One of the most neglected aspects home decor, today’s post focuses on the olfactory sense. Smells add tremendously to ambiance–and therefor to the whole mood and feeling of your home.
Here are my favorites of all time:
1. Fresh Flowers. Especially in the bathrooms. I like them in jars. Jasmine and garden roses are my faves for bathroom bouquets.
2. Dr. Vranjes Aria Room Diffuser & Bamboo Reeds. The shop that made these diffusers was on the same street as the Compai Boutique that my sister and I owned in Florence, Italy. We always had one of their diffusers in our shop and they always made the tiny, packed boutique smell amazingly fresh. My favorite fragrance, after trying all of them, was Aria.
3. These Incense matches sare a must-have in every bathroom if you ask me. Keep ’em in a little glass dish or ash tray near the shitter. Guests will be grateful.
4. Lavender Sachet for ones most intimate drawers is a classic that remains a favorite for me.
5. Keep Rosemary in jam jars, along with fresh basil, sage, fresh lavender and oregano in your kitchen. Use the fresh herbs in your cooking while simultaneously making your kitchen smell fresh and inviting. They look really pretty, too.
6. I love Sakura (Cherry Blossom) incense Cones. The smell can be a little intense so I like to burn it next to an open window. The smell immediately transports you to an foreign location–so use it on staycations.
7. I love anything Gerdenia. The Diptyque one is my fave. I know, I’m a fancy lady :P
8. Another favorite from my Florentine sojourn, this Orange Blossom Water from Santa Maria Novella is remarkable on linens and towels.
9. Nag Champa Incense is an old-time favorite. Having grown up in Berkeley, this is a nostalgic smell for me that reminds me of my childhood. Quintessentially ‘hippie’ and always boho fresh–One should always have a few sticks of Nag Champa Lying around.
10. I use Real Rose Petal Rose Water on everything–my hair, my face, towels and sheets. Sometimes I even put it on fruit. You can get it at your local health-food store.
What are some of your favorite scents? How do you like each of the rooms in your house to smell?