The celebration of Christmas involves intense and vivid sensory stimulation, whether it be the aroma of meals or drinks fragrant with herbs and spices, festive music, blinking lights or the bright red and green combination or silver and gold hues of
Nature and gardens come alive with colours and scents in the Spring, intensifying our feelings for change, optimism and enjoyment after the hibernation of Winter.
The captivating neroli essential oil is extracted from fragrant citrus blossoms of the bitter orange tree.
Mandarins have their origin in China, native to the countries of South East Asia and the Philippines. The fruit spread through Asia and eventually in the 19th century to the Western world.
The bathroom, once a forgotten area of the home, is moving away from a purely functional role to becoming a space of retreat and wellbeing.
The sense of smell is a neglected and undervalued sense in our visually dominated world.
Myrrh is a natural exudate or gum resin collected from Commiphora trees that inhabit the Horn of Africa and the Arabian peninsula.
The bedroom is a place of shelter and pause, a private sanctuary for relaxing and romance.
Scent can play a part in a well designed bedroom to enhance our experience and can be employed to reflect its role as a restorative space.
A member of the hardy Sage herbal family, clary sage is native to the Northern Mediterranean, growing both in the wild and cultivated.
Colours and scents affect our behaviour and emotions. Following from previous posts on the inter-relationship between colours and aromas, the focus will now be on the colour blue.
The elegant cypress tree is an evergreen conifer, originating from the Eastern Mediterranean.
Open plan living spaces that contain a combined living, dining and kitchen area are a common feature of the modern house or apartment.
High up in the Atlas mountains spreading across Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, forests of cedarwood Atlas trees grow yielding an essential oil from their highly aromatic hardwood.
The island of Andros is part of the Cyclades archipelago in the South Aegean. Its fertile natural landscape is marked with mountainous terrain, heavy vegetation and an abundance of running water.
The camphor or camphor laurel tree (Cinnamomum camphora) is native to China, Japan and Taiwan with botanically similar sub-species now growing in many other countries.
Limes were first cultivated more than 2,000 years BCE in tropical and subtropical regions of South East Asia and northern India, spreading west at the time of Alexander the Great.
The Origanum species of aromatic herbs are natives of the Mediterranean region, North Africa and Western Asia.
The living room or salon is the home's most expressive space, identifying who we are and providing comfort and relaxation for ourselves and the people we bring into our home.
Scent has played an important role in Chinese culture for centuries.
Continuing on from the previous post on the colour green, we will take a look at how red colours and corresponding aromas can influence behaviour and emotions.
Thought to be a hybrid of the citron and pomelo, the lemon tree has its origins in North East Asia.
The entrance point to your home is an area of transition from the public to the private world, framing your impression of what is to come.
Colours, as do scents, can have an influence on our emotional state and behaviour.
The Juniperus family includes a wide variety of trees and shrubs, natives of Northern Europe, South-West Asia, North Africa and North America.