Colorful Russian House: Charming Home Tour

Illinois is breaking out in color on the trees and in honor of the fall fanfare, I thought I'd choose a colorful home for today's tour. Have you ever stepped inside a Russian house? This one by designer and decorator Zhenya Zhdanova is quite cheerful and charming! You'll notice an abundance of painted bead board and paneled walls throughout the home. A pair of vintage style chandies illuminate the dining space, decorated in red and blue. Photo … [Read more...]

Pretty Fall Vignettes: Inside and Out

Officially the calendar says it's fall, but outside it's a sweltering 90-degrees here outside of Chicago. And the heat is supposed to continue for the next several days. Ugh. Still, I'm keeping an autumn state of mind and am sharing a few pretty fall vignettes with you that might help you get your own home ready for the changing of the seasons. Pumpkins and Gourds Okay, so this category of fall vignettes is pretty obvious. When in doubt, grab … [Read more...]

Small Space Kitchen: Style and Storage

Do you struggle with storage and space issues in your kitchen? I think most people do, regardless of the size of their kitchen. Today I'm featuring an adorable, small space kitchen that's large on style and storage. When I discovered it, I was amazed at the smart use of space! This charming cottage kitchen was designed and befitted by Middleton Bespoke, known for their quality craftsmanship. Old World charm flows throughout the functional and … [Read more...]

Craftsman House: Charming Home Tour

The first home I purchased was a craftsman house. I loved all the architectural details of that small charmer. It was a perfect starter home. Today's tour features an updated craftsman house by Kelly and Co. Design that's quite larger than my first humble home. A simple farmhouse bench greets you when entering the home, hinting at the warmth and comfort in rooms to come. Photo by Kelly and Co. Design   A dark-paneled wall surrounds the … [Read more...]

Warm Up Your Rooms with the Color Brown

Normally I'm attracted to whites and cool colors when it comes to decorating my home. That all seems to be changing these days. For some reason, I've been strongly attracted to brown, tan, and other neutral tones like gray. Honestly, I think it began when I featured the Randolph Cottage in my Charming Home Series. The color scheme is a great way to warm up your rooms. Here's the living room from the house that started it all. I love the warmth … [Read more...]

Vintage Fall Mantel with Brown Bottles

Although it's not officially fall, the autumn decorating season in the blogger world has begun! Last week I joined Taryn Whiteaker and a few other ladies for a DIY fall project. Today I'm joining a slightly larger group to share more seasonal decor. See how to create a vintage fall mantel with old brown bottles and baby boos! (This post contains affiliate links.)   I love me some vintage bottles, no matter what the color. My collection … [Read more...]

Country Style Rooms for a Cozy Home

Country style decorating has been around a long time. My sister introduced it to me many years ago and I still love it today. Country decorating no longer just means stuffed teddy bears and handmade quilts. It really covers a variety of styles from rustic to romantic to modern to shabby chic. Country style means comfortable, livable, pretty, organic, and cozy. Here's a collection of rooms that shows the diversity of decorating with a country … [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...]

AKA Design: Charming Home Tour

I'm so excited about today's tour which features the home of my dear blogging friend Shannon of AKA Design. You might remember that I first featured Shannon's house back in February of 2015. Well, Shannon has moved since then and I'm amazed at all she's done with her new place! I think you'll enjoy her decorating style as much as I do. Ready to take a look around? Right as you approach the front door, you can see that Shannon pays careful … [Read more...]

Country Style Decorating

When I was first married, I decorated our little rental home with Asian influences. I loved ginger jars, oriental paintings, and black lacquered furniture. My sister on the other hand, was decorating in country style and the more she talked about it, the more I was drawn to it, too. Country style decorating has evolved over the years (just look at past covers of old Country Living magazines) and encompasses a wide range of influences ... from … [Read more...]

Country Kitchens to Love

How old were you when you started looking at decorating magazines? I was in my early 20s and my favorite magazines were Country Living and Country Home. I've always loved country style decorating whether it has a farmhouse, cottage, or modern influence. The kitchen is my favorite room in the house and I never tire of thumbing through magazine pages looking at country kitchens.  Here's a collection of country kitchens I recently found that I hope … [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...]

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