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Round Up – Brass Candle Holders

Warm toned metals are a welcomed trend that has continued to grow over the last couple of years. In both home and fashion you can clearly see this theme gaining momentum. Fortunately, it’s very easy to introduce touches of brass, gold and copper through fixtures, hardware and decor items to add warmth throughout your home. In this Round Up I have featured beautiful, easy to find, collections of brass candle holders that have been creatively curated and displayed.



Links from Top, Left to Right:

⨠ Brass Taper Centerpiece – Bridal Musings
⨠ Vintage Brass Set via Camille Styles
⨠ Beach Centerpiece via Style Me Pretty photography by Kurt Boomer
⨠ Moss and Brass Tapers via frksötsur tumblr
⨠ Taper Holder on Farmhouse table Sunday Suppers
⨠ Candlesticks on Mantle In The Fields
⨠ Dipped Brass Taper Holders Inspired by Charm
⨠ Ornate Centerpiece via Style Me Pretty photography by Kurt Boomer

Most of these sets are vintage brass candle holders that have been grouped together for a dramatic effect. I love how unified the mismatched pieces look by keeping the set in a common brass tone. I also think it helps to stick with a polished finished or a vintage patina. This allows you to mix styles of vintage and new, traditional and contemporary and even, short and tall. You can go as eclectic as you like!

Once you’ve gathered a nice assortment you can display them throughout your home. They look fantastic as a centerpiece, especially for a holiday table. Use them to highlight your fireplace mantle, coffee table, console or bookshelf for instant charm.

Below are some brass candle holders available in my Etsy shop. I try to keep an assortment stocked but they tend to sell pretty quickly. I add new brass items weekly so if these are sold out check back later for fresh stock!



Once you get started on your brass candle holder collection keep adding to it! Raid Granny’s attic or check out local garage sales for unique brass treasures!


Hey Hi Goods, Vintage Wares, Etsy Shop Relaunch

Wow! I’ve seriously disappeared since last Fall! Not sure how I get so derailed but I’ve definitely missed tinkering around here on my site. At least I have a new project to show for my down time! I recently relaunched my Etsy shop to sync up with Hey Hi Blog! My old shop was named HomeRoomStudio. I really did love it and I’m more than a little sad to see it go.

For HRS I designed and created fiber arts and accessories that utilized vintage and upcycled materials. I carried handmade items like Embroidery Hoop Art and Jersey Knit Scarves with fiber art pins. I hit 100 sales within my first couple of quarters and then my studio flooded….I had to shut down the shop while we dealt with the mess.

Hey Hi Goods, formerly Home Room Studio

I switched my inventory over to digital downloadable art and let it be.

Hey Hi Goods, formerly Home Room Studio

During that time I thought about what my next move should be. I definitely missed my shop and I missed scouting for my vintage and upcycled materials. I decided I would like to carry inventory that didn’t require such a dedicated studio work space but still allowed me to sell what I loved.

I’m pleased to announce that HomeRoomStudio has officially been relaunched as Hey Hi Goods! The new shop carries mostly vintage housewares along with a few jersey knit scarves and digital prints like the ones shown above.

Hey Hi Goods Shop Relaunch

The inventory is still growing and I eventually want to offer a few handmade goods again but I’m trying to keep the operation small and nimble. I may add my handmade items on a seasonal basis so make sure the check the shop this Fall!

So far I love photographing and staging all my items and giving them shiny new make overs. Check out the shop and tell me what you think!

Hey Hi Goods Vintage ShopTo learn more about the shop and my love for vintage goods check out my About Page on Etsy.


Vintage Wooden Bowls


Thrifted_WoodBowls_InspirationIt’s hard to deny the natural beauty of these vintage wooden bowls. Whether they’re large rustic dough bowls or rich hued salad bowls they lend a simple, traditional element to your modern day home. Yet, it’s easy to see why these types of bowls are no longer common. They require care and upkeep to maintain their gorgeous luster and condition. If you’re like me, non-dishwasher safe items are cringe worthy and the art of seasoning a wooden bowl is an enigma wrapped in mystery. However, in kinda, related news, I’ve been steering away from non-stick cookware, due to reports of cooties and what-not. I recently inherited an amazing set of my late Nana’s cast iron pans…my sister got her giant dough bowl, D’OH! (see what I did there?) Alas, these are also non-dishwasher safe BUT are so amazing to cook with. Once you brush up on your cast iron care and maintenance, clean up is a cinch and the benefits are plentiful. In fact, I may do a separate post on those beauties down the road. Now BACK to the bowls. I figured if I can maintain cast iron cookware I can tackle some vintage wooden bowls as well. The pieces above were my inspirations when I was searching for my set.

Here are the wooden bowls I managed to score at my local thrift shop:


These were photographed “as-is”. I mean, I have done NOTHING to them….er, I should probably at least give them a good wipe down. No worries, I have displayed them safely away from all food on some shelves until I figure out how to condition and care for them. I’m looking for a very simple “food grade” option that’s low maintenance and readily available. So far these sound appealing.

Natural Wood Rub
natural wood rub

Spoon Butter
spoon butter

Pure Coconut Oil
coconut oil wood conditioner






Finding a good bargain is always a rush, but guys, I scored all these for only $6 bucks! The most expensive one of the lot was only 99 cents! Now, to be fair, they’ve been used-by-god-knows-who and I have no idea how old/new they are but, they fit the bill, and now I don’t have to worry so much about potentially ruining them.

I may not be brave enough to serve up soup and salad in these but once I get them cleaned and polished maybe I’ll start with some chips or dinner rolls and see how that goes. If anything, they look very classy hanging out on my shelves so, there’s that.

Thrift shopping not your thing? Check out these options available online. Links below.


Top Row: From Etsy, Left, Right

Middle Row: From Amazon, Left, Right

Bottom Row: From World Market, Left, Right