Calming Fragrances for a More Peaceful Home

Calming Vanilla for your Home

Create a soothing home environment with a Vanilla scent

It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays. As such, I think it’s really important to create some quiet alone time at home to get centered and calm. It’s key to also have a specific place in your home where you can create a sense of solace, escape and relaxation.

One of the things that can help is bringing fragrance into your home. It’s another element that can provide pleasure, everyday comforts and create a sense of happiness.

Aromatherapy is a proven technique that appeals to one of our most powerful and often neglected senses.  In an effort to ensure your holidays are as stress free as possible, consider bringing the following into your home in the form of essential oils, candles, and potpourri:

Cinnamon has both a stimulating and calming effect. It has been useful in treating depression, as well as uplifting those experiencing anxiety.

Lavender is known for its sedative effect on the nervous system, reduces emotional stress and tensions. It can also relieve anxiety, solve problems of insomnia and ease depression.

Jasmine is calming and balancing to the sympathetic nervous system and may be an aphrodisiac. It is used as an antidepressant, allowing those who are sad to be uplifted as it induces warm calming emotions. It is also used to prevent mental blockage, nervousness and sadness.

Sandalwood has neurological sedative effects on the mind and quiets mental activity. It pacifies anxiety, anger and rage, and  induces sleep.

Ylang Ylang calms anger and releases tension. It has been known to lower blood pressure and ease muscle spasms.

Vanilla has a calming, relaxing and comforting effect. It often has a sweet aroma that reminds people of happy memories of home and childhood. It is rich, warm and sweet and is a type of orchid.  It  relieves stress and is also thought to be an aphrodisiac.

What are some of your favorites?

Cozy Autumn Comfort

Cozy Autumn Comfort

There’s something about Fall indulgences. What’s yours?

Happy November! It’s time to get warm and cozy by the fireside. Do you ever feel like you’re too busy for a little self-indulgence? Perhaps this will help inspire you to take a moment to enjoy the joys of Autumn.  Top decor tip of the week: use brown, orange, gold and red accessories in your room to ensure your space feels inviting and comfortable. And vote for your favorite autumn inspiration here:

~Daily Inspirations and the Search for Solace

Lighthouse Window in Monterey, CA

Lighthouse window in Monterey, CA

It started back in the eighties. I found myself wishing for a simpler time, with a slower pace. I loved wood moldings and retro/reproduction furniture from Pottery Barn, and old crystal doorknobs that looked like they were from the twenties, from Restoration Hardware. I started listening to standards and lounge music.  I discovered the joys of fragrant French soap. My roommate at the time taught me about how 300-count thread sheets, egyptian cotton towels, and how these things combined with fresh-smelling fabric softener, could all bring a little more joy to your daily life. I found myself drinking lemonade and gardening more. I learned to enjoy hearty weekend breakfasts, followed by hikes (and a nap) in the afternoons.

Of course, this was all in between my mad, hectic, compressed, insane race to an advertising career and cosmopolitan youthful lifestyle. But I thought perhaps there was a cultural shift going on: something bubbling beneath the cut-cut-cut of the instant music video world we lived in, and something beyond the L.A. traffic jams and instant Danish boxy furniture we’d all become accustomed to. I saw a ripple in the ether.

A cultural shift was indeed happening, and it was evident that it wasn’t just me with these yearnings. I felt like there was a move towards simplicity, slowing down, and sentimentality. Then in the nineties, it moved forward rapidly. Continue reading