Fall is in the air, and with it the crisp and spicy scents I crave this time of year. I am candle-obsessed year-round, but I do consider autumn the official beginning of candle season. The comforting ambiance brought to a room by the soft glow of a candle is hard to beat (and especially needed this year). I truly believe that after a stressful day, a candle’s soothing aroma and soft glow can help you relax and re-center.

While I love spring scents full of fruit and sweet freshness, I find myself dreaming of wrapping myself in a warm embrace of delightful fall and winter notes like oak, amber, peppermint and ginger. These scents smell good enough to eat and make my mouth water just thinking about them. Take a journey with me as I pair some of my favorite scents with the coziest fall corners.

Molasses room

The molasses room is one of my favorite spaces year-round. With warm brown walls the color of New Hampshire’s finest maple syrup, there is an inherit comfort to the room however it has been styled. We tend to put more of our earthy, masculine and cabin-inspired furniture and accessories in this area to enhance the rich and slightly rustic atmosphere. A room like this is the perfect space for an abundance of textures and patterns that provide intrigue and complexity. There is not a better candle pairing than the intricate blend of flavors that is Pickwick’s British Oak. With notes of cardamom, galbanum, lime and mandarin mixing with jasmine, basil and base notes of sandalwood and tree moss, it is a scent with many intriguing layers.

Hedge apple room

This space is full of natural light and has no shortage of personality. Plus, what better place for some fall foliage than a room the color of freshly dropped hedge apples? With no shortage of punchy and bright colors, this is a fall look full of sunshine and crisp lines. Enter one of my go-to scents, Black Pepper. This scent is interesting because it smells almost completely different when it is burning and when it is unlit. When it is lit, the sharp notes of black pepper soften to blend beautifully with the fresh floral scents of lemon, jasmine and violet leaf, creating the perfect top notes to a long-lasting base of oakmoss, amber and patchouli.

Plaid bedroom

As a plaid-obsessed person, this bedding design speaks to my heart and soul and deserves a special fragrance to enhance it. It demands a unique and unexpected aroma that both stands out and blends effortlessly just as this perfect pattern does. In my search there was only one candle that could do it justice and that is Masala Chai. This scent snuck up on me unexpectedly and now burns in my bedroom almost every night. Both warm and uplifting, it contains soothing bedtime oils like peppermint, green tea (yes please!) and lemon along with spicy touches of green cardamom, clove, pepper, ginger and white amber.

Adapted from nellhills.com. Katie Laughridge is the owner of Kansas City interior design destination Nell Hill’s. For more information, contact Katie at [email protected]

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