Farmhouse Entry: Summer Refresh

Temperatures are rising into the 80's which means summer has unofficially arrived in our neck of the woods! Summer is my favorite season when the Earth is fully alive and birds are in full song. Today I'm joining a few bloggers to showcase our porches or entryways. If you're here from Ashley's blog at Cherished Bliss ... Welcome!  And special thanks to Taryn at Design, Dining and Diapers for organizing today's event! My farmhouse entry and porch … [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...]

Farmhouse Style Storage Ideas

If you live in an old farmhouse like I do ... you know your number one challenge is storage!  We have one closet in our house. That's it. Just one. So I have to get creative when it comes to storage ideas. Here's how I manage to organize things with farmhouse style storage. (This post contains affiliate links.) Let's start in the kitchen. This built-in bead board cabinet is my favorite storage unit in my house! I remember when we first toured … [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...]

Historic Homes in Wheaton, Illinois

One of the many benefits of living in the Chicago area is the diverse architecture you'll find as you pass from neighborhood to neighborhood. It's no secret my favorite places to walk are historic districts with their magnificent homes. I love the details you find on these old and charming beauties. Today's walking tour features historic homes in Wheaton, Illinois - home of Wheaton College and the famed Billy Graham Center. This lovely home … [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...]

Summer Porch Inspiration

June is just a week away and it's time to start thinking about summer living!  Summer is my favorite season because I love the warmth and sunshine. And one of my favorite places to enjoy warm breezes is on a summer porch. To give you some fresh ideas and inspiration, I've collected a round-up of open air and screened porches. I think you'll enjoy them all! We start with one of my favorite screened-in porches at Doreen's home who blogs at Hymns … [Read more...]

Planting Tips for Your Garden

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Planting season is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the smell of fresh dirt and enjoy planting new items in the yard and garden. Some of you may not be as enamored with the process as I am, so I'm sharing my planting tips. I already shared a few easy gardening tips with you a couple weeks ago. A climbing hydrangea from our local … [Read more...]

East Beach House: Charming Home Tour

Today's charming home tour features a beauty on the beach! I fell head over heels in love with this east beach house when I saw it. Decorated by interior designer Phoebe Howard, known as a foremost authority on Southern style, it oozes simple charm from every room. I think you'll love all the details and comfortable styling! beach style sofas and sectionals   I first came across the east beach house last week when I featured my post on … [Read more...]

Book Page Apples and Free Printable

For as long as I can remember, I've loved working with paper. It started with doing origami as a young child and moved onto making gum wrapper chains as an older kid. Then in junior high I became enamored with stationery and all the different patterns available. When I managed a fitness club, I loved coordinating colored memos and signs. And now, I love working with book pages and scrap book paper (even though I don't do any scrap booking). Last … [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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