How to take care of your candles

There’s nothing quite like a fragrant candle to create a cosy atmosphere and to make a space smell divine. But if you want your candles to last, you need to know how to take care of them.

We caught up with Mary Gordon from Abbey Rose to find out how to make the most of your candles.

  1. Equip yourself with a wick trimmer (a pair of scissors will also do a great job), and a gas lighter.
  2. Each time you light your candle (and especially the first lighting) burn your candle long enough for the wax to melt and pool to the edge of the glass- this will help prevent tunnelling.
  3. A gas lighter is perfect as it will keep your fingers safe and you will avoid match falling into the candle.
  4. Using a wick trim (or your scissors) keep wicks trimmed to 12 mm. The longer wick means the candle will have more intensity of light, ambience and scent. It may burn a bit quicker but you will have a much more attractive flame and scent throw.
  5. Before lighting the candle look to see if a ball or a “mushroom” has formed at the end of the wick. If it has, trim this off as close as you can. These “mushrooms” can cause the wick to smoke, and can also fall off into the candle and get stuck in the molten wax. Trim these off even if you end up with a shorter wick.
  6. If soot forms on the inside of the candle jar, extinguish the candle, wait for it to cool, then wipe it with a clean cloth. Trim the wick and relight.
  7. The location of your candle is important, keep it away from airstreams like heat pumps, windows, or fans to ensure an even burn.
  8. For maximum fragrance light your candle 30 minutes before you have people around.


Creating a Mood Board

Even if you don’t have the money to create your dream home right now, there’s nothing stopping you from creating a mood board for when the time is right.

A mood board helps you to build a design story and express a vision for what you would like to create in your home. It also helps you decide what’s right for the space, and what may not work. You can create a mood board for each room in your home, putting together a collection of ideas, textures and colours for each space. Think about how each room in your home is used, the amount of natural lighting it receives and the mood you would like to create in each room. Do you prefer minimal and uncluttered with clean lines and soft tones, or would you prefer to embrace the bold lines and opulence of the Art Deco style? While you can look to trends for inspiration, the most successful mood boards are the ones that reflect your personality and your own personal style.

A mood board can either be digital or physical, it’s up to you. There’s plenty of places you can look for inspiration, from interior design books and magazines, to online sources like Pinterest and Instagram, as well as online homeware stores.

A good way to start a mood board is by selecting your favourite image. What do you like about this particular image? A piece of furniture? The colour? The style? The texture? Once you work out the key theme, then you can build your mood board from there, considering all aspects of a room; including the floor, furnishings, wall colour, art work, fixtures, fabrics, textures, lighting, patterns and finishes. Editing and refining a mood board is also an important part of the process, taking away items that may not work with your vision, and adding elements that may be lacking.

Thanks to COVID-19 we’ve got time to create and recreate a mood board until it works to support your vision. So get creating, your dream home awaits.