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June 25, 2014

DIY: Home fragrances

Simple steps to a fresh-smelling home

ANDERSON — Candles. Tart warmers. Air fresheners.

All meant to make your home smell pleasant. All with some element of danger (fire!) or a cloying chemical undertone.

Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy a fresh-smelling home without relying on commercial-made products?

It’s easier than you might imagine.

The key to filling your home with a lovely fragrance is simply the right ingredients simmering on the stove.

In-store inspiration

Anyone who has strolled into a Williams-Sonoma, such as the one at Keystone Crossing in Indianapolis, has been greeted by wonderful smells wafting through the beautiful store. It’s hard not to imagine you’re in a warm seaside kitchen, preparing a gourmet meal for your elegant guests.

But where are those delightful fragrances coming from?

Just find the stove, where Williams-Sonoma employees will have any number of items simmering depending on the season. Lemons and limes for the summer. Cranberries and cloves in the winter.

Breathe deep. Couldn’t you just stay here forever?

Fortunately, you don’t have to.

Achieving that atmosphere is simple enough by bringing Williams-Sonoma’s methods into your abode.

Selecting your ingredients

The first step is deciding what fragrance you want to unleash in your home. Consider the season and the atmosphere you are trying to achieve. Think about the smells and fresh ingredients you tie to each.

About anything you have on hand – in the fridge, on the counter or in the pantry – will do. Consider fruits, herbs and essential oils. A quick trip to the store can fill in any gaps.

Here are just a few examples of go-to combinations for any household. Amounts of each ingredient depend on the depth of fragrance you’re trying to achieve:

•Lemon, rosemary and vanilla – The fresh, clean smell of citrus melds perfectly with the herbal scent of rosemary and smoothness of vanilla. A fantastic accompaniment to a day of cleaning. Lavender essential oils are a nice substitute for vanilla, and adding oranges can boost the citrus fragrance.

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