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...]

Summer Decorating in the Family Room

Once summer rolls around I like to lighten up my home decor and this year I've been in the mood to add color. I recently added some fun color to my front porch and like it so much better now. The next room to get some fresh summer decorating was my family room. Can you tell the main thing I changed in here? If you guessed the wall clock, you're absolutely right! It became the inspiration for the rest of the room changes.   I spied the … [Read more...]

Creating a Cozy Home

Old Man Winter is out in full force and most of us are huddled in our homes trying to keep cozy. I try not to make my winter decor too heavy. Instead, I like to use candles and a snuggly throw or two. The first thing that comes to mind when creating a cozy home is to add blankets and pillows. Lots of fluffy things to keep you warm on a cold winter's day!   At my desk, a chenille throw adds softness and provides warmth if a draft comes … [Read more...]

Charming Older Home Tour in Dixon, Illinois

One of my favorite things about blogging is the wonderful people I get to meet online! So many of you have left wonderful comments and each one is treasured more than you will know! Recently one of my readers emailed me to let me know she's selling her home and wondered if I would share it. One look at her adorable, well-kept house and it didn't take long for me to respond back with a resounding YES! I think you'll find her home to be loaded with … [Read more...]

Embracing the Farmhouse Kitchen

When I think of farmhouse kitchens, I think of my grandmother and also Aunt Bee from the Andy Griffith Show. Remember the episode when Aunt Bee and Clara entered the pickle contest and Aunt Bee's pickles tasted like kerosene? Just like Aunt Bee's kitchen, my grandmother's was simple yet comfortable. It's where all the important conversations of the day took place. Her kitchen was truly the heart of her home, which is the same characteristic I try … [Read more...]

My Experience Being Published in an Italian Decor Magazine

Less than 2 months ago I received an email from Annarita Triarico, an Italian journalist working for Lotus Publishing. She wanted to feature my home in one of their magazines, "Gli Speciali di Casa Chic."  At first I thought it was a joke, but I looked at their publishing site and realized it was a legitimate request. Unfortunately, this magazine is not for sale in the United States, but I'll receive several hard copies of my own. As you'll see … [Read more...]

Farmhouse Christmas Dining

A little green and white pair together this year to set the scene for a farmhouse holiday dinner. Mismatched white dinnerware is flanked by vintage silver plate. Book pages provide a makeshift table runner. The white glasses are identical to ones my grandmother had. When I found them at the flea market I had to take them home with me.  Vintage ornaments provide color and whimsy. No fussy table setting for our farmhouse … [Read more...]

Tour My Home at Debbiedoo’s

When I first started blogging, the Newbie Party at Debbiedoo's was one of the first I started linking up to. And now, my home is being featured on her blog. For the full tour of my home, hop on over to Debbiedoo's. This is just a sneak peak at what you'll see ... … [Read more...]

How to Make a Shabby Lamp

One of my favorite local stores has some truly creative pieces within its walls, and one such piece was a very cute, shabby lampshade made with strips of fabric. I really wanted it ... but it was $55. I gave it a good once-over and decided, "yep, I can make that myself." And so I did. It was a pretty easy project, just time consuming because it takes a lot of fabric strips. Grab yourself an old wire lampshade frame. Or even a new one would … [Read more...]

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