Windsor Chair: A Timeless Beauty

The Windsor chair is a classic beauty and worthy of a seat at any dining table. This style of chair originated in England during the 18th century and was widely popular during the revolutionary period of America.  Windsor chairs were first used in gardens and were typically painted green and left to weather outside. Eventually they moved indoors and I like to think that they were a staple at most Thanksgiving tables in Colonial homes. Photo by … [Read more...]

Decorating with French Gray

When I was a young girl I thought gray was a boring color. It wasn't fun and happy like pink or yellow. But now as an adult, I appreciate the drama and comfort of this sometimes moody hue. Today I'm sharing ideas for decorating with French Gray, which is actually a greenish gray. This Old World living room with a tufted couch wears French Gray paint on the walls by Farrow & Ball. It's the perfect color for creating a bit of elegance, without … [Read more...]

Country Home Furnishings by The Cotswold Company

One thing I feel like I'm not very good at is choosing furniture. I tend to work with what I have or what I find at a flea market or resale shop. I force things to work together (sometimes awkwardly so). But lately I've wanted to create a more cohesive look, even if it means I need to spend a little more for quality pieces. I recently stumbled across beautiful country home furnishings by The Cotswold Company and want to share them with you. It's … [Read more...]

New York Colonial: Charming Home Tour

We're traveling to the great state of New York for this week's charming home tour! When I started this home tour series over 2 years ago, I never thought the series would last this long. I thought eventually I'd run out of houses to feature but I'm happy that there are so many creative people out there that there seems to be no shortage of supply of beautiful homes!  Today's New York Colonial  has simple style with the color white running through … [Read more...]

Connecticut Farmhouse: Charming Home Tour

Today I have a special treat for you. A beautiful Connecticut farmhouse by Rafe Churchill  wears 4500 square feet of rich color and traditional style. Settled in the countryside, this charming home combines style with comfortable living that you just might find irresistible. Photo by Rafe Churchill: Traditional Houses   Inside the farmhouse kitchen, you'll find cheery yellow cabinets and trim work. Dark gray tones down the bright color … [Read more...]

Colonial Farmhouse: Charming Home Tour

An 18th century farmhouse resides on the site of the town's first 1635 meeting house. Lovingly and beautifully restored by Carpenter & MacNeille, the colonial farmhouse retains its original charm yet functions efficiently for today's busy living. I think you'll love how old and new come together to create a comfortably appealing home. Photo by Carpenter & MacNeille   Step inside to be greeted by a classic brick floor and Colonial … [Read more...]

Vibrant Oceanfront House: Charming Home Tour

If I had to describe today's featured home in one word, I'd choose the word "happy." Each room puts a smile on your face with its clean design and vibrant colors. This oceanfront house is a vacation home, but I think you'll find yourself feeling like you could live here year-round. The living room wears fun color in custom artwork above the mantel, flanked by two brilliant blue sconces. Photo by Rachel Reider Interiors   A porthole … [Read more...]

A Collection of Bathroom Vanities

You know, I've blogged about bathrooms before and I've talked about claw foot tubs too. But I've never focused on bathroom vanities and I think it's time to feature them. I'm sharing a collection of bathroom vanities in a variety of styles. Bathrooms and kitchens can make or break the deal when it comes to buying or selling a home and changing your vanity is a great way to update your bathroom. I'm lovin' this light gray one with its marble … [Read more...]

Colorful Farmhouse: Charming Home Tour

We're heading out to the Rockies today to enjoy a tour of a colorful farmhouse designed by Todd Remington Architect. Inside, you'll find a bit of English Country style mixed with farmhouse appeal. Pink and green are the dominant colors and I think you'll find this home refreshingly appealing. Photo by Todd Remington Architect   You'll find a few touches of pink and green in the farmhouse kitchen with spacious island and matching pendant … [Read more...]

Colorful Cottage Kitchen: Take the Tour

When I was running with my daughter last weekend, I confessed we were finally getting a new refrigerator. One week passed and instead of a new fridge, we were purchasing a new range because ours died suddenly. The fridge arrives in a couple of weeks though. Since I have kitchen issues on the brain, I thought I'd share this colorful cottage kitchen full of charm and ideas to spruce up your own kitchen. The designer is Alison Kandler, one of my … [Read more...]

Minnesota Lake House: Charming Home Tour

Summer is coming to a close and it seems appropriate to tour another lakefront home before cold weather arrives. Today we're heading to Minnesota to see a beautiful lake house by Lands End Development and BeBe Design. The home is warm and inviting, with a few little quirks tossed in for fun! Photo by Gridley + Graves Photographers   In the living room,  the walls reflect board and batten siding as seen on the home's exterior. Rich wood … [Read more...]

Living Rooms with Beautiful Style

Last week I featured a collection of pretty kitchens. Today I thought I'd share living rooms with beautiful style. Each one is unique and I think you'll find something to love in each space. Blue and white is a classic color scheme and you really can't go wrong when you pair these two in any space. Add a splash of yellow if you feel like adding a bit of fun. Photo by Tom Stringer Design Partners   Cream and white looks pretty and elegant … [Read more...]

Beautiful Kitchens. Just Because

Do you love beautiful kitchens as much as I do?  I don't know what it is, but I never tire of looking at them. When I leaf through a decorating magazine, I always linger over photos of kitchens the longest. When I see a home tour on another blog or website, I'm disappointed if they don't include the kitchen. Maybe it's because the kitchen is the heart of the home where family comes together. So today I'm indulging my fetish and sharing examples … [Read more...]