Ask anyone what their favourite time of year is and the answer will most likely be summer (or Christmas, though unlike the former this probably isn’t related to the weather). Days get longer, the weather heats up, and the prospect of a beach holiday draws ever nearer. So it’s hardly surprising that we make so many alterations to accommodate this welcome change in season.
They say a fragrance holds a thousand memories. Well, okay, they don’t say that. But we do and they should.
You may have noticed that we went a bit quiet earlier this week… well that’s because we spent Wednesday and Thursday with the fabulous Roja Dove for The Fragrance Foundation Academy Training! As home fragrance experts we believe you can never know too much and Roja positively enthralled us with both his nose and his knowledge.
We spent Wednesday exploring extraction methods and fragrance types, with Roja further training our noses and introducing us to a whole new method of sampling fragrance. Thursday was spent finely tuning the skills and knowledge we had picked up the day before, we were even able to treat our senses to some of the finest oils in the world (though the ‘interesting’ smell of civet oil was one we’ll happily leave in the past). Roja took us on a journey through the history of perfumery to conclude the day, from tales of François Coty and René Lalique to Christian Dior and Estée Lauder. We were completely absorbed. We’re convinced that Roja Dove is quite possibly the most engaging man on the planet, never mind his expertise in fragrance.
In similar form to the kitchen, the living room is often the hub of the home. Although not much living usually occurs. More reclining, snuggling and accidental-napping. Creating a calm and comfortable atmosphere is therefore crucial. You may wish for your living room to be warm in temperature and ambience. Conversely, warmth may conflict with the interior style of your living room. You see, this is the room you can get creative in. This is where you can decorate with fragrance.
In terms of décor, think of your home fragrance as the ribbon tied around a beautifully wrapped gift. Without the ribbon your gift may appear dull and incomplete, less likely to provoke the same level of anticipation for what lies within the packaging. Like the ribbon, home fragrance adds that ‘sparkle’, tying the room together and evoking the mood and feel you wish to create. A cool, natural fragrance can create that beachfront feel to suit the coastal living trend, making you feel as though you’ve relocated to Malibu. Whilst a deep, amber fragrance can set off the grandeur of a Georgian scheme.
You bathe there. You shower there. There’s a sink whose primary function it is to wash your hands and brush your teeth with. Cleaning is a common theme in the bathroom. Endless supplies of water and hygiene products make it the room in the house synonymous with cleanliness. Yet sometimes (quite regularly actually, often more than once a day) this magical cleaning room can smell somewhat… not so clean.
The bedroom. Your sanctuary. The place you go to unwind in. Where you awake after a good night’s rest and relax after a hard day’s work. The room in your home most reflective of your own style and taste. And of course, where the magic happens… sleep.
It’s the room of contradictions. It’s where you require tranquillity and solitude. When the door shuts, it doesn’t just shut out the hallway, it shuts out the world. It’s also where you require a screeching warning siren called an “alarm” to alert you that a new day has begun. As if you didn’t know already, the dog’s been licking your face since 6am and you’ve been plotting revenge on the birds for singing ever since.
You’ll always find me in the kitchen at parties. Mostly because that’s where they’re usually held. Gone are the days when kitchens were used exclusively for cooking, their function purely practical, oh no, we’re now living in the dawn of the trophy kitchen.
This doesn’t mean that we’re no longer using kitchens in the practical sense; it means that the kitchens practicality has expanded. The kitchen is often combined with the living room or dining room (or both), forming an open ‘living space’ rather than just ‘the kitchen’. This living space often acts as the heart and soul of the house, the go-to room where family and guests alike naturally gather.