Use your nose, and other decor inspiration – upcoming series on Simple Mom

by Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

I like to decorate. I don’t have bags of money lying around. That can be quite a conundrum.
Photo by black kat

Because I also like simplicity, and to a lesser degree, minimalism, I focus my decorating efforts on stuff that really matters. Using the senses is a fun guide to find inspiration, because to me, decorating my home is all about making my home a haven. It’s not about having everything “just so” or getting Martha’s approval.

I also consider decorating to be more than painting the walls and throw pillows. To me, it’s about ambiance. And unexpected things can be classified as home decor.

I want all who enter – my family, guests, and myself – to find refuge in our home. And while the decor isn’t as important as having an attitude of service and hospitality, I do appreciate aesthetically-pleasing environments. I’m guessing others do, too.

Next week, starting on Monday, I’ll share my thoughts each day about decorating with one of the senses – hearing, tasting, touching, smelling, and seeing. And the goal with all of these is to make our homes a haven, not to make our homes magazine-worthy.

Taste decor? You betcha.

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  1. Looking forward to it! I’m all about making home a haven and decorating frugally!

    Emilys last blog post..New Patio

  2. I’ve been reading your blog for about a week now. And truly my life has improved. I thank you! And I’m happy to be here in time for the start of this next fascinating series.

    (Am I gushing? I think I’m gushing.)

    Jills last blog post..This day deserves a fresh, clean page.

  3. My old way of decorating was “if it fit in with my style and it fit, then shove it in.”
    But I’m realizing lately that I don’t love all of the stuff that I’ve packed my house with. In fact, very little of it brings me joy. So now the task of removing it all and deciding what to do with it.
    I look forward to your series!

    Karen (Pediascribe)s last blog post..AND I THOUGHT I KNEW WHO I WAS

  4. I can’t wait to read what you have to share about decorating for the senses. I love new ideas!

    Tiffany Selveys last blog post..Oil in My Lamp (Byrds)

  5. i definitely look forward to it. and your blog has been improving my life as well! since this week i’ve done my “5” morning routine and created my own daily docket which i’ve used every day!

    Julias last blog post..Flickr Finds: Kids Artwork

  6. @Jill – You just made my day. Thank you so much for the kind words.

    @Julia – Thanks also! Glad the Docket is helpful for you. Thanks again for the mention on Ohdeedoh.

  7. Oh yay, oh yay! I have just discovered your blog – oh girl, you inspire me! Love it, love it. Don’t you dare miss a post!

  8. this is my first time looking at your blog. It’s really cool. I’ll be checking back next week. We’re in the middle of redoing some of the rooms in our house. It’s a lot of fun. :)

    Aimees last blog post..Happy Memorial Day

  9. I can’t wait to read your ideas. I love looking for ways to make my home more welcoming. -Rachel

    SmallNotebooks last blog post..The Beauty of Packing Light

  10. Goodness, I hope this series is interesting enough for you gals… I should probably set the bar a little lower so you’re not disappointed! :)

  11. Found you through your problogger comment….I thought “hmmm, she sounds like a kindred spirit.” I look forward to visiting you again.

    Rachel Anne

    Rachel Annes last blog post..Prepare for Fun

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