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...]

My New Farmhouse Sitting Room

For over a year, hubby and I have been toying with the idea of selling our house. I thought we were going to put it on the market this March, but now I have cold feet. And now I'm wondering what we could do with our existing home to make us stay ... like the "Love It or List It Show" on HGTV. These thoughts and emotions got me to thinking this weekend and inspired me to create a new farmhouse sitting room. If you read my blog regularly, you know … [Read more...]

Randolph Cottage: Charming Home Tour

Today's charming home tour is filled with warm and cozy appeal. You'll find texture and vintage treasures within the walls of Randolph Cottage. Built by Bret Franks Construction, this endearing charmer is part of the Southern Living Plan Collection. The home is decorated by Park Hill Home. This is such a beautiful home, I think you're going to love it! The entryway sets the stage for what's to come. Neutral tones are paired with texture and … [Read more...]

Script Chairs for the Family Room

This post is sponsored by Kohl's, but all opinions are my own. I was paid for this post and received the included furniture and home decor as compensation. Ever since I watched the television series Revenge, I have longed for a script chair like the one Victoria Grayson reigned from as the villainess of the show. Victoria loved her special chair and it was easy for me to see why. I've kept my eyes open for a similar one, but was having no luck. … [Read more...]

Sunrooms to Brighten Your Day

This January has been one gray day after another. My hubby's feeling blue, I'm getting a little crabby, and we're both craving sunshine! To lift my spirits I thought I'd share a few sunrooms to brighten your day. After admiring all of them on Houzz' website, I found myself feeling a little better. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Photo by Colonial Reproductions, Inc.   Cool blue bathes this cottage-style room, providing a coastal … [Read more...]

Tiny Houses: Inside and Out

Do you think you could live in a tiny house?  I mean, really tiny, like a few hundred square feet or less?  I'm always amazed by people who choose to live in tiny houses. Yes, the homes are cute but I need a little bit of space. It might be fun to transport one of the smaller ones around America for a year's adventure though. I thought it'd be fun to feature some of these tiny houses on Houzz that are growing in popularity. Tiny House … [Read more...]

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...]