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Since I work on food and entertaining stories for the magazine, I’m always looking for beautiful tabletop layers to add to stories, and right now I’m in love with candlesticks.

I know what you're thinking: mumsy and old school. I have to say they are anything but. These candles add a lovely bit of trad style to a room ? have a look below at the pretty, whimsical dining space as an example.

 pretty whimsical dining space with candlesticks

 candlestick on a mantle

News to some, but not all: most good quality silver candelabra offer double duty in the décor department. They usually come apart, thus turning a single candle holder into a candelabra.

 single candlestick or a candelabra

 a mix of silver, wooden tones and varying heights

The single candlestick is great for everyday use, perfect on a sideboard. I like to mix in wooden tones and varying heights to create the feel of a collection.

 three arm sterling silver candelabra from Birks

I like the candelabra for that extra hit of décor and height in a tablescape. The top three arms of this Birks sterling silver candelabra unscrew into a single taper, $455.

 1950 silver-plated three-arm candelabra from Cynthia Findley Antiques

1950s silver-plated three-arm candelabra from Cynthia Findley Antiques in Toronto, $495 for a pair. The top three arms unscrew from the bottom. What a great investment, and a great way to cosy up in October.

View dining room galleries, photos and articles for more tabletop and décor inspiration.

Photo credits:
1-2. From Domino, photography by
Laura Resen
3. Morgan Michener
4. From House & Home
October 2009 issue, photography by Angus Fergusson
Birks, sterling silver candelabra
6. Morgan Michener

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