Giveaway :: Mr. B’s Luminaries

Thursday, January 16, 2014


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Here at the BSP, we have a bit of a passion for gracefully repurposed goods. We also have a bit of a passion for people who create things out of pure love. The marriage of these two combined with fantastic design and bespoke products? Sheesh. It’s like we hit the lottery. Today’s giveaway is all about real, pure love for what you do. What better way could we represent this month’s theme?

Shem Gott is a husband and father living in Southern California who decided to repurpose his baby’s glass food jars by pouring wax into them to make candles. (Genius idea, yes?) Gott’s passion to create a cleaner burning candle turned his part time hobby into his full time passion and Mr. B’s Luminaries was born. Every candle is hand poured and every step from start to finish has that human touch that mass produced items just can’t give you. If you are anything like me, you feel that lighting a candle in your home is a ritualistic endeavor that brings peace and thoughtfulness into the home. To use a candle that inspires these emotions in its purest form just seems obvious. You can choose from candles with no fragrance oils added (my personal choice) or find one with an essential oil that gives you exactly the scent you need. Regardless, Mr. B’s Luminaries is a treasure.

Mr. B’s Luminaries is giving away one candle bundle (including one small, one medium, and one large candle) to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Thursday, January 23rd. Comments now closed…good luck!
Please visit Mr. B’s Luminaries and tell us: What is your favorite thing about your home? Is it the architecture, the smell, the daily routines you have constructed? Basically, we want to know why your house is your home.
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, January 27th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    rachel says:

    I love not having neighbors that I can hear – after years of apartment living, quiet is such a blessing.

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    natalie says:

    I love the style of our home! I have wanted creaky hardwood floors for a while now, and finally we have them. In a rental home, no less. We were fortunate to find the place!

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    Tiffany says:

    I love having a backyard to grow my own vegetables every year. If I could take over the entire backyard, I’d be even happier.

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    Kate B says:

    I love making it into exactly the home that is right for us. My husband found a fixer-upper and I was on board, though my lack of home-improvement know-how (luckily he’s got us covered) was vast. As we’ve slowly worked our way through the house, one bit at a time, I love watching it take shape to be the place I want to be. We’ve added our own unique style to everything, from a gorgeous Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired stained glass panel in the upstairs bathroom door (it’s made with opaque glass!) to a gorgeous vintage diamond pattern in hex tiles on the downstairs bathroom floor (paired with a stunning and bold wall color I never thought I’d have the balls to deploy), to a solid-wood convertible porch swing for relaxing in the evenings, every move we make gets us closer to the life we want to be living here, surrounded by touches that could only have come from our brains. It’s a phenomenal house and I can’t wait to see it grow even further through the years.

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    Pumpernickel says:

    I love the fingerprints on the windows and my husbands socks on the floor. I love the train set that never seems to be put away and the overflowing basket of baby toys in the corner. The little things that used to be annoying will tell our story in the pictures that we take and we will long for these days when our babies grow older. A little bit of a mess (not too much though!) says “home” to me.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    my house is my home not because of how it’s decorated or what stuff i fill it with, but because of my pets and my husband. i would feel at home anywhere so long as i have them with me. 

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    Jen says:

    Our house is home because it’s my refuge–I can come home and sink into my favorite people, kitties, and comfy blankets and let the cares of the world go away. Everything I bring into my home supports that…welcome!–you are loved, you are important, you are supported.

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    Shannon says:

    I love the memories we’ve made!

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    sam says:

    My three kids – it would just be a house without them to liven things up and keep me on my toes.  There is nothing quite like coming home at the end of the day and seeing them. 

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    Samantha S says:

    My rented apartment has become my home because of its character at sunrise and in the evening. My windows face east, so I get the undiluted California sun streaming in, and everything is golden just for a bit. In the evening, the apartment snuggles up–made possible by a pile of blankets on the couch, the books stacked on all available surfaces, and white christmas lights in the corner.

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    cindy says:

    I love having a yellow house. It just feels like sunshine whenever I arrive!

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    Charlotte D. says:

    That it is lived in. I don’t like it looking like a showroom.  I see toys on the floor and it makes me happy because that means my children are healthy and playing. I don’t mind the laundry or the dishes in the sink because it gives me purpose.  I like the noises because I  know I am surrounded by people I love. One day my children will be gone and it will be just my husband and I. I will truly miss the toys,laundry and lovely noise they make.

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    brittany o says:

    My favorite thing about our home is our success in melding design and decor with family-friendly elements and creating inviting spaces to encourage creativity and shared activities.

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    Valerie C. says:

    We’ve gone from a house to a condo until we relocate. I’ve learned something, it’s about the people. We are a little cramped, yet just as happy 🙂

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    Courtney J says:

    I like that my home has a lot of windows. It’s located at the end of a row of townhouses, and one side faces the sun when it rises in the morning, so it gets a good dose of sun every day.

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    Nikki says:

    My favorite thing about our home is that it is unique!  My father-in-law first built in 40yrs ago with free plans from the government and reclaimed materials. My husband started refurbishing it last fall and everything about it (including linens & furniture) has been touched, wired, plumbed, redone, painted, repaired, or made by a member of our family!

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    Lacey says:

    My favorite thing about our home is the love that is shared and the memories that are made. It is uniquely ours. Also, the backyard swing is definitely the most used thing in our home!

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    Carolsue says:

    I would also have to say because of the memories. We have lived in this house for 20 years, raised both kids here, had a number of cats and dogs — all kinds of things that inspire warm fuzzy memories. Plus, we have a lot of furniture and items from both sets of parents who have passed away, so even though it looks a little crowded, it’s still our home with memories of both our parents here.,

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    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    I love the colors…it’s so calming- we have browns and deep reds that just make it so soothing to be in. What really makes our home is the family -having everyone together gives joy nothing else could.

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    lulu says:

    I love my home’s energy. Its calm and quiet and a real haven from the outside world.

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    Sparrow says:

    I love my home because it is the realm of my kids’ childhood. It is their deep, dark forest, the rollicking high seas, the dusty plains of the old west, the crater-pocked luminosity of the moon, the inside of their acorn, their dragon’s cave, and their warm nest. It is a space of love, of gratitude, and of safety and I pray thy it will always, always feel that way to them. 

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    Joann says:

    My home is a reflection of my own personality and tastes. A little quirky, a little elegance, and a little bit of art and craft. I feel the most cozy when I am at home. My garden makes me calm and happy and the amount of light that enters my rooms provoke happy thoughts each day. 

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    Jenni says:

    It’s the feeling. That moment when I walk in the door after a long day at work and I feel absolute bliss at the hardwood floors under my feet, the comfy couch waiting for me to snuggle in, the puppies excited to see me and the warm comfy clothes I’m about to put on. It’s love and relaxation and contentment, and I love drinking it in and feeling how lucky I am to have such a wonderful place to call “home”.

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    Tiffany says:

    We recently moved out of an apartment and into the MIL/Basement of my grandparents home. This was also my childhood home so it felt like I was coming full circle by returning. It feels like home because this is where I grew up! And my wonderful grandparents are just upstairs so I can get all sorts of grandparent love anytime. It’s a blessing to share them, and my childhood home with my husband (and our little one on the way!).

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    Elizabeth says:

    This is a great question!  My daughter and I just got done housesitting for a month in a beautiful, huge, fancy house.  And it felt sad to come home to our tiny apartment where things get cluttered very quickly.  So I’ve been asking myself a lot about what makes this my home – especially as I long for the day when I have enough money to have a larger place and to have a nice home for my family.  This is what I think I’ve found:  my home is my home because I animate it.  Because I fill it with the colors that fill me.  (Blue, Green, Yellow, and White mainly) (I try to avoid black and dark brown furniture.)  Because I order things around the rhythm of my life, the furniture follows not just what I find beautiful, but inevitably, how I actually live.  My house reflects to me what my real practices are regardless of my ideals.  It’s a mirror if I’m brave enough to see it.

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    Lauren P says:

    My husband and I have been apartment-hopping (for far too long) as we try to find our first home. We’ve attempted to make each place our own and have discovered that the things we bring (furniture, decor, and each other) make every apartment feel like home. That, and the joy of getting home from work and putting on lounge pants. 

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    Emma L says:

    I love that you can see the sky from anywhere in the house – even the windowless little hallway in the middle of the house! The floor plan is not open concept (it was built in the 1930s when walls were still loved) but somehow there is visual access to the outside from wherever you stand. It makes me feel more integrated in the natural world, somehow, and makes me appreciate this wonky old house more and more every day.

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    Jennifer says:

    We knew as soon as we walked into our house that it was the one we wanted. We made an offer on the spot and never looked back. The house had been on the market for 3 years and the price had been cut in half. We just knew that it had been waiting for us!
    Since it was a short sale, though, we waited 223 days to close after making an offer. So many times we thought the deal would fall through, but it never did. After leaving the closing without actually closing (because the bank wasn’t ready), we were called back and were finally able to close. We adore our home and it was worth the wait!

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    Lisa says:

    It is the place my boyfriend and I moved into together. It is also the place where new memories are built and where our relationship has grown deeper. Each room of our apartment has special memories that we’ve shared with each other and with our friends. These memories will last my lifetime.

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    Joren Robles says:

    My bed and the man in it;)