Modern Country Home Tour: Spring 2019

Welcome to my modern country home tour - spring edition! I don't know what happened this winter but I was on a bit of a decorating binge and made a few impactful changes - like changes in wall color.   My home tour is just one of many today. Krista at The Happy Housie organized today's Seasonal Simplicity spring tour. You might be coming over from my friend Amanda's lovely home at Sincerely Marie Designs - welcome! I don't know … [Read more...]

Converted Church Home with Beautiful Style

Would you ever live in a converted church? Before you answer that question, take a tour of this charming chapel that's been turned into a comfortable home with beautiful style! Photo by HSH Interiors   Inside you'll find the vaulted ceiling with natural wood left intact. The kitchen layout is efficient and functional. I think the wood ceiling and wood floor keeps the space cozy despite the high ceiling. Photo by HSH Interiors   It's hard to … [Read more...]

8 Built-In Ideas for the Living Room

One thing I love about older homes is the unique built-in ideas you find within their walls. It's nice to see some of the newer homes adding these custom features. Photo by Lisa Tharp Design   I started writing this post about built-in ideas for every room in the house, but I found so many great examples I decided to focus on just one room at a time. The photos above and below are the same room. Above you see the built-in bookcase, and below … [Read more...]

Snug Cabin Home Tour

You may have noticed recently that I'm discovering a new fondness for darker, cozier interiors. Today's snug cabin home tour is filled with cozy rooms in richer colors. The effect is warm and welcoming. Photo by Heidi Caillier Design   Dark gray paint covers the entryway paneling. It's like stepping inside and getting a big hug. Photo by Heidi Caillier Design   A golden couch adds a pop of color in the living room against the dark walls. Photo … [Read more...]

How Paint Adds Warmth to My Family Room

I did it. I finally worked up the courage to brush dark paint on some of the walls in my home. And let me just say that I love how paint adds warmth to my family room!   Today is the first Saturday of the month so it means I'm joining a few blogging friends for our Cozy Living series. You can visit their links at the bottom of this post to see how they enjoy cozy appeal in the month of February. I'm enjoying it with a new coat of … [Read more...]

Painted Floors for Beauty and Durability

Painted floors are on my to-do list for the month of February. The last time I painted them was many, many years ago and they're due for a new coat. I love the look of painted floors and am showcasing beautiful examples on the blog today. Photo by Rory Robertson   Depending on the look you're going for, painted floors can modern or rustic. High gloss lends a contemporary vibe while a flatter finish leans toward country style. Photo by Spinn … [Read more...]

Country Blue Farmhouse Kitchen

Do you remember back in the 80s when country blue was a wildly popular color? That was about the time I switched my decorating style from Asian to country. Today we're touring a pretty country blue farmhouse kitchen that's both quaint and sophisticated. Photo by Hill Farm Furniture Ltd Blue and white tiles line up in quilting fashion to create an interesting backdrop for the beautiful stove.  Photo by Hill Farm Furniture Ltd Large gray … [Read more...]

Create an Earthy Table Setting with Magic Linen

This post is sponsored by Magic Linen, all opinions are my own. Last week I shared a variety of inspirational ways to decorate with linens. Today I'm featuring an earthy table setting with a linen table cloth and napkins as the star features!   Magic Linen provided the gorgeous linens for my earthy table setting. They're located in Lithuana and ship to the United States! I was surprised how quickly I received my package of … [Read more...]

Transitional Mantel from Winter to Spring

Winter storm Harper is blowing through our neck of the woods and I'm hunkering down with candles at the ready in case we lose power. I'm also keeping our decor simple while we paint a few rooms and pieces of furniture. In that spirit, I created a transitional mantel to last from winter to spring.   White ironstone lightens up my vintage transitional mantel while a few houseplants soften the look. The plant is Swedish Ivy and is super … [Read more...]

Stone Cottage on the Lake

A cozy stone cottage on the lake oozes charm and architectural details. The home's exterior is especially unique with its mix of rustic wood and stone. Photo by Jeffrey Dungan Architects I love the diamond mullion windows throughout the home. They remind me of Dutch windows. My childhood bedroom had diamond mullion windows, although not as elaborate as those on this stone cottage. Photo by Jeffrey Dungan Architects The front door wears a … [Read more...]

10 Vintage Steamer Trunk Ideas

A few years back I scoured our local flea markets and antique shops for a vintage steamer trunk. My goal was to find the right one to use as a coffee table but I ended up with a new coffee table made of mango wood. I still dream of a vintage steamer trunk in my house some day and found 10 ideas to keep the inspiration going. (This post contains affiliate links.) Photo by Wind and Willow Home I love the idea of a dark steamer trunk in the … [Read more...]

New Rug in My Sitting Room: Cozy Living

Today is the first Saturday of January and that means it's time for another Cozy Living post with my blogging friends. I cozied up my dining room for the winter with a new area rug in brown, beige, and sage green. Similar to the colors in the landscape painting on the wall. (This post contains affiliate links.)   You may or may not have noticed the new rug during my Christmas home tour. I found both the area rug and new coffee table … [Read more...]

Create Character with Bead Board

Character is the main reason I love old homes. Quirky rooms, quality wood trim, built-in cabinets, and more. All those things that lend charm and interest. You can create character in your own home with something as simple as bead board. Photo by ML Interior Designs   Bead board is fairly easy to install and it really makes a great impact in a room.  Photo by Cushman Design Group   I love the look of natural bead board. It immediately adds … [Read more...]

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