How-To Series: Decorate With Rustic Pieces

While we're big fans of the worn, well-loved look of vintage furniture and decor items, we also understand that too much of anything is just... too much. For many people, adding one too many nail-filled benches, rusted clock radios and patina-covered knick knacks may start to make your home feel cluttered and a bit dated. If you're looking for ways to incorporate rustic vintage pieces while still maintaining a cool, clean space, here are some of our favorite tips.

  • Alternate large and small items. If you scored big at the flea market and found a well-loved credenza or perfectly worn leather chair, balance things out with an ultra-modern floor lamp or a row of clean, simple abstract prints to keep things fresh and stylish. On the other hand, if you have some treasured antique candlesticks, placing them on a sleek white shelf will give you that balance you want. Combining antique decor items with antique furniture may start to make things feel a little bit drab. 
  • Only go for the really special items. You may love the look of distressed furniture, but you don't need to take home every cool piece you see. Save up for a really rare collector's piece or wait until you find that perfect item. 
  • Consider the space. If you're lucky enough to live in a period home, you may want to try to incorporate vintage pieces that are true to the time in which it was built. If not, just be conscious of the size and needs of the space you're trying to fill before buying a bulky piece that might not work. 
  • Make it work. Sometimes, all an antique furniture or decor piece needs is a little bit of TLC. If it's a little too rough for your taste, try giving it a good polish, fixing that broken leg or sanding it down and adding some fresh stain to give it a second chance. 
  • Admit when rustic is too rustic. We've all been there: you find a major piece at the thrift store or the flea market, but it's in such bad shape that you stop to wonder if it's worth buying at all. It's best to be honest with yourself about what you're comfortable with in your home — if it might give you tetanus when you touch it, it's probably too rustic. 

8 Tips to Make Your 1767 Candles Last Longer

When we first started experimenting our line of 1767 candles earlier this year, we were total candle newbies.  After a ton of trial and error (both scent-wise and ingredient-wise), however, we finally settled on what we think are the perfect candles for burning in your home, your office, your Winnebago — wherever. 

One of the biggest concerns we've encountered from candle-buyers is the lifespan of the candle. If you're like us and you love to leave one burning pretty much all day long, you'll want to know how to get the most bang for your buck, so to speak. It may come as a surprise to the casual candle connoisseur, but there's actually a right way to burn a candle (and on the flip side, there's also a wrong way). 

Here are 8 tips for making the most of your 1767 candles:

  1. The first time you burn the candle, make sure to let it burn all the way to the edges to prevent the wax from pooling in the center. This first burn is very important, because it sets the stage for each burn afterward. 
  2. Trim the wick to 1/4-inch each time you burn the candle. We try to trim ours to that length when we send the candles out, but once you start to burn it, it sort of has a mind of its own. 
  3. If you've ever had a candle that smokes or turns the edges of the jar black, you know it can be pretty unpleasant. Keep the smoke under control by blowing the flame out when it starts to flicker rapidly and by trimming the wick to 1/4 inch. 
  4. Keep your candle away from open windows, air vents or other drafts, as this can cause it to smoke or burn too quickly. 
  5. Instead of blowing your candle out, snuff it out using tweezers (or your wet fingers, if you're feeling brave). This helps to keep the wick upright and prevents the wax from spraying.
  6. Store your candle in a cool, dry space with the lid on to prevent it from collecting dust inside. 
  7. As a general rule, how long you burn your candle is directly correlated to how large the candle is. Measure the size (in inches) from the wick to the jar, and that's how many hours it's safe to burn.
  8. Some people swear by storing their candles in the freezer. The reasoning? The frozen wax takes longer to melt, which extends the lifespan of your candle. 

How to Series: Style Your Home Using Macramé Plant Hangers

Wooden wall art and furniture may be our main game, but it's no secret that we love styling beautiful interiors as a whole. There are a few other classic décor items that we think look perfect paired with our 1767 pieces; one of those items is the ‘70s-style macramé plant hanger. This timeless, kitschy item is a must-have in the plant-filled house, and it's a handy way to hang your plants in small spaces. Here are a few ways that we love decorating with the macramé plant hanger.

  • Hang herb pots in the kitchen. No space on the windowsill for herbs? Add some fresh, flavorful zest to your dishes by growing basil, cilantro and other herbs in macramé hangers right in front of the sunniest spot in your kitchen.
  • Clean up the air in your bathroom. Keep your bathroom a bit fresher by hanging plant hangers near the window or even in the shower. Choose a plant that is especially good at cleaning the air, such as a spider plant or ficus.

  • Dress up your windows. Curtains can block out sunlight, and if you don’t have much to spare, you’re likely always looking for ways to allow more light into your room. Instead, hang some macramé plant hangers filled with air plants or draped vines from your window’s curtain rods. 

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  • Take them outdoors. While most people think of macramé plant hangers as indoor items, they're actually incredibly durable, which makes them perfect for displaying plants on a porch or patio.

  • Think outside the plant. Instead of using your macramé hangers for plants, use them to display something else entirely. Think bowls of fruit, glass terrariums or other found objects.