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‌In tandem with light, scent can be used to create a variety of moods. Aromatherapy offers a host of scents for any mood, and an essential oil diffuser can create aromas that may inspire, focus or relax. For example, lavender scents are known to help soothe and aid in sleep, while lemongrass may alleviate anxiety, and peppermint can help mental acuity. Essential oil diffusers are diverse in design, allowing you to find a style that matches the decor. Some may also glow, change colors and gently hum. Look for high-quality oils made from natural ingredients.

Whether you’ve lived in your house for years or just moved in, it can be a challenge to create a home that feels authentically “you.” Sure, you (and maybe your partner, kids, pets) live there, but designing a home that reflects your personal style and celebrates your favorite memories and experiences requires a little extra effort. To make your house feel more like a home, start with the simple changes below. Small details like displaying favorite mementos and adding a house plant or two may be all it takes to bring extra personality to your space.

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The pandemic has forced many to slow down their daily routines and connect to simpler processes. Remember the popularity of baking sourdough bread? Well, just as that required a recipe, there’s a method for elevating a simple bath to a healing experience, according to Deborah Hanekamp, author of the book “Ritual Baths: Be Your Own Healer.”

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