Create a Cozy Reading Nook

This post is sponsored by Cost Plus World Market. All opinions are my own. You might remember that I've been searching for a comfy chair to place in front of my newly-found vintage mantel. It took me awhile but I finally found a darling chair to create a cozy reading nook in my living room! I shopped Cost Plus World Market's Super Natural Collection and found my new chair along with a few accessories to complete the look. You can enter … [Read more...]

The Willow Farmhouse: Charming Home Tour

Today's charming home tour is packed with farmhouse style. Jennifer at The Willow Farmhouse is a practical decorator with an eye for all things pretty. She loves DIY projects and her style reflects the love she infuses into each and every room of her home. She says "antiques are my jam" and you'll find beloved artifacts throughout her country farmhouse. Jennifer's dining room sums boasts a hand-made table. It started with a door, and then … [Read more...]

Candles: Making and Decorating

Have you noticed the days are getting shorter?  It's sad but true.  The nights are getting slightly cooler too. I'm not quite ready to decorate for fall, but I do enjoy using candles this time of year. Actually, I burn them year-round. We have kitties and I find candles burn pet odors out of a room better than any air freshener, so I use them all the time. But I especially enjoy them when the nights get longer. Today, I'm sharing a roundup of DIY … [Read more...]

Beautiful Kitchens. Just Because

Do you love beautiful kitchens as much as I do?  I don't know what it is, but I never tire of looking at them. When I leaf through a decorating magazine, I always linger over photos of kitchens the longest. When I see a home tour on another blog or website, I'm disappointed if they don't include the kitchen. Maybe it's because the kitchen is the heart of the home where family comes together. So today I'm indulging my fetish and sharing examples … [Read more...]

Vintage Bottles and a Summer Mantel

Summer is more than half over and while I love fall, I will mourn the loss of long sunny days. But for now, I'll enjoy the colorful flowers from my garden.  My ever-expanding collection of vintage aqua bottles proudly display cheery Zinnias from the garden. Altogether it makes my summer mantel. I thought I had collected all the vintage aqua bottles I wanted. But a trip to our local flea market last weekend proved me wrong.   I needed a … [Read more...]

Shingle-Style House: Charming Home Tour

Today's charming home tour is a shingle-style house from the eastern coast of the US. Shingle-style architecture was inspired by a love of Eastlake Queen Ann architecture and a renewed interest in Colonial American architecture. You'll find this style among seaside cottages where these types of homes were constructed for affluent families. This particular home was decorated by interior designer, Heide Hendricks. I think you're going to love … [Read more...]

Board and Batten: Inside and Out

Years ago we installed board and batten in our downstairs bathroom and also on the wall up the stairway. It's one of my favorite architectural elements because it's easy to install, it adds instant dimension, and it's fairly inexpensive. In addition to all that, board and batten looks great both indoors and out. Today I'm sharing examples of both. Board and Batten: Indoor Examples Board and batten is a smart solution for spaces with soaring … [Read more...]

Everyday Table Setting for Your Family to Enjoy

Life gets busy and it's easy to settle down for dinner in front of the TV to unwind and catch up on the day's news. But I do think it's important to eat  meals together as a family and catch up on each other's news instead of the world news. To make the evening meal (or even a noon meal) special, create a simple everyday table setting to add a bit of beauty to breaking bread together in the kitchen.   I literally created this table … [Read more...]

How to Make a Naked Cake

Do you love cake but find yourself scraping off a lot of the frosting before eating it? Say hello to the naked cake! It wears a bit of frosting between the layers but the sides are bare. Cake designers have elevated the naked cake to a work of art and I feel they're often prettier than their fully-frosted counterparts. You don't have to be a pastry chef to create your own beautiful version of a naked cake. I actually think this style of cake is … [Read more...]

Historic Texas Farmhouse: Charming Home Tour

Today's beautiful historic Texas farmhouse might look familiar to you. It was lovingly restored by Tim Cuppett Architects of Austin, Texas and appeared in a 2012 issue of Country Living magazine. I have CL magazines that go back that far; I should look through them to see if I can find this home feature. It's a classic Texas ranch with a spacious porch and a stunning yet quaint interior. Photo by Tim Cuppett Architects   The expansive … [Read more...]

Brighten Dark Rooms: 7 Simple Tips

My home is my refuge from the world. I like my living spaces to cheer me up. That means I need bright rooms that put a smile on my face. I know people who keep all their curtains closed all day. I don't understand it. I'd feel like I was living in a cave. Although my house has lots of big windows, we also have lots of big trees, which is great for cooling the house during summer. But those trees block some of that natural light so I've used a few … [Read more...]

What’s Your Favorite Flea Market Find?

Flea market style has been popular for many years now and it's easy to see why. First off, you're likely to pay less for home decor when you shop the flea market. Secondly, items are a little worn yet well-loved, which means they have character. Most definitely, your favorite flea market find has a story. It may have traveled across the country. It may have belonged to someone semi-famous. Whatever its story, flea market finds possess an intrigue … [Read more...]

Charming Old Homes in St. Charles

Two weeks ago I took you through a tour of the Pottawatomie district of St. Charles, Illinois. Today we're finishing the tour with a few more charming old homes in the area. You'll see a mix of brick, clapboard, small, and spacious homes. My husband calls this part of St. Charles an "idyllic place to live" and I do believe he's right. This beautiful Victorian has been updated and is a shining star at the top of the hill. Down below flows the … [Read more...]