Thanksgiving Table Ideas: Styled + Set

The next couple of months are going to be busy, so why not plan ahead and avoid some of the stress that comes with the holiday season? This week I'm joining several bloggers for the Styled + Set series. Each day you can enjoy fall and Thanksgiving table ideas for your own holiday setting. (This post contains affiliate links.)     My fall home tour focused on burgundy and wine colors. I decided to use these same scheme for my … [Read more...]

The Perfect Mountain Home: For Me, Anyway

Omigoodness! If I lived in this perfect mountain home I'd feel like I'd died and gone to heaven! I love its warmth, blend of textures, and the amazing views through all the windows. Photo by TOTAL CONCEPTS   The exterior gives a hint to the textures and colors you'll find inside. Stone pairs with rustic wood siding, while black metal details lend a touch of cool industrial style. A rain chain is used in lieu of a downspout. Photo by … [Read more...]

Nighttime Curb Appeal for Shorter Days

Shorter days create a seasonal coziness both inside and outside the home. See how nighttime curb appeal can be achieved with porch and landscape lighting. Photo by Creole Design   You don't have to get overly complicated with landscape lighting to enhance your home's curb appeal in the evening. Sometimes all that's needed is a simple porch light, in addition to leaving a few interior lights on. Photo by John Lum Architecture, Inc. … [Read more...]

Create a Cozy Reading Corner

Today it's 80 degrees in Illinois. On Thursday and Friday the temps drop down to the 40s. This is fall weather in the Midwest. To be prepared for the temperature drop, I like to create a cozy reading corner in my house. Here's a few ideas to help you create your own special place. Photo by Lisa Burdus Interior Design A cozy reading corner starts with a big comfy chair. I've always been fond of tufted furniture, and this chair looks like it's … [Read more...]

Butternut Squash Chili with Quinoa

Fall means football, and football means chili!  In today' case, it's Butternut Squash Chili with Quinoa. Whether you're watching a football game or enjoying time around the table with family, nothing beats a soul-satisfying bowl of chili during cooler weather.   Thanks to Krista at The Happy Housie for organizing today's tour of wonderful fall recipes. I had every intention of baking something, but I had such a craving for chili and … [Read more...]

Small City Kitchen That Has Everything!

Custom kitchens always pack a powerful design punch, and this small city kitchen in Chicago seems to have everything despite its diminutive size. Dark gray and gold pair up to create an elegant, classic vibe with a custom range hood and matching pendant lights. Photo by KitchenLab | Rebekah Zaveloff Interiors   My dream is to someday have a grand range with double oven like this one. White subway tile and warm wood floors give a nod to … [Read more...]

Warm and Inviting Craftsman Home

The first home I purchased as an adult was a Sears kit craftsman home. It was a warm and cozy home with amazing architectural details. Today, we're touring a gorgeous home with many of the same craftsman details. Photo by David Heide Design Studio   My Sears kit home didn't have a fireplace like this one, but it did have numerous built-ins. Note the missions style furniture and art deco accent pieces. Photo by David Heide Design … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins: It’s October!

In my household, the last three months of the year are all about baking and spending time in the kitchen. And right now I'm lovin' these chocolate chip pumpkin muffins! I've already made them twice in the past week.   It's the first Saturday of the month which means it's Cozy Living Saturday! My blogging friends and I have come together to give you several ideas for creating cozy warmth and inspiration for the month of October. All … [Read more...]

8 Warm and Cozy Bedroom Ideas

Although I'm not a fan of shorter days, I do enjoy snuggling under the covers of a bed in a warm and cozy bedroom. Here's a collection of beautiful bedrooms that'll make you want to curl up for a little cat nap. Photo by Ann Stillman O'leary   Wood ceilings always create cozy appeal in any room of the house, but especially in a bedroom. Add a vintage metal bed and you can't go wrong. Photo by Lands End Development - Designers & … [Read more...]

Halloween Skeleton Sightings at My House!!

Are you ready for a spooktacular month of October? I think my house might have spirits living in it. Recent skeleton sightings at my century-old house have me wondering if the house is haunted. Welcome to my Halloween Home Tour! A special thanks goes out to Krista at Ella Claire for hosting today's Halloween tours. Be sure to visit all 26 homes - links at end of post.   Skeleton sightings started in the entryway when I spied this … [Read more...]

Roasted Figs with Goat Cheese and Honey

What's not to love about the fall season? The Earth explodes in color and gives up its amazing harvest of wonderful foods. It's time to get back into the kitchen to whip up some wonderful autumn dishes. Today I'm sharing an easy and tasty appetizer of roasted figs with goat cheese, honey, and pistachios.   Last weekend I hosted a Tapas and Sangria party on the back deck by the pond. Everyone loved the roasted figs appetizer. A few … [Read more...]

Decorated Baby Boo Pumpkins for Halloween

Halloween! It's a fun day that kicks off the season of holidays! This year I decided to do more to make this spooky event fun for the kiddos in our neighborhood. I decorated baby boo pumpkins to set out on the porch. See how to make your own!   I confess I've never attempted to carve a baby boo pumpkin. I thought it'd be easier to make little faces with felt.   Start with clean baby boos and try to select shapes that have a … [Read more...]

My Late September Garden and Pond Tour

Although it's officially the first day of October, I'm sharing a tour of my late September garden and pond.   The State Fair zinnias are still going strong in our cutting garden. This is my favorite zinnia variety. They grow up to five feet tall and the more you cut them, the more they bloom.   I have a couple more varieties of zinnias in the garden. I love the speckled look of this dainty bloom.   I'm going to … [Read more...]

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