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Living Beautifully… Your Home’s Signature Scent

When decorating our homes, we always have our sense of sight and touch in mind.  We create a room that is visually beautiful, and fill it with a variety of textures in our furnishings, accessories and textiles.

One other important element to considering when designing your home is your home’s scent.  A beautiful room layered with the right home fragrance will create a welcoming environment for all who enter.  Your home’s fragrance will also leave a lasting impression as our sense of smell has a strong link to our memory.


Scent can also set the mood for a special event.  Depending on the scent you choose, it has the power to relax, energize and uplift the mood of family and guests.

When choosing a home fragrance, whether using candles or a fragrance diffuser, natural is best.  Choose candles made of soy or beeswax with all-natural cotton wicks.

To find your home’s signature scent, let your home’s style & décor by your guide:

Farmhouse Chic:  Typically are homes featuring natural woods, light colors, organic & vinatge accents – look to scents that are herbal & green such as grasses, herbs and woods.

Paddywax Thyme & Olive Leaf is one of our new favorites!

Modern Rustic & Industrial:  Think open floor plan, natural architectural elements, stone, wood, modern & eclectic furnishings.  Consider woody fragrances with notes of sandalwood, amber, bamboo or balsam.


Transitional/Eclectic:  For homes that blend the warmth of traditional design with and the homeowner’s own style – there is lots of room for creativity.  Choose from an array scents that are earthy such as scents with herbs, sea salt, eucalyptus, fruits or bordeaux.


Contemporary/Minimalist: For homes with open spaces, clean lines, light colors, simply designed furnishings & minimal décor.  Choose clean scents such as citrus, cotton & linen.


French Country/Romantic/Floral: Homes filled with vintage and reclaimed furnishings, floral fabrics and layered décor.  Turn to home fragrance with floral and sweet notes of rose, lavender, gardenia and vanilla.


Find your home’s signature scent and Paddywax candles at `a la Maison, Baldwinsville, New York.

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Easy and Natural Holiday Decor… Wreaths that keep it simple

I find that I’m favoring wreaths filled with simple greenery and natural accents this season.

Angel vine and simple ribbon make a lovely accent on this wood slant tray.

You can’t go wrong with evergreen, pine cones and magnolia leaves for relaxed, classic style.

Silver ornaments and bits of hydrangea dress up an evergreen wreath.

Simple and beautiful!

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Our Favorite Things… Rustic Wood Slat Tray

Love these large wood slat trays – the warmth the reclaimed wood and texture of the wooden slats amps up the style factor of this service tray.  Whether adorning a large dining able (put this piece under your centerpiece or fill it with candles for an eye-catching centerpiece); or hang it on wall with a great wall accent.


Hang it horizontally over your mantel or vertically on the wall. A great look alone or fill it with branches, stems or decor that you can change out through the seasons.


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Transitioning Your Home to Fall (Part 2)

Fall is officially here, so take a few moments to appreciate the beauty of the season and how you might bring that rich warmth inside your home.  Here are a few ideas to get your started:

Decorate with nature. Gourds, apples, pomegranates, pumpkins, dried leaves and fall flowers like mums – whether fresh or faux, are easy to find –are everywhere right now. Shop farmers markets, craft stores, groceries and even your own backyard for great fall décor.


Bring out your favorite throw blanket. Nothing is more inviting than a beautiful throw draped over a sofa or your favorite chair.  Keep extras handy and on display by folding and stacking on a bench in your family room for guests to enjoy on movie night.

 Garden Planters and Urns.  Bring the outdoors in by filling garden planters and urns with branches and dried flowers and placing a pair of them on either side of your mantel or by the front door.  Smaller urns filled with fruit or gourds can be put atop a side table or used as a dramatic dining table centerpiece.

Candles & Candlesticks.  Candles add ambiance to any room, so have plenty of candles on hand for when the days get shorter.  Candlesticks made of iron, reclaimed wood and bronze are timeless, and mix in with almost any decor.

Change out table linens and dinnerware.  Bring fall color into your tablescape by replacing lighter summer table linens and dishes with richly colored placemats, tablecloths, dinnerware and pottery in tones of gold, bronze, rust, and eggplant.

Don’t forget your powder room.  Adding beautiful fall guest towels, a fall scented candle and a small fall floral arrangement is a nice seasonal touch to welcome guests.


Enjoy your kitchen again. Now that cooler weather is here, there’s nothing more satisfying than reuniting with your kitchen and filling the room with the delicious scent dinner cooking on the stove. Nothing says fall like a comforting pot of soup, a hardy stew or chili.  Relax and savor the opportunity to enjoy indoor cooking again!

 Your favorite slippers. As the weather cools, one of the best things to come home to is your favorite pair of slippers. You’ve worked hard getting your house dressed for fall, so why not treat yourself to a new pair for a job well done!


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Our Favorite Things… Fall Inspired Floral Arrangements

As much as I love summer, each year by late August I’m ready and excited for fall. If you are an early morning person as I am, you can feel a change in the early morning air – there is a crisp coolness that wasn’t there a week ago. Even with the day’s still heating up in the summer sun – the morning gives a taste of what’s to come.

One of my favorite ways to bring the warmth of fall into into my decor projects is with fall florals and branches. The rich color adads instant impact and warmth.

Love the blend of the reclaimed wood pedestal, the turquoise of the vintage clock and warmth of the fall colored florals and branches.




I’m crazy about rust colored peonies, and reach for them time and again in my seasonal floral arranging.

Seriously, who doesn’t love the look of fall?.. Stunning color both inside and out!