Newfoundland Cottage: Charming Home Tour

Have you ever visited Newfoundland? I've only seen images and video on TV and the internet. It's a beautiful part of the Canadian country with charming homes and today we're touring one of the country's cozy homes! The Newfoundland cottage is called Hare's Ears Cottage and was renovated for travel company, CapeRace Adventures. You can stay in this vacation home if you take one of their travel tours. A row of windows in the family room allow … [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...]

Impressive Tiny Houses

Tiny houses are popping up all over the country as more and more people are downsizing and simplifying their lives. Small houses have a charm all their own, no matter what the style. They're smartly designed to make the most of every square inch of space. If you're interested in small house living, you'll enjoy this collection of 10 tiny houses I found at Houzz. Farmhouse Exterior by Peachtree City Architects & Building Designers Our Town … [Read more...]

The Return to Small House Living

Before the economic downfall, the housing trend was leaning toward McMansions and then around 2009 a movement toward small house living was launched. You've probably seen those tiny houses that are less than 500 square feet in size. While that's a little too small, I can see the attraction toward cozier cottages. Peachtree City Architects & Building Designers Our Town Plans I mean, how adorable is this house? It has quality features like … [Read more...]

Choosing My New Exterior Paint Colors

This weekend was really busy and I got a lot done. Took the grandkids to the park and watched Peppa Pig together, Visited Dad in the hospital, went to the flea market, And oh yeah ... painted most of the front porch. Are you ready to see the new exterior paint colors? (I should note here that it was a 3-day weekend.) I went bold! Oh yes I did. This vivid aqua color is outta my comfort zone. But I saw a photo that inspired me to be … [Read more...]

5 Inspiring Ways to Create a Cottage Style Garden

This summer we're working more on the outside of our house, which includes painting it ... ugh!  But I'm also lending a critical eye to our garden spaces. I've always wanted a cottage style garden ... you know, that riotous floral look with foxgloves stretching high and daisies spilling out of a picket fence. So I searched on Houzz for inspirational cottage garden ideas and came up with 5 ways to achieve this relaxed and sometimes messy look. … [Read more...]

Charming Elegant Cottage ~ The Wicker House

Can a cottage be elegant and charming all at the same time? Yes, it can if you're Emily from The Wicker House! I think you're going to enjoy this tour of Emily's light and airy home that she's lived in for just a little over a year now. She's done a lot of creative work decorating her charming elegant cottage so let's get on with the tour! Lots of natural light floods Emily's charming home. It would be hard to have a bad day in this pretty … [Read more...]

Charming Cottage Bungalow ~ The North End Loft

Of all the architectural styles known to man, the charming cottage bungalow is my all-time favorite! The first home I ever purchased was a cottage bungalow. You know, one of those Sears kit homes you bought out of a catalog. I remember walking in the front door of that darling house, seeing all the gorgeous wood trim and architectural details and exclaiming, "This is it!" It was listed for $61,000 and we got it for $59,000. It was the cutest … [Read more...]

Fixing the Cabinet that the Cat Broke

You may remember my post about stenciling the glass china cabinet doors. Fortunately or unfortunately, a cat hurled itself at the glass door (obviously something freaked him out) and the glass on one of the doors broke. Now mind you, I didn't see this happen but I heard a crash in the dining room and when I came in, there he was looking all guilty. Rather than get too upset (it's just a cabinet, after all) I used it as an opportunity to do … [Read more...]

Review of 2012 Home Decor Goals

About a year ago I started blogging in hopes it would motivate me to turn my home from a hodge podge mess to a more cohesive style. Problem is, I like too many styles and needed to fine tune because I'm not that good at pulling together eclectic. So I looked at Pinterest and several blogs for inspiration. I started to notice a theme in what I was most drawn to ... soft colors in a bright and airy setting with farmhouse-cottage style furnishings. … [Read more...]

Christmas in the Family Room

As we get closer to Christmas, I've been showing more details of each room that's been decorated. Today I'm sharing the family room. I'm saving the Christmas tree in the living room for last, although I showed one pic of it in my Holiday Home Tour post. Anywho ... on to the family room. Sticking with my "Keep It Simple Stupid" theme this year, I didn't get too fussy with the decorating in here. In fact, I used a couple kitties to decorate. My … [Read more...]

These Old Houses

This past weekend my daughter and I ran the Fox Valley Half Marathon, which means I've been a little too tired to think about decorating and taking photos. So I poked around my folders and found a slew of old house pictures that I never posted! How did that happen? So without further adieu, here are the forgotten photos from earlier this spring, which by the way, is a great time to take photos of homes because there aren't any leafy trees to get … [Read more...]

Why Can’t My House Look Like This?

Lately I keep looking at decor photos in order to keep myself focused on the look I really want in my home. When I was first married, I loved the Asian look. Then my sis turned me on to American Country style (I know, quite a difference). This led to a more Modern Country style ... and then I met Martha Stewart. Well, I didn't actually "meet" her but you know what I mean. Now I'm leaning toward a softer Farmhouse Cottage look. Switching from one … [Read more...]

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