Connecticut Farmhouse: Charming Home Tour

Today I have a special treat for you. A beautiful Connecticut farmhouse by Rafe Churchill  wears 4500 square feet of rich color and traditional style. Settled in the countryside, this charming home combines style with comfortable living that you just might find irresistible. Photo by Rafe Churchill: Traditional Houses   Inside the farmhouse kitchen, you'll find cheery yellow cabinets and trim work. Dark gray tones down the bright color … [Read more...]

My Fall Front Porch: Dining Al Fresco

Summer's flowers are fading and that means it's time to add color to the front porch with fun pumpkins and pillows. Our days here in Illinois are still warm but the evenings are cooler and enjoyable. Hubby and I want to take advantage of the mild weather and enjoy dining al fresco when we can. My fall front porch is arranged to maximize enjoyment outdoors before the temperature gets too nippy. I'm joining a group of bloggers today to share our … [Read more...]

Black and White Chili: Enjoying a Little Me Time

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PEOPLE®, StyleWatch®, InStyle®, and Sunset®. The opinions and text are all mine. One of my favorite past times is losing myself in a good magazine. In high school I'd immerse myself in fashion magazines, whether I was by myself or with a group of girlfriends. Today I still enjoy spending a little "me time" with inspirational magazines. This past weekend I enjoyed thumbing through PEOPLE … [Read more...]

Candles Aglow Fall Table Setting

Are you loving all the fall decor you're seeing around blogland and in decorating magazines?  I don't know which is prettier ... Fall or Christmas decor. But let's stick with Fall for now because Christmas season will be here soon enough (although it's already arrived in home decor stores). Today I'm joining a lovely group of ladies for an inspirational tour of beautiful tablescapes, which we call "It's All Set." I'm calling mine a "candles … [Read more...]

Handcrafted Note Cards: Make Your Own

I miss the art of letter writing. When I was little girl my grandmother and I would write letters to each other. Mimi lived in the country about an hour away and I always enjoyed finding a letter from her in the mailbox. We'd try to choose the prettiest stationery and surprise each other with our new writing paper or pretty note cards. To this day I still love the look and feel of printed paper, and I still enjoy giving people note cards with a … [Read more...]

Colonial Farmhouse: Charming Home Tour

An 18th century farmhouse resides on the site of the town's first 1635 meeting house. Lovingly and beautifully restored by Carpenter & MacNeille, the colonial farmhouse retains its original charm yet functions efficiently for today's busy living. I think you'll love how old and new come together to create a comfortably appealing home. Photo by Carpenter & MacNeille   Step inside to be greeted by a classic brick floor and Colonial … [Read more...]

Historic Charleston and the Lowcountry: A Giveaway

Want to take a vacation right from the comfort of your own home? Today I'm giving away a beautiful book with gorgeous photos of homes and gardens in the lowcountry region. I've flipped through the pages of this hardcover book and thoroughly enjoyed all the architecture and vegetation that the Southeast has to offer.  I've visited Charleston, South Carolina and the lowcountry is one of my favorite areas. Take a peek inside the pages of Historic … [Read more...]

Tiny Trio of Leaves: Fall Printable

Welcome to a gathering of free fall printables provided by bloggers from across the country! Each of us has created a special printable for you to download and use when decorating your house for fall. Thanks to Kristen at Ella Claire for coordinating this fun blog hop; I know you'll find plenty of printables to inspire you!  I'm sharing a tiny trio of leaves with you today along with two ways to use them. (You can download the leaf template at … [Read more...]

Arranging Flowers with Teco Art Pottery: A Giveaway

I feel like I've found a little treasure in my own backyard. My treasure combines a bit of local history with beautiful artistry. I'm talking about Teco Art Pottery by PrairieMod. This contemporary art pottery is a perfect complement for arranging flowers into pretty bouquets. You might remember this cheerful zinnia arrangement from my recent family room post. The flowers are tucked inside the Roman Vase from the Teco Art Pottery … [Read more...]

Vibrant Oceanfront House: Charming Home Tour

If I had to describe today's featured home in one word, I'd choose the word "happy." Each room puts a smile on your face with its clean design and vibrant colors. This oceanfront house is a vacation home, but I think you'll find yourself feeling like you could live here year-round. The living room wears fun color in custom artwork above the mantel, flanked by two brilliant blue sconces. Photo by Rachel Reider Interiors   A porthole … [Read more...]

How to Freeze Peppers

Hubby and I have been struggling to keep up with our vegetable garden this year. I haven't been able to get all the tomatoes canned before they wither on the vine. We were worried all the peppers would spoil until I had the genius idea to freeze them.  Okay, the genius idea wasn't mine ... I read somewhere that you could freeze them. It's so easy to freeze peppers and I want to share it with you in case you have the same surplus … [Read more...]

A Collection of Bathroom Vanities

You know, I've blogged about bathrooms before and I've talked about claw foot tubs too. But I've never focused on bathroom vanities and I think it's time to feature them. I'm sharing a collection of bathroom vanities in a variety of styles. Bathrooms and kitchens can make or break the deal when it comes to buying or selling a home and changing your vanity is a great way to update your bathroom. I'm lovin' this light gray one with its marble … [Read more...]

Color in the Family Room

Fall is in the air. Can you smell it? Driving down the country roads with the windows open, I can smell the harvest of wheat and sweet corn. In my garden, the scent of tomatoes and marigolds fills the air. While I was tending my flowers and vegetables, I noticed the zinnias aren't blooming as profusely so I snipped a bunch and brought them inside to add some color in the family room.   The colors of late summer are so vibrant and … [Read more...]