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...]

Painted Desk in Varnished Ivory

Behr sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine. In my life, I've painted more rooms, more houses, and more pieces of furniture than I care to remember!  My dad owned a decorating company and I worked for him during college summer breaks. I learned about oil paint, acrylic paint, latex paint ... and then there were wood stains to consider. I even tuck pointed an historic church in Geneva while he power washed it. Then when I … [Read more...]

Add a Love Seat to Your Living Space

I remember the first time I heard the word "love seat."  I was about 5 years old and I thought it was something my parents would squeeze into so they could kiss. They had recently sold a love seat to an antique store and this is when I learned my mother hated antiques. Still, the idea of a love seat sounded cozy to me and I was a bit enamored with the idea of it, even though I was just a child. I still enjoy the look of a good love seat today and … [Read more...]

Whitewashed Farmhouse Cabinet

Over the years I find that I'm getting pickier when it comes to scouring our local flea market. I'm not really sure why that is, but our monthly jaunt to the market is resulting in me spending less money ... which is a good thing. But during a recent treasure hunting episode, a dark farmhouse cabinet caught my eye that I knew I could transform a bit. This little farmhouse cabinet used to be a very dark gray until I gave it a coat of … [Read more...]

Farmhouse Style Storage Ideas ~ Farmhouse Friday!

If you live in an old farmhouse like I do ... you know your number one challenge is storage!  We have one closet in our house. That's it. Just one. So I have to get creative when it comes to storage ideas. And since today is Farmhouse Friday (yay!!), my blogging buddies and I are sharing our farmhouse style storage ideas with you. Let's start in the kitchen. This built-in bead board cabinet is my favorite storage unit in my house! I remember … [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 tearing your hair out looking for more places to put your belongings. As a blogger, I find myself accumulating more stuff over the years ... pretty stuff that I use as photo props to style a room and make it look a little different each time you see it. Why not add storage with an armoire that looks beautiful while it keeps … [Read more...]

No Sew Drop Cloth Slipcover

Every once in a while I get an idea that I think is fairly genius and I hope that it works out the way I want. You may remember I recently purchased a new white slipcovered sectional for my family room. I love the way it looks and I love that I can just take the slipcover off to wash it when needed. But ... it still makes me a little nervous because it's white, so I've been keeping large throws over it just in case. The multiple throws looked … [Read more...]

New Year, New White Sectional

Happy New Year!! Hopefully you didn't party too much last night. During my 2014 Christmas home tour I shared my new white sectional, but I didn't share much of the background story with you. For months I had been thinking about getting a new sectional. When it comes to furniture, I'm always shy to pull the trigger. I don't know why. It's just the way I'm wired. But when Kris at Junk Chic Cottage emailed me and asked if I wanted to buy her … [Read more...]

Vintage Painted Furniture at The Painted Drawer

One of my favorite decorating staples is vintage painted furniture. I've been painting furniture for years, but it wasn't until a couple years ago that I found out about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, thanks to several blogs that I'd been reading. Chalk Paint is a dream to use and is my favorite choice for painting vintage finds; it dries quickly, is easy to distress, and comes in beautiful colors. Someone who's a master at beautifully painting … [Read more...]

10 Ideas for Decorating with Painted Furniture

People typically fall into one of 2 categories when it comes to wooden furniture ... painted or unpainted. I think it's safe to say that I fall  into the painted category. I love the look of old, worn wooden furniture but I still tend to migrate toward painted pieces. To share my passion with you, I went to Houzz to find ideas for decorating with painted furniture. 1. Pull Out Color from a Patterned Piece A small, dark blue dresser pulls the … [Read more...]

The Phenomenon of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

For many years I've been a huge fan of painted furniture. I love that you can transform a junky old piece into a thing of beauty with just a few coats of paint. I do not, however, enjoy painting furniture ... that is until I discovered Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®. The paint adheres easily to all surfaces (I painted my claw foot tub with it) and doesn't require a lot of prep work. Score! I no longer use regular old house paint for furniture pieces. … [Read more...]

Love at First Sight: My New Buffet

I wasn't expecting it. Really, I wasn't. A recent trip to Carter's Cottage for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint resulted in taking home more than a simple can of paint. You can't just go into Carter's, grab some paint and go. No, you have to look around and admire all the new eye candy that the ladies put together. That's when I saw this little number. I did a double-take. Now mind you, there is oodles of gorgeous furniture like this in the … [Read more...]