Choosing the Right Candle: Caring for Your Candle and Fragrance Oils vs Essential Oils

JenSan Duotone Decorative Pillar Candles

One of the reasons that led to Jennifer and I starting JenSan was our love of scented candles.  We both purchased so many of them on a regular basis that Jennifer decided to try her hand at making her own.  She was very successful and after great positive response from family and friends, we decided to launch JenSan Candles.

Using Ceramics to Accent Your Home Decor

Image credit: laures / 123RF Stock PhotoPottery is one of the world's oldest art forms having been around since the time of the cave man.  In fact,  you can tell the history of the world through pottery as many artisans throughout time— including the ancient Egyptians, Romans, Mayans, and other civilizations recorded the life of their times in ceramics and clay.  They also used ceramics in their home decor just as we do today.

Ceramic pieces such as canisters, mugs and plates are not just great for drinking your tea or coffee and storing your pasta and sugar.  When displayed, they also make wonderful accents to your decor.

Welcome your guests with a beautiful vase filled with flowers in the foyer; Display a beautiful clay plate on your mantel and make it a focal point in the room’s decor; Use a canister set to hold various food items and display them on your kitchen counter top; Hang a set of colorful mugs on a mug tree and use them to accent your kitchen decor.  These are just a few ways to use ceramics to add interest and color to a room.

You can go to chain stores like Target and Walmart and buy assembly line manufactured pieces for your home and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.  Jennifer and I, like many others, have such pieces in our home and they look lovely on display.  We also have some beautifully crafted handmade pieces that we have picked up over the years.  The love and skill of the artisans who created the pieces makes them extra special.

I've selected nine fabulous pieces below for you to preview but you can find many more on Etsy, the place for all things handmade.




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Credits from top to bottom:

Woman at pottery wheel: Image credit: laures / 123RF Stock Photo

Four artistic ceramic soup mugs with handles by Blue Sky Pottery Company

2 Cup Tea Pot – Rich Buttery Turquoise glaze by DanSaultman

Dark Honey Glaze Flower Vase by Darshan Pottery

Little ceramic jar in white with rose and pink dots by Lofficina

Raku Sacred Geometry Handmade Ceramic Pottery by DeBaun Fine Ceramics

Malmsey Mambo ceramic bowl by LusterWear

Ceramic Bowl with Bunny Painting by Pottery Lodge

Statement Mosaic Belt Buckle – 3″ Round Clay Tile, Pearl Mosaic and Leather Belt by Romy and Clare

Pair of Handmade Nesting Serving Bowls by Sawyer Ceramics


9 Enticing Candle Scents For Summer

Scented candles are traditionally associated with the fall and winter seasons but they are great all year round.  In fact, some of the most enticing aromas are found during the summer months.  From scents like sun-kissed kiwi mango to a lush rose garden , these candles will fill your home with the inviting bouquets of paradise.  Here are 9 of our favorite summer scents from JenSan
Citron Splash Soy Candle with essential oilsHawaiian Breeze Pillar CandleCoconut Creme Soy Candle
Cucumber Cantaloupe Pillar CandleCucumber Cantaloupe Kiwi Mango
Mandarin Grapefruit Soy CandleLuscious Pomegranate Pillar CandleParadise Soy Candle

Rustic Home

Rustic Home

Brown floor lamp

Fireplace accessory

Foreside frame

Buccellati fireplace accessory

Crystal vase

Linea throw pillow $32 -

Home decor

Throw pillow

Multiyork accent chair $930 -

Braun sofa $3,840 -

Accent table $430 -

Flea Markets: Weekend Bargain Hunting

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If you are looking for a good bargain, there's nothing more pleasurable than spending part of the weekend wandering through the nearest farmers market, craft fair or flea market.  You can buy fresh fruits and vegetables, support local artists and if you are really, really lucky, you could be the one to discover a true treasure that's worth a few thousand dollars or that actually belongs in a museum!  I guess such finds is the dream of most flea market hunters.

Sandra and I love to visit flea markets. We have been lucky enough to find some wonderful chandeliers, a couple of arm chairs for our living room, some paintings and more.  We've never made that great discovery but we love the treasures we've found over the years.

Image credit: oralleff / 123RF Stock Photo

If you love a good bargain and you're  looking for something to do this weekend, stop by your local flea market.  We've found links to some of the best from across the country  just for you.

Happy Hunting!

Brooklyn Flea, NYC and Pennsylvania



Pike Place Market, Seattle Washington

Written by Jennifer

Fall Home Preview from Etsy

Fall Wooden Stacker by Fayes Attic Fall Wooden Stacker by Fayes Attic


Autumn, my favorite season of the year is fast approaching.   Jennifer hopes it will take a bit longer to come because she loves summer but it can't get here fast enough for me.  I love the sights, the smells, the colors and of course the fashions. As I was driving home last night, I realized that the trees had a yellow hue and are already slowly changing.  There is a street in our neighborhood where the trees overhang and walking or driving down it is like being in the south.  It looks truly beautiful in the fall with the many variations of color in the leaves. We lost a few during Hurricane Sandy last year but there are still enough for a beautiful photo which I will take and share with you when the leaves have fully turned. Over the next few weeks, Jennifer and I look forward to sharing some of our fall finds with you.  Today we start off with finds for the home.

Set of Four Bud Vases by Lynettes Art

Set of Four Bud Vases by Lynettes Art

Another thing I like about the fall are the beautiful decorations and the many opportunities to entertain such as harvest time, Halloween and Thanksgiving—just to name a few.  Shopping for seasonal decorations and entertaining accessories for these special occasions can be very time consuming.  One of the best online places to shop for the items on your list is Etsy.   You can find almost everything you will need on the site and best of all, the items are mostly all handmade by the artisans so you know that there is wonderful attention to detail paid to the creation of each item. I peruse the site and found a few items to inspire you in your search and you can find many more here

Wooden Nesting Bowls by Wind and Willow Home

Pumpkin Jack and Friend by JD Conwell

Autumn Pumpkin Gourds Photo by Shadetree Photography

Natural Woodland Wreath by Forevermore1

Autumn Napkin Rings by Lolly’s Cubby Hole
Set of 2 Color Block Pillows by Home Inc

The Mermaid’s Grotto

Sheila Bridges is one of my favorite interior designers so I really enjoyed reading this feature on her in the New York Times. The designer Sheila Bridges in the Harlem apartment that has become her calling card.

Decorating with Color: Tips from BHG

With an almost infinite roster of color options, it can be a challenge to winnow down a palette to the right hues. Learn how to develop your eye for color and pick out the best colors for your decorating with these designer tips courtesy of Better Homes and Garden. START RIGHT Start with a color you love. Even if it?s not a trend at the moment, it will always be on trend in a space that resonates with you. —Khristian A. Howell, textile designer and color expert NATURE’S COLORS What’s more livable than the colors found right outside your back door? Look to earthy, natural colors — blues, greens, beige, and taupe — when choosing color for your rooms.—Sehra Han, designer

JenSan's Exotic and Enticing Jasmine Soy Candle

This popular soy candle is scented with the soft yet evocative scent of the jasmine flower. With its sweet, rich floral notes, this candle has a bright exotic oriental feel that is also very soothing and energetic.