More Autumn Nesting today…as always in my life decorating for the seasons has a bigger purpose than to make the house look good. I call it “Setting the Stage for More Important Things” and I’ve written about it several times….here’s one.
I want my humble little home to say: come in…grab a pup and snuggle while I get you something to sip and nibble…you’re special. You’re loved. I’m glad you’re here…
I don’t have little ones at home any more so when my adult kiddos stop by or when we host a big family get-together, which we do several times in the Fall, I want my house to be a place of comfort, inspiration, acceptance and love. I want everyone who comes to our house to leave feeling a bit better about themselves. (That’s my deepest desire for my little blog-home too Peeps.)
So, that’s my motivation for nesting each season. When I change the house from one season to the next I love to engage all five senses don’t you? My favorite of course being the sense of taste…but today I wanted to share my go-to Autumn scents and sounds…
Both are a matter of personal taste, but whatever the preference, don’t leave them out of your nesting ritual. Scents and sounds are powerful triggers for nostalgia and a sense of well being.
As you know I love candles. My favorite for long lasting scrumptious aromas are Yankee Candles.My Favorite Autumn scent is Harvest. It evokes a physical response in me. I adore the smell of that candle…
My girls love the Wood Wick Candles, but I don’t have one yet! The wick is wood and makes a little crackling sound when it burns. Gotta admit it’s a pretty candle! (Their favorite : Fireside)
On Mother’s Day, Stephanie and Jon gave me this Wood Wick Reed Diffuser and Oil. These things surprised me with the constant aroma. Better than a candle. I loved it so much that I went out and bought a bunch of them…at Walmart. I wanted to save money…don’t do it!!! They barely smelled and within hours didn’t smell at all. They made no difference in the house whatsoever. I’m afraid when it comes to Reed Diffusers you must pay to get a good one. TJ Max and Marshalls often have these by Woodwick or Yankee but not always in the “flavors” I like. (Yankee Wood Diffusers are every bit as good as Wood Wick, I have one!)
But my all time FAVORITE thing for bringing amazing aroma to your home is this little puppy…it’s not sexy like the candles or reed diffusers but oh my holy cow does it work!
My Baby Sis gave me a little melting pot a few years ago and I keep it going from September to January…You can get a little pot at Walmart for cheap.
Again I use ONLY Yankee Tarts…the cheaper ones are, I find, inferior and these don’t cost much anyway.
Each tiny tart costs between $1 and $2. They last 8 hours and give the most amazing fragrance throughout house. When you’re ready to change seasons just put warmer in the freezer for 10 minutes and the wax pops out and you can put in a new fragrance. (They have some amazing Christmas tarts that smell like a live Christmas tree!)
I leave mine on the kitchen counter in a corner and turn it on in the mornings when I’m going to be home…it’s the best way I’ve ever found to infuse your favorite aroma into the home.
*******Soap-Box ALERT*******I must put in a note about candle scents like : Apple Pie or Sugar Cookies…you know those yumalicious smells of baked goods…if you come to my house Peeps and smell Apple Pie I can promise you one thing…I WILL NOT be offering you a candle.It will be an actual Apple Pie. I just can’t put pretend baking smells into my house, it breaks my fragile spun-sugar heart. I truly dislike this type of false advertising. Okay, I’m stepping off the soap box now. ‘That was a close one, I almost got started on those fake books that are actually boxes or some such nonsense. Whew.‘****************
And as for sounds…I love music Peeps. All kinds of music. But in Autumn you’ll find this background music for all of my get-togethers…
I first heard this CD when The Husband took me to Woodstock Vermont. The music hypnotized me and the title of the CD brought me to tears…A Sense of Place , I’ve been searching for a sense of place my whole life.
This music is to me…Autumn. Go to iTunes and listen to a bit see what you think…
Another favorite that I just found last spring is Landon Pigg…oh I love his voice and music. I’m adding him to the playlist for my parties this Fall. (If you haven’t heard him, you’re going to LOVE him. I promise!)
Okay, now it’s your turn. Tell me how you use scents and sounds during the glorious Fall. Favorite candles? Favorite music? Any thoughts on “setting the stage for more important things”? Love to you today …
Visit Melissa over at Inspired Rooms for her Fall Nesting Party and get some scrumptious ideas!!!