For a few years running our home lost power more than a couple of times throughout the year. Finally, enough was enough and I purchased a generator for my husband as a Christmas gift. That was a couple of years ago, and guess what happened? The lights haven't gone out since and that generator remains unopened. Isn't that the way those things go?
The one thing that helped us keep our sanity when the lights did go out was candles. When the electric is out, and it gets dark, if you don't have them or some other type of artificial light, it's next to impossible to do anything but sleep (and who wants to go to sleep so early?). Up until that point I wasn't really a candle lover. I had some in the house that had literally been there for years...but now that I've used them, I'm sold. The soft fragrance that fills the house appeals to me, and so does the visual that a nice candle creates.
We have candles in almost every room now. Whether they are lit or unlit, they do have the power to make a statement. They can offer an element of elegance, a bit of festivity, a welcome burst of color, and/or provide a comfortable, homey feel to a room. My current favorite type right now is a scented one, but candles with no fragrance have their place in a home as well (the dinner table instantly comes to mind). Those are just a few of the benefits I can think of when it comes to candles. How about you, do you use them?
Note: When using candles, please be sure to exercise caution and use extra care in a home with small children or pets. This post was brought to you by Tesco, a great place to search for all of your home furnishing needs, including candles.