Charming Eclectic Home ~ Life in Grace

If you're new to my blog, welcome to my Charming Home Series! If you're a regular reader, I hope you've been enjoying the variety of charming homes featured each Sunday. I'm trying to showcase different styles so there's a little something for everyone. Today I'm super excited because Edie's home at Life in Grace is special and unique. Her charming eclectic home is colorful and whimsical with a reverence toward style and design. That sounds like … [Read more...]

Effortless Spring Tablescape

As the weather warms I like to spend more time outdoors which means I have less time for stuff indoors. Food preparation becomes less complicated and table settings turn simpler. Today I'm sharing an effortless spring tablescape as I join a group of bloggers that are sharing a week of pretty tablescapes. At the end of this post you'll see the schedule of bloggers that are participating ... lots of inspiration for you if you're planning any … [Read more...]

Decorating with Painted Bead Board

Cottage decor is one of my favorite decorating styles and nothing says cottage style like painted bead board. It lends a simple architectural charm no matter where it's added in the home. Today's Humpday with Houzz focuses on my love of painted bead board. (Click on pictures to see original photo on Houzz.) Traditional Laundry Room by Petoskey Kitchen & Bath Designers Designs by Dawn at the Lake Street Design Studio I can't believe I'm … [Read more...]

Small Space Living Rooms

Lately I've turned a critical eye to both my living room and family room. Neither room is particularly large, but they're adjacent to each other with a fairly large doorway so the spaces feel spacious. I thought I would use today's "Humpday with Houzz" to do a little research and find small space living rooms that I like for future inspiration. Farmhouse Living Room by Atlanta Architects & Designers Historical Concepts I've loved this room … [Read more...]

Take a Tour of My Cottage Style Farmhouse

This week is the Summer Showcase of Homes and you can see the entire week's schedule of homes at the end of this post. The tour is online so you can view these beautiful homes no matter where you live. Today it's my day to share my cottage style farmhouse with you and I'm pleased as punch to have you here with me! My butter yellow farmhouse was built circa 1875 and sits on a dead end street in a small town west of Chicago where the suburban … [Read more...]

Cottage Style Decorating in the Entry Way

My heart is torn between farmhouse and cottage decorating style, which means I typically end up fusing the two together as much as possible. I've been doing a bit of tweaking to the entry way, adding touches of cottage style. The entry way isn't a formal entry, but rather an extension of our living room. I had to be creative in positioning the furniture to appear like an entry and not just an unused portion of the living room. Our kitty Stella … [Read more...]

Create a Cottage Style Breakfast Nook

Cottage style is a simple, casual decor that's easy to create in your home. During the summer, I find it especially easy to infuse cottage style with light colors and summer flowers. Hubby and I recently went on a wildflower picking excursion so I took the opportunity to dress up my cottage style breakfast nook with summer colors. In addition to the wildflowers we found, I added a vintage tablecloth and swapped out my white captain's chairs for … [Read more...]

See My Home at The Cottage Market

Today my home is being featured at The Cottage Market, which is a delightful blog chock full of home decorating eye candy. Andrea is a sweet soul who features a different cottage style home every week and also includes posts about junk finds and other wonderful cottage type stuff. Even her logo is cute!  Head on over to The Cottage Market and see the tour of my home that Andrea put together. Even though it's summer, she included a few photos … [Read more...]

Summer Farmhouse Decorating Tips

The two biggest decorating seasons in our country home are Christmas and Summer.  Christmas is an obvious choice, and since summer is the time when I can bring flowers in from the yard, it ranks right up there with our favorite December holiday. Farmhouse decorating is really quite easy because the style is unpretentious, economical, and rather simple. Won't you join me on a tour of a few rooms in my home while I share a few summer farmhouse … [Read more...]