Monday, October 5, 2015

Dinner By Candlelight

Ever since finishing the faux fireplace in our dining room, I've been struggling with how to recreate the look of a roaring fire in it. Obviously, since it's not a working fireplace and it's close to the dining room table, I needed to stick with a solution that wouldn't set everything and everyone I love aflame.  Nothing kills the easygoing mood of a family dinner more than brandishing a fire extinguisher. I've been able to find tons of Pottery Barn-esque candelabras that would look perfect in there, but I keep choking on the price tags. I just hate spending that kind of money on small decorative items in my home. I had to come up with something else.

I was outside with Graham when I glanced over at our stack of firewood. There was something about it that kept tickling my brain and then it hit me. Here was the solution to my problem, sitting in my backyard the whole time. Those logs looked very similar to some birch candle holders I'd seen and loved in Denver. Crisis averted! I could get the same effect of those birch holders by simply switching it out with these oak logs.  Here's how I did it.
Once again, when I say "Here's how I did it", you've got to know by now what that means. It means I drafted Graham into doing most of the work for me. What can I say, ladies-he's a keeper. I made sure each log was at least four inches in diameter, so the pillar wouldn't hang over the sides. Then I had him cut the logs into sections for me, making sure each cut was level.
Here they are all finished. I had him make me a total of eight holders in three different size heights- 3" tall, 5" tall, and 6" tall.
For the candles, I found these from Better Homes and Gardens at Wal-Mart. They're perfect for the job. They're made of real wax (so they smell amazing), but they're flameless. The LED light is set low in the candle, so they're super realistic looking. My favorite detail of these pillars is that they have a built in timer, so they turn off automatically after 5 hours. Ingenious!

Here they are all set up in the fireplace. They have the same idea as the birch tree holders, but it feels more personal. There's something about the fact that they came from my own backyard that speaks to me. That, and the fact that they were free. That really speaks to me.

 And here's a picture with the candles turned on. It doesn't really do them justice, because you can't see how they look when they're flickering, but I wanted to give you an idea of how it looks with all the candles lit. All in all, I think it definitely strikes the perfect balance.  It feels inviting without being too complicated. Which is perfect, because that's just how I like it.

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