Floral Chandelier: How to Make Your Own

The past few days I've noticed a new pep in my step and I know without a doubt it's because the grass is green, the trees are budding, my lilac bushes are blooming, and the Earth is bursting with life. Oh how I love this time of year! Truly. The death of winter is over. Finally! To bring a little of that sweet springtime cheer inside, I made a floral chandelier a couple weeks ago and I'm going to show you how easy it is to make your own. For … [Read more...]

Boho Chic Style: Are You a Fan?

Bohemian. A person who has informal and unconventional social habits; especially an artist or writer. Visions of the 70's hippie culture probably come to mind when you think about what Bohemian style looks like. In decorating, Boho Chic style is typically colorful and laid back. My daughter's a fan of boho chic and we share a board on Pinterest to collect our favorite Bohemian style rooms. I also have an ideabook on Houzz dedicated to this … [Read more...]

Coffee Table Styling: 5 Ways

What's on your coffee table right now?  Mine has a vase of pretty flowers, a vintage book, my hubby's glasses, and a bottle of water. More often than not, my coffee table is a combination of a pretty vignette and everyday items. It's easy to let the coffee table become a catchall for magazines, remotes, and empty coffee mugs, but I'm trying to be better at keeping it pretty and organized. So today I'm sharing 5 ideas for coffee table … [Read more...]

Lehman Lane ~ Charming Home Tour

I'm sitting at the dining table with the window open and spring breezes wafting in. Looking out, I see tiny violets jumping out of the grass ready to party with Mother Nature. I love this time of year. Another thing I'm quite fond of is beautiful homes, like the one we're touring today. Tara's house on Lehman Lane is a welcoming, century-old soul that's been scrubbed with recent renovations and updates. I think you're going to love it! You … [Read more...]

Mexican Burrito Cups

I was recently asked by Sargento® to create a recipe using a new product, and I'd like to share it with you. For weekday dinners, I like quick and easy recipes that are full of flavor. Lately I've been craving Mexican food with a mix of cheese, beans, tomatoes and avocados. I decided to add other ingredients too, and stuff them into tortillas shaped like cups. The result? Fast and easy Mexican Burrito Cups that are fun and made with loads of … [Read more...]

Garden Planter Ideas: Farmhouse Friday

Farmhouse Friday comes a little early this month since the first day of the month fell on a Friday. Our farmhouse blogging group chose garden planters as the theme for April and I thought I'd share examples of garden planter ideas I've used around my house, along with a few other ideas for you. Take a look, and then visit my fellow farmhouse bloggers at the end of this post. Most of my garden planters are pretty simple. I've never been a big … [Read more...]

Barn Doors: Farmhouse Style Ideas

Farmhouse style is still growing strong in popularity and doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon. Which is good for me since I love the practicality and beauty of the style. There are many ways to add the farmhouse look to your home, but today I'm focusing on barn doors that I think you'll love. Steinberg Custom Designs When I think of barn doors, the above is what I envision. A flat planked door on a roller that allows you to easily … [Read more...]

Lemon Chamomile Bath Salts

Gardening season officially started for me today! I dug up dandelion weeds and errant grass that had spread into my front flower bed. I planted some violas and a beautiful pericallis, both of which can tolerate temperatures plunging into the 30's. Since I haven't been gardening for months, I found myself a little sore in areas.  What better way to soothe my sore muscles than with a warm bath laced with fragrant, homemade Lemon Chamomile Bath … [Read more...]

Twelve on Main ~ Charming Home Tour

Today's charming home tour takes us to a passionate DIY blogger's house in a small town. Sara at Twelve on Main shares many do-it-yourself projects on her blog, and she loves the rural life. Her home is practical and beautiful all at once. Ready to take a peek inside? Step up onto the front porch and Sara's Farmhouse sign pretty much sums up what you'll see inside. A handmade flower swag graces her unique front door.   Sara's family … [Read more...]

Decorating with Blue: Blogger Roundup

After being sick for several days I was feeling rather blue. I don't like being cooped up in the house for days on end. Where did that phrase come from, anyway?  Feeling blue?  I love the color blue and wish it wasn't associated with feeling sad or depressed. At the end of this post you'll learn where that phrase originated. To show just the opposite, that blue is beautiful and happy ... I'm sharing a roundup of blogger ideas for decorating with … [Read more...]

Casual Patios: Relaxed Outdoor Living

The past 2 days I've been sick ... the stay-in-bed-all-day kind of sick. I get horrific cabin fever when I can't get out so when I started feeling better toward the end of the second day, I begged hubby to go for a walk down the forest preserve trail that our dead-end street empties into. The 60-degree air was good for both my body and soul and I started dreaming about our plans for the yard. I want to create a couple of casual patios this year … [Read more...]

Spring Bulb Centerpiece

Do you love simple centerpieces that aren't fussy but lend an air of prettiness to your table? I found a 6-pack container of spring hyacinth bulbs at the garden center and turned half of the pack into a spring bulb centerpiece. It was easy to make and didn't require any artistic flower arranging skills. I can never resist purple hyacinths. They're the most fragrant of the hyacinths and their scent evokes special memories for me.   It … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Printable: Celebrations of Home

Mother's Day is a month away and I'm feeling a bit melancholic about it. My mother passed away earlier this year after struggling with Alzheimer's disease. I know she wouldn't want me to be sad, and rather than mourn losing her, I'd prefer to celebrate her life. I've created a Mother's Day printable for you to download; the quote pretty much sums up how I've always felt about mom. I'm joining several bloggers today to celebrate our wonderful … [Read more...]