How-To Series: Cleanse a Room

Cleansing the atmosphere, creating a vibe – whatever you call it, sometimes a room just needs it. We're big believers that a clean space is key for getting to work or getting creative, so we've found lots of ways to freshen up a room and make it feel bright and airy. Here are a few of our favorite ways to cleanse a room (or your whole home). 

image by Deane Hearne via  The Future Kept

image by Deane Hearne via The Future Kept

  • Smudging. Smudging involves burning a thick bundle of dried herbs, such as sage or cedar. In order to disperse the scent and the cleansing smoke around the room, many people wave it through the air or walk with it through their home. 
  • Palo Santo sticks. Similar to smudge sticks, Palo Santo sticks are great for cleansing the energy in a room. The sticks are taken from Palo Santo trees in South America, and when you burn them like incense, it creates a really calming, fresh-smelling smoke. 
  • Candles. Sometimes all it takes is the glow of a candle to instantly make a room feel cozy and a little mysterious. We like to light a few musky scented candles when we're sketching out new design ideas. 
  • Open it up. We're all about openness when it comes to feeling inspired, so if you're feeling a little stifled in your office or bedroom, try clearing away clutter and getting rid of any bulky furniture that you don't need. 
  • Essential oils. If you're the type who prefers something with a longer lasting scent, ditch the store-bought air freshener and invest in a diffuser. These devices create a steady stream of water vapor when you fill them with water and essential oils, and depending on which oils you choose, they can even help with lots of different ailments. Try diffusing a nice jasmine oil if you're feeling stressed or lavender if you want to relax before bed. 

How-To Series: Style a Fireplace

We recently purchased our first home, and one of our favorite features is the wood burning fireplace right in the middle of the living room. While our former rental house had a boarded-up fireplace that acted only as decoration, this one is a bonafide, working fireplace that we can fill with split logs all winter long. If you're lucky enough to have a fireplace — either functioning or decorative — you might find some inspiration from our favorite fireplace ideas. 

  • Add a custom wood cover. This is one of the first pieces we ever built: a patterned lath cover for the fireplace in our old home. It added so much texture and warmth to the room that we almost didn't miss the fire itself. 
  • Give it a facelift. One of the easiest ways to re-vamp an old fireplace is by adding a fresh coat of paint to the brick. We're suckers for stark white, but we can't help but dream of a matte black fireplace in the center of a room. 
  • Store wood in a beautiful way. Whether you have a functioning fireplace or not, you can fake it with a beautiful stack of wood nearby. 
  • Throw some fresh herbs inside. When you light a fire in your fireplace, toss in a bundle of fresh herbs like rosemary, sage, basil, or dried lavender. When they catch, it will fill your home with a scent that's even better than the fire itself. 
  • Invest in fireplace cookware. You may not realize it, but it is possible to cook in your indoor fireplace. Bon Appetit suggests grilling a steak in there, which sounds like a pretty great way to spend a winter afternoon. 

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 a Vintage Portrait

Adding artwork to your home can be pretty pricey, but we’re all about finding stylish, low-cost solutions to the interior décor dilemma.  One of our new favorite pieces is the vintage portrait, which adds some rustic style to any gallery wall and also makes a curious statement piece. Here are some tips for finding a great vintage portrait and styling it in your home.

·      Know where to look. Chances are, your great-great-great-grandfather wasn’t some kind of duke or general who had his own portraits commissioned, so you’ll need to search to find antique portraits. We’ve had lots of luck at our favorite Nashville Flea Market, but you may also want to find estate sales on Craigslist or visit a local antique store to find your own.

·      It’s all in the frame. The frame makes all the difference between an old, junky painting and a killer vintage piece. Make sure that the wood isn’t cracked or rotten, or if you’re lucky enough to find one framed in metal or bronze, give it a good dust and shine before hanging.

·      Make the necessary restorations. If you find a really great portrait that you just can’t part with, it may take some work to get it looking wall-worthy. You can always remove the frame if it’s in bad shape and replace it with a new one, or even cut the portrait out using an X-Acto Knife if it’s really stuck in there. 

·      Keep the rest of the wall simple. Since most vintage portraits are pretty large and tend to catch the eye right away, we like to keep the rest of the wall simple. Hang it alone in an empty nook, or style it with an otherwise minimal gallery wall filled with more modern pieces.

·      Get your story ready. It’s inevitable that once you hang that bad boy (or lady!) up on your wall, you’re sure to get some questions about it from your guests. We strongly encourage making up your own background story to keep things interesting.