Elegant Farmhouse: Charming Home Series

Elegant and Farmhouse. That almost seems like a contradiction of terms. Farmhouse is a comfortable, relaxed style whereas "elegant" conjures up images of fancy gold mirrors and other high end furnishings. But "elegant farmhouse" is how Southern Farmhouse Designs, LLC describes this Texas home renovation project of theirs. Today's Texas home wears soft colors and features architectural details like wood ceiling beams and built-in … [Read more...]

Country Style Mantels and Fireplaces

All my adult life I've wanted a room with a beautiful fireplace but so far I've never owned a house with a functional fireplace. My parents' house had a gorgeous stone fireplace that stretched up one wall of the vaulted living room. It was pretty impressive and is probably the reason for my desire to have one. For now, I have a faux mantel that's pretty enough for me. Today I'm sharing a collection of mantels and fireplaces to warm your … [Read more...]

Cozy Corner for Me: Giveaway for You!

This post is sponsored by Fiber One. All opinions are my own. Do you devote a little time to yourself each week? When life gets busy, I find it's really helpful to my well-being to enjoy time to myself when I'm not working or watching television. When it's warm out, I retreat to my front porch. Now that it's getting cooler, I've set up a cozy corner inside that's just for me! Keep reading, and you'll find out about a chance to win a special … [Read more...]

13 Fall Flower Arrangements

In my opinion, one of the easiest ways to add seasonal decor to your home is through flowers. In the spring, we think of tulips. Summer is filled with a wide variety of flowers in a range of colors. Fall brings its own assortment of the floral species in warm colors. Gather a bunch of flowers and grasses like the examples below to create beautiful fall flower arrangements. Create a loose and pretty arrangement by tucking dramatic sunflowers in a … [Read more...]

Family Retreat: Charming Home Tour

Today we're touring a family retreat by Hoedemaker Pfeiffer that offers a series of cabins. A main cabin provides the general gathering space and separate buildings, like a writer's hut, create private little retreats within the family retreat. Today's charming home is located on the San Juan Islands just north of Seattle. The main cabin enjoys an inspiring view from the front porch. Photo by Hoedemaker Pfeiffer   Although the outside of … [Read more...]

Navy and White Sophisticated Kitchen

If you're tired of seeing neutral-toned kitchens in the pages of your favorite magazines, you might enjoy this pretty navy blue and white sophisticated kitchen by Davonport, located in the UK. You'll find classic elements like subway tile, pendant lighting, a farmhouse sink, and more in this beautiful heart of the home. Photo by Davonport   An expansive stove with double oven is a must-have for any passionate chef or baker. Photo by … [Read more...]

A Farmhouse Dining Table for an Awkward Room

I think it was two Januarys ago when I first started talking about finding a new farmhouse dining table. I shared examples of farm tables I'd seen, and then a year later I swapped my dining and living rooms and created a new sitting room, which you can see in my recent fall home tour. (This post contains affiliate links.) My new table had to meet a few requirements, which is why it took a while for me to finally choose it. First and foremost, it … [Read more...]

Fall Vignettes with Baby Boo Pumpkins

When you don't know how to decorate for fall, or you simply don't have a lot of time and don't want to break the bank, create a few fall vignettes with baby boo pumpkins. These sweet little white pumpkins are my go-to decorating staple when the autumn season breezes into town. A few years ago I lined up several baby boos on my French bread board to use as a centerpiece for a natural fall table setting. I might use this idea again this … [Read more...]

Lake Michigan Cottage: Charming Home Tour

Happy Sunday, Friends! I hope that you're enjoying your weekend, and I'm happy that you're here to enjoy another weekly home tour. Today we're visiting a Lake Michigan cottage by The Cottage Company of Harbor Springs. I use the term "cottage" loosely because the home is actually quite spacious. A beautiful Moira clock nestles into a cubby beneath the winding staircase. Photo by Cottage Company of Harbor Springs   The living room is … [Read more...]

Stone Wall Decor: Adding Texture to the Home

Something about the fall season brings out the need for warm and cozy texture in the home. Pillows and throws are a simple solution, but what about the architectural appeal of a stone wall? In my childhood home there was a large stone wall fireplace in the center of the room, running up to the peak of the vaulted wood ceiling. I never appreciated that room as much as I should have. This rustic stone fireplace brings back memories of that … [Read more...]

Fall Decorating in My Farmhouse Kitchen

The past few weeks I've been organizing my rooms and getting rid of some items. My neighbor took most of my small furniture pieces and gave them to family members. I'm glad they went to good use and I feel a bit freer and less stressed now that the house is getting in order. My fall decorating is done and now I can breathe easy before the crazy holiday season rolls around. Today I'm joining a group of bloggers and sharing a tour of my farmhouse … [Read more...]

Fall Front Porch: A Place for Me Time

This post is sponsored by Fiber One. All opinions are my own. Fall means a lot of different things to me. It's back-to-school season, it's time for taking nature walks, it's fall running season, and it's time to enjoy a little "me time" on my fall front porch.  This is my favorite spot when I step outside of our house. It's like my little she-shed, minus the shed. I'm currently training for a half marathon and this is where I like to … [Read more...]

Tips for a Dining Room Makeover

This post is sponsored by Cost Plus World Market and contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own. This time of year always puts me in the mood to bake and cook! I think it's part of that nesting feeling I get when the days get cooler and shorter. Since the plan is to share some of that food with loved ones, it's time I hustle my bustle and get the dining room done. Earlier this year I turned our dining room into a sitting room and now need … [Read more...]

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