London Renovated Townhouse Features Casual Elegance

A beautifully renovated townhouse in London shows off casual elegance with a nod to the Hampton's coastal style. The result is a gorgeously comfortable home in soft hues. Photo by Lisette Voute Designs   The home's entryway features an impressive front door with simple pendant light. Photo by Lisette Voute Designs   The soft light of the entryway continues into the living room with a pretty brick fireplace and white painted … [Read more...]

Mission Fig and Walnut Salad with Manchego Cheese

Eating a healthy salad is a surefire way to make you feel better about yourself. Not only is it physically good for you, but it's psychologically beneficial as well. Today's Fig and Walnut Salad provides oodles of nutritional benefits.    Red and green leaf lettuce pairs together to create the base for this tasty salad. Add figs for sweetness, walnuts for protein, and cheese for flavor - and you have a salad that's perfect for lunch or … [Read more...]

9 Kitchen Peninsula Ideas to Enhance Your Cooking Space

Remember when most new homes in the 70's came complete with a kitchen peninsula? Today they're being replaced with kitchen islands, but the peninsula has features and benefits that might make you think twice before tearing it out and replacing it with an island.  Photo by Elizabeth Lawson Design Kitchen peninsulas are connected to a wall or piece of furnishing, while a kitchen island is free standing. While the island is popular with today's … [Read more...]

19 Sweet Summer Flower Arrangements

Summer is carefree and beautiful, with its riotous palette of flower colors all over the landscapes and fields. Put those pretty petals to good use with any of these 19 summer flower arrangements. Photo by Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs, Inc.   Clip flowers from the garden and tuck them in pretty decoupaged pots. I've shared how to decoupage garden pots using floral print napkins. They're so easy to make! By Callwey … [Read more...]

Mediterranean Style Home with Entertaining in Mind

For years I've been showcasing homes each Sunday on my blog - formerly known as the Charming Home Series. I want to be sure to feature a variety of styles, and with that in mind, I think you'll enjoy touring this Mediterranean style home! Photo by Jute Interior Design   Walk in the front door ad you're greeted by a creative staircase with patterned tile on the stair risers. The arched doorway to the kitchen and breakfast nook are another … [Read more...]

Cozy Kitchen for the Summer Season

No doubt about it - summer is my favorite season. The earth is bursting with life and all its goodness. My favorite room in the house this time of year is my cozy kitchen.   Welcome to another installment of our Cozy Living series. My blogging friends and I are sharing how we make life cozy during the month of July. For me, I'm drawn to creating fabulous meals with all the produce from local farmer's markets and my own vegetable … [Read more...]

Best Ever Vintage Potato Salad Recipe

Summertime is potato salad time! I love the stuff but at the same time I'm pretty picky about how it's made. Always on the hunt for a better recipe, I've found the best ever vintage potato salad recipe!   My grandmother made the best potato salad I ever remember eating. She had one of those retro dining tables from the 1950's in the center of her kitchen. I'd sit there and play cards or color while she cooked up a storm. Pork chops … [Read more...]

Small Kitchen: How to Make It Work

A small kitchen can be a beautiful space for cooking and enjoying great food. Here's a few examples on how to make its small size work for you and your family! Photo by Signature Kitchens   To give the illusion of more space, keep your cabinets lighter in color. White paint brightens rooms, making them feel larger. A hint of pale blue is provided with the subway tile. The effect is soft and pretty. Photo by Studio Miel   Having … [Read more...]

Daisy Printables for Summer Art

Pretty prints make it easy to create your own artwork - all on a friendly budget! Today I've got a trio of summery daisy printables for you to enjoy in your own home!   Daisies always remind me of my mother. They were her favorite flower. Every birthday or Mother's Day, it seems like someone would give her daisies.   I wasn't planning to share another printable so soon, since last week I shared a pair of charming vintage cow … [Read more...]

New England Farmhouse with Cozy Goodness

A charming New England farmhouse is filled with color and loads of cozy appeal. The home is owned by a potter who's artistry is evident throughout her pretty home. Photo by Rikki Snyder   Step through a beautifully carved wooden door into an inviting entryway with simple peg hooks for unloading coats and hats. A simple country style light fixture gives a nod to the home's casual appeal. Photo by Rikki Snyder   Who can resist this … [Read more...]

Good Ol’ Simple Corn Fritters

Certain foods arouse distinct and comforting memories, and for me, one of those foods is good ol' heartwarming corn fritters!   When I was a kid we sometimes ate Sunday dinners at White Fence Farm in Joliet. We'd make the hour-long trek after church knowing the food would satiate the seven growling stomachs packed into the family station wagon. The Southern style restaurant served platters of fried chicken served family style. Side … [Read more...]

Cow Printables: DIY Farmhouse Art

Add instant farmhouse appeal to your home by creating country style wall art with a pair of vintage cow printables.  Enjoy these soft images of beautiful cows in peaceful fields during the summertime.    Today I'm joining a group of bloggers to share free printables for you to use and enjoy. A special thank you to Krista at The Happy Housie for organizing this creative and fun event! It gave me the motivation I needed to fill a blank … [Read more...]

How to Decorate with Flea Market Finds

Summer is flea market season and it extends well into fall. See how to turn your flea market finds into beautiful home decor that makes a visual impact! Photo by Adrienne DeRosa   Flea markets always have an ample supply of vintage dishes like colorful Fiesta ware, vintage China, or classic white ironstone (my personal favorite). Take the doors off your kitchen cabinets to display your beloved treasures. Photo by Alison Kandler Interior … [Read more...]

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