Decorating & Design

November 20, 2009

Elegant Black Candles

Lately I am obsessed with gold sconces and black taper candles. This often happens to me when I get something stuck in my head — now I can’t find it anywhere! I’m sure I’ve seen this perfect combo in countless magazines but a flip through my stash turned up nothing. If you’ve spotted black tapers in a gorgeous gold sconce, let me know!

Photo Blog November 20 Candles Sconces

A search through House & Home’s archives lead me to Canadian expat Thomas Wiggins’ foyer in his 18th century English manor in the U.K. It’s a bit too traditional for my taste but I love the sconces and black tapers flanking the antique mirror. I dream of this on either side of an awkward jut-out in my little apartment.

Photo Blog November 20 Candles Chandelier

Jenna Lyons, the uber-stylish creative director of J. Crew who was featured in Domino magazine, has black tapers in her living room chandelier so I think I’m onto something.

Photo Blog November 20 Candles Table Dining Room

And Eddie Ross’s casual country table setting photographed for online magazine Lonny becomes more elegant and chic with those long black candles.

Photo Blog November 20 Candles Desk

Check out the two black tapers in black candleholders on the top of Tori Mellott’s bookshelf in her old apartment. She was one of the impossibly stylish editors of Domino magazine — her space is more my style.

Photo Blog November 20 Sconces

Leave it to my work buddy Michael Penney, with an eagle eye for cast-off treasures. He found these burnished brass sconces at a flea market. Can you see the price tag? It says $89 for the pair and I am in love! And they’re in my budget, which is even better.

Generally speaking, I have really poor timing. Now that Halloween is over, most black tapers that were around few weeks ago are long gone. I did track some down, and to save you the legwork here’s the lowdown. First off, white candles dipped in black dye don’t cut it. Point a la Ligne, a French candle company, as well as Canadian wholesaler Concord Candle make authentic ones.

Photo Blog November 20 Candles Black

Concord Candle has two outlet stores in Ontario and Point a la Ligne is available at these shops:

British Columbia:
Kerrisdale Lumber Co., Vancouver
Moricotta Home Accents, Vancouver, (604) 224-7196
Wick And Wishes, Campbell River, (250) 286-4504

Cherubs Gift Boutique, Rocky Mountain House, (403) 845-6672
Del Adora, Edmonton
The Muse (inside Domicile Interiors), Calgary, (403) 806-0099

Crocus & Ivy, Regina

Five Small Rooms, Winnipeg

Finders Keepers, Oakville
French Country, Toronto
Grand Treats & Treasures, Cayuga
Pamper And Soothe, Port Perry, (905) 985-5559
The Upper Loft at Port Sandfield Marina, Port Sandfield, (705) 765-3147
Renaissance, Erin
Simple Pleasures, Manotick, (613) 692-0177

If you aren’t near one of these retailers, online boutique Madison Ave Gifts is very helpful and will ship to Canada.

Read more about Hot Candle Holders.

Photo credits:
1. From House & Home November 2007 issue, photography by Rob Sanderson
2. Melanie Acevedo
3. Lonny, photography by Patrick Cline
4. From Matters of Style blog August 12, 2009
5. Michael Penney
6. Point a la Ligne