Suburban New York Home Tour

Last Sunday we toured a beautifully restored home that suffered damage during Hurricane Sandy. We're staying on the eastern coast today with a gorgeous new home located in the suburbs of New York. The interior details are amazing; I love when a house has good bones. Even if you have a tract home, you can add simple touches like a chair rail, crown molding, board and batten siding, and more. It's not hard to install and can make a powerful impact. … [Read more...]

Summer Wedding: Amy and Cory

My son married his college girlfriend this past summer and I finally have photos to share with you! Will you indulge me while I relive the memory here on my blog? Their summer wedding was held at Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington, Illinois. The weather was perfect, the bride was beaming, and my son looked rather dapper in his tuxedo. All photos (except the beach photo) were taken by The Wedding Studio. These two met while attending … [Read more...]

Tiny Houses: Inside and Out

Do you think you could live in a tiny house?  I mean, really tiny, like a few hundred square feet or less?  I'm always amazed by people who choose to live in tiny houses. Yes, the homes are cute but I need a little bit of space. It might be fun to transport one of the smaller ones around America for a year's adventure though. I thought it'd be fun to feature some of these tiny houses on Houzz that are growing in popularity. Tiny House … [Read more...]

Winter White Table Setting

I think I mentioned in a recent post how much I love winter white. After the color of Christmas and before the vivid hues of spring and summer, I like to rest with a little white. Today I'm joining a few blogging friends to bring you creative tablescapes for parties or intimate family gatherings. I put together a winter white table setting with flowers, book pages, ribbons, and a touch of gold. (This post contains affiliate … [Read more...]

Valentine Heart Boxes: How to Make

Valentine's Day was always my favorite holiday classroom party back in grade school. Choosing Valentines from the shelves of boxes at the local five and dime store was always fun. Once home, signing my name to each one and tucking it into a small white envelope marked with each classmate's name was a task I enjoyed. It didn't matter if you didn't like someone in your class, you still gave each schoolmate a Valentine card. The teacher asked us to … [Read more...]

Hudson Valley House: Charming Home Tour

Hubby and I keep going back and forth. Should we move, or should we add onto the house and do some renovations? The thought of doing either stresses me out a bit. Sharing a home tour each Sunday here on the blog fills me with inspiration on ways to improve our house. For me, it's a creative process that I enjoy and it leaves me feeling productive. I found new inspiration with today's tour that features a Hudson Valley house renovated by Crisp … [Read more...]

Decorating with Botanics: Ideas and Free Printables

Our weird and unpredictable Chicago weather is up to old tricks again. Next week the temperature is supposed to climb as high as 55 degrees. This of course makes my craving for spring and greenery that much stronger. Since it'll still be a good three months before we see any signs of green life outside, I thought I'd share a few ideas for bringing nature indoors. Here are nine ideas and resources for decorating with botanics. My favorite project … [Read more...]

Wood Slice Garland: Make Your Own

A couple days ago I shared a few winter decorating details in my family room. One of those details is a wood slice garland that I made. It was an exciting project for me because it's the first time I've ever used a cordless drill to make something. Don't laugh. It's true. I'm not much of a tool person, leaving those projects to my hubby. But I decided to step out of my comfort zone and ended up feeling silly because it was so easy! (This post … [Read more...]

Homemade Valentine’s Day Cards

Do you remember when you were a kid and used to make homemade Valentine's Day cards to pass out at school? Such care was taken to glue little heart-shaped doilies, buttons, and ribbons in place to make beautiful cards for your friends. It was a proud moment to share these original works of art and have the teacher praise you!  Keep this nostalgic feeling alive by making your own Valentine's Day cards today. You can make them with or without … [Read more...]

Winter Decorating and a Tale of Two Pillows

I find myself craving two things when decorating my home this time of year. Natural elements and the color blue. I turn to blue after all the reds and greens typically used for Christmas. The desire for natural elements comes from not being able to enjoy them outdoors in our frozen world. So it's no surprise that winter decorating in my family includes both these things. (This post contains affiliate links.)   Normally the first thing I … [Read more...]

Factory Built Farmhouse: Charming Home Tour

You won't believe this amazing factory built farmhouse that we're touring today. This charming home is a survivor of Hurricane Sandy; once condemned and now beautifully rebuilt to reflect a pleasing combination of coastal and farmhouse style. You can find this beauty over at Houzz, along with other factory built homes by Bensonwood. (All Photos by Bensonwood.) Photo by Bensonwood - Discover beach style exterior design ideas   In my little … [Read more...]

Lumberjack Party: Bear’s First Birthday

This past November was a special month because my beautiful grandbaby celebrated his very first birthday. My daughter Bridget chose a lumberjack party for his birthday celebration theme which was really cute. I meant to share the event with you all earlier, but then got busy with holiday planning. The party was held at a cute little cabin in Riverside, Illinois and it was decked out with lumberjack decorations. (This post contains affiliate … [Read more...]

Winter Mantel: Candles and Nature

After taking down all the Christmas decorations, my house was looking cold and barren. I thought about what I could do to cozy things up and decided to create a winter mantel. Taryn at Design, Dining and Diapers was on the same wavelength. She organized a small group of bloggers to all share our winter mantels today. (This post contains affiliate links.)   If you're coming here from Blesser House ... welcome!  I love Lauren's beautiful … [Read more...]