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...]

Palmer Residence: Charming Home Tour

I fell in love with today's featured home the minute I saw it!  Located in Cedar Key, Florida, this charming residence gives you everything you'd expect in an historic coastal style home. Plenty of vintage details paired with southern accents like two-story porches delight your eye at every turn. Are you ready to step inside this stunning home with its multiple porches for a look around? It's decorated by Rosenberg + Ginsberg Design out of … [Read more...]

10 Ideas for Decorating with Painted Furniture

People typically fall into one of 2 categories when it comes to wooden furniture ... painted or unpainted. I think it's safe to say that I fall  into the painted category. I love the look of old, worn wooden furniture but I still tend to migrate toward painted pieces. To share my passion with you, I went to Houzz to find ideas for decorating with painted furniture. 1. Pull Out Color from a Patterned Piece A small, dark blue dresser pulls the … [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...]

Summer Decorating Ideas: Home Tour 2017

Welcome to my short and sweet home tour with a few summer decorating ideas for you!  I've made a few simple changes for the season and am joining some blogging friends to bring you a week of decorating inspiration for the season! If you're here from Paint Me Pink ... welcome! (This post contains affiliate links.) The most work I've done for the summer season is seen outside. I shared my farmhouse entry and porch this past Monday. The front porch … [Read more...]

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...]

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