One of the most important pillars of decorating a home, in my opinion, is comfort. I'm definitely one to choose style over most other factors, but when it comes to comfort in your living space, it's really non-negotiable. Home is where you return to after a long day and one of my biggest goals is always making sure it feels like a place where you can let your shoulders drop and exhale a big sigh of relief.
Though I'm a big visual person, scent has become a sense I prioritize, and one that does a superior job at helping me feel calmer. Whether it's trying to get to the bottom of a mystery smell or lighting a candle I love, getting the olfactory thing right makes a huge difference. Because of this, it makes sense that my diffuser has become the one decor item I really wouldn't want to be without.
iHeoco Stone Diffuser Ceramic Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser
I initially just wanted to quickly buy something that would diffuse lavender essential oils since my mom and the internet sang its praises about its relaxing properties. On Amazon, I came across this model and hoped for the best. I didn't realize how quickly it would become part of my daily and nightly routine.
When you're feeling anxious, trying to make your living space feel as comfortable and cozy as possible can be a huge help. Home decor isn't the first thing that comes to mind in terms of solutions, but I've found this diffuser to be a must-have item in alleviating not-so-nice feelings. It's definitely not a substitution for other treatments, but it's the most comforting piece in my home. I've tried weighted blankets, bath soaks, and sun lamps, but the one thing I always come back to for bringing in some peace of mind is this diffuser.
It often sits on my desk, bubbling away while I work. With the right blend of essential oils, I can transport myself from a fairly basic apartment to a serene retreat. It makes autumn days feel cozier and even in the summer it provides an energizing boost when I diffuse tangerine. The little machine goes far beyond my desk though. It often sits on the coffee table or kitchen table to set the mood and freshen up the place. I've also set it on my bathroom storage shelf in place of a candle when the once-in-a-blue-moon bath happens.
But my favorite place to use it is in my bedroom. Sleep doesn't always come easily to me, and this is one of the best tools for having a good night's rest. The white noise, drifting line of steam that comes from the nozzle, and the scent all make it much easier to drift off.
Though it can hold up to 20 drops of essential oil, I typically stick with five to 10 of my favorite mixes. It's super quiet, too, save for the occasional gurgle of water, which I actually really like. It sounds a little bit like a miniature water feature you'd expect to see at a spa reception desk. It also has a narrow ring of light around the bottom, which provides a gentle glow whenever you're in the mood for ambient lighting.
Of course, it's more than just a diffuser—it's a decor item, too. The sleek silhouette and all-white color make it a win-win on all fronts. When it's not in use, I think it looks nice styled on a bookshelf next to a vase of dried flowers or on the coffee table on a stack of books. If you're looking for a sculptural element to pull together a corner or a styled niche, this completely fits the bill.
I've owned it for three years now and it's still going strong. I'll be honest—it has a slight crack down the side after I accidentally dropped it (oops), but it still functions like it's brand new and I can turn the crack to face the wall and pretend like nothing happened. Its small size also makes it easy to clean and maintain—a plus for anyone with a busy schedule.
My diffuser is something I often take for granted, but as far as most beloved decor items go, I can't think of anything in my home that's used more often.