The still-life photographs that will adorn the new Project Art candle collection by Nest Fragrances. Courtesy photo.



Candle lovers, rejoice: Nest Fragrances is taking their richly-scented candles and turning them into works of art that will add a splash of refined color to any ledge or tabletop you choose to perch them on.

The best part? There will be none of that $60+ luxury pricing that is so often associated with candles of this caliber. We're talking $9.99 for votives and $24.99 for oversized two-wick candles.

The launch -- called Project Art by Nest Fragrances -- is the brainchild of Laura Slatkin, who with her husband Harry, dominated the home fragrance market with the Slatkin label in the 90's, which they sold in 2005. Ms. Slatkin then founded the Nest Fragrances label, which has created home fragrance products for brands like Anthropologie, Laura Mercier, Christian Dior, Tory Burch, Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman.

In her newest collection, a luxe design aesthetic is infused into her candles by featuring the still-life work of several world-renowned photographers on the labels. The highly stylized and vibrantly colored shots of flowers, fruits, herbs and tasty treats against a crisp white background makes for both a visual as well as sensory statement.

"Project Art combines the art of home fragrance with the art of sophisticated packaging -- an expertise I have perfected over the last two decades," says the self-assured former Wall-Streeter.

At the launch event at the Slatkin townhouse just off New York's Central Park East, we sniffed scents like Pumpkin, Juliette Rose, Vanilla Glaze and Tulip Garden, which were all formulated with cosmetic-grade waxes that allow for maximum scent throw.

Hand lotion, liquid hand soap and reed diffusers will also be available in some of the scents, and range in price from $14.99 to $22.99.

You'll see the goodies roll out to select Bed, Bath & Beyond and Hallmark stores in September.

Now excuse us while we go salivate over the sweet pear candle we scored at the New York launch party.

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