Waterfront Cottage: Charming Home Tour

Many people desire a home by the water to enjoy spectacular views and breath the fresh seaside air. Today we're heading to New Jersey to tour a waterfront cottage filled with natural light and charm. An abundance of windows allows a view of the bay from almost every room in the house. Note the rooftop deck that provides an ideal place for watching boats during the day and gazing at the stars in the evening. Photo by Rikki … [Read more...]

Garden Planning Ideas for Your Home

As I write today's post about garden planning ideas, it's 75 degrees outside!  No wonder I'm in the mood to start thinking about what to plant this year. Crocus have been blooming all week and the daffodils are halfway up. I've even noticed my Virginia Bluebells poking their way up through the soil. This is always such an exciting time when the Earth gives birth to all that's beautiful! I'm sharing inspirational photos to help you plan your own … [Read more...]

Add Storage with an Armoire

Today's homes are typically built with ample storage, but if you live in an older home like me, you frequently find yourself yearning for more places to put your belongings. Why not add storage with an armoire that looks beautiful while keeping your things tucked away neat and tidy? Here's a few gorgeous amoires I found over at Houzz to give you ideas for pretty storage in any room of your house. The advantage of using an armoire for storage in … [Read more...]

Garden Pots and Plants to Brighten Your Home

Are you itching to get outside and do some planting? Here in Illinois the spring weather can be finicky so you're never quite sure when you can begin planting. We've had snow as late as the end of April. To bide the time until planting season, I like to get a little creative with garden pots and plants. (This post contains affiliate links.) One of my favorite spring vignettes is this cheerful one with pink flowers and green plants. I tucked a … [Read more...]

She Holds Dearly: Charming Home Tour

Tomorrow is the first day of spring and I can't wait!  Our daffodils are poking up, I've seen a couple crocus, and tiny buds are appearing on our front bushes.  But enough of the weather. Today we're touring Sarah's home from She Holds Dearly.  I think you'll enjoy her farmhouse style. Welcome to Sarah's fireside room!  You can see the cozy stove in the corner against a white-washed brick wall. White, slip-covered furniture and white walls keep … [Read more...]

10 Ways You Can Create Cottage Style

Cottage style seems to be growing in popularity these days and I think part of that is because people are yearning for simpler living. I have elements of cottage style in my own home ... bead board, painted furniture, and light colors to name a few. To help you see how you can create cottage style in your own home, I scoured Houzz for some pretty examples and came up with 10 ways you can create cottage style.  1. Cheery Fabrics Farmhouse … [Read more...]

Spring Home Tour 2017: Welcome Friends!

Today is Spring Home Tour Day sponsored by HomeGoods and co-hosted by Country Living magazine!  I'm joining several bloggers to showcase our homes decorated for spring, and I'm throwing in a few decorating tips along the way. Special thanks to Rachel at Shades of Blue Interiors for organizing this event. (This post contains affiliate links.) If you read my blog regularly, you know that I decided to turn my dining room into a sitting room. It's … [Read more...]

12 Spring Decor Projects

Last night we got hit with snow, but fortunately it wasn't near the 7 inches of fluffy stuff the weatherman predicted. It looked more like two inches to me. And since our weather is warming up in a couple days, the snow will be gone soon. Crazy Chicago area weather! All this makes me crave spring all the more, so today I'm sharing 12 spring decor projects you can make. They're all fairly simple to do. (This post contains affiliate links.) Let's … [Read more...]

Traditional East Coast House: Charming Home Tour

Hello friends! I hope all of you are well and happy. We've had a bit of illness running through our family, myself included. Hopefully today's charming home tour will brighten your spirits and leave a smile on your face. Today we're touring a home located in Chevy Chase, MD - located just north of Washington D. C. The amazing designer is Willard and Palmer Design. Step into the entry and be greeted by a lovely staircase and wallpapered … [Read more...]

Large Wall Clocks: Make a Statement

We all have our favorite collections or items we like to display in our homes. It's those little touches that give a home warmth and personality. Large wall clocks have always tugged at my heart strings. Maybe it's because they conjure memories of overnight visits to my grandmother's house, listening to the comforting tick-tock of her vintage clock while falling asleep at night. Large wall clocks are beautiful wall art you can use to personalize … [Read more...]

My Spring Porch and Entryway

Welcome to a tour of my spring porch and entryway! My house was built circa 1875 in a small farming town that is growing into a popular Chicago suburb. The town has more than doubled its size since we moved here. Today I'm joining the Seasonal Simplicity Spring Tour that features other bloggers showcasing part of their homes decked out for the season. Thanks to Krista at The Happy Housie and April at House by Hoff for organizing this week's … [Read more...]

Vintage Easter Printable

Little by little the days are getting longer and spring is in the air. I saw the first robins of the season, which put me in the mood for Easter. Today I'm joining fellow bloggers to bring you a bounty of free Easter printables. Thanks to Kristen at Ella Claire for hosting this fun event! I always love a pretty vintage Easter printable and am sharing six images for you to download. I made place setting decorations with them for guests to take … [Read more...]

French Country Cottage: Charming Home Tour

Will you join me today for a trip to France? We're touring a beautiful French Country Cottage decorated by Catherine Sandin. I think you'll fall in love with its Old World charm and romance. The quaint farmhouse exterior makes you feel you've stepped back in time to another era and place. Photo by Catherine Sandin   Step inside and you'll find wonderful French country details. Soft neutrals and textures pair with architectural elements … [Read more...]