A former architect who designed interiors for Ralph Lauren, Huber now runs Arquiste, making perfumes that evoke bygone eras and historic locales. For him, scent is a decorating element. “In a minimal, contemporary space, you want a candle that keeps the ambiance airy and light,” he says. His rule: Pick a cool refreshing scent with notes of citrus and greenery.
Suggested Scent: Saint Parfum Verbena
“The scent of wood is reminiscent of antique furniture and places with character and history,” says Huber. He suggests layering on warm and spicy scents such as sandalwood, nutmeg, cocoa, and vanilla which recall spice markets and exotic destinations.
Suggested Scent: Le Cherche Midi Madagascar Amber
Huber points out that any traditional interior often has a vase of fresh flowers. “It’s the impression of those blooms that you want to mimic.” His favorite pairings for this style are aromatic florals like lily of the valley, rose, and lavender. “Traditional English sensibility relates the smell of lavender with cleanliness and propriety,” he says.
Above all else, Huber reminds us to have fun and focus on making our homes smell pleasant. In a room where family gathers daily, scent should resonate a feeling of happiness and comfort. Here, Huber prefers fruity aromas and sweet woody scents which he says are very approachable.
Suggested Scent: Saint Parfum Black Currant