Everyday Art: Luxury Spanish Porcelain Brand, LLadro, Brings Creative Pedigree to Lifestyle Products

As a self-confessed homebody, having nice things at home means a lot to me. A gorgeous piece of art makes the home look more inviting, a boutique candle makes the home smell more inviting – you know what I mean. It’s the little things that create a space that’s expressive of who we are. So naturally I was excited when Lladro invited me to swing by their boutique on Madison Avenue. Lladro is a Spanish luxury porcelain brand that are widely known for their creative, classic, and completely collectible creations. Lladro porcelain pieces are painstakingly handcrafted, and are collected around the world for their beauty and craftsmanship. As much as I loved looking at Lladro’s ceramic artwork, I was there to check out their Home Fragrances Collection.

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The Lladro Home Fragrances Collection consists of a core Heavenly Dreams candle and diffuser selection, a signature nose candle, and a signature Volutes candle.

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Each of Lladro’s Heavenly Dreams candles feature a ceramic angel figurine on the lid, they come in three poses: Thinking of You, Dreaming of You, and Missing You – which translates into the angel folding its arms, leaning on its arms, or waiting expectantly. I love this detail so much, it really ties the candles into the mother brand. You’re basically buying a small Lladro creation.

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The Heavenly Dreams candles are all inspired by the Mediterranean and the brand’s creative universe, and the scents include: Gardens of Valencia, Mediterranean Beach, A Secret Orient, Tropical Blossoms, and last but not least, I love You, Mom.

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I couldn’t actually pick a favorite, but if I had too I’d choose Tropical Blossoms and Mediterranean Beach which are both so lovely. Mediterranean Beach has an orange blossom and woody tone, but it’s very fresh and transformative as a home scent. Tropical Blossoms, which is the scent I ended up picking, is a floral perfume of Italian mandarin and frangipani, with the tropical fragrance of benjoin. I didn’t even know what benjoin was until I burned this candle, then I was all obsessed by finding other fragrances with it. It’s basically a balsamic resin taken from the bark of specific trees, it has quite a distinctive smell.

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All of the Heavenly Dreams candles burn for up to 45 hours, the diffusers have a duration of up to three months, and the Nose and Volutes candles last up to 35 hours.  Once you’re done burning them, you can absolutely reuse these for cotton balls or to hold your makeup brushes on your vanity.

I’m not going to lie, the boutique kind of feels like an art museum. I learned so much about their process – like how pieces like this equestrian number can take a number of artists to create. Each layer – from color to accessories to glaze – will require it to be re-fired in the kiln. Another cool fact? When Lladro releases a limited edition item, they will make the set number of that item and then actually break the mold. Yep, breaking the mold ensures that no other replica can be made – it really asserts that collectors are indeed investing in a unique piece.

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Speaking of unique, the lighting! I could not get over how gorgeous they were. Lladro lighting definitely falls into the realm of luxury, with prices ranging into the tens of thousands of dollars. But a girl can dream, and this girl is dreaming of their Niagara Chandelier’s. They use optic fibers to suspend painstakingly crafted porcelain fairies or foliage. The light travels down the fiber and illumiates the ceramic creations, creating a breathtaking sort of Midsummer’s Eve-type effect. You can also bend the fibers yourself, cracking them and creating fissures for the light to catch along the fiber. Boy, if I had a spare 50k!

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Between the gorgeous lighting, contemporary and charming Animal Heroes collection, their work with artists, and their amazing Home Fragrances Collection, Lladro is not just your grandmother’s ceramic brand! It’s an innovative lifestyle one too!

To find out more about Lladro’s Home Fragrances Collection or their other products watch the video above, then click here!

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Ode à la Rose Giveaway!

I’ve always adored fresh flowers. To me, they are one of the best ways to express one’s love, or thanks. I grew up with fresh flowers constantly around the house- my dad would buy my mom bouquet’s all throughout the year, and me and my sister would excitedly arrange them in my mom’s crystal vase that she had gotten as a wedding present. My mom taught me at an early age the joy that sending a dozen roses can bring- to both the recipient and sender.

To this day my dad still buys my mom dozen’s of roses, however, I’m old enough to acknowledge that my flower arranging skills are lackluster to say the least. Since, then I’ve developed a liking for tastefully arranged bouquets- which, if you live in NYC, can be extremely pricey. So when Ode à la Rose approached me about offering a giveaway to NYC Talon readers- I was more than thrilled to get to share an opportunity to receive or send fresh flowers with one lucky winner! 

Ode à la Rose is a luxury online rose delivery boutique catering to the Metro NYC area that offers beautifully curated bouquets at mid-level pricing. That means you get gorgeous hand crafted bouquets, with every personal touch of a mom and pop type shop, at competitive prices.

Started in April of 2011 by two Parisian bankers-turned-florists, Olivier Plusquellec and Louis Brunet, Ode à la Rose has brought the refreshing modern-classic Parisian way of sending flowers to the big apple. Recognizing the city’s need for boutique level perfectly cut roses, each bouquet is hand-tied and delivered on the same day.

Personally, I flat out love the packaging and presentation of Ode à la Rose’s bouquets. Plus, their bouquets are all handcrafted and designed by their in-house French Florist-Designer. Add in real-time photo follow-up with the purchaser (so you know exactly what is being sent), and you’ve got a seriously luxurious online delivery floral service.

Now for the giveaway, Ode à la Rose would like to offer one lucky NYC Talon reader a rose bouquet of a dozen roses in any of the six color variations that they offer (red, yellow, white, pink, mixed, or gold)- delivered to any location in Manhattan, with a retail value of $60!

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