The Return to Small House Living

Turn on HGTV today and chances are you might see one of the popular tiny home shows. Before the economic downfall, the housing trend was leaning toward McMansions and then around 2009 a movement toward small house living was launched. You've probably seen those tiny houses that are less than 500 square feet in size. While that's a little small for my liking (I have claustrophobia), I can see the attraction toward cozier cottages. How adorable is … [Read more...]

Warm Up Your Rooms with the Color Brown

Normally I'm attracted to whites and cool colors when it comes to decorating my home. That all seems to be changing these days. For some reason, I've been strongly attracted to brown, tan, and other neutral tones like gray. Honestly, I think it began when I featured the Randolph Cottage in my Charming Home Series. The color scheme is a great way to warm up your rooms. Here's the living room from the house that started it all. I love the warmth … [Read more...]

Is Shabby Chic Still in Style?

The last few years have seen a huge surge in the popularity of farmhouse style, but what about previously popular decorating trends like shabby chic. Is it still in style? Shabby chic is defined by layers of worn paint on furniture and simple fabrics like cotton and linen. Colors are typically soft and feminine with plenty of ruffles and romantic touches. White, casual slipcovers are a main staple of shabby chic furnishings. Wood furniture … [Read more...]

A Year in Flowers: Book Giveaway

These days it seems more and more of my blogging friends are publishing books! I'm so proud of all of them and it's always good news for you, because I like giving away a copy of their books! Kelly from My Soulful Home recently launched her new book, A Year in Flowers. It's filled with gorgeous photography and inspirational ideas. Following are photos from the book. To enter for a chance to win a copy of her new book, simply leave a comment at … [Read more...]

A Touch of Pink for Every Room

Did you know that at one time the color pink was a preferred color for boys and blue was the choice for girls? The thought was that pink was a more vivid color and therefore more masculine. Blue was more delicate and therefore meant for girls. It wasn't until after World War II that the trend of pink for girls started to take flight. So if you want to paint a room pink in your house and hubby starts to squirm, assure him that it wasn't so long … [Read more...]

How to Decorate with Vintage Books

Since my teen years I've been a collector of vintage books. I love their colors, their decorative colors, and the musty smell of old book pages. It's hard for me to resist running my fingers over them at the flea market, and once I interact with them, they're likely to come home with me. My expanding collection of books creates a need to be creative in decorating with them around the house. Here's some ideas on how to decorate with vintage books … [Read more...]

Beautiful Bedrooms to Dream In

Some of my friends and family members have difficulty sleeping. On occasion, I struggle with sleep too, although lately I haven't had any problems. My philosophy is that if you have pretty space for sleeping, it's easier to drift off. I say this because I think your surroundings can calm your nerves and create a sense of peace. I asked some of my blogging friends if I could share their beautiful bedrooms with you. Kim's blog at Savvy Southern … [Read more...]

Get Cozy with Cabin Style Decorating

Kids will soon be going back to school which means fall is right around the corner. I love the crisp days and getting the house cozy for the autumn season. Cabin style decorating is a great way to add coziness to any room in your house. I think you'll agree once you see these inspirational photos that showcase the warmth and comfort a cabin provides. (This post contains affiliate links.) Cabin Style Living Rooms I like white so this vaulted … [Read more...]

How to Use Baskets in Your Home

Baskets make a great decorating accent! You can use them in every room and you'll find budget-friendly baskets in thrift stores or at garage sales. Baskets come in a wide range of styles and sizes. Use them for decoration, style, storage, and more! This post is all about how to use baskets in your home. (This post contains affiliate links.) Baskets as Storage Photo by Tiffany Farha Design   Baskets provide an attractive option for … [Read more...]

Cow Decor: Get the Farmhouse Look

Farmhouse style has been popular for quite a while now, and doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon. It's comfortable and practical, and isn't too hard to get the farmhouse look. An easy way to transition to this style is to add farmhouse animals ... like cow decor. Hang a painting of a cow in any room and you have instant farmhouse appeal. (This post contains affiliate links.) Did you know the color red stimulates the appetite? This dining … [Read more...]

Decorating with Neutral Tones

Some people think decorating with neutral tones is safe and reliable, and today's selection of inspiration rooms prove that neutrals are anything but boring. Browns, creams, and plenty of texture create warm, inviting rooms that say, "Come and relax. You're home!" A stone fireplace takes center stage in this living room with a vaulted ceiling. The rich wood floor provides contrast to the beige, slip covered furniture. Soft blue pillows and … [Read more...]

Vintage Poster Art for Sitting Room

 One of my favorite stores moved further away, which didn't make me happy. But the other day we took a trip out there and I found some cool vintage posters. For just a few dollars, I turned them into vintage poster art and hung the first one in my sitting room. (This post contains affiliate links.) I've had the bird poster on the left for awhile. The new one is the smaller vintage bird poster on the right. I had the empty frame hanging on the … [Read more...]

Romantic Prairie Style Book Giveaway

Summer is a great time for reading; I'm on my third novel so far this season. I also enjoy looking at decorating books for inspiration and one of my favorites is Romantic Prairie Style by Fifi O'Neill. I think you'll love it too, so I'm hosting another book giveaway. Just leave a comment at the end of this post to let me know you want to be entered to win. But first, check out the fresh, romantic prairie style you'll find in the pages of this … [Read more...]

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