This time of year always makes me want to be winding the day down on a beach in Nantucket or California. Friends piled on a blanket with drinks, kids running in the sand, sun setting on the ocean, bonfire beginning to burn. While my sundown reality is much more about the daycare dash and dinnertime craze, the power of smell is a beautiful thing. The "Beach Fire" candle at Brown & Greene Floral is so transporting, it conjures all this up in one smell. I've bought nearly a dozen so far for family and friends—since they're $10 a pop or three for $25 it's a great idea to stock up for hostess gifts (they'll even wrap them individually!).
Beyond the beach, the wall of candles at B&G includes a gazillion scents from peony and pineapple to tomato and lemongrass. It's just one of the well-decorated vignettes in this little shop that's bursting with good decor ideas and gifts. And we love that little welcome wagon out front.