceted Crystal Votive

A romantic scent in an elegant votive—”exotic blossom and basil” is one of Capri Blue’s most enduring aromas because it’s like a getaway in a pretty gilded jar. Perfect for the bathroom, where the petite jar will be a bathtime scent first and a stylish cotton-swab holder later.

Tom Dixon Oil

A romantic scent in an iridescent jar, this is my pick for the bedroom. Woodsy essential oils make for an aroma that is both relaxing and an escape. With 60 hours of burn time and a votive that reminds me of a dragonfly’s wing, it’s the perfect understated bedtime candle.

Capri Blue Volcano in Watercolor Glass

I had to pick two candles from Anthropologie’s favorite brand. The fact that they’re so different, both in look and scent, should say something about the Capri Blue line’s range! A tropical scent in a jar that resembles gentle Caribbean waves reflecting on white sands, this would be my pick for the guest bedroom—a candle that ought to help anyone unwind.

Mini Succulent Tea Candles

For the gal who loves succulents but doesn’t have time to keep anything alive, there’s these sweet little succulent candles! I think these would be fantastic for entertaining, set out on the dining room table with crisp white place settings, or scattered between brunch servings.

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