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...]

Colorful Country House in Ohio

Merry Christmas, friends! I hope you're enjoying holiday time with loved ones and maybe you popped over today for a little "me-time." I'll keep today's home tour brief with a colorful country house from Ohio. It wears classic country decor and I think you'll enjoy it's comfortable appeal. Photo by Julie Ranee Photography   Most folks enjoy decorating with neutrals, but then there are those who live on the wild side and add a splash of … [Read more...]

How to Make a Wildflower Bouquet

Have you ever noticed how amazingly beautiful wildflowers look alongside a country road?  They're not artfully arranged according to a certain plan, but rather, they're haphazard and colorful and look better than any store-bought bouquet. I love to bring these fragrant wildflowers into my home, and you can too! See how easy it is to make a wildflower bouquet. And the best part is ... it's free! Clover runs rampant along our country roads … [Read more...]

Spring Decorating: 6 Tips to Bring the Outdoors In

Today I'm doing 2 things.  One - I'm sharing 6 tips for creating a cohesive spring decorating look in the dining room.  And two - I'm joining some of my favorite bloggers for a spring tour and each one of us is providing a tip or how-to. Special thanks to Rachel at Shades of Blue Interiors for organizing the tour! The links to everyone's spring decor is at the end of this post, but for now,  here's the plan I followed to add a bit of spring in my … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ Color in Upstate New York

Today's charming home hails from Upstate New York and was built in 1849, so it has all the charm of yesteryear. Inside, it's filled with colorful flea market finds and outside, this charmer has a view of Vermont's Green Mountains. Farmhouse Living Room by New York Photographers Rikki Snyder A chippy blue hutch takes center stage in the family room next to a cushy chaise lounge. A stained glass window hanging on the wall hints at the color … [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. And now, we have sites like Pinterest, Dwelling Gawker, and Houzz to … [Read more...]

Bird Prints Vignette with Free Printable

Is it spring yet? We still have a few weeks before welcoming the new season and today I'm participating in a spring printables vignette party that my friend Kristen from Ella Claire coordinated. You can visit all the other ladies in the party (links at end of post) for plenty of spring decorating inspiration. I'm sharing a bird prints vignette with free printable for you to download to make your own springtime art for your home! I paired my new … [Read more...]

Farmhouse Style Bathroom Ideas

Did I ever tell you the story of how a simple clawfoot tub inspired me to purchase a house? About 16 years ago when I was a single mom with 3 kids, I decided to check out an old farmhouse for sale that was featured in a local newspaper. I really wasn't in a position to purchase a house, but a girl can dream. It was a cute house but I kept thinking it was out of my reach. But then the realtor opened the door to the farmhouse style bathroom with … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ Unexpected Elegance

This is the last Sunday in September and I can't believe how quickly this year is coming to a close! I also can't believe I've been featuring my Charming Home Series for 6 months now. Seems like it started just yesterday. Today's tour is a fun one (aren't they all?) as I'm featuring Angela from Unexpected Elegance. Angela's living room has all the right touches to it. Tufted furniture, a painted mantel, baskets, and pretty plants. All the … [Read more...]

Fall Home Tour 2014

Welcome to my early Fall home tour! I'm honored to be sharing my decor with a group of other amazing bloggers this week (you can see the links to their Fall home tours at the end of this post). Since it's still September, I'm transitioning into Fall decorating. I plan to add more autumn inspiration to my home throughout October so I hope you'll come back and visit if this is your first time here! So come on in ... I'm so glad to have you … [Read more...]

Country Style Fence Ideas

One of these days I would love to get a new fence. I like our rustic style fence in the backyard but it's really more shabby than chic. I found a collection of pretty, country style fences on Houzz for inspiration. Let me know which one you like best! Traditional Exterior by Atlanta Architects & Building Designers Historical Concepts Here's the typical white picket fence. I've always adored houses with a picket fence out front. And I … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ At Home on the Bay

Hailing from the coast of Maine, it's no wonder Mary's home has a pretty coastal vibe. You'll find loads of decorating inspiration in her charming home at At Home on the Bay. Mary recently moved to Cleveland but today's charming home tour showcases Mary's Maine home. Colorful pillows line up playfully on Mary's living room couch. She has a great way of mixing colors without a room looking cluttered.   Mary's entryway is fun and … [Read more...]