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Friday, December 14, 2012


How to make modern handcrafted menorahs

Tracy Borkum

HOLIDAY DESIGN TIP--London-born Tracy Borkum brings an international sensibility to her business as the owner of several nationally acclaimed restaurant concepts that seamlessly form the ultimate union between dining and design. When not at her San Diego restaurants, including Cucina Urbana in Bankers Hill, Kensington Grill and the forthcoming Cucina Enoteca in Del Mar (opening in Spring 2013), she can be found perusing flea and farmers' markets as well as vintage stores for handpicked design treasures.

For Chanukah  (celebrated Dec. 8 through Dec. 16 this year), Borkum is opening up her design arsenal and sharing with readers how to make a modern handcrafted menorah. This “lampstand” will act as a statement piece in the home and is perfect for celebrating the holiday in style.  This will make a good family project for next year’s Chanukah.

 1. Go to your local flea market or antique store and look for nine vintage (or new) candleholders in unique shapes, colors and textures. You'll also want to measure for height to make sure the candles peak at the center, with the tallest in the middle.

 2. Next, find a reclaimed wood board (these can be found at your local architectural salvage or lumber yard) and measure the distance between the nine candleholders, evenly spacing each as you go along.

3. Purchase small glass taper holders at your local arts and crafts store with coordinating taper candles in the color of your choice.

 4. Place glass taper holders on top of the nine candleholders and insert candles (super glue glass to base for extra security). The glass holders will ensure that your tapers will be secure no matter what size your candleholders are!

Light and enjoy. Happy Chanukah!

Tracy Borkum, Urban Kitchen Group, Cucina Urbana, 505 Laurel St., Bankers Hill, San Diego,619-239-2222,

This blog was first published by San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles in its free E-Club weekly newsletter on November 28, 2012.  It is reprinted here with permission.

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