Painted Desk in Varnished Ivory

Painted Desk in Varnished Ivory

Behr sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine. In my life, I've painted more rooms, more houses, and more pieces of furniture than I care to remember!  My dad owned a decorating company and I worked for him during college summer breaks. I learned about oil paint, acrylic paint, latex paint ... and then there were wood stains to consider. I even tuck pointed an historic church in Geneva while he power washed it. Then when I … [Read more...]

Decorating the Christmas Porch: 19 Ideas

Christmas Decor on my Farmhouse Porch

Today is Thanksgiving Eve and I'm glad my daughter is hosting dinner this year so I can focus on decking the halls (and porch) for the holidays. It's going to be a busy weekend! My holiday house tour is next Wednesday, December 2nd and I'm scurrying around putting final details on everything. But for now, I'd like to take a little break and share a collection of pretty ideas for decorating a Christmas porch. Here's my holiday porch from last … [Read more...]

Vintage Christmas Paper Chain Garland

Vintage Christmas Paper Chain Garland

Little by little I've been chipping away at getting the house decorated for Christmas. I like to have carols playing in the background to keep me in the mood while working. I also light an evergreen candle to bring the sensory experience full circle. We set up the tree a couple days ago and the first piece of adornment was a vintage Christmas paper chain garland that I made from a kit. This year marks a new look for the Christmas tree. I … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ Seeking Lavender Lane

Redecorated Kitchen

Yesterday Old Man Winter decided to dump his frosty self all over our neck of the woods to the tune of about 5 inches of snow. I'm not quite ready for it, but rather than wallow in my sorrow, how about a charming home tour instead? I think you'll love Deb's home. She blogs over at Seeking Lavender Lane. Pretty neutral tones set the stage for Deb's living room. A textured rug pulls the furniture together and details like the Blueberry sign above … [Read more...]

13 Handmade Christmas Ornaments

13 Handmade Christmas Ornaments

About 5 weeks remain until Christmas which means there is still time to make handmade Christmas ornaments for your tree or to give as gifts. Today I'm sharing a round-up of ornaments that you can make by yourself or with your children. Some of the DIY ornaments are mine, and some are the beautiful creations of my blogging friends. I hope you find a few you'd like to make yourself! I've got a couple on my to-do list!   Adorable Cookie … [Read more...]

Kitchen Holiday Gift Guide

Nesting Stoneware Mixing Bowls

This post is sponsored by Uncommon Goods. All opinions are my own. Giving gifts is fun and when I do my Christmas shopping, I anticipate the reaction loved ones will have when they open their gifts from me. I always try to buy something they'll love and enjoy surprising them with something unique. I stumbled across Uncommon Goods and found several kitchen items to include in a holiday gift guide. My favorite find is this Ombre Stemless Glass … [Read more...]

Christmas Printable: A Child is Born

Free Christmas Printable. For Unto Us a Child is Born

I love Christmas. I love Christmas Carols, decorated trees, lights that brighten yards and homes, Christmas memories, and just the warmth and coziness of Christmas. When Kristen at Ella Claire asked me to join a round-up of Christmas printables, I couldn't resist. I thought about what I'd create for you, and on Thursday last week I had my answer. My daughter gave birth to a bouncing baby boy on a stormy night and I knew my printable would be "For … [Read more...]

Coffee Lovers Gift in a Mason Jar

Coffee Lovers Gift in a Mason Jar

When the holidays roll around, I like to have a few gifts on hand that I can share on a whim. The recipient might be a neighbor, the running coach, a co-worker, or someone else that I've appreciated over the year. Today I'm joining my blogging buddies to bring you oodles of handy gifts that fit nice and snugly in a mason jar! You can find links to all their gift ideas at the end of this post. Next Sunday we'll get back to the Charming Home … [Read more...]

Fall Leaf Art

Fall Leaf Art

One day I'm blogging about Fall, the next day it's all about Christmas. Today we're back to Fall ... it's that "what happened to Thanksgiving" time warp. I decided to add a bit more fall decor to the dining room for Thanksgiving, and this leaf art project is super quick and easy. A collection of leaves from the forest preserve add just the right touch of fall color in this corner. It was simply a matter of pressing the leaves in a book, gluing … [Read more...]

Home Exteriors: 13 Beautiful Examples in Geneva, Illinois

Historic Clapboard House in Geneva, Illinois

I should have been an architect. I love looking at historic homes and buildings, but I also love contemporary structures too. My cousin is an architect in Vermont and he designs green homes. My favorite small town for taking a walking tour of historic homes is my birthplace of Geneva, Illinois. There's such a great variety of home exteriors to enjoy. I love love love this clapboard house!  It has all the charm of yesteryear and it's … [Read more...]

DIY Hanging Snow Globes

Snowman and Bottle Brush Trees in Hanging Snow Globe

November is kind of an awkward month for bloggers.  We've got one foot in the Fall and Thanksgiving season, and another foot in the Christmas season. We try to showcase Christmas decor early to provide inspiration, kind of like the stores but we don't start quite as early as they do!  Today I'm sharing DIY hanging snow globes that are ridiculously easy to make and look so pretty, too!  It's part of today's Celebrations of Home hop (you can visit … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ Shabby Grace Blog

Traditional Fall Porch

Today's charming home feature is a new-to-me blog!  When I first started this Sunday series over a year ago (yes, it's been more than a year), I wondered when I'd run out of charming homes to feature. There are still a ton on my list I haven't gotten to yet, and I keep running across new bloggers so I don't think we'll run out of home tour material anytime soon! I think you'll enjoy tour Sara's home from Shabby Grace Blog. Sara has a … [Read more...]

Vintage Christmas Shopping Guide

Celebrating a Vintage Christmas

Last night hubby and I ventured out to the college town of Dekalb, Illinois for their Hometown Holiday shopping event. I visited my favorite shops and stocked up on a few glitzy vintage Christmas decorations (I'm craving glitter houses and bottle brush trees this year). A few weeks ago I decided what my 2015 Christmas theme will be so I'm on the hunt for a little glitz and glam, thrown in with a bit of vintage.   I put together a … [Read more...]