I had a client of mine from a while back email me, a great shopper who gives me a head’s up on cool gadgets and steers me towards great sales, she had a few suggestions for me to pass on to you.
There are now battery operated candles, small tealights that look great in a pretty holder and of course eliminate the concern of fires, she said she discovered them this past Halloween while carving pumpkins with the kiddos, much safer than candles. . .and apparently now at places like Target (http://www.target.com), there are scented varieties on the market.
Michaels (http://www.Michaels.com) is a great resource for cute home accessories as well as jar candles . . . with the bonus of using their once a week or so 40% off coupons, makes stocking up on things to make your house more “homey” a little more affordable.
I am a huge fan of Restoration Hardware, I worked there through college, I have a knack now for moving around furniture and “Staging” and their quality is great and the web site and catalog a source of inspiration for decorating. . .and their paint colors are amazing, which they sell in their stores (the closest to us is in Raleigh), visit http://www.restorationhardware.com and check out especially the “Silver Sage” color, a great neutral with a little more personality than a boring beige, and it changes color throughout the day as lighting changes in your home. . .but goes with almost any decor. . .help me if I walk into another orange kitchen because it was on Trading Spaces! 🙂 Think neutral and clean but don’t go “Vanilla” everywhere, have some quirk, but realize someone has to live with it at least for a little while too. Pottery Barn is also great http://www.potterybarn.com for ideas.
Ballard designs also has tons of cute stuff and lots of ideas for decorating (noticing a theme here? 🙂 I think catalogs to cool stores are just as great as buying a home decor magazine to curl up with at night). . .if you like Target for home accessories and wall art, this place seems to get things two or three years before Target discovers it. . .a little pricier, but really nifty stuff with personality. http://www.ballarddesigns.com
I’ll stop while I’m ahead. . .you have enough to browse through for now, but as they say pictures are worth a thousand words. . .so I hope you find some inspiration.
I am sneaking out an hour early today since I am working all weekend again, I hope you take some time too to have a cup of hot tea or cocoa and maybe curl up with a sassy catalog.
http://www.rensup.com (great hardware/antique/restoration resource)