A Touch of Pink for Every Room

Did you know that at one time the color pink was a preferred color for boys and blue was the choice for girls? The thought was that pink was a more vivid color and therefore more masculine. Blue was more delicate and therefore meant for girls. It wasn't until after World War II that the trend of pink for girls started to take flight. So if you want to paint a room pink in your house and hubby starts to squirm, assure him that it wasn't so long … [Read more...]

Crystal Lake Historic Homes

This past weekend hubby and I took a trip to Crystal Lake, Illinois. It's a medium-sized, quaint town that surrounds a serene lake with breezy sailboats and lazy sunbathers. We explored the neighborhoods lined with beautiful historic homes. The first house that caught my eye was this adorable blue bungalow with a sweet green door. I think the homeowner chose the perfect color scheme for their pretty dwelling.   A stately farmhouse bears … [Read more...]

Bahamas Cottage: Charming Home Tour

As summer comes to a close and children go back to school, I thought it'd be fun to tour a charming Bahamas cottage. I'm not ready to let go of summer just yet - it's my favorite season of the year. I think you'll enjoy today's pretty home with an ideal location to enjoy the most that island life has to offer. Step inside and you'll find fresh white paneled walls and vaulted ceilings. Neutral furnishings create a cozy aura for relaxing after a … [Read more...]

How to Decorate with Vintage Books

Since my teen years I've been a collector of vintage books. I love their colors, their decorative colors, and the musty smell of old book pages. It's hard for me to resist running my fingers over them at the flea market, and once I interact with them, they're likely to come home with me. My expanding collection of books creates a need to be creative in decorating with them around the house. Here's some ideas on how to decorate with vintage books … [Read more...]

How to Arrange Flowers: with Matthew Robbins

Today I'm going to show you how to arrange flowers using tips from event designer and planner, Matthew Robbins. Matthew has been a contributing editor for Martha Stewart Weddings for over 15 years, among other popular publications. After watching his video, which you'll see at the end of this post, I realized the mistakes I was making with my own flower arrangements. I prefer floral arrangements that aren't perfectly symmetrical. My favorite … [Read more...]

Car Barn: Charming Home Tour

I think today's home tour just might be the perfect blend for both the husband and wife. If you watch those house hunting shows on T.V., you've probably noticed the man typically defers to the wife's desires when it comes to choosing a new home. Not always, but a majority of the time. Today's charming car barn by Patrick Ahearn Architect has something for both parties! An open concept floor plan contains plenty of charm and style with accents of … [Read more...]

Beautiful Bedrooms to Dream In

Some of my friends and family members have difficulty sleeping. On occasion, I struggle with sleep too, although lately I haven't had any problems. My philosophy is that if you have pretty space for sleeping, it's easier to drift off. I say this because I think your surroundings can calm your nerves and create a sense of peace. I asked some of my blogging friends if I could share their beautiful bedrooms with you. Kim's blog at Savvy Southern … [Read more...]

Get Cozy with Cabin Style Decorating

Kids will soon be going back to school which means fall is right around the corner. I love the crisp days and getting the house cozy for the autumn season. Cabin style decorating is a great way to add coziness to any room in your house. I think you'll agree once you see these inspirational photos that showcase the warmth and comfort a cabin provides. (This post contains affiliate links.) Cabin Style Living Rooms I like white so this vaulted … [Read more...]

DIY Knife Holder: Flea Market Inspired

Do you have any items in your home that are beyond their usefulness yet you still keep them around? That's how it's been with my wooden knife holder. I've owned it for at least 15 years and it's seen better days. When I saw a creative DIY knife holder in a recent issue of Flea Market Style magazine, I knew a change was on the horizon. (This post contains affiliate links.) Do you like home projects that cost no money and only take minutes to … [Read more...]

Swedish Designer’s House: Charming Home Tour

Once in a while you get lucky and a popular designer shares their own home. Such was my luck today when I came across the home of Swedish designer Anna Stenberg on Houzz. Scandinavian design is evident throughout the rooms of this cozy cottage. The porch is surrounded by windows that let in plenty of natural light, which is so important during the short gray days of winter. White walls and ceiling bounce the sun around, maximizing the light in … [Read more...]

DIY Wall Art: How to Make Your Own

Lately I've been turning a critical eye to the walls in my home. I'm making some changes, but decorative changes can be expensive. If you're also challenged by the high cost of artwork, you'll enjoy this post that shares a collection of economical DIY wall art. Some are my own creations, and some are the work of fellow bloggers. Click on the links below to be taken to the tutorials. One of my favorite projects was creating DIY wall art using … [Read more...]

How to Use Baskets in Your Home

Baskets make a great decorating accent! You can use them in every room and you'll find budget-friendly baskets in thrift stores or at garage sales. Baskets come in a wide range of styles and sizes. Use them for decoration, style, storage, and more! This post is all about how to use baskets in your home. (This post contains affiliate links.) Baskets as Storage Photo by Tiffany Farha Design   Baskets provide an attractive option for … [Read more...]

Country Style Kitchens from the U.K.

I was recently surfing through Houzz, one of my favorite home decor sites, and stumbled across the most beautiful country style kitchens. They were all by deVOL Kitchens located in the United Kingdom. You'll find the strong influence of Shaker design in these simple yet amazing kitchens. Clean classic lines are seen in all of the country style kitchens in today's post. You'll also find farmhouse touches that keep the heart of the home charming, … [Read more...]

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