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Hardware Sconce

Martha Stewart Living, November 2005

In their common role as bathroom accessories, they might easily go unnoticed, but towel-bar holders take pride of place when used as graceful sconces. To create one, stand a new or vintage holder upright, attach it to the wall with the appropriate screws and anchors, then match it with an attractive backdrop. We paired a nickel-plated holder and an antique mirror mounted with a plate hanger. A porcelain holder against a white dish is a striking alternative. Wrap aluminum foil around the base of a dripless candle to fit it inside the holder.