Elements of Craftsman Style

The first home I ever purchased was an incredibly cute craftsman style Sears catalog home. Back in the early 20th century you could order an entire home out of the catalog and the components were delivered to your lot for someone to piece together.  I clearly remember the day the realtor took us to see the house. I took one step inside, saw all the natural woodwork and built-ins and said, "this is it!" We wrote an offer and a few days later the … [Read more...]

Industrial Chic Model Home

Do you like to walk through model homes or visit open houses?  I do but I'm not really sure why. Does it stem from youth when I played house all the time as a little girl? I've just always had a fascination with houses, from their layouts to the way they're decorated. I never tire of looking at houses. When I was in high school I used to draw floor plans of houses I would design. I thought about being an architect at one time. Anywho ...  hubby … [Read more...]

Decorating with Flowers: 12 Easy Ideas

When spring rolls into summer, I find less time for decorating inside. Warm weather beckons me outside to enjoy the flower beds and vegetable gardens. Lazy afternoons and long walks are more enjoyable than spending time indoors. For quick decorating, I turn to simple flower arrangements to add color and softness. Today I've rounded up some of my favorite tips for decorating with flowers. Garden Flowers By far, the most economical way of … [Read more...]

Decorating with Navy Blue

Want to add a little sophistication to your home's decor without settling for a neutral color scheme? Try decorating with navy blue!  The color adds drama and can stand up to bold colors. It also pairs beautifully with white, creating a nautical vibe. Here's several inspiration photos for adding cool navy blue to any room in your house.   Living Rooms Perhaps the easiest room in the house to try decorating with navy blue is the living … [Read more...]

Are You Ready to Decorate with Apple Green?

Remember that show "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy?" On one of the episodes Thom Filicia, the "design doctor" used apple green to decorate one of the straight guy's bathroom. I would've never thought to use that color in such a small space, but ever since that transformation I've loved the color! And the bathroom turned out great, by the way. So today's post is a nod to that vibrant color ... are you ready to decorate with apple green? A pretty, … [Read more...]

Open Shelving Ideas: How to Style

Open floor plans and open shelves have made a comeback in today's design world. Seems we like the idea of living in open spaces, unencumbered by walls and doors. While this look may not be for everyone, I thought I'd share open shelving ideas from a few friends, along with ideas from my own house. You'll also get ideas on how to style open shelves. If you visit my blog, you've probably seen my farmhouse sideboard with a simple pair of painted … [Read more...]

Tips for Decorating with Pillows

Pillows should be a fairly simple decorating staple, but sometimes the simplest of matters can be a little confusing. Pillows come in a range of sizes, shapes, and colors. Mixing them up creates the greatest visual interest in your home. If you need a little help, I'm sharing simple tips for decorating with pillows. Photo by Caitlin Wilson Design   Choose a Color Scheme If you have a hard time choosing pillows, pick a color scheme and … [Read more...]

How to Add Coastal Style to Your Home

Coastal style is comfortable and carefree with a nod to colors of the beach. It originated on the Atlantic coast in homes with expansive windows to let in seaside breezes. Coastal interiors can withstand sand from the beach and salt from the air. With nautical influences, it can be romantic, rustic, classic or modern. You'll find a variety of coastal influences to add to your own home - perfect for summer! A wall of windows keeps this coastal … [Read more...]

How to Select the Right Coffee Table

This post on selecting the right coffee table is sponsored by Oak Furnitureland. All opinions are my own. Ever since I added our white, slip covered sectional to our family room, I've been longing for the right coffee table. I've kept my eyes open while shopping but nothing seemed to fit the bill. I wanted natural wood with a square shape - and not too tall. After months of casual searching, I was thrilled when I finally found what I was looking … [Read more...]

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...]