Dining Room Makeover to Sitting Room

A couple of weeks ago I revealed that I was turning my dining room into my sitting room. My living room will become my new dining room. After I made the decision to move forward with a dining room makeover - to a sitting room - I came across an inspiration photo on Houzz. I decided my sitting room needs a little more work to look the way I want. Here's my inspiration photo: Photo by Bret Franks Construction, Inc.   I love the wood and … [Read more...]

Script Chairs for the Family Room

This post is sponsored by Kohl's, but all opinions are my own. I was paid for this post and received the included furniture and home decor as compensation. Ever since I watched the television series Revenge, I have longed for a script chair like the one Victoria Grayson reigned from as the villainess of the show. Victoria loved her special chair and it was easy for me to see why. I've kept my eyes open for a similar one, but was having no luck. … [Read more...]

Christmas in the Kitchen

In just 16 days we'll be celebrating Christmas!  I haven't bought a single gift yet. Have you? I need to do some serious shopping soon!  I'll blame my lack of present shopping on the fact that I've been busy decking the halls for Christmas. Today I'm joining a group of bloggers for the inaugural "All Through the House" tour. Each day this week a group shares the Christmas details of their home!  Today it's all about Christmas in the kitchen!  You … [Read more...]

3 Weeks Before Christmas and All Through the House!

Twas 3 weeks before Christmas and all through the house ... I'd be lying if I said not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. This week a talented group of bloggers were busily primping their homes for the inaugural "All Through the House" Christmas tour! Each day this week a different room is featured, as opposed to an entire home tour. This gives you the opportunity to see some of the details that you miss in a full house tour. Here's the … [Read more...]

Summer Mantel with Butterflies

We've been doing a lot of work on the outside of our house this summer, so I'm a little late in getting my summer "mantel" together. I used the quotes because technically it's not a mantel at all, but is a display shelf in my living room (we have no fireplace). But I decorate it like a mantel so ... I hope you'll humor me in calling it that. I chose a butterfly theme for this year's summer mantel. For starters, I applied a vintage butterfly … [Read more...]

How to Make a Eucalyptus Wreath

One of my favorite scents is eucalyptus. For as far as I can remember, I've always had a eucalyptus wreath in my home.  I think they're pretty all on their own and don't need further embellishment. But if you want to add a little color to the greenery, simple flowers or a bow will do the trick. Today I'm sharing how to make a simple eucalyptus wreath. For some reason I always thought wreath-making was too hard. Or rather, I always felt like I … [Read more...]

How to Decorate with Aqua

Colors come and go much like fashion. One day a color is in ... one day it's out. Aqua seems to be a hot color right now. You see it everywhere! But I always get confused as to what's aqua and what's turquoise, so I looked up their definitions and guess what? The definitions weren't consistent. Sometimes aqua is listed as bluish-green; sometimes it's described as greenish-blue. The same is true with turquoise (Dictionary.com listed it as being … [Read more...]

Vintage Christmas Flea Market Finds

Is it too early to talk about Christmas? This year I'm planning a few weeks early because my home is on a virtual holiday tour the first week in December and I want to be well prepared. I have a decorating theme in my head and was on the hunt for vintage Christmas decorations at our monthly local flea market. Surprisingly, not a lot of vendors had Christmas decor out, so I'll have to go back for the November market. But I did manage to find a few … [Read more...]

Hallway Decorating Ideas

Hallways can be a real challenge to decorate. If they're narrow (like mine) there's not much you can do with them. If they're dotted with doors, you're limited in what you can hang on the wall. Today I've collected 10 hallway decorating ideas from Houzz. Farmhouse Hall by Acton Home Builders KISTLER & KNAPP BUILDERS White beadboard and yellow wallpaper create a charming farmhouse hallway. White cafe curtains pair with lantern style … [Read more...]

My Home Appearing in New Book “Creatively Christmas”

I've been holding onto a little secret for many many months and now I'm finally able to share it with all of you! My home is appearing in the new book "Creatively Christmas ~ Inspired Yuletide Decor" by Jennifer Rizzo!! I'll never forget the day last year when I opened an email from Jennifer telling me about her new book deal and asking if she could photograph my house to appear in its holiday pages. Didn't take me long to respond with an … [Read more...]

Decorating with Red

Red is an energetic color that represents strength and passion. It can be a tricky color to use in your home, but when done right it's beautiful. If you're not afraid of decorating with red, then you're going to love these photos from Houzz. Let me know which room is your favorite! Traditional Kitchen by Red Lion Kitchen & Bath Designers Keener Kitchen Manufacturing Red kitchen cabinets could be overwhelming, but paired with black it's … [Read more...]

Flea Market Style

Welcome to another installment of Humpdays with Houzz! On Wednesdays I share inspiration and decorating ideas from the popular web site. Today is all about flea market style, which is vintage and eclectic all at once. My favorite place to shop for home decor is our local Kane County Flea Market, held once a month. Eclectic Kitchen by Venice Architects & Building Designers tumbleweed and dandelion.com This cottage kitchen has flea market … [Read more...]

Patriotic Decorating ~ My Dining Hutch

Normally I don't do a lot of patriotic decorating for 4th of July. Not because I'm unpatriotic, but because summer is always busy and we usually go to someone else's place to celebrate the holiday. But the other day I found a patriotic bunting and some flags and yadda yadda yadda ... I now have a dining hutch fit for the 4th of July. (Oh, and as promised, today I'm announcing the winner of the Decor Steals gift card giveaway ... at the end of … [Read more...]