The Nose Knows
While we were doing a little holiday research, we kept coming across questions from people wondering how they could get their home smelling great for holiday gatherings and parties. Of course, this is not really our specialty, but we thought some of these ideas were so great that we wanted to share them.
Store-bought air fresheners are typically the standby and some even smell really fantastic, but they contain so many chemicals that many don't use them. So we have found two great, chemical-free ways to scent your home. If you have a really great idea on how to give your home a lovely fragrance for the holidays, we would love it if you stopped by our Facebook page and shared the tip with our online community!
Tip 1: Good food equals great smells.
One of our favorite ideas was using food to scent your home. Who doesn't love the smell of freshly baked bread, a batch of delicious chocolate chip cookies, or an apple or cherry pie? On top of giving your home a glorious scent, you will have dessert all ready for your guests. If you don’t have time to bake something in the oven, you can simmer herbs or spices in water on the top of your stove to give your home a great scent for your guests to enjoy. Cinnamon is a year-round favorite. Throw some cinnamon sticks in a pot of water and let simmer for a long lasting fragrance. Just be careful about keeping your stove on for too long, especially if it requires an open flame – as this can be dangerous. You will also want to make sure that the water doesn't completely evaporate out, burning any herbs or spices on the bottom of your pan.
Tip 2: Herbs aren't just for cooking.
If you are not too keen on the idea of cooking baked goods or simmering herbs and spices, but you do have a green-thumb, planting herbs in indoor pots or in a window box is another wonderful way to give your home a great fragrance. Sage, rosemary, basil, thyme, mint, and lavender are very strong scented herbs and would create a lovely scent for your kitchen. Not only will they make your kitchen smell great, you will also have fresh herbs on hand! Your guests will be impressed by your herb garden as well. There are also other houseplants that you could have place around your home to keep your home smelling nice all the time. Some people say that a Cosmos Daisy will actually make your house smell like chocolate. A lemon balm plant will give your home a nice citrus smell and a sage called the Salvia elegans will give off a scent similar to pineapples. If you already have houseplants and don’t want to acquire any more – you can hide orange peels in your potted plants for a nice citrus-y smell.
We hope these tips will be useful to you year-round. We can’t wait to try some of these out ourselves. If you would like any information about our interior design company, the services we offer, or for pricing information – please give us a call at (770) 251-4557. You can also stop by our showroom located 16 Greenville Street, Newnan Georgia 30263 on Monday – Friday, 10am to 5pm or Saturday, 10am – 4pm.