How to choose a signature scent for your home

You will have heard of wearing a signature scent,  but have you ever considered designating one for your home? 

Using home fragrance is a way to extend interior decor to the senses and incite a positive memory people connect with your personal spaces.  Home is where special memories are formed, and in turn smells have the ability to trigger strong recollections.

It’s also a beautiful way to reinforce the vibe and intention of each area of your home with a unique scent story. By associating a scent with each room in your house, you’re creating a more memorable experience for the people who visit them, including yourself!

Fragrance brand Jo Malone London is well known for its evocative colognes, but did you know its best-selling scents like Lime Basil & Mandarin and Wood Sage & Sea Salt are available in a number of options to scent interior spaces too?

The range includes candles, diffusers, room sprays and linen sprays, each offering a scent that lingers just enough without being overwhelming.

A scene-setting gift

The Lime Basil & Mandarin range of home, cologne and body products. 

While perfume can be tricky to choose for another person, selecting a home fragrance is the perfect gift, particularly for the house-proud aesthete.

Gifting an elegant candle or chic diffuser is an easy option for a wide range of occasions and personality types. From marking a birthday to acknowledging a host, or a simple thank you, there’s nothing more appropriate than a home scent, perfectly housed in one of Jo Malone London’s unmistakable cream and black ribbon gift-wrapped boxes.

If there’s a special mother in your life, the enduring home scents are a no-brainer gift for Mother’s Day that will make you look like you’ve actually put in quite a lot of effort in indeed!

The options are exciting, but where to start? It’s well worth taking the advice of Jo Malone London scent ‘stylists’ at your nearest Jo Malone London boutique. They offer world of knowledge about each fragrance’s profile and how to make the most of each of the items in the cologne, bath & body and home ranges.

What’s more, taking a leaf from the brand’s penchant for scent-pairing, there’s potential for giving the gift of something really unique by selecting two types of products from the home range to use together at the same time.

Learn how to scent your home 

The Wood Sage & Sea Salt range of home, cologne and body products. 

If you are short on time staff are quick with fitting suggestions, but making the most of one of the free personalised consultation services at the boutique’s central table is where you’ll really delight in what’s possible. There are a number of consultation services on offer but if you’re looking for interior guidance, the ‘Scent your home’ approach will take you though a number of selections that best suit the environment you’re looking to enhance.

Its where you’ll learn the bright and welcoming Lime, Basil & Mandarin is perfect for an entryway,  Peony & Blush Suede creates a perfect lavish, yet serene ambiance in a bathroom or dressing room and rich and cosy notes  such as Myrrh & Tonka are ideal in a lounge.

Britomart Store Manager Maz Nathasingh extends these ideas with options from the new Townhouse ceramic candle collection, (only at Jo Malone London Britomart Boutique and Ballantynes Christchurch), inspired by different rooms in an iconic London residence. 

“‘Glowing Embers’ smells like a burning log fire so it’s good in the living room,” says Nathasingh. “If you want a more opulent scent, perhaps for a party, you could try it mixed with Pomegranate Noir in either a diffuser, a room scent or another candle burning side-by-side.”

Jo Malone London’s new Townhouse collection of candles that includes (L-R) Lilac Lavender & Lovage, Wild Berry & Bramble, Glowing Embers, Fresh Fig & Cassis, Pastel Macaroons and Green Tomato Vine. (Only at Jo Malone London Britomart Boutique and Ballantynes Christchurch) 

For the kitchen, Nathasingh recommends fragrances with fresh notes that will combine well with cooking aromas.

“’Green Tomato Vine’ is best in the kitchen. If you have other fragrances while you’re cooking, it can clash, but this will complement the herbs in the kitchen and other scents,” she explains. “Or  ‘Pastel Macaroons’ reminds you of beautiful baking.” 

In the bedroom, Nathasingh suggests something calming to soothe you to sleep. “’Lilac Lavender & Lovage’ is perfect,” she says.

You can combine home scents by having two candles, or having a diffuser and then adding the scent of a candle. 

“It just depends how you want to switch up the mood,” advises Nathasingh. “If you have a diffuser and candle combination, the diffuser will be the general scent of your room, but if you want to switch it up for a specific mood, that’s when you’d light the scented candle.” 

The diffusers emit scent for around 4-5 months, while a home candle has an expected burn time of around 45 hours.  

How to Use Plants to Decorate Your Bathroom

Modern bathrooms are a place of peace and relaxation, not just of getting clean. Plants can make a big contribution to this – but which ones are best suited?

It has to be admitted that bathrooms tend to be pretty functional places, designed primarily to cater for personal hygiene. However, the dreary wet and mouldy cells of yesteryear are increasingly becoming a thing of the past, and their furnishings have changed considerably in recent years.

“The bathroom has long since ceased to be merely a place for basic  functions,” says interior design expert Jan Kurth, who works with Germany’s Furniture Industry Association.

“They’re now expected to create a cosy ambience with lifestyle character.” And nature – in the form of houseplants – is playing an important role in making the modern bathroom a place of peace and relaxation.

If you have enough space in your bathroom, you can choose plants that grow quite tall. However, this also requires sufficient daylight.

Fortifying, not just functional

“Used correctly, plants can transform a bathroom into an oasis of well-being, especially in the dark winter months,” says Christian Engelke, a specialist in hydroponics and indoor plants.

Many homeowners fear that houseplants cannot cope with the extreme differences in temperature or the large amount of water vapour that are typical of bathrooms. But Engelke says these concerns are groundless.

“If you are lucky enough to have a large bathroom window that allows in a lot of light you can put almost any plant in the bathroom – apart from cacti.”

So plant lovers can really let off steam in bright, warm and damp rooms and combine different plants. “Ferns like Nephrolepis or the Staghorn fern work particularly well in the bathroom,” Engelke says. The tropical plant is appealing because of its long fronds, which, when used lavishly, create a jungle feeling.

This also applies to marantas, whose elongated oval leaves grow to around 20 centimetres. Palm trees, orchids or aloe also feel at home in light, humid rooms.

Most plants cope well with the high humidity in the bathroom. However, they’ll need daylight to grow.

Light is important, but not everything

If you only have a small bathroom window that doesn’t let in much light, you’ll need to think a bit more carefully about which plants to choose. “But there are plants that like less light”, says Engelke.

Some varieties of dracaena trees, for example, will do well in these conditions. “Members of the spathiphyllum family, such as the peace lily, are quite robust and looks fantastic in the bathroom,” says Christian Engelke.

Philodendron and Monstera (Swiss Cheese Plant) are also recommended. Another option is Zamioculcas, which can thrive in very little light.

If you have less space, simply drape the smaller plant pots between the bathroom utensils on shelves or use the edge of the bathtub. Tillandsias are particularly space-saving.

These small, herbaceous plants do not need a nutrient medium, but simply an object to which they can hold on to. They draw water and nutrients from the air and can be simply tied to a branch or stone, put in a small plant pot, or allowed to hang from the ceiling.

Even small succulents become eye-catching when there are several of them in a plant pot or hanging from the bathroom ceiling in pots or planters. If you have an empty wall, you could mount several wall vases and fill them with Tillandsias, succulents or small hanging ferns.

To save space, you hang certain kinds of plants on the wall or from the ceiling.