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...]

Holiday Home Tour 2018: Christmas Kitchen

Welcome to the second installment of my Holiday Home! My kitchen is dressed in a bit of Christmas flair, ready for friends and family to drop by!   You can enjoy another week of home tours by following the links at the end of this post. Thanks to Krista at The Happy Housie for organizing this week's tour. The home before me on today's tour is Laura's who blogs at Inspiration for Moms. I just love her style and today she shares her … [Read more...]

Modern Country Ranch Style Home in Montana

We're taking a break from all the holiday decor to visit a modern country ranch style home in Bozeman, Montana. The house was expanded and renovated by StoneHorse Design, Inc. and all photos provided by them via Houzz.   Step inside to clean, fresh, and uncluttered interiors.   The light and bright kitchen creates a cheery space for meal preparations.     A high top table pairs with cross back bar stools to … [Read more...]

Mad for Plaid: 11 Decorating Ideas

Plaid patterns and fabric remind me of rich woolens from Pendleton Woolen Mills. Lucky was the lady who owned a pair of classic wool plaid pants from the Oregon company. Why not bring beautiful plaid decor into the home for the fall season? Photo by Robert Brown Interior Design   Plaids, first known as tartans, come in hundreds of patterns. You're sure to find one you love since there are so many variations. Here, a blue and white plaid … [Read more...]

Decorating with Farm Animals

It's no secret I love farm animals. I love animals of any kind - even snakes. I also enjoy decorating with farm animals throughout my home. No, not the real type of animals, regardless of how cute they are.   I'm talking about decorating with these types of farm animals - the statuary kind like those on my buffet. More importantly, the kind that don't make a mess in the house.   Cows The first large cow print I remember … [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...]

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...]

Update a Room with New Artwork

An easy and fun way to update a room is with new artwork. Prints and canvas art can be inexpensive and immediately gives your home a new look.   Since adding board and batten to our dining room, I've been searching for new artwork for the south wall. I found an Antique sign for the north wall that worked out well.   You might remember the my cream-colored buffet was on the north wall with painted shutters and a wreath above … [Read more...]

Is This the Most Beautiful Kitchen Ever?

First let me say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We all have our unique tastes which is why there's a wide variety of clothing styles, furniture designs, and so on. I find today's kitchen to be the most beautiful kitchen ever and understand if some of you disagree. But for me, this kitchen combines the best of functionality with a charming European country style. Photo by deulonder arquitectura doméstica   The colors in the … [Read more...]

How to Artfully Display Pottery

Most of us have a treasured collection at some point in our lives. Maybe you collected marbles or pretty stones as a kid. And now, you might have a collection of beautiful shoes or pillows for every season. I've always been a fan of dishes and pottery and appreciate all the beautiful ways to display pottery. Given ample space in a vintage cupboard, a humble pottery collection takes the form of a still life painting. The spacing of the pieces … [Read more...]

The Antiques Sign That Changed My Dining Room

An innocent trip to HomeGoods changed the look of my dining room. I was shopping for a housewarming gift for my daughter, and walked away with an Antiques sign that ended up changing my dining room. A large wooden Antiques sign jumped out at me from the clearance aisle at HomeGoods. I realized the size was perfect to replace the mirror I had just hung on the wall. It walked out of the store with me.   After hanging it above the board … [Read more...]

Country Garden Tour in Upstate New York

Somewhat warm breezes are beginning to blow and I'm in the mood to get dirt under my fingernails! I stumbled across a country garden tour photographed by Rikki Snyder and it's got me inspired. Stepping up to the front door of the historic Colonial home, you get a hint of what you'll see throughout the gardens. Second-hand treasures dot the property in really delightful ways. Photo by Rikki Snyder   Charming outbuildings add architectural … [Read more...]

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