8 Ideas for Sliding Barn Doors

Are you a fan of barn doors used inside the home? There's been a huge upsurge in farmhouse style decorating ever since Fixer Upper became such a popular TV show. In honor of the show ending its series, I'm featuring a collection of barn doors made popular by Joanna Gaines' popular decorating style. Photo by Lauren Leonard Interiors   Add a barn door to a mud room and when the room gets messy, simply slide the door shut to hide the boots … [Read more...]

Decorating with Ticking Stripe

Back in my early twenties I was a huge fan of Asian-influenced decorating. My first rental home was decorated in traditional style with heavy influences of the Orient. Then my older sister showed me an issue of Country Living magazine and everything changed. I fell in love with casual country style and never looked back. A tried and true staple of country decor is ticking stripe and today I'm sharing various ways to use its subtle beauty … [Read more...]

Board and Batten in the Dining Room

Just when I thought we were close to being done decorating the dining room, things changed. I felt a strong whim to add board and batten to give the room a bit more architectural appeal. I was also tired of the shelf on this wall and wanted a different look. So hubby and I took a trip to Lowe's and picked up 8-foot long pine strips for under $3 each.   The board and batten section is painted in semi-gloss Ultra White by Benjamin. The … [Read more...]

Fresh Country Style Home Tour

Today's fresh country style home pairs two of my favorite decorating staples - wood and the color white. The rooms are warm, inviting, and beautifully styled. The living room contains a variety of textures. Shiplap walls hug the room, soft linens cover the armchairs, and earthen pottery graces the built-in shelves. Photo by Kemp Hall Studio   On the other side of the living room is a beautiful fireplace and mantel. A wood mirror takes … [Read more...]

11 Cozy Breakfast Nooks to Start Your Day!

I think we've all heard that "breakfast is the most important meal of the day." I know I heard it in grade school or whenever starting a diet. Although I'm not a big breakfast eater,  I do love the thought of cozy breakfast nooks to start the day. It should be a cheery place to lift your spirits and help motivate you to tackle the day. Here's a few inspirational ideas to help you freshen up or create your own cozy dining nook. Reclaimed wood … [Read more...]

Spring Colors for the Home

Welcome to the spring installment of the Seasonal Simplicity tours! Several bloggers are joining together to provide oodles of inspiration and ideas for decorating your home for spring. You'll find links to their spaces at the bottom of this blog post, which focuses on adding spring colors to your home. Welcome to those of you coming here from Sincerely Sara D! My front porch is uber-simple right now since it's still a bit chilly out. I found a … [Read more...]

Farmhouse Kitchen in the U.K.

Today we're touring one of my favorite kitchens on Houzz. It has country charm and practicality throughout. This truly appealing farmhouse kitchen is located in the U.K. (as are most of my fave kitchens). Crafted by Hill Farm Furniture, Ltd., every nook and cranny of the bespoke kitchen tugs at my heart strings. I would love to take this kitchen and plop it into my own home. Photo by Hill Farm Furniture Ltd   The pendant lights are … [Read more...]

Easter Egg Wreath and Spring Vignettes

Days are getting longer, birds are singing in the trees, and I feel a little pep in my step! Spring is officially just days away and I can't help but infuse my home with spring vignettes. And I finally have the Easter egg wreath I've wanted for years!   I love this particular Easter Egg wreath for its neutral tones. I didn't want one too colorful. It also has a lot of texture to it. The wreath is from Antique Farm House, although I … [Read more...]

Beautiful Blue and White Kitchen

One of the reasons that I'm a huge fan of older homes is because they generally tend to have more architectural details than their newer counterparts. When planning a new-home build, it can get costly quite quickly when adding some of these architectural upgrades. But boy, they sure are pretty - like this beautiful blue and white kitchen by Crown Point Cabinetry! Photo by Crown Point Cabinetry   The coffered ceiling is stunning and really … [Read more...]

Blue and Green Spring Mantel

Spring decorating is in full force this week at my house. Yesterday I shared my spring sitting room and today I'm sharing the other side of the room. A spring mantel, which is decorated with a few blue and green items that caught my eye in my favorite store. During a recent trip to Cocoon in Geneva, I spied beautiful vases in shades of blue and green. Cocoon is located in an historic home and I love wandering from room to room, knowing that each … [Read more...]

Simple Steps to Spring Decorating: How To Guide

Welcome to Spring Styling Week! I'm joining fellow bloggers to bring you spring decorating inspiration for different areas of your home. What's different about this blog tour is that we're all sharing simple steps to spring decorating. Each day of this week focuses on a certain room. You'll find all the links at the end of this post. Today centers on decorating living and family rooms. Or in my case, the sitting room.   Step One: … [Read more...]

Why We’re Not Moving

About two years ago I started thinking about selling our 150-year old home and moving into newer construction. The temptation to move began shortly after our basement flooded two summers ago and we painted our home's exterior. Replacing a collapsed basement wall due to a freak rainstorm and flood, along with sprucing up the exterior with paint was a lot of work. And stressful, too. (This post contains affiliate links.)   We started … [Read more...]

Soft and Pretty Rooms for You!

I think it's safe to say that for most of us, we decorate our homes to create a certain ambiance or mood. We use darker colors to feel like a room is wrapping us in a warm hug, we use earthy elements like wood to make us feel grounded, or we incorporate pastel colors and ruffles for a little romance. Today we're focusing on the latter with a collection of soft and pretty rooms. Soft and Pretty Living Rooms White slip covers and long drapes … [Read more...]

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