Winter Decorating and a Tale of Two Pillows

I find myself craving two things when decorating my home this time of year. Natural elements and the color blue. I turn to blue after all the reds and greens typically used for Christmas. The desire for natural elements comes from not being able to enjoy them outdoors in our frozen world. So it's no surprise that winter decorating in my family includes both these things. (This post contains affiliate links.)   Normally the first thing I … [Read more...]

Factory Built Farmhouse: Charming Home Tour

You won't believe this amazing factory built farmhouse that we're touring today. This charming home is a survivor of Hurricane Sandy; once condemned and now beautifully rebuilt to reflect a pleasing combination of coastal and farmhouse style. You can find this beauty over at Houzz, along with other factory built homes by Bensonwood. (All Photos by Bensonwood.) Photo by Bensonwood - Discover beach style exterior design ideas   In my little … [Read more...]

Best of 2016: Reader Favorites

Another year of decorating, entertaining, and cooking has come and gone. It's always fun to look back on the year and see how much was accomplished. I'm joining my blogging friends to share our top ten projects, resulting in the best of 2016! I'd like to give a shout-out to Cami at Tidbits for organizing today's event. Be sure to visit my blog friends listed at the end of this post to see all the best that 2016 had to offer in the blogging world. … [Read more...]

Farmhouse Kitchen Decor: Get the Look

My favorite room in our circa 1875 farmhouse is the kitchen. I've never seen another kitchen that looks like it. Despite the fact that it doesn't have a dishwasher or a garbage disposal, I appreciate its vintage charm. I've filled it with farmhouse kitchen decor; I can't imagine it with an updated look.  Not to mention, the farmhouse look just feels so earthy and organic to me. If you want to get the farm look in your kitchen, here are some … [Read more...]

Perfecting the Homefront: Charming Home Tour

Chip and Joanna Gaines, along with their show Fixer Upper, are helping to promote the popularity of farmhouse style. Clean lines, white backgrounds, and utilitarian items are often found in farmhouses across the country. The style is simple and functional, and today's charming home tour showcases the appeal of the iconic farmhouse. Take a step inside Karen's beautiful home at Perfecting the Homefront. Vintage theater seats greet you when you … [Read more...]

French Wall Clock for the Family Room

A recent trip to World Market changed my decorating plans for the family room. I found a beautiful object in the store that I admired, and noticed happily that it was on sale for 50-percent off. I told myself I didn't need it and kept shopping. But it haunted me. Halfway through the store I knew that pretty French wall clock was coming home with me.  (This post contains affiliate links.)   I still love the turquoise clock that previously … [Read more...]

Country Home Furnishings by The Cotswold Company

One thing I feel like I'm not very good at is choosing furniture. I tend to work with what I have or what I find at a flea market or resale shop. I force things to work together (sometimes awkwardly so). But lately I've wanted to create a more cohesive look, even if it means I need to spend a little more for quality pieces. I recently stumbled across beautiful country home furnishings by The Cotswold Company and want to share them with you. It's … [Read more...]

Simple Fall Decorating in the Kitchen

Fall brings two important things into my life; gorgeous colors and football. I don't know why football can't last as long as baseball season. And I don't know why the beautiful color of fall leaves has to mean barren trees are right around the corner. Well, okay ... I do know why trees become dormant and why football players can't as many games as baseball players. But that doesn't mean I have to like it. What I do like however, is a bit of … [Read more...]

Connecticut Farmhouse: Charming Home Tour

Today I have a special treat for you. A beautiful Connecticut farmhouse by Rafe Churchill  wears 4500 square feet of rich color and traditional style. Settled in the countryside, this charming home combines style with comfortable living that you just might find irresistible. Photo by Rafe Churchill: Traditional Houses   Inside the farmhouse kitchen, you'll find cheery yellow cabinets and trim work. Dark gray tones down the bright color … [Read more...]

Colorful Farmhouse: Charming Home Tour

We're heading out to the Rockies today to enjoy a tour of a colorful farmhouse designed by Todd Remington Architect. Inside, you'll find a bit of English Country style mixed with farmhouse appeal. Pink and green are the dominant colors and I think you'll find this home refreshingly appealing. Photo by Todd Remington Architect   You'll find a few touches of pink and green in the farmhouse kitchen with spacious island and matching pendant … [Read more...]

Beautiful Kitchens. Just Because

Do you love beautiful kitchens as much as I do?  I don't know what it is, but I never tire of looking at them. When I leaf through a decorating magazine, I always linger over photos of kitchens the longest. When I see a home tour on another blog or website, I'm disappointed if they don't include the kitchen. Maybe it's because the kitchen is the heart of the home where family comes together. So today I'm indulging my fetish and sharing examples … [Read more...]

Historic Texas Farmhouse: Charming Home Tour

Today's beautiful historic Texas farmhouse might look familiar to you. It was lovingly restored by Tim Cuppett Architects of Austin, Texas and appeared in a 2012 issue of Country Living magazine. I have CL magazines that go back that far; I should look through them to see if I can find this home feature. It's a classic Texas ranch with a spacious porch and a stunning yet quaint interior. Photo by Tim Cuppett Architects   The expansive … [Read more...]

Brighten Dark Rooms: 7 Simple Tips

My home is my refuge from the world. I like my living spaces to cheer me up. That means I need bright rooms that put a smile on my face. I know people who keep all their curtains closed all day. I don't understand it. I'd feel like I was living in a cave. Although my house has lots of big windows, we also have lots of big trees, which is great for cooling the house during summer. But those trees block some of that natural light so I've used a few … [Read more...]