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Guest Picks: Favorite Home Fragrances

You can do a lot to create your house look fantastic… but making it smell great can be just as significant. I always get compliments on how our house smells, and that I owe it all to these 20 scents. I like to light distinct candles depending on my mood and the season, and that I have certain go-to reed diffusers that maintain my house smelling its very best. Take a moment to check these out favorites, then let us know your essential home scents in the opinions below. — Bryn from Bryn Alexandra Interiors


Trapp Big Poured Candle No. 14 in Mediterranean heart – $22

This candle brings me back to my school days. I loved it back then, and I still love it just as much today. Maybe that’s why I really like home scents so much… scents evoke so many memories and warm fuzzy feelings.


NEST Fragrances “Bamboo” Reed Diffuser – $34

That I really like this scent so much — it is refreshing, clean smelling and not too overpowering. I use this reed diffuser in our master bedroom and my husband and I really like it!

Gracious Home

Matouk Green Lavendar Candle – $45

This candle is more expensive, but such good quality. It smells when you walk by, even when it isn’t lit. When you light it, the odor travels throughout the whole residence. I like to light it after I clean our house to make things smell very great.


Antica Farmacista Home Fragrance Diffuser in Orange Blossom, Lilac and Jasmine – $62

I maintain this reed diffuser right where you walk in to my property. Virtually everyone that walks in remarks how great our house smells, and that I owe it all for this diffuser. It is a splurge, but it lasts for four months!

Candle Luxurious

Infusion Organique Acai Rain Candle – $38

If you prefer candles that smell a little”spicy,” you will love this candle. It is refreshing, but also smells really unique. It is one of my favorites and it is fantastic for summer time.

Candle Delirium

Delirium Scarlet Grapefruit Candle – $38

This scent is just plain SEXY! It is great to get a lady’s boudoir.

Saks Fifth Avenue

Nest Holiday Candle – $32

I understand — it is manner too premature to be thinking about Christmas, but I couldn’t do an ideabook about home scents without mentioning this particular candle. Here is the best smelling holiday candle I’ve ever smelled. I can’t wait until November when it is okay to break it out!


Blue Garden Classic Candle by Nest Fragrances – $32

This is a sweet, floral scent is good for an candle. I really like that NEST provides a part of its proceeds to Autism Speaks. (I also love the deep navy blue container.)


Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Counter Top Spray, Lemon Verbena – $22.65

You may think it’s strange to have a countertop spray in a house scents round-up, but first and foremost I like my house to smell clean. This really is a great countertop spray to use every night and smells fantastic!

Bath & Body Works

Fresh Bamboo 14.5 ounce. Filled Candle – $19.50

This candle provides you the most bang for your buck. It is very budget-friendly, and smells similar to NEST’s Bamboo collection.

Candle Delirium

Jonathan Adler Earl Grey Pop Candle – $38

You wouldn’t think to get a man a candle, however, both my dad and my brother love this one. They are Earl Grey drinkers, and this candle smells like you just boiled a hot pot of tea.


NEST Moroccan Amber Classic Candle – $32

My all-time favorite candle for autumn. I will not burn it in the summer, however you’ll find me burning it daily in the warmer months. It is sweet, sexy and I’ve had tons of compliments on it when it is lit!

Gianna Rose Atelier

Gianna Rose Atelier Orchid & Honeysuckle Candle – $35

In case you don’t like candles that are too powerful, this scent is right for you. It is also the scent of my favorite soap (from the same manufacturer ). It is beautiful, subtle, clean scent. In addition, I love the gift box that comes in; there are many applications for this!

Candle Luxurious

Sprig Lilac And Ivy Candle – $19.50

I maintain this candle in my office while I work. It is flowery and girly but still refreshing. It is also another budget-friendly option. It is only $20, but also check your local Home Goods for deals — that’s where I found mine!

Paddywax Candle, Olive Tree – $24

A natural option. This candle is perfect for the kitchen and anywhere else you’d prefer a clean odor.

Amber Clove Candle – $28

Another candle that I only burn in the autumn and winter. The scent is sweet but also musky and spicy. I enjoy lighting it in my office when it is cold out.


Capri Blue Mercury Glass Candle – $25

A yummy, refreshing scent in a beautiful glass jar! When the candle is finished, wash the inside out and you’ve got yourself a pretty container.


Antica Farmacista ‘Acqua’ Home Ambiance Perfume – $20

Another one of my favorite reed diffusers. I really like the smaller (and more affordable) size and the Acqua scent for a bathroom.

Candle Delirium

Voluspa French Cade & Lavender Candle – $22

I really like the scent of lavender, possibly because it reminds me of my grandma. However, this fragrance is a freshnew take on on the floral scent.

Candle Delirium

NEST Pink Jasmine Candle – $32

Inspired by my ideabook, NEST candles are my favorite. I’ve at least five distinct aromas — perhaps more! I really like this easy, floral scent for an everyday candle in summer time… in actuality, I’m burning it at this time.

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Report From Dwell on Design 2011

Walking through the expo in the Dwell on Design seminar in Los Angeles June 24, I found lots of tips for improving modern living spaces I wanted to discuss with you. Below are a few of my favourite finds, from outside living innovations and kitchen and bathroom design options to a light that floats like a cloud. (I invite you to see the vendors’ sites to determine their whole product lines. Click on the green links beneath the photos.)

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Kismet Tile

Kismet Tile

These Moroccan cement tiles offer new geometries and daring color choices while adhering to traditional manufacturing methods. It is a union of the best that old and new need to offer. These gorgeous tiles are packed in color, provided in multitudes of shapes and designs, and can be used indoors or out.

Cloud Softlight Pendant

A exceptional lighting pendant made from pleated paper is a weightless, organic shape that floats in your area like a cloud. Like cloud formations, this design works well in a group. The business creates a corresponding distance divider also made of pleated craft newspaper.

Natalie Myers

Wallter Outdoor Post Planters – $92

Powder-coated aluminum pole figurines will liven up your yard with plants that are elevated and bright colors. All these are nothing like your neighbors’ traditional flower beds. How fun will be the orange posts? They also come in hanging and wall mounted styles.

Jory Brigham Design

Quiet Evolution – Jory Brigham

The bench is a composite of white concrete and timber, and functions as both seats and planter. Its mid-century-inspired silouette creates a really modern and sculptural piece that can be placed indoors or out. Versatility, a fresh material combination, and a solid layout are selling points for me.

Colorhouse Paint

Yolo Paints – $22

A lot of us are looking for greener goods to replace those made with toxic chemicals or that emit harmful gases. Yolo paints are a breath of fresh air (pun intended) for the paint marketplace and therefore are conveniently accessible at Lowe’s and Home Depot.

Radius Shop

Radius Design Shop – EUR 299

A modern style steel mailbox with glass front allows you to bring a personal touch outside your front door. You play with designer by choosing the font or by using your own signature.


AL028 Alia Vanity at Contemporary Vanities – $1,790

Lavaca’s product lineup is on the luxury end of this spectrum, but they are always a great inspiration and on the forefront of both edgy and modern bathroom layout.

Take this rounded variant of this wall mounted vanity. It showcases space-saving layout with clever interior engineering of storage compartments (I opened the cabinet doors in the display to watch for myself). Beautiful wood finishes and amazing matching hardware result in unrivaled bathroom components. Check out their rounded bathtubs too.

Unison Home

Sailor + Regatta Navy Duvet – $108

Always on the lookout for new linen collections, I had been attracted to the minimalist picture look of this striped bedding. The reversible duvet alternates between dense, picture sailor stripes and thin regatta stripes. Matching sheets and cases can be found in both layouts. This simple yet bold line of bedding could work well in a lot of bedrooms and styles of furniture.

Napoleon Fireplaces

HD81 See-Thru Gas Fireplace

A stunning translucent gas fireplace that offers warmth, a dance yellow flame, glowing embers, and a remote controller was a mesmerizing and sexy item. I can see many applications for this type of setup in both residential and commercial areas. It is a sexy touch to divisions between public/private or indoor outdoor spaces.

Terriplanty รข Home – $76

Your house does not need to be uber-modern along with your pockets additional heavy to have the ability to bring a little of Dwell on Design into your home. The artful terrariums by LA neighborhood Terri Planty are one-of-a- type whimsical pieces full of beautiful collections of vegetation and miniature people and creatures. Custom work could be commissioned.

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