French Country Cottage: Charming Home Tour

Will you join me today for a trip to France? We're touring a beautiful French Country Cottage decorated by Catherine Sandin. I think you'll fall in love with its Old World charm and romance. The quaint farmhouse exterior makes you feel you've stepped back in time to another era and place. Photo by Catherine Sandin   Step inside and you'll find wonderful French country details. Soft neutrals and textures pair with architectural elements … [Read more...]

Life in Season Book and Giveaway

Of all the giveaways I've offered here on my blog, it seems you enjoy books the most! If you're like me, you love the feel of a book in your hands with its crisp pages. And if it's a vintage book, you enjoy the softer pages with their slightly musty smell. Today I'm giving away a new seasonal book about the heart and home. Written by my blogging friend Vanessa and her sister Heather, the book is called Life in Season. (This post contains … [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...]

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...]

The Snuggery: Charming Home Tour

Today's charming home is located out east and features beautiful architecture and some amazing light fixtures. You might remember earlier this week I confessed that lighting is my decorating weakness (I'm working on it though). I was impressed not only by this home's chandeliers and lights, but its open spaces with bright and airy appeal. The project is by Stephens & Company, Inc. and the photos were taken by Wendy Mills Photography. The … [Read more...]

Pretty Paper Cone Garland How-To

If you're a regular reader of Town and Country Living, you know how much I love banners and garlands. They're an inexpensive way to add color and charm to a room, whether you're hosting a party or just want a pop of color to enjoy every day. Today's pretty paper cone garland doesn't take long to make and it's easy enough for people who think they're all thumbs.   Hubby thinks my paper cone garland looks like little hats.   To … [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...]

Dining Room Makeover to Sitting Room

A couple of weeks ago I revealed that I was turning my dining room into my sitting room. My living room will become my new dining room. After I made the decision to move forward with a dining room makeover - to a sitting room - I came across an inspiration photo on Houzz. I decided my sitting room needs a little more work to look the way I want. Here's my inspiration photo: Photo by Bret Franks Construction, Inc.   I love the wood and … [Read more...]

Colorado Retreat: Charming Home Tour

The last couple weeks we've toured east coast homes, but this week we're heading out west to enjoy a Colorado retreat that has amazing detail and warmth. I think you'll enjoy some of the fun interior design details created by Ashley Campbell Interior Design. A rustic style living room impresses with its soaring wood ceiling and stone fireplace. The room avoids being dark and dreary with the application of white paneling on the walls. Photo by … [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...]

Upgrading Houseplants: Creative Ideas

Most of us know that plants purify the air and so we bring them into our home. They lend beauty, texture, and health benefits. Unfortunately, they often come in plain plastic pots. Today I'm sharing a few creative ways for upgrading houseplants to give them a customized look.   This is a cute little Lemon Button Fern, which is easy to grow. Its dainty fronds enjoy indirect light and prefers the soil moist, but not … [Read more...]

Oyster Pond Estate: Charming Home Tour

A couple weeks ago I shared a home tour that I said was my favorite so far. Well, today's tour of Oyster Pond Estate is right up there! This home is so huge, they call it a compound. Choosing room photos to share with you was hard. I think you're going to love today's charming home tour built by Holmes Hole Builders LLC of Martha's Vineyard.   Because this home is so large, there are several living rooms to enjoy. This room is bright … [Read more...]