Decorating: use your taste buds

How do you deliciously decorate your home? With food and drink, of course. Photo by pachey But what’s the difference between serving food to your family and guests, and actually using it to adorn your dwelling, to further make your home a haven? I think it has to do with thinking about others’ tastes, making (read more…)

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Decorating: use your skin

Photo by jared I admit the sense of touch is the hardest one for me to write about. I have ideas, but they’re mostly intangible – like “make your home comfortable.” Who doesn’t know that already? I recruited my husband to help, and together, we came up with a few ideas on how to make (read more…)

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Decorating: use your nose

One of my childhood friend’s homes really stands out in my memory – it always smelled wonderfully. I loved walking through their door and discovering what aroma I’d be treated to. That delicious bread-and-cookie smell stands out the strongest (being a kid, after all), but I also remember the sweet smell of flowers, fruit, and (read more…)

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Decorating: use your ears

The sounds in your home. What are they? Do they add or subtract from the overall atmosphere you want? Photo by Max Williams Sounds in our homes as decor? I think so. After all, decorate simply means “to furnish or adorn with something becoming.” And while yes, I’ve stretched the connotation a bit, it still (read more…)

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Why Americans should take off their shoes before going inside, just like most of the world.

Going barefoot

In our current country of residence, everyone takes off their shoes before entering a home. Everyone. This is the case in most countries, in fact, and in the case of Kosovo, where my husband and I lived several years ago. I’m pretty sure the only country that doesn’t practice this is the United States. And (read more…)

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