Swedish Villa: Charming Home Tour

How'd you like to take an overseas trip today to tour a charming Swedish villa?  You'll find white interiors paired with warm wood floors that create a cozy, inviting abode. This darling home is by architect Dreams and Coffee AB. Boho chic lanterns populate the living room with its pretty fireplace and bead board walls. They remind me of the lanterns I recently shared on my front porch.  Black and white decor is becoming more popular, as you see … [Read more...]

Tips for Organizing Your Home

Most people like to organize their home at the beginning of the year, but any month is a good time to get your house in shape. I often feel like I'm never going to get fully organized; the task sometimes feels overwhelming. So needless to say, I'm always looking for easy tips for organizing the home. Here are a few to get you started on the right path. (This post contains affiliate links.) I dislike digging for favorite spices so I put them in a … [Read more...]

Decorating with Yellow

Beautiful yellow!  It's associated with sunshine and happiness, smiley faces, and Sponge Bob Square Pants. Decorating with yellow brings warmth and energy to any room. Whether you choose to paint the walls yellow or simply add small accessories in the sunshine color, yellow decor can be a lot of fun! A beautiful yellow couch and other cottage style furnishings from Maine Cottage create a cheery living room. Sometimes bold colors can be … [Read more...]

Spring Porch Dining: Boho Chic Style

When the weather turns warmer, hubby and I enjoy dining al fresco. I like to set a colorful table for outdoor meals and decided a little spring porch dining was in order.  I transformed the front porch into a romantic boho chic dining area with Moroccan-style lanterns and jewel-toned place settings. (This post contains affiliate links.)   When you're done checking out my outdoor spring tablescape, visit my blogging friends whose links … [Read more...]

Historic Homes of Geneva, Illinois

Easter weekend brought fabulous weather to our neck of the woods with sunshine and warm breezes. Mind you, we sometimes have snow on Easter Sunday. But it was so nice out that we took a walk in my home town of Geneva, Illinois before heading over to my sister's house for dinner. The historic homes are beautiful and I never tire of admiring them. Some of the older homes in Geneva have been converted to stores or offices. I love this old stone … [Read more...]

Lakeview Estate: Charming Home Tour

If you could have a house with a waterfront view, would you move? Today we're touring a Lakeview Estate with breathtaking views from every window. The past couple of home tours have featured beautiful vistas - that just seems to be the type of homes I'm finding lately. Or maybe subconsciously I'm ready for warmer weather and spending time outside. This stunning home was decorated by Tobi Fairley Interior Design. The glass-front top cabinets are … [Read more...]

Home Decluttering Diet: Book Giveaway

My mother always said she couldn't relax until the house was clean, which meant not a spec was out of place. She was extremely fastidious. I can relax if the house is a little messy, but it does feel good when it's clean and organized. Lucky for me, my friend Jennifer at Clean and Scentsible released a new book about home decluttering. And I'm happy to say I'm giving away a free copy of this fabulous book! (This post contains affiliate … [Read more...]

12 Charming Picket Fence Ideas

This past fall we finally replaced our rickety old picket fence with a new one. While I held a certain endearment for our "charming" fence, a lot of the pickets were rotting and we simply couldn't let it go any longer. I've always loved a picket fence and am happy to share some quaint picket fence ideas with you. How adorable is this yellow picket fence with its little gate? The house behind it is equally charming! I think I'm ready to move in … [Read more...]

Farmhouse Cow Painting in the Sitting Room

A few weeks ago I revealed my new sitting room during my spring home tour. But what I didn't reveal was an unfinished corner in the room. I'm happy to say I found the necessary pieces for this little corner, which includes a beautiful new farmhouse cow painting. (This post contains affiliate links.)   I don't know what it is about paintings of farmhouse animals that I love so much. I loved this cow's slightly pink ears and nose. Pink … [Read more...]

Traditional Cape Cod: Charming Home Tour

Today we're traveling to the east coast once again to tour a charming, traditional cape cod home with timeless appeal. The interior designer is Katie Rosenfeld who enjoys using a colorful, eclectic approach to design and decorating. She uses patterns freely to creative comfortable, livable spaces. A porthole mirror above the fireplace lends a nod to this home's east coast location. A ticking stripe chair is a staple of coastal decorating … [Read more...]

How to Add a Bit of Kitchen Color

When you want to spruce up your kitchen but don't want to spend a little money, add a bit of color. It's easy to do and really freshens up the heart of your home. My kitchen is mostly white which makes it easy to add any color.  What's great about adding color to the kitchen is that you probably already have things on hand that will do the trick. Here are some easy ideas to add a bit of kitchen color. Add a Colorful Sign You can find … [Read more...]

12 Ideas for Decorating with Soft Colors

Ever since I can remember, I've been drawn to soft colors. Most of my home is decorated in soft, serene hues, with the occasional jolt of vivid color. I think we all have our color preference, whether we love the warm sunny colors of Tuscany, or are more drawn to the cool tones of the sea. I pulled together a few ideas for decorating with soft colors and hope these photos inspire you. Living Room by Melbourne Furniture & Accessories Laura … [Read more...]

Two-Story Cottage: Charming Home Tour

Today we're touring another charming two-story cottage! Last week some of you mentioned that the home was too big to truly be a cottage. I agree. Although I think the home was called a cottage due to its decorating style. Today's home is smaller and has lots of enjoyable design features that I think you'll love. (And by the way, if you're getting an email to this story on Monday instead of Sunday, it's because my feed is delayed by a day for some … [Read more...]