By  on November 2, 2007

Interior designer Barbara Barry doesn't want to just make rooms look good this fall but also to smell good, as she launches a home fragrance collection with fragrances inspired by the various rooms of a house.

"The home is my muse, and I thought I could make the rooms come to life by designing my home fragrance collection around the rooms of the house. Perfume was the answer," said Barry, who added that she worked closely with Laura Slatkin's private label home fragrance manufacturing company Candela Group to produce the collection. "As a designer I have thought a lot about how a room begins and also when a space feels finished. I love to think about when a room comes alive with that fourth dimension of fragrance since scent bestows an intangible and sensual signature to a room."

Each of the four fragrances is inspired by a different room. Packaged in watercolor sketches of her furniture, the candles are designed to last up to 45 hours. The living room scent is a fresh white floral blend of mimosa, orange blossom, star jasmine and sandalwood notes. The bedroom candle is composed of vanilla, nutmeg, ginger and cardamom notes. Each of the candles contains an additional item, depending on the room. For instance, the bedroom has a linen spray, while the living room contains a room spray.

"I wanted the living room to have a more floral scent, while the powder room was meant to be more zesty and citrus, and the bedroom sweeter with more sensual notes since it's a private space," said Barry, who added that the watercolor packaging speaks to the subtlety of the scents.

Retailing at $48 per candle, the Barbara Barry Home Fragrance assortment is launching in Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus this month, with additional plans to expand in high-end furniture stores next spring. The items will also be sold on e-commerce Web site and through a toll-free number.

Industry sources estimate the new Barbara Barry Home Fragrance collection will bring in about $3 million in first-year retail sales.

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