Planting Tips for Your Garden

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Planting season is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the smell of fresh dirt and enjoy planting new items in the yard and garden. Some of you may not be as enamored with the process as I am, so I'm sharing my planting tips. I already shared a few easy gardening tips with you a couple weeks ago. A climbing hydrangea from our local … [Read more...]

East Beach House: Charming Home Tour

Today's charming home tour features a beauty on the beach! I fell head over heels in love with this east beach house when I saw it. Decorated by interior designer Phoebe Howard, known as a foremost authority on Southern style, it oozes simple charm from every room. I think you'll love all the details and comfortable styling! beach style sofas and sectionals   I first came across the east beach house last week when I featured my post on … [Read more...]

Book Page Apples and Free Printable

For as long as I can remember, I've loved working with paper. It started with doing origami as a young child and moved onto making gum wrapper chains as an older kid. Then in junior high I became enamored with stationery and all the different patterns available. When I managed a fitness club, I loved coordinating colored memos and signs. And now, I love working with book pages and scrap book paper (even though I don't do any scrap booking). Last … [Read more...]

Elements of Craftsman Style

The first home I ever purchased was an incredibly cute craftsman style Sears catalog home. Back in the early 20th century you could order an entire home out of the catalog and the components were delivered to your lot for someone to piece together.  I clearly remember the day the realtor took us to see the house. I took one step inside, saw all the natural woodwork and built-ins and said, "this is it!" We wrote an offer and a few days later the … [Read more...]

Industrial Chic Model Home

Do you like to walk through model homes or visit open houses?  I do but I'm not really sure why. Does it stem from youth when I played house all the time as a little girl? I've just always had a fascination with houses, from their layouts to the way they're decorated. I never tire of looking at houses. When I was in high school I used to draw floor plans of houses I would design. I thought about being an architect at one time. Anywho ...  hubby … [Read more...]

Nantucket Summer House: Charming Home Tour

The sun has finally broken through the clouds and there's no hint of rain for days on end!  To celebrate the good weather, we're touring a charming, Nantucket summer house by award-winning builder and remodeler, Pinemar, Inc. The home has casual, comfortable style with great use of color. In the entry and stairway you'll find rich blue walls paired with plenty of white. Framed black and white seashell photos hint at the home's east coast … [Read more...]

Decorating with Flowers: 12 Easy Ideas

When spring rolls into summer, I find less time for decorating inside. Warm weather beckons me outside to enjoy the flower beds and vegetable gardens. Lazy afternoons and long walks are more enjoyable than spending time indoors. For quick decorating, I turn to simple flower arrangements to add color and softness. Today I've rounded up some of my favorite tips for decorating with flowers. Garden Flowers By far, the most economical way of … [Read more...]

Decorating with Navy Blue

Want to add a little sophistication to your home's decor without settling for a neutral color scheme? Try decorating with navy blue!  The color adds drama and can stand up to bold colors. It also pairs beautifully with white, creating a nautical vibe. Here's several inspiration photos for adding cool navy blue to any room in your house.   Living Rooms Perhaps the easiest room in the house to try decorating with navy blue is the living … [Read more...]

15 Handmade Gifts for Mother’s Day

Mother's Day is right around the corner and there's still time to make mom's day special with handmade gifts. My mother is no longer with me, but there's no reason I can't give a gift to my daughters who are moms. While store-bought presents are always nice, there's something special about a gift you make with your own hands. Here are some ideas that you can still create before Mother's Day. Click on the links to go to the tutorials. Bath … [Read more...]

Renovated Farmhouse: Charming Home Tour

Today we're headed to rural Georgia to tour a renovated farmhouse by Historical Concepts.  The farmhouse had served as a weekend retreat and was converted to a full-time residence. An expansive addition created room for a kitchen, master suite, and outdoor rooms. The transformation is quite lovely. Ready to take a peek inside? Photo by Historical Concepts   Step into the foyer and enjoy a vintage light fixture suspended from a shiplap … [Read more...]

Are You Ready to Decorate with Apple Green?

Remember that show "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy?" On one of the episodes Thom Filicia, the "design doctor" used apple green to decorate one of the straight guy's bathroom. I would've never thought to use that color in such a small space, but ever since that transformation I've loved the color! And the bathroom turned out great, by the way. So today's post is a nod to that vibrant color ... are you ready to decorate with apple green? A pretty, … [Read more...]

Open Shelving Ideas: How to Style

Open floor plans and open shelves have made a comeback in today's design world. Seems we like the idea of living in open spaces, unencumbered by walls and doors. While this look may not be for everyone, I thought I'd share open shelving ideas from a few friends, along with ideas from my own house. You'll also get ideas on how to style open shelves. If you visit my blog, you've probably seen my farmhouse sideboard with a simple pair of painted … [Read more...]

Easy Gardening Tips with Miracle-Gro

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Gardening is one of my favorite past-times during the warmer months. It's good therapy being with Mother Nature and enjoying fresh air. Even weed pulling can be pleasurable, provided you don't have too many. Today I'm sharing some of my favorite, easy gardening tips that I've learned over the years. Beautiful flowers and vegetables can be yours … [Read more...]