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How to Make Your House Smell Like Pottery Barn

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A lot of high end stores have figured out that if their store scents and smells wonderful that people will be more likely to want to shop there and hang out there for awhile. I know it works on me, it's hard to ignore those lingering wonderful scents floating through stores such as Pottery Barn.

The good news is that you can re-create some of these scents in your own home. This Pottery Barn scent is really easy to re-create.


All you have to do is fill a small saucepan of water, and add a sliced lemon, the sprigs of rosemary, and a tablespoon or so of vanilla extract. You can use store bought vanilla extract, or try this homemade version, which has a much stronger vanilla scent. You can also substitute a vanilla bean for the vanilla extract, if you have one.

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If you want to be able to leave the simmering mixture unattended for a little while, then try putting it in a small crock pot instead. Some people place several small crock pots around the home to help the scent reach the entire home more easily.

We have a woodstove that is always going, so I placed an old tea kettle on top of the stove with the mixture simmering in it.

This mixture will last 2 or 3 days before you have to replace it, just keep checking it to make sure you don't run out of water.

This was a fun little project, and now my house smells great, all ready for Thanksgiving. As I was writing this, I realized that this "recipe" is very similar to another one I tried earlier this year, a recipe for all natural mosquito repellent. It also uses lemon and rosemary, except to repel mosquitoes AND it smells good. Hmmm...interesting!

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