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Here is a little trick I learned when I worked my short stint at Anthropologie. They usually have 8-10 candles going on throughout the whole store. That is why it smells so good when you walk in there. First buy a yummy candle, next buy a cheap glass hurricane, mine is from Target. Then go to Whole Foods and buy a pound or two of pretty seeds or grains. I love the look, a much different feel than using the usual sand or rocks. If you want to get more funky use: Lemonheads or sugar cubes.

  1. Laura

    September 8, 2008

    That’s a terrific idea–thanks for sharing! I think grains are utterly charming.

  2. Chloe

    September 8, 2008

    Ooooo, love that. Really, this is one of the main reasons that I love anthropologie so much – it smells so darn good in there.

    I plan to copy your idea, just so you know…:)

  3. Anonymous

    September 8, 2008

    what is the trick?

  4. teri

    September 9, 2008

    I have gone crazy for Fall scents the last week or so, and I’m going to have to give your idea a try. Grains are great for Fall and I’m sure there are lots of other ideas….I just need creative people like yourself to come up with them for me. 🙂

  5. Janaan

    September 9, 2008

    Are you doing that just for looks or does it enhance the smell or something?

  6. Amanda Conley

    September 9, 2008

    I love this too…I like coffee beans…

  7. Anonymous

    September 9, 2008

    I think she’s saying the secret to Anthro’s constant good smell is from lots of lit candles. (am I right, Jordan?)

  8. jordan

    September 9, 2008

    The trick, at least it was new to me, is the idea of using different and unique materials under the candle.

  9. I *Heart* You

    September 9, 2008

    i’ve done this with uncooked rice and received an insane number of compliments on it.

    oh- and i LOVE that candle!!! it smells yummy!

  10. Ellen

    September 9, 2008

    i noticed that they always do have those candles burning. I love the smell of that one!

    ironically the other day, while checking out, my boyfriend was looking around the register area and saw the ceilings and asked “it looks like they’ve had a fire in here” since all the vents had smoke stains. lol.

  11. Catherine Haskew

    September 10, 2008

    I just posted that about wanting to buy that very candle! Thanks for the fresh idea on how to showcase it!

  12. Melissa

    September 10, 2008

    For a brief, embarrassing time I sold home goods via a Home Show type business.

    I once did this with split peas in one of the hurricanes I sold and the response was comical. The gasps and general WOW! of the crowd made me laugh.


    I wasn’t very good at selling things at Home Shows.

  13. The Pissed Off Bride

    September 10, 2008

    Thanks for sharing.Not only will I use this for around my house, I can use this for the bathrooms at my wedding venue.

  14. Jen

    September 11, 2008

    I love this idea and use it for holidays too. Candy corns for the fall, espom salts for winter, candy hearts for February… My kids love it!

    Loving your blog. Found you from Tangled & True.

  15. Erin

    September 12, 2008

    I’ve used green and yellow split peas before too! I love how it looks. Definitely a good way to switch things up.

  16. Debbie

    October 3, 2008

    I loved this fun and easy decorating idea. I posted it on my own blog today and just thought I’d send a quick thank you!

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