Coastal Cottage on Martha’s Vineyard

A cheerful coastal cottage on Martha's Vineyard combines a bit of farmhouse style into its bright and airy rooms. The result is a pretty retreat that you never want to leave. Photo by Banks Design Associates, LTD & Simply Home   A beautiful seaside painting adds color to the combination office/dining nook. Photo by Banks Design Associates, LTD & Simply Home   Built-in book shelves create a cozy reading corner for relaxing … [Read more...]

Cappellini with Tomato Cold Sauce

Enjoy a super easy and extremely flavorful dinner when you make Cappellini with Tomato Cold Sauce. This recipe is perfect for busy weeknights as well as serving to guests on the weekend.   About a year ago I tried a hot pasta with cold sauce dish at a favorite Italian restaurant. I haven't been able to forget about it and decided to find a recipe to replicate the amazing tomato and basil flavor. Cappellini with Tomato Cold Sauce is … [Read more...]

Rocking Chairs for the Front Porch

Does anything give a call to summer more than a pair of outdoor rocking chairs? Spending a bit of idle time rocking on the porch with a glass of lemonade or iced tea stirs up a nostalgic and simpler time. (This post contains affiliate links.) Photo by BraytonHughes Design Studios   A pair of white mismatched rockers on a cabin porch beckon you to slow down and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Photo by Timberland Design   A … [Read more...]

Summer Fresh Bedroom Ideas

Longer days and beautiful sunshine make it easy to play hard during the day.  Be sure to pamper yourself as night descends with any of these summer fresh bedroom ideas. Photo by Burnham Design   Indulge in White White linens on the bed bring back memories of grandma's sheets outside on the line blowing in the breeze. The fresh scent of those sheets on the bed is so soothing and pleasant. Photo by Whitstable Island … [Read more...]

Light and Airy California Farmhouse

On the outside, a portion of today's California farmhouse embraces rustic appeal with its rough-hewn siding. But step inside and you'll be delighted by its light and airy ambiance.  Photo by Cassandra Crain Design   A traditional foyer greets you with a colorful patterned rug and simple round wood table stacked with favorite books. A subtle wallpaper adorns the walls above board and batten trim. Photo by Cassandra Crain … [Read more...]

Eclectic Neighborhood in Naperville, IL

A variety of home styles and exteriors creates an eclectic neighborhood in Naperville, IL. You'll find a mix of new and historic homes in this quaint yet bustling town.   Victorian Ladies Last month when spring trees were in bloom, we took a stroll in one of Naperville's residential neighborhoods just northwest of the downtown area. The streets feature a range of home styles, from old to brand new, and everything in … [Read more...]

Mango Banana Smoothie with Lemon

Welcome to summer breezes, homegrown vegetables, and frosty fruit drinks! You'll love this easy and refreshing mango banana smoothie that whips up in a matter of minutes.   This sunny yellow smoothie features the tropical flavors of mango and banana, with a bit of citrus-y lemon goodness mixed in. It also incorporates a bit of healthy rolled oats, honey, and chia seeds.     I found the recipe for a mango banana … [Read more...]

13 Shabby Chic Dining Room Ideas

The official definition of shabby chic is "a style of interior decoration that uses furnishings that are or appear to be pleasantly old and slightly worn." It's an endearing (and affordable) style made popular by designer Rachel Ashwell. If you're a fan, then you'll appreciate the following shabby chic dining room ideas. (This post contains affiliate links.) Photo by Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture   In addition to pleasantly old … [Read more...]

Country Inspired Summer Kitchen

Create a country inspired summer kitchen with simple farmhouse decorating details. Open shelves and free standing pieces recall days of a simpler time in the heart of the home. (This post contains affiliate links.)   Today I'm joining a talented group of bloggers for the Seasonal Simplicity summer home tour. A special thanks goes out to Krista at The Happy Housie for organizing this week's event (links to participating bloggers are at … [Read more...]

Modern Neutral Decor in California Home

Modern neutral decor fills a California home with style and warmth. Vignettes consist of findings from the owners' travels, creating a personal, comfortable living space. Photo by Breeze Giannasio Interiors   Step into the light-filled entryway and be greeted by rich wood floors, interesting art forms, and a velvet settee. Photo by Breeze Giannasio Interiors   White walls accentuate the woods and modern neural decor. I've always … [Read more...]

12 Earth Tone Kitchen Ideas

White kitchens have been riding the popularity wave for years now (my own kitchen is white), but wood finishes and neutral tones add warmth and cozy appeal to the heart of the home. Enjoy these earth tone kitchen ideas to add an organic element to your own cooking space. Photo by Crisp Architects   Natural kitchen cabinetry shows the beauty and rich intricacy of wood grains. To keep the kitchen bright, a white subway tile and light brick … [Read more...]

NEW French Vintage Decor Book: A Giveaway

French vintage decor is both elegant and practical. It enjoys a mix of antiques, French items, chandeliers, mirrors, and more. The new book, French Vintage Decor, shows how to effortlessly achieve this beautiful look. This post contains affiliate links. See my disclosure policy. Today I'm so happy to announce the new French Vintage Decor book by my friend Jamie Lundstrom who blogs at So Much Better with Age. Jamie has perfected her French … [Read more...]

Blackberry Lemon Muffins

Blackberry Lemon Muffins combine the fruity goodness of blackberries with the citrus-y appeal of lemons. The combination of flavors makes for a delightful muffin that's perfect for breakfast or snacking.   Today I'm joining several other bloggers to bring you a collection of seasonal summer recipes! A special thank you to Krista at The Happy Housie for organizing today's delectable event. I've been working on a Blackberry Lemon muffin … [Read more...]

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