By Guest Blogger, Julee Morrison of Mommy’s Memorandum
Claire Burke is an incredible place to start filling your home with beauty and fragrance. With scents that seem to waif through the air this time of year and beyond. Slice of Spice, O Christmas Tree, Tropical Flowers, Vanilla Bean, Wild Cotton and our new favorite, AppleJack and Peel. It’s the beauty of bringing scents that remind us memories and generate new beginnings. It’s simply Claire Burke.
When we received our AppleJack and Peel candle, my family oohed and aahed. It is indeed striking. A pristine white candle infused with apple slices, cinnamon sticks and green leaves make for a beautiful display piece. In fact, it was so impressive that has The Divine Miss M helped set up for her Winter Wonderland Tea Party, she disappeared and returned with the Claire Burke AppleJack and Peel Candle to use as the Snowman’s hat in her cupcake centerpiece. When her father pointed out it was square and the base of the snowman’s head was round, she looked at him and said, “Yeah. So?” Obviously she knows a lot about decorating because as the guests arrived, the mom’s took a moment to pick up and smell the candle professing it was “incredible” and “I love this!”
Claire Burke has outdone themselves in all areas. The Peel is an endangered candle at our house. It sits in our foyer, greeting guests. A couple of times my husband has gotten out the Bic, but my children come running begging him to save the candle. He’s tried to explain that if we light it the smell will infuse throughout our home, but they will have none of it. They love the beauty of the candle. They love picking it up and holding it and then inhaling as deep as possible to extract the delicious smell it holds.
Candles are a part of our home. I love their beauty but after experiencing Claire Burke I realize there is more than a color scheme or scent. A candle can be a display of beauty. A conversation starter. Claire Burke is unique and truly adds new charm to our home.
While we have not lit the Claire Burke AppleJack and Peel candle, I don’t think we are the exception. After all, their slogan is decorate with fragrance. This we are doing and I think it adds a bit of charm to our home, and even without a flame flickering in its center, it is a wonderful smell that warrants compliments from nearly everyone who enters our home.
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By Alicia Thompson, Claire Burke® Staff Writer
This year, I’ve done quite a bit of travel and mostly for business. When I’m on the road, I like to make my hotel feel as homey as possible and I’ve come to rely on some key items that can quickly turn any old hotel room into a friendly and cozy environment.
- The quickest way for me to do that is with a light mist of fragrance. The Mini Home Spray from the Claire Burke gift set is a perfect size for travel, and immediately clears out that “just sanitized” feeling.
- Set out a photo. I miss home when I’m away and it’s a nice feel-good memento to have a small photo of my husband and 2 “fur-kids” on the nightstand. Print a 4×6 and have it laminated or slide into a small plastic photo frame. I keep mine in the top pocket of my suitcase, and set it out as I’m unpacking.
- Put on a pair of plush travel socks to relax in. Your feet will thank you, and the plush feeling will remind you more of home than an easy to clean carpet for the hotel. Broken Hallelujah on Etsy sells a cute pair of Mary Jane Slipper Socks here.
- When I come back to the room after a long day, I light a small candle in my favorite scent. I have 1 or 2 Applejack and Peel Travel Tins stashed in my suitcase at all times. It’s easy to keep a small book of matches right in the top of the tin so I’m always prepared.
The only thing that’s left to do is hit up the vending machines for ice and a ginger-ale and I’m all set. For more interesting information about ways to enjoy or embark on a trip of your own, check out this great book by Beth Whitman called The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo. Happy travels!
by Kathleen G., Claire Burke® Guest Blogger
Did you know there was a real person named Claire Burke? She was an interior designer of the country’s most prestigious homes in the southeast. Claire Burke turned a love for flowers and herbs into a business. She began mixing dried flowers and herbs in her bathtub and back porch and eventually moved her operations to an old brick house. Her own combinations of botanical elements and complex fragrances became her trademark, and it can become yours too.
I love how potpourri has changed over the years. Now the botanicals in potpourri are “chunky” and visually very interesting in shape, texture and color. I buy all the new Claire Burke scents that are introduced and try them in different rooms of my home. As you know, the scent of potpourri does not last forever, thus, I use refresher oils to boost the fragrance impact again. I’m a saver, so when the scent has dissipated, I put my favorite botanical elements in a zip lock bag and save them for another time.
- As the seasons change I create my own potpourri blends using my favorite botanical shapes, colors and textures that I have collected. As the season transitioned from summer to fall harvest this year, I created my own blend of potpourri using botanicals from 2 different Claire Burke blends, and added some plastic blackberries. I used refresher oil from last year’s fall fragrance Blackberry Cassis to refresh this potpourri.
- Now that fall is upon us, I have changed my décor to reflect fall harvest using pumpkins, gourds, corn, and a variety of botanical elements from previous years Pumpkin Strudel potpourri and Applejack & Peel Potpourri. I used an oversized Claire Burke potpourri plate from years ago to create my “cornucopia” of fall goodies and have scented it this year with Slice of Spice refresher oil. Yummie!
- Be creative, break the rules, and have fun with color and shapes. Don’t just pour the potpourri in the bowl and call it good. Arrange the pieces so you have interesting shapes together, group botanicals in threes to be artistic, and place botanicals so your arrangement has dimension.
- Try this! I have a glass martini mixer that I never use, so I pulled it out of my china cabinet and filled it with fall leaves and Pumpkin Strudel potpourri botanicals that I saved from last year. The large botanicals, especially pine cones, are perfect for absorbing the refresher oil and making a lasting scent. So be creative, and make it your way!
- Two years ago I made place cards for my Thanks-giving table entirely made from various pieces of potpourri!