Archives for September 2016

Cozy Fall Nesting – Essential Oil Fall Home Scent

Cozy Fall Nesting - Essential Oil Fall Home Scent

Hey, lovelies! Hope you are having a great week so far. Welcome back if you’ve been away on summer vacation! Today is officially “back to school day” here at our house and that means it’s time for me get into full FALL NESTING mode! One of my absolute favorite parts of fall is all the cozy scents wafting through the air.

So many of our best memories and moments in life can be connected to scents. The freshness in the air from a fall rainstorm, a walk in the forest, the crackling fire on a cozy night, a cup of steaming hot cider in my hands. It has always made sense :) to me to incorporate good scents into our daily life and home.

Cozy Fall Nesting - Essential Oil Fall Home Scent

Quote from my NYT Bestselling Book: Love the Home You Have

One easy way I freshen the scent of our home every day (without burning candles or other more harmful products like chemical air fresheners or sprays) is by diffusing seasonal combinations of oils (I use Young Living essential oils for their quality and purity) so my house always smells inviting. I’m happy to share more details on the products we use anytime, so don’t hesitate to ask!

Part of my morning routine all year round begins with turning on our oil diffuser. It always helps set the mood for the day. I even look forward to it! I actually don’t feel like I can really get in my groove without selecting the right scents to inspire me to have quiet time, work or clean or whatever.

This simple daily ritual of selecting the oils and turning on my diffuser has even helped me to become a more focused and self-disciplined person, since I naturally have trouble with that (ha!). It’s right up there with bed-making when it comes to how I motivate myself to follow a daily routine and get myself started with my day.

I’ll be honest, I could hardly wait for fall to start so a week or two ago I made the transition to some more autumn-inspired scents. I was really into fresh clean fruity or floral scents all summer and now I’m head over heels for my current fave, a cozy fall nesting combo.

Everyone who has come to my house recently loves this combination, so I thought you might love it, too. You’ll find the recipe below and a graphic to pin to remind you to give it a try.

Happy nesting, friends.

Cozy Fall Nesting – A Natural Essential Oil Home Scent Recipe:

5 Drops Clove Essential Oil

5 Drops Orange Essential Oil

4 Drops Christmas Spirit Young Living Essential Oil (orange, cinnamon, spruce oils)

I simply add these oils to water in my Aria or Raindrop Diffuser from Young Living, turn on the diffuser and ENJOY!

Cozy Fall Nesting - Essential Oil Fall Home Scent

See more of my natural home scent recipes here and order your own essential oils and diffusers here!

What fall scents hold the most vivid memories for you? Let’s chat in the comments!

My Three Fall Nesting Essentials for the Home

My Three Fall Nesting Essentials for the Home

It’s hard to believe I’m starting my TENTH fall season as a blogger! While fall doesn’t officially begin yet according to the calendar, I’m THRILLED that it is on its way. It’s MY FAVORITE SEASON OF ALL!

Fall represents everything I love about being a homebody.

In the northwest we have beautiful weather all summer long (and into fall, too). While I love the light and warmth and beauty of summer outside, around the end of August I begin to long for those crisp fall days. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the sunshine. I do! But I love that fall signals the return to familiar routines and my favorite cozy rituals around the house.

The rain actually began to fall and the thunder rolled for a couple of days last week! I wasn’t quite prepared for a change in weather just yet, but hearing the pitter patter of rain on the roof reminded me of how much I love curling up inside on a rainy day. And just like that, I found myself fluffing up the fall pillows and bringing out the textured blankets.

My Three Fall Nesting Essentials for the Home

I keep things pretty simple so I really don’t add much in the way of “fall decorations” (especially so early in the season). But I do enjoy slowly evolving my home to have a cozier ambience by layering in my three fall essentials: organic textures, delicious seasonal scents and richer colors.

I begin to add more cozy blankets, pillows, and rugs.
I incorporate a few richer hues. A touch of rusty orange hues here and there blend beautifully with the deeper blues and grays of my year-round color scheme. Even the gorgeous pop of red in the tulips (a surprise from my hubby this week) mixed with the evergreen plants seem to be inspired by the ever-evolving fall colors, just like the changing leaves and trees outside our windows.
A mix of wood furniture and accessories, organic textures (like my baskets on the wall) and warm metals add the richness that I love in a fall home.
I fill my home with my favorite seasonal scents (I’ll share a delicious cozy home scent recipe tomorrow!). 

My Three Fall Nesting Essentials for the Home

Later this month I’ll be taking you on a fall home tour around the house, but I’ll be able to share more little corners of my home each week as we cozy things up. Our exterior brick is being painted white this week (I can already tell I’m going to love it just from seeing the primer up!) and the kitchen will be under way in just a couple of weeks, so I’ll have plenty of progress reports on bigger projects this month, too. I can’t wait!

Happy first week of September!

Have you started fall nesting?

My Three Fall Nesting Essentials for the Home

Room Sources:

Linen wingback settee

Rust pillows

Gray and white crewel pillows (HomeGoods, similar)

Rattan daybed

Coffee table

Round pedestal table (it’s a drop-leaf dining table, on sale!)

Gray nailhead wingback

Brass floor lamp

Wood mirror over fireplace

Fireplace paint details

Leather sofa

Blue and white patterned rug (more here)

Leather Moroccan pouf

Woven wood shades

Shop My House and my latest decor finds here.