Not–So–Average Outdoor Essentials from Skeem
From deep in the woods to my balcony in the city, it's safe to say I love being outside in the summertime – especially in the evenings! What I'm not such a fan of are the massive amounts of mosquitos that also enjoy the outdoors, thus, my need for citronella candles! Naturally I don't have a problem with this as I already have an undying love for candles, but sometimes citronella candles are have such a strong, distinct scent they can be a little overpowering.
I had the opportunity to collaborate with Skeem Design a few months ago, and I'm so honored to bring them back to Pike Petals with some beautiful outdoor essentials! First, let's talk candles! These aren't your average citronella candles, people. Just look at them! Once lit, the only bugs you’ll see are the graphic ones silk-screened on these gorgeous matte white glass jars. Each candle has three wicks for maximum scent, keeping bugs at bay for up to 80 hours!
This is just your average night on the patio at our house! No evening is complete without wine, flowers and candles. Not only are they practical, but these candles are also perfect for creating some additional ambiance in the evening. I'm all about creating a relaxing environment at home. Each of the three scents – Eucalyptus, Grapefruit & Sea Salt – is so intoxicating, you'll forget they're for use outdoors and want to burn them inside!
I discovered this wine at Trader Joe's and was instantly hooked by the label. The great news is what's inside is equally as good! Adam and I use an app called Vivino to catalogue and rate all of the different wines we've tried, and this wine in particular has great reviews!
Another must-have from Skeem are their gorgeous Fireplace Match Bottles. They're a functional, yet sophisticated option for storing your matches, and feature silk-screened designs and a cork lid. As always, I'm a huge fan of Skeem's exclusive strike-on-bottle design, for lighting all 120 matches in style. My two favorite designs are Astronomy and Poetry.
Kota Bear was a great helper with my photoshoot at sunset! During the summertime we love to have bonfires in the backyard and these matchsticks are key in assisting with the ultimate summer s'more roasting station.
The Poetry design is silk-screened with a beautiful typewriter-style poem by Sean Kearney:
Nothing becomes familiar in the dark.
So be a flame. Be a flame, if only to evidence
time’s metronome, reacting to invisible tides,
leaning to the whims of any breeze of gravity.
Be a flame even if, and maybe especially,
if there are none. Be a flame even if only to
paint gold the faces of those who are closest.
Alight, our chests rise and fall the same.
Be a flame or at least be its student.
Learn the smoke: dissipate from the crown
of your head, fold your visible light
and float upward.
A huge thank you to Skeem for these beauties! Each and every product they create will make such a statement in your home, and believe me when I say your friends will be jealous! While you're picking up something for yourself, you better order a few extras as gifts. Long-live those warm summer nights, discussions by candlelight and star-filled skies.