Water Lettuce Arrangement: No Flowers Needed

Although I love my flowers and always have them in my house, I had the notion to create a pretty vignette using an aquatic plant that looks like a flower. You may or may not know that I work for an international water gardening company. I've learned a lot about water lilies, lotus, and other pond plants.  I used my favorite to create a water lettuce arrangement. I'm sharing the instructions so you can make one of your own. Water lettuce is … [Read more...]

An Oregon Cottage: Charming Home Tour

Last week was the Republican National Convention and this coming week is the Democratic National Convention. If you need a break from all the political rhetoric, look no further than this charming home tour of An Oregon Cottage. Jami recently sold her beautiful cottage and I'm honored to be able to feature it. She's made several changes during the years she's lived there, so be sure to visit her blog to see all the transformations. Jami … [Read more...]

Simple Summer Mantel: Your Flower of Choice

I have a confession to make. I'm not very good at crafting a pretty mantel. I put stuff together, only to wrinkle my nose at it the next day. I try to remember the rules. Like group things in odd numbers. Mix short with tall. When in doubt, decorate symmetrically. This summer I'm forgetting the rules and creating a simple summer mantel that looks pretty to me. No rules, just following my gut. And my gut says pick your flower of choice to display … [Read more...]

Colorful Bathrooms: 15 Inspiring Examples

Bathrooms tend to be the smallest rooms in a home, and I think that may be why some people are hesitant to add fun color to their water closets. While you might not feel comfortable painting your bathroom walls a deep red (like my daughter's powder room), there are many ways to infuse your favorite shade to create colorful bathrooms in your home. Photo by Rita May If you're blessed with a claw foot tub, consider painting it your favorite color. … [Read more...]

Walking Tour of St. Charles Illinois

Some of you may know that I'm training for a half marathon, which is 13.1 miles. I've run them before, but they're always a challenge even if you're familiar with them. I do love the training, but running can be hard at times. What I love even more is walking. Walking lets you take in the sights more easily than when you're running, and recently hubby and I took a walking tour of St. Charles, Illinois. We chose the Pottawatomie Park area of town, … [Read more...]

Southern Farmhouse: Charming Home Tour

A classic 1830's southern farmhouse outside Atlanta, Georgia gained notoriety when it became Southern Living Magazine's Idea House in 2012. The entire renovation of this southern charmer took approximately 7 months before it stood proud in its new glory. All the amazing details you'd expect to find in a classic farmhouse you'll find right here. From the large wrap around porch to its easy-living style, I think you'll fall instantly in love with … [Read more...]

French Doors to Inspire You

If you watch Fixer Upper on TV with Chip and Joanna Gaines, then you know that two of Joanna's loves (besides Chip), are shiplap and French doors. She includes both elements in almost every home makeover. I recently posted inspiring examples of shiplap, and today I'm featuring beautiful French doors in a variety of applications. Photo by Deirdre Doherty Interiors I'm totally smitten with this Old World bathroom. The claw foot tub is a stunning … [Read more...]

Summer Fresh Table Setting with Napkin Folding Tutorial

Even though summer is a busy season, I do love summer dinner parties. Whether it's here in my home, at a friend's house, or even at a local restaurant ... there's just something about gathering with friends and family to break bread and enjoy a little vino. Today is the second Wednesday of the month which means I'm joining my tablescape friends to bring you a variety of table settings with "It's All Set." Today's summer fresh table setting … [Read more...]

Coastal Style Bedroom: Painting with Frog Tape®

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrogTape®. All opinions are 100% mine. My son moved out of the house about 2 years ago (and he just got married this weekend, I might add), but I haven't done much to his bedroom since he left. Until now, that is. I decided to freshen up the space with a fresh coat of paint and turn it into a coastal style bedroom for guests. The most frequent of our guests is my grandson who helped with some … [Read more...]

Summer Bedroom with Silk Pillowcases

When it's warm outside, I like to sleep with a cool pillowcase against my cheek. I tend to flip my pillow so my face always has the cool side of the casing. To help myself sleep like a baby during my favorite season of the year, I added silk pillowcases from OOSILK to my summer bedroom. I chose white silk cases to go with the vintage pillowcases I made last year. White looks crisp and clean in my cottage-style bedroom. I always enjoy … [Read more...]

Cornwall Beach House: Charming Home Tour

Are you enjoying your summer so far? Our weather has been beautiful and that makes me happy. Sunny days, blooming flowers, strolling along the river, and maybe a few trips to the beach after the grands return from vacation. Summer is my favorite season and this pretty Cornwall beach house by Wickenden Hutley is exactly how I wish my home looked in the summer. It's fresh, clean, and free of clutter. Photo by Wickenden Hutley The front entrance … [Read more...]

Create a Paradise with a Backyard Pond

What comes to mind when someone says "backyard paradise"? Do you have visions of your yard dressed like a vacation resort with all the bells and whistles? Chances are you envision comfy outdoor seating, waves of beautiful flowers, and areas for the family to gather and enjoy the great outdoors. For me, a paradise isn't complete without a splash of water, because when I go on vacation I'll always choose a waterfront location.  So when I think of a … [Read more...]

Buffalo Checks: Why Every House Needs Them

Buffalo checks are also known as buffalo plaid and has its origin with the Scottish tartan clans. According to history, a descendant of the MacGregor clan would trade red and black checked blankets for buffalo pelts from the Indians. Woolrich made the first red and black buffalo plaid shirt in the 1850s and today, we see buffalo checks in a rainbow of colors in fabrics used throughout the home. Photo by Jon Friedrich Photography Navy and white … [Read more...]