December 2019:


Winter has arrived. We had early snow Halloween weekend (3-4 inches) and about a week later we got another 3-4 inches on top of that, and cold weather. The snow melted (thank goodness!) but winter caught autumn unprepared - a surprise ambush!

The house is now decorated for Christmas season and I snuggle underneath a thick throw blanket on the sofa at night admiring the Christmas tree. It's cold enough now to fire up the fireplace, brrrrr!

I hope everyone has a wonderful and blessed holiday season. May we all be jolly and bright and happy.


Saturday, December 7, 2019

HGTV Magazine November 2019 Copy Our Cover - Part 4

Hola!  I'm sorry I haven't been here for a week, holy cow!  The time has been absorbed since 11/28 actually decorating the house for Christmas.  More on that later.  Suffice to say that this year, for whatever reason, it literally took what seemed like forever to get it done!

So, here we are, the last part of the November 2019 HGTV magazine Copy Our Cover.  I have the October cover to do - I really liked that one a lot, so watch for it coming up some time before the end of the year.  I also have lots of photos of the new Christmas tree and the decorations around the house this year - nothing too extravagant.

Candlesticks and Candles

The HGTV cover features sleek modern style candlesticks in brass from West Elm.  The price said "from $29 for 3 1/2 tall."  The 3 1/2" tall is the smallest of three, so it could get very pricey quickly to buy all three.  But I checked out West Elm online and they were on sale: for a short period of time the small size (3 1/2") is on sale for $21.75, and if you sign up to receive West Elm offers/emails (and no doubt authorize them to share your email address with other retailers who will bombard you daily with offers and emails) you can get another 15% off.  The medium size (5 1/2" tall) is on sale for $24, regularly priced at $32; and the large size (7 1/2" tall) is on sale for $25.50, regularly priced at $34.

I found visually similar sets of candlesticks at Amazon, but they were all much taller (like this set, for only $14).  I wanted to find something that offered somewhat similar heights.

I found this set at Wayfair with a similar stem and base, but the holder is open rather than closed and globe shaped:  3 Piece Small Iron Candlestick Set by Style Me Pretty, for $34 on sale.  The heights are 4", 5 1/2" and 7" (pictured below):

I looked at Hobby Lobby, Joann, Michael's, Kirklands, World Market, All Modern, Goedecker's, Target, and a few other places too, and couldn't really find anything that was remotely similar.  I did find this traditional style but non-traditional finish set of three at Oriental Trading Co.  The heights are 7", 8" and 9", so taller than the original but the price is right at $19 and they come in a bright copper finish.  Take a look:


I found some fuchsia candles online, but nothing for less than $6 for a pair in that color and specific shape and height.  The Caspari candles from as featured in the HGTV November 2019 magazine cover were the best price for a pair of them.  In reality, I would shop for candles at various stores in person because even if you find a good bargain, you have to take shipping into consideration unless you can find it for free somewhere.  And for small purchases that's not likely to happen very often. 

You can buy one dozen of hot pink (not fuchsia but the same size and style) from Candle Select for $9.78, that's less than a dollar a candle, but no free shipping for orders under $100.

Cake Stand

The stand featured in the HGTV magazine cover is a designer special:  Kate Spade New York Deco Dot 10 1/2" diameter wood cake stand, $75, from Bed Bath & Beyond:

Amazon has it for the same price with free shipping.  Lenox also is offering this cake stand for $75 with free shipping.  Sorry - I won't pay that kind of money for a cake stand, designer label or not!  I guess Cheap is my middle name, although Frugal (said with a French accent) sounds much more elegant, n'est ce pas?  

How about a really frugal option out of plastic made to look like wood from Oriental Trading Co.?  Their Wood Pattern Cake Stand is 11 1/2" diameter and stands 4" high, at a price of $12 ($11.97) - shipping is extra:  

Actual wood options:

Amazon has a nice offering from Bamboo Essentials in this Acacia wood 10" diameter, 4" tall cake stand for $20 ($19.95) - free shipping on orders over $25:


I like these two options from Target: Threshold Round Glass and Wood Dessert Stand, 12" Diameter, height is listed at 11 1/2" but I assume that includes the height of the dome and base or just the height of the dome?  It's not clear from the description. The shape of the base (below) gives this more of a country/Farmhouse look.   Price is $30 ($29.99) and free shipping:

Wayfair has this offering from Ivy Bronx, Modern Homestead Acacia Cake Stand, 12" diameter and 4 1/2" height, for $40 ($39.99) (free shipping on orders over $49): 


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