12 Charming Picket Fence Ideas

This past fall we finally replaced our rickety old picket fence with a new one. While I held a certain endearment for our "charming" fence, a lot of the pickets were rotting and we simply couldn't let it go any longer. I've always loved a picket fence and am happy to share some quaint picket fence ideas with you. How adorable is this yellow picket fence with its little gate? The house behind it is equally charming! I think I'm ready to move in … [Read more...]

Garden Planning Ideas for Your Home

As I write today's post about garden planning ideas, it's 75 degrees outside!  No wonder I'm in the mood to start thinking about what to plant this year. Crocus have been blooming all week and the daffodils are halfway up. I've even noticed my Virginia Bluebells poking their way up through the soil. This is always such an exciting time when the Earth gives birth to all that's beautiful! I'm sharing inspirational photos to help you plan your own … [Read more...]

She Shed or Potting Shed?

Which would you rather have? A she shed or a potting shed? Our side yard is big enough that we can add another shed on our property. Well, actually the side yard is an empty lot that we own and I'm toying with the idea of either a she shed or a potting shed. When I need inspiration I often turn to Houzz (click on the photos to see more of that project on Houzz). This luxurious she shed at Houzz made me do a double-take. It looks so serene and … [Read more...]

Fall Decorating Ideas to Boost Curb Appeal

Our temperatures are dropping slightly here in Illinois. Summer is clinging to September while Fall is trying to wiggle her way in. The trees can't ignore the shorter days however, and leaves are beginning to turn color. This is such a beautiful time of year and worthy of a post about fall decorating ideas to boost your home's curb appeal. Photo by Rikki Snyder   A fringe of red leaves creates a pretty canopy over a front door. It's nice … [Read more...]

Casual Patios: Relaxed Outdoor Living

The past 2 days I've been sick ... the stay-in-bed-all-day kind of sick. I get horrific cabin fever when I can't get out so when I started feeling better toward the end of the second day, I begged hubby to go for a walk down the forest preserve trail that our dead-end street empties into. The 60-degree air was good for both my body and soul and I started dreaming about our plans for the yard. I want to create a couple of casual patios this year … [Read more...]

12 Inspiring Garden Ideas

Last year hubby and I painted the outside of our house and this year I've vowed to pay more attention to the garden spaces. Perennials need to be divided and moved around, weeds need to be kept under better control, our backyard fence needs to be replaced, and I need to redefine garden beds. I probably won't get to all of it this year but maybe a decent dent can be made. As usual, I turned to Houzz for inspiring garden ideas. Portland Landscape … [Read more...]

Country Style Fence Ideas

One of these days I would love to get a new fence. I like our rustic style fence in the backyard but it's really more shabby than chic. I found a collection of pretty, country style fences on Houzz for inspiration. Let me know which one you like best! Traditional Exterior by Atlanta Architects & Building Designers Historical Concepts Here's the typical white picket fence. I've always adored houses with a picket fence out front. And I … [Read more...]

The Early Face of Fall

As I gaze upon the early face of fall and watch the season progress toward winter, I'm reminded of my mother's journey with Alzheimer's. The early stages of this disease are now progressing into something more serious for her, but she's entirely unaware. My grandmother had Alzheimer's so I'm no stranger to this disease that slowly steals the mind. Slowly the person you love and know so well begins to disappear. They no longer recognize … [Read more...]