Inviting is the word we'd most like our guests to use about our house. One of our fail-safe tricks to achieving this in the fall and winter is to fill the air with season-appropriate scents. No toxic plug-in for us, however, we go the old-fashioned route and simmer a simple (and cheap) mix of spices on the stove.
The mix is an art, not a science, but we usually include a cinnamon stick, ground nutmeg, cloves, and cardamom. Sometimes we'll toss in some pieces of lemon peel to give the mix a slight citrusy zing. Put all the spices into a small pot filled with water and leave to simmer on the stove - before you know it, your whole house will smell fantastic.
• Fall Scents: DIY Air Fresheners
(Edited from a post originally published 11.27.2007)