Country Style Decorating

When I was first married, I decorated our little rental home with Asian influences. I loved ginger jars, oriental paintings, and black lacquered furniture. My sister on the other hand, was decorating in country style and the more she talked about it, the more I was drawn to it, too. Country style decorating has evolved over the years (just look at past covers of old Country Living magazines) and encompasses a wide range of influences ... from … [Read more...]

Country Kitchens to Love

How old were you when you started looking at decorating magazines? I was in my early 20s and my favorite magazines were Country Living and Country Home. I've always loved country style decorating whether it has a farmhouse, cottage, or modern influence. The kitchen is my favorite room in the house and I never tire of thumbing through magazine pages looking at country kitchens.  Here's a collection of country kitchens I recently found that I hope … [Read more...]

Patriotic Home Decor Ideas

Do you decorate for 4th of July, beyond flying a flag on your front porch? If you love nostalgic Americana style, you likely have a home with a few patriotic home decor pieces. I've put together a collection of rooms in red, white, and blue that I think you'll enjoy as our national holiday approaches. (This post contains affiliate links.) A sunroom uses a pale blue to give a fresh take on patriotic decorating. Photo by Lindsey Hene … [Read more...]

Farmhouse Dining Room Decor Ideas

When you're in the process of re-doing or redecorating a room, it can be a challenge to pull an entire look together. I recently moved my dining furniture to the living room and converted the dining space to a sitting room. I haven't done a whole lot in the "new" dining room as I'm still looking for farmhouse dining room decor. I also don't want to spend a lot of money so I'm taking my time. I decided to put together a few inspirational photos … [Read more...]

Who Doesn’t Want a Summer Sleeping Porch?

It's been a little warmer than normal the last couple days and although I don't like to turn the air conditioning on this early in the year, I admit I've had to. Last night I was dreaming of how nice it would be to have my very own sleeping porch during the summer months to enjoy the evening breezes while dozing. A screened sleeping porch of course, so I don't have to deal with mosquitoes and creepy crawlers! This cottage style sleeping porch … [Read more...]

Create a Summer Mantel with Favorite Things

Summer temps are reaching into the 90's here in the Chicagoland area this week. When it gets hot like this I'm motivated to keep my decor light and cool. Taryn at Designing, Dining and Diapers asked me to be part of a summer mantel roundup and I decided to create a summer mantel with favorite things. Make sure you check out Ashley's pretty mantel at Cherished Bliss - she's the blogger on this tour just before me. (This post contains affiliate … [Read more...]

White Ironstone: A Timeless Collectible

I think most people collect something in their lifetime. Kids collect marbles and rocks. Pre-teens collect baseball cards and teens collect magazines. Adults collect any number of things from antique coins to dishes to cars and more. One of my favorite collectibles is white ironstone, due to its affordability and timeless appeal. (This post contains affiliate links.) I found this large white ironstone pitcher at the local flea market for just … [Read more...]

Pacific Coastal Style: Charming Home Tour

Today's home tour is a bit of contemporary style mixed with coastal elements. Soft colors pair with hints of gold and the occasional bold color. The resulting look is fresh and appealing. Designed by husband and wife team of Studio McGee, I think you'll thoroughly enjoy today's Pacific coastal style home tour! The living room is soft and relaxed with simple window treatments and a playful patterned rug. Note the turned legs on the coffee table … [Read more...]

10 Examples of Painted Trim

One of the fastest and easiest ways to give your home a fresh new look is with paint.  Normally we think of painting our walls, but what about painting your trim a different color?  Although I love the look of beautiful wood trim throughout a house, I also enjoy painted trim and the way it can transform a room! A beautiful teal color sets off the windows and doors in this home with its nod to Craftsman style. The use of color gives this dining … [Read more...]

Cape Cod Renovation: Charming Home Tour

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! It's always nice to get a 3-day break from the work week, isn't it? I'm glad you here today to enjoy a tour of a renovated Cape Cod home. The house stays true to form, retaining its historic charm throughout. Shingle siding cloaks the outside of the home. The cute bulldog looks a little forlorn about being left inside on the porch. Photo by Design Fixation [Faith Towers]   The dining room has a cozy fireplace, … [Read more...]

Living Rooms to Love

While we all might want pretty rooms in our homes, they need to be livable too. In the living room, it's important to have comfortable furniture arranged to create conversation areas. And if the room is large enough, maybe even a space for a reading nook or a desk too. Here's a collection of living rooms to love in a variety of styles. Beautiful green and blue combine to create a cheery cottage style living room. Large windows and architectural … [Read more...]

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...]

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