Chicks Chatting Vintage with the Media

With all the excitement that took place leading up to the Vancouver Home + Design Show this month, we Chicks had a few opportunities to chat with media about vintage decor and how to bring it home. We were rocking the HGTV Main Stage at the Home + Design show, chatting about 'Living With Vintage' to show-goers, and also designed the feature installation at the show, The PreLoved Lounge, under the same principles. As many of you know, vintage finds hold a significant place in our design philosophy, and it was a total blast to share that on such a broad platform. Want to see us in TV action and get the tips we shared? Check out these media segments with the links below! These recent clips highlight our time with Colleen Christie down at CTVBC studios for the News at Noon segment, as well as our interview with Johanna Ward and the Go! Vancouver crew as we walked them through the PreLoved Lounge!

http://youtu.be/Ccq6mbhqw0o

http://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1023501&playlistId=1.1496810&binId=1.1184694&playlistPageNum=1

See you soon! xo, The Chicks.

a scented story

As the transition from Summer into Fall begins, we Chicks have found ourselves coveting comfort decor pieces, particularly the wide variety of beautifully packaged and scented candles gracing the shelves of local shops like Anthropologie, The Cross and West Elm. Now that we are shutting our doors and windows a little earlier in the evenings and the natural fragrance of the summer has faded, we’re yearning for warmth and sweet smells - and these chic candle collections are definitely filling that void. While we would love to shop til our hearts’ content, there are simply too many lovely choices to have them all. We decided to look at how we can have a full roster of light + scent at home, without breaking the bank. Turns out a little time and a trip to Michaels (and the thrift store) was just the trick - we made our own! For under $50 (and less than an hour) we have a fab little set of naturally scented candles to fill our shelves.

Aligning with our feature in today's 24 Hours newspaper, here’s our super simple DIY to having your own collection - give it a go; draw yourself a bath or grab your fave read, light ‘em up and enjoy!

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 STEP 1

What you’ll need from a craft store: two packages of candle wax (we opted for soy to keep it au natural), candle wicks, natural scent blocks and a thermometer.

What you’ll need from a thrift shop (or your cupboards!): various pretty dishes or vases to create the candles in.

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 STEP 2

Using a double boiler and a medium heat on your stovetop, dump all the candle wax into the bowl; stir as it melts to ensure an even melt and to prevent burning.

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 STEP 3

Watch your thermometer, and heat the melted wax to 160 to 180 degrees.

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 STEP 4

Slice the natural scent blocks into thin wedges to allow for a faster melt into the wax.

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 STEP 5

Add the sliced blocks to the liquid wax; once it is also melted, lower the heat to achieve a temperature of 125 degrees. Don’t be afraid to mix the blocks to create your own custom scent (our fave was a blend of honeysuckle and lavender).

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 STEP 6

Trim the wicks to a height just lower than your various containers (about a 1/2” lower than the rim).

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 STEP 7

Dip the metal weighted end of the wick into the liquid wax, and then plant firmly in the bottom of the containers; as the thin layer of wax melts, it will affix the wick to the base of the jar.

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 STEP 8

Pour the liquid wax into the various containers, being careful not to spill on the outside of the jars (it leaves a film that is hard to remove and looks less pretty). If the wick has moved at all during this step, reposition it while the wax is still liquid.

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 STEP 9

Let the wax sit for about an hour (depending on the container size) then “dress” your vases as desired. We left the glass votives and vintage tea cup as-is, but opted for a vintage leather tie and charm for the mason jar. Stage up your shelves with these pretty little pieces, and it’s time to enjoy!

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