Spanish House: Charming Home Tour

Last Sunday we traveled to Sweden to tour a charming villa. Today we're in Spain touring a home located on the Bay of Santander. The light and airy Spanish house was done by the Design-Build firm of Canexel located in Madrid, and features elements of charming cottage style. White wood ceilings and creamy white walls allow the sunlight to bounce around the room, creating a light and airy ambiance. Pops of color through the use of pillows add … [Read more...]

Tips for Decorating with Pillows

Pillows should be a fairly simple decorating staple, but sometimes the simplest of matters can be a little confusing. Pillows come in a range of sizes, shapes, and colors. Mixing them up creates the greatest visual interest in your home. If you need a little help, I'm sharing simple tips for decorating with pillows. Photo by Caitlin Wilson Design   Choose a Color Scheme If you have a hard time choosing pillows, pick a color scheme and … [Read more...]

How to Add Coastal Style to Your Home

Coastal style is comfortable and carefree with a nod to colors of the beach. It originated on the Atlantic coast in homes with expansive windows to let in seaside breezes. Coastal interiors can withstand sand from the beach and salt from the air. With nautical influences, it can be romantic, rustic, classic or modern. You'll find a variety of coastal influences to add to your own home - perfect for summer! A wall of windows keeps this coastal … [Read more...]

How to Select the Right Coffee Table

This post on selecting the right coffee table is sponsored by Oak Furnitureland. All opinions are my own. Ever since I added our white, slip covered sectional to our family room, I've been longing for the right coffee table. I've kept my eyes open while shopping but nothing seemed to fit the bill. I wanted natural wood with a square shape - and not too tall. After months of casual searching, I was thrilled when I finally found what I was looking … [Read more...]

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...]