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...]

Winter Mantel: Candles and Nature

After taking down all the Christmas decorations, my house was looking cold and barren. I thought about what I could do to cozy things up and decided to create a winter mantel. Taryn at Design, Dining and Diapers was on the same wavelength. She organized a small group of bloggers to all share our winter mantels today. (This post contains affiliate links.)   If you're coming here from Blesser House ... welcome!  I love Lauren's beautiful … [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...]

11 Winter Decorating Ideas

Yesterday the photographer from American Farmhouse magazine was here to take pictures of my Christmas decorations. I have to admit, it feels a little odd having a stranger become so intimate with your home. Don't get me wrong, he and his assistant were very nice and he even gave me some photography tips. But as the day came to a close I realized my Christmas decor would soon be taken down and put away, which always makes me a little melancholy. … [Read more...]

Pantone Greenery: 2017 Color of the Year

Have you heard the news?  Greenery is Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year! I love this choice because it's so organic and earthy. The color green comes in so many shades from kelly to sage to yellow and blue tones. Pantone Greenery is a bright yellow-green that portrays spring and summer in all their loveliness. If you're ready to add this fresh color to your decor, you're sure to find inspiring examples here. (Some images are from Houzz - click on … [Read more...]

Christmas Bedroom: Holiday Decorating

Old Man Winter gifted our neighborhood with almost a foot of snow yesterday. The mini blizzard created an opportune moment for staying indoors and adding a bit more holiday decor to the rest of the house. My Christmas Home Tour was shared last week but I didn't include a Christmas bedroom, so today I'm sharing one of our under-the-eaves bedrooms.   My daughters slept in here when they were much younger, but there were two twin beds as … [Read more...]

Moving Tips and Furniture Rental Options

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CORT for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. In the midst of getting ready for Christmas, hubby and I have also been planning the sale of our home this coming spring. I'm anxious to purge ourselves of a lot of stuff, but it's a challenge because I don't want to get rid of things we might need. I'm making a list of moving tips now and have considered the possibility of temporarily renting … [Read more...]

Robb Restyle: Charming Home Tour

Here in Illinois we're enjoying a "heat wave" of sorts. It's in the mid 60-degree temperatures which is almost unheard of this time of year. I want to get out and take some photos of adorable bungalows and cottages in our area ... maybe tomorrow. But for now, you can enjoy Kristy's fun and colorful bungalow from Robb Restyle. It's so adorable. So charming. And just plain happy. Kristy used a sunny yellow paint on the side entrance door to her … [Read more...]

Windsor Chair: A Timeless Beauty

The Windsor chair is a classic beauty and worthy of a seat at any dining table. This style of chair originated in England during the 18th century and was widely popular during the revolutionary period of America.  Windsor chairs were first used in gardens and were typically painted green and left to weather outside. Eventually they moved indoors and I like to think that they were a staple at most Thanksgiving tables in Colonial homes. Photo by … [Read more...]

Home Exterior: What’s Your Favorite Style?

When you drive or walk around neighborhoods, do you find yourself drawn to one particular style of home exterior?  Or maybe you're drawn to a specific color of houses. Today I've got a collection of home exterior styles to share with you. I'd love to hear what style you prefer most! Photo by JB Architecture Group, Inc.   Craftsman Style Home Exterior Craftsman style is distinctly American. The houses typically have low pitched roofs and … [Read more...]

Decorating with French Gray

When I was a young girl I thought gray was a boring color. It wasn't fun and happy like pink or yellow. But now as an adult, I appreciate the drama and comfort of this sometimes moody hue. Today I'm sharing ideas for decorating with French Gray, which is actually a greenish gray. This Old World living room with a tufted couch wears French Gray paint on the walls by Farrow & Ball. It's the perfect color for creating a bit of elegance, without … [Read more...]

Book Lover’s Table Setting

Before you know it, the holidays will be here and it'll be time to set a pretty table. Today I'm happy to join a group of creative bloggers to bring you a round of tablescapes to give you ideas for a holiday setting. Of course, you don't need a special event to set a nice table. Make any day a special occasion with these ideas. I've chosen to share a Book Lover's Table Setting with you. Links to the other bloggers are at the end of the … [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...]