Fall is the best time of the year. For me, it seems to be a time of renewal. As trees shed their leaves to prepare for the upcoming spring, it is also a time where I like to shed anything which is not working for me or making my life simpler and it is a time to rethink the rest of my year, make new plans, set new goals.
Let’s not forget the beauty of the changing leaf colors and the smells. The cool crisp nights and the semi-warm days. It’s just a great time of being with friends and relaxing. I adore the coziness of fall. The smells are crisp and earthy. I love the food associated with fall – think pumpkin! Halloween. A great time to get together with friends, taking the kids trick or treating! Let’s not forget about candy corn. Yummy!
No matter what time of year it is, we all like our home smelling fresh. Scenting your home is a great way to express yourself. Do you enjoy spicy smells? How about musky scents? I love lime and lemon myself. These two scents are clean and simple smells. But when it comes to fall, we all seem to gravitate toward the more spicy smells. Pumpkin, apple cider, spice cake type smells. This just seems to add to the cozy environment in any home. I love it (insert sniffing).
I have a book called The Scented Room, written by Barbara Milo Ohrbach. It is filled with recipes of potpourri, pomanders, sachets, pillows, and so much more. I have had this book for years. I’ve made a few of the items, but would really like to try more. There is so many ways to scent your home and make it smell all yours. It is easy and less expensive than buying your potpourri in the stores. She teaches you how to make a potpourri that has to cure or just a bowl full of flowers and spices. Simple but elegant. Check out the book. Very well written, beautiful pictures.
Sachets are a great way to add scents to your closets and dresser drawers. Simplify it even more by throwing in your favorite scented dryer sheet. Make a sachet using a favorite square of fabric, throw in your favorite scented potpourri or use cotton balls with esential oil. You can even use a beautiful envelope and put your scented items inside. Seal it shut. You can buy these out in the store but why not do it yourself? Much cheaper.
Towel sachet. Take an 18 inch length of at least 1.5-2 inch wide ribbon. Sew down the sides (or glue). Your recipe for scent- cornstarch with your favorite eseential oil. Blend well, the pour through a funnel into the ribbon. Tie it off with a pretty ribbon to match. Slip these in between your towels and sheets. They will make a mundane linen closet look so much prettier.
Create a simple portpourri tossing pine cones, cloves, whole anise, whole cinnamon sticks into a bowl. Use your favorite essential oil or fragrance oil – drop 20 drops on to the pinecones. Toss dried flowers on top or silk flowers to make it pretty. Refreshen as needed. Very simple.
Simmering potpourri – in a pan filled 1/2 way with water, add your favorite items to scent your home. Apple peels, lemon peels, cinnamon sticks, cloves, orange peels, bay leaves. Anything you love, toss in. I wonder if used coffee grounds would work – hmmm…something to think about. Keep it on low. Throughout the day, refill with water as needed. Keep an eye on it and don’t leave it burning if you leave your home.
Place a candle in a bowl and fill the area around the candle with coffee beans. Yummy!! This not only looks beautiful but your home will smell delicious when burning.
I have recently been burning soy candles in our home. It is cleaner and supposedly healthier. I have an apple cider scent. Smells so good. In the fall and winter, I will light all the candles in the house. I love the feeling and glow it gives off. Again, that cozy feel. What is the Danish word floating around Pinterst right now? Hygge? All about cozying up your home.
Each of these ideas are quick and easy and anyone can do them. I would love for you to share ways you scent your home in the fall or maybe something you are planning to start. Share your ideas with us below.
What is your favorite fall smell?
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