Decorating with Yellow

Beautiful yellow!  It's associated with sunshine and happiness, smiley faces, and Sponge Bob Square Pants. Decorating with yellow brings warmth and energy to any room. Whether you choose to paint the walls yellow or simply add small accessories in the sunshine color, yellow decor can be a lot of fun! A beautiful yellow couch and other cottage style furnishings from Maine Cottage create a cheery living room. Sometimes bold colors can be … [Read more...]

Farmhouse Cow Painting in the Sitting Room

A few weeks ago I revealed my new sitting room during my spring home tour. But what I didn't reveal was an unfinished corner in the room. I'm happy to say I found the necessary pieces for this little corner, which includes a beautiful new farmhouse cow painting. (This post contains affiliate links.)   I don't know what it is about paintings of farmhouse animals that I love so much. I loved this cow's slightly pink ears and nose. Pink … [Read more...]

How to Add a Bit of Kitchen Color

When you want to spruce up your kitchen but don't want to spend a little money, add a bit of color. It's easy to do and really freshens up the heart of your home. My kitchen is mostly white which makes it easy to add any color.  What's great about adding color to the kitchen is that you probably already have things on hand that will do the trick. Here are some easy ideas to add a bit of kitchen color. Add a Colorful Sign You can find … [Read more...]

12 Ideas for Decorating with Soft Colors

Ever since I can remember, I've been drawn to soft colors. Most of my home is decorated in soft, serene hues, with the occasional jolt of vivid color. I think we all have our color preference, whether we love the warm sunny colors of Tuscany, or are more drawn to the cool tones of the sea. I pulled together a few ideas for decorating with soft colors and hope these photos inspire you. Living Room by Melbourne Furniture & Accessories Laura … [Read more...]

Create a Spring Vignette with Favorite Things

Now that my dining room is officially transformed into a sitting room, it's time to start turning the living room into the dining room. Next steps are painting the walls, fixing the chipped up floor, and changing some of the wall decor. Since I don't want the room to look too sparse in the interim, I decided to create a spring vignette on my dining buffet using a few of my favorite things. (This post contains affiliate links.)   I love, … [Read more...]

10 Charming Breakfast Nook Ideas

Who doesn't love a charming breakfast nook? It's a cozy and inviting place to start your day off on the right foot. Even if you get up on the wrong side of the bed, enjoying a creamy cup of coffee in a sunny nook is sure to brighten your day. Compliments of Houzz, I've got a collection of 10 charming breakfast nook ideas for you. A cottage cute breakfast nook to enjoy a vanilla latte with family or friends. Loads of charm with the globe light … [Read more...]

Garden Pots and Plants to Brighten Your Home

Are you itching to get outside and do some planting? Here in Illinois the spring weather can be finicky so you're never quite sure when you can begin planting. We've had snow as late as the end of April. To bide the time until planting season, I like to get a little creative with garden pots and plants. (This post contains affiliate links.) One of my favorite spring vignettes is this cheerful one with pink flowers and green plants. I tucked a … [Read more...]

Large Wall Clocks: Make a Statement

We all have our favorite collections or items we like to display in our homes. It's those little touches that give a home warmth and personality. Large wall clocks have always tugged at my heart strings. Maybe it's because they conjure memories of overnight visits to my grandmother's house, listening to the comforting tick-tock of her vintage clock while falling asleep at night. Large wall clocks are beautiful wall art you can use to personalize … [Read more...]

My Spring Porch and Entryway

Welcome to a tour of my spring porch and entryway! My house was built circa 1875 in a small farming town that is growing into a popular Chicago suburb. The town has more than doubled its size since we moved here. Today I'm joining the Seasonal Simplicity Spring Tour that features other bloggers showcasing part of their homes decked out for the season. Thanks to Krista at The Happy Housie and April at House by Hoff for organizing this week's … [Read more...]

Spring Mantel Ideas to Inspire You

The other day while out for my morning run I saw eight robins! Normally they don't come back until mid-March but it's been unseasonably warm so I wasn't surprised to see them. Spring is almost here and I'm getting the house ready for two online spring home tours that I'm participating in. March 9th is the first tour and March 15th is the second one when I'll reveal my new sitting room. To get in the mood, I'm sharing a round-up of spring mantel … [Read more...]

Pendant Lighting: Ideas and Options

If I had to choose my biggest decorating weakness, I would have to say it's something to do with lighting. I don't pay attention to overhead lighting. When choosing table lamps I always err on the side of picking lamps that are too small. Right now I'm in the market for pendant lighting for my new sitting room. As usual, I found plenty of inspiration from fellow bloggers and interior designers on Houzz. (This post contains affiliate … [Read more...]

Cozy Comfy Bedding That’s Oh So Pretty

Winter is the season for hibernating and sleeping. Even the animals know this is the time of year to catch up on a little shut-eye. What better way to snuggle up for a winter's nap than with cozy comfy bedding?  And if the bedding is soft and beautiful - all the better! Today I'm sharing 15 examples of bedding in a variety of styles from some of my blogging friends. Softly striped sheets and textured bedspreads create a pretty coastal style … [Read more...]

Farmhouse Kitchen in 1902 House

Lately I've given some thought to my diet and feel a need to get back in the kitchen to cook healthy meals. I love the act of cooking, but I don't like the time it sometimes takes. A well-organized kitchen makes meal prep more efficient, and I found a beautiful farmhouse kitchen in a 1902 house that fills the bill!  This beautiful kitchen and its photos are by Wengerkois Architecture + Build. Photo by wengerkois architecture + design   An … [Read more...]