Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Scent is in the Air

I love Linderhof to smell well -- I have potpourri in bowls in several rooms (refreshed often so that it always has fragrance -- and it's homemade, of course!) which wafts a soft scent throughout the room.

I have candles that I enjoy burning -- and not just when we have company -- I burn them when I'm home alone as well. (Trapp Candles are my favorite -- either lavender or No. 2 - Exotic Spice) -- there's always one on the breakfast room game table and I often light it in the morning.

But my favorite scent is the Lampe Berger -- a catalytic diffusion lamp that scents the air and removes odors.

They're attractive, comes in many styles and colors and because there is no flame they are, in my opinion, much safer than candles.

I have several in different rooms . . . both up and down --

The living room . . .

The downstairs bath --

And the upstairs bath --

When we have company we'll burn them all and after after-dinner cigars, I'll make sure one is burning while I'm cleaning up -- it's amazing how well the house smells when we go to bed!

As with other scents, I'm particular about what I use and I like the house to all smell the same -- my favorite Lampe Berger oil

Winterwood -- a warm spicy fragrance. And although there are "copy cats" out there, the only oil worth burning is the Lampe Berger oil -- the other brands don't have enough fragrance. My shop of choice for both the lamps and the oils -- J'Adore, a wonderful and favorite shop in Brookside in Kansas City. I buy three or four bottles each time I stop.

This fall, they had a wonderful pain d'epices fragrance that reminded me of gingerbread and come December they had another wonderful orangey cinnamon Christmas scent.

But the best fragrance of all is the aroma of something in the oven coming from the kitchen -- that really makes a house smell like a home!


acorn hollow said...

I light candles every night and have wooden bowls of spicy pinecone all over the house.
scent is a big part of our house.

Priscilla said...

I love the Marilyn Miglin fragrance, Pheramone. I have used it for years. I use the room fragrances, candles, and personal body products as well. It is my one real indulgence.

Would you be so kind to explain the fragrance system you mentioned.

lindaraxa said...

Martha, you beat me...I only have one!

Savannah Granny said...

I really love the infusors. You are so right about the safety and the strength of the scent. The scent lasts so much longer and there are so many beautiful styles. Hope all is well in your part of the country. You have been hit really hard in the middle of the country. Stay warm and safe. Hugs, Ginger

Marlis said...

I have a lampe begere myself. Although they have great scents, I was able to have my very own scent mixed in a little shop in Ruidoso, NM. It's called Ruidoso Rain and smells so clean and crisp. I agree that they cleanse the air and the whole house just smells wonderful.. Thanks for dropping in and leaving your kind comments.

Pondside said...

I've seen these lamps but never understood how they work. I'll have to investigate.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I have not seen a lamp like that? After Christmas I am all into linen, cotton fresh air smells.

From the Kitchen said...

I love candles! Winter and summer. They just seem to provide a welcoming glow and scent all over the house.
I, too, burn them during the day.

Happy Valentine's Day Martha!


On Crooked Creek said...

I agree, the best scent in your home is one of something baking in the oven. My son, would say it's pot roast. . .his favorite and what I cooked every Sunday during his childhood. "Mr. Ed" would say anything chocolate. . .but for me. . .it would be homemade bread made with love from my MoMa's or Mother~in~law's kitchens! Thank you for sharing ways to make our home smell good with out a flame!