Matters of the home

Holly StarIt’s always nice when you come across a unique product by chance. Flipping through a magazine one day, I read about Matter & Home, a company specialising in small homewares, in particular, candles that are charged with intention – Strength, Courage, Propserity and Strength, to name a few. As someone who is an advocate positive thinking, charged intention and manifestation (with participation from yourself), I was intrigued.

And in the words of its owner, Holly Star, Matter & Home is also a concept, which brings these wares into the home in a way that encompasses how we think of products and personal growth. “It’s a relationship to how we use objects and how we interact with personal items with meaning and how we think and connect.”

In this interview, she reveals a very holistic, self-reflective approach to daily life.

I came across your products by chance in a magazine, and a celebrity had mentioned she loved your candles. I was intrigued by the fact that they’re charged with particular purposes and are blessed. Tell me a bit about what makes your candles different to other offerings?      

They are soy candles with glass engravings and cotton and paper wicks. They are based on specific oils that have energetic qualities that house and facilitate movement of a particular intention. We also say prayers and blessings for each person to receive exactly what it is they need, i.e. the Fearless Candle is a base of frankincense to clear lower energies and promote meditative qualities while sandalwood is grounding and birch holds the space of courage to overcome that which the fear is connecting to. Prayers to overcome any fear or doubts you may have in going forward, and for what most wants to happen.

Some have gem or flower essences to have subtle undertones, which I believe to be like vehicles or carriers that once lit, pass through the air, and this is where intentions, or letting go comes in.

Matter & Home by Holly Star

How did you fall into making candles that are tailored this way?

Haaa. Honestly I don’t know! I think it came from a need from my clients. I travel a lot with work (as a consultant/­intuitive) and seeing a need to let people progress deeper and have a personal connection to their growth, I decided I wanted to give a physical object to connect and represent that process.

How do you decide on the elements of a candle? E.g. Strength, courage, etc.    

It mostly came from meditations, and seeing what people needed the most in their lives.

What are your biggest sellers?

It changes as people change I think, right now I would say Vitality and Fearless.

Have you got more candles to come?

Too many! I have some new ideas without images or engraved words so its not as direct but still has deep prayer and blessings in them. So they are more adaptable for all people.

You also offer other items. How do they complement your primary offerings? 

The lunar tables are great for charging items you may use and help with dreams. They were taken off of certain lunar phases for receiving clarity and as I call them ‘visionary dreams’. The medicinal boxes I use for my meditation. I set them each day when I wake up and it keeps my central priorities easier to focus on and feel supported with. Like if you were to open the part of the box with the herbs that represent relationship and you are looking for new connections you would also use the Friendship or Love candle to help support follow through.

What’s next for Matter and Home?

I have been developing things like smaller wooden items for jewelry ­to charge your personal items as you go out into the world. They are what stay on your body and with you throughout the day. Also I’ve designed a coffee table that looks just as is but transforms into a meditation table. There is a desire to move into different household items such as bedding and trying to encompass all lifestyle items, so we can transform our homes into supportive environments on all levels.