If you’re anything like us, you’ll know that a good scented candle is one of life’s most indulgent little pleasures. Unfortunately, so many look and smell the same, use harmful ingredients like paraffin wax and come in cheap pots that are hardly inspiring. So thank goodness for Nette: a clean and sustainable candle brand that uses coconut-soy wax, the best fragrance houses in the world and Italian blown-glass vessels you’ll want to keep long after the wick has burned down. New Yorker Carol Han Pyle founded the business (without outside investment) as she felt the industry was due a shift to something better – and we have to say, she’s nailed it. Here, she lets us in on the secrets to her success, including good family, a tip-top morning routine and chocolate every day. Now that’s something we can get on board with…
A cast iron Dutch oven by Great Jones.
I love Alison Roman’s cookbooks – her recipes work really well and are unfailingly delicious, and her newsletter is both useful and highly entertaining. I also love all of Julia Turshen’s cookbooks.
A cold pressed green juice and whatever fruit is in season. I want to say homemade bone broth, because that’s always the goal, but I’m working on that one!
I spent my birthday in Napa, California a few years ago and went to SingleThread Farms for my birthday dinner. It was so incredible – the farm has three Michelin stars, so I knew the food was going to be outstanding, but the staff made it extra special. Every single person signed a gorgeous birthday card for me and sent me home with seeds, so that I could plant wasabi arugula in my own garden.
Take a sip of coffee, light a candle, and start responding to emails.
A great bottle of champagne!
I’m staying at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles as I type. I’ll probably have dinner here at their restaurant tonight and order their chicken pot pie, which is one of the best iterations of that dish I’ve ever had.
When I was in Tokyo a couple of years ago, we went to a very renowned sushi restaurant where people were ordering the live shrimp. I won’t eat anything that’s still moving!
Oprah – I think she’d be the life of the party and the most interesting conversationalist, obviously!
My family (including my two pups) and my friends. I got so lucky with the people and animals in my life – they’re what I cherish most.
Chocolate – I have it every day. And instant ramen, which I never eat, but think about often.
A host who doesn’t seem to be having fun!
Launching Nette with no outside investment.
A great bottle of wine and, of course, a candle!
I love a woven placemat in a pretty shape, so the Conchita placemats are heaven to me. I’d pair them with a pretty tablecloth, like this olive-printed one, for an al fresco autumn lunch. I’m also obsessed with objects that look like other objects. I have these genius potato bowls that actually look like little baked potatoes, in which I serve mashed potatoes topped with caviar. The Sette’s famous croissant box falls into that category – I would use it to hold jam and butter and style it in a pile with real croissants.
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The south of France – my husband and I got engaged at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc! And I love the Amanemu resort and onsen spa in Japan.
A vintage two-tone men’s Rolex with a ghost dial.
When times get tough, keep going.
The dream is to make Nette the ultimate go-to for fragrance.