Handcrafted Wooden Spoons and a Giveaway

Several weeks ago an email arrived in my inbox that would inspire me in a very special way. It's one of the things I love about blogging ... those unexpected surprises from a new connection that bring you joy. I received one of those surprises a few weeks ago when Loran from Polder's Old World Market introduced me to her family's beautiful handcrafted wooden spoons. (Polder's Old World Market provided the handcrafted utensils, but the opinions … [Read more...]

Clapboard Farmhouse ~ She’s Finally Painted!

Omigoodness it seemed like forever before hubby and I would ever finish painting our clapboard farmhouse! We started the project toward the end of July and finally brushed the last bit of paint on her the weekend before Halloween ... just before it got cold. Hubby predicted it would take 3 months and he was right.We had to cut down the bushes in the front of the house to paint it. Which really didn't bother me because they were overgrown … [Read more...]

Charming Old Farm Houses

Last year about this time I shared photos of some of the charming old farm houses in my town. Hubby and I went for a walk the other night and I grabbed my camera to get a few more photos of some of the local houses I love. This house sits on a nice piece of property in town. Earlier this year it was a pale mint green, so I was surprised when one morning while out for a run, I noticed the owners painted it a bold blue and gave it a new porch. I … [Read more...]

Fall Home Tour 2014

Welcome to my early Fall home tour! I'm honored to be sharing my decor with a group of other amazing bloggers this week (you can see the links to their Fall home tours at the end of this post). Since it's still September, I'm transitioning into Fall decorating. I plan to add more autumn inspiration to my home throughout October so I hope you'll come back and visit if this is your first time here! So come on in ... I'm so glad to have you … [Read more...]

Painting Our Victorian Farmhouse

Sometime in the middle of the summer we started painting our house. It's a big job because our 140-year old Victorian Farmhouse is all clapboard siding and lots of trim. The temperatures really dipped this week and now we're scrambling to finish the paint job. Luckily I bought paint that's good in temps as low as 35 degrees. Normally you'd paint the house starting from the top down. But we just bought the new ladder that hubby is standing on … [Read more...]

Choosing My New Exterior Paint Colors

This weekend was really busy and I got a lot done. Took the grandkids to the park and watched Peppa Pig together, Visited Dad in the hospital, went to the flea market, And oh yeah ... painted most of the front porch. Are you ready to see the new exterior paint colors? (I should note here that it was a 3-day weekend.) I went bold! Oh yes I did. This vivid aqua color is outta my comfort zone. But I saw a photo that inspired me to be … [Read more...]

Tour through Blogland

If you read a variety of blogs you may have noticed the "Tour through Blogland" series. Bloggers write a bit about themselves and some will share a couple of their favorite blogs to visit. Cynthia at Cloches and Lavender asked me to partipicate.Cynthia just moved into this new home she and her hubby planned together. I can't wait to see the inside once she gets everything put in its place! So ... onto the questions I'm supposed to answer … [Read more...]

How I Turned My Farmhouse Porch into a Mini Retreat

Summer is my favorite season of the year and I relish sitting on our front porch enjoying the gentle breezes and listening to the birds sing.  We have huge trees surrounding our home so the porch stays fairly cool and pleasant ... unless it reaches a sweltering 90 degrees with buckets of humidity. This week I'm joining a group of other bloggers to bring you the "Elements of Summer" tour and I thought it'd be a perfect time to share how I turned … [Read more...]

Charming Farmhouse Tour ~ Farmhouse 5540

Nothing tugs on my heart strings like a charming farmhouse that exudes beauty through its simplicity. It is, and will always be, my favorite type of house. Utilitarian in nature for the type of life the farmer leads, you won't find fancy and elegant things. But what you will find is a peaceful beauty in everyday elements that are both functional and appealing. With great excitement I bring you Farmhouse 5540 ... perhaps the best example of a … [Read more...]

Charming Shabby Chic Farm House ~ Heaven’s Walk

If you love farm houses as much as me, then you are going to LOVE today's featured home, which is the second feature in my new Charming Home Series! And if you love the shabby chic style, you'll love it even more! Laurie at Heaven's Walk has the most romantic and charming farm house I believe I've ever seen. She has a gift for adding soft, romantic details to every room. But why believe me?  Come see for yourself ... Laurie's front porch is a … [Read more...]

Spring Decorating in a Farmhouse Dining Nook

Snow, snow, go away! I'm trying to push away winter by adding bits of spring decorating throughout our home, and I went all out in our farmhouse kitchen nook. This week I'm joining some beautiful bloggers in the Seasons of Home Spring Tour ... aka "Blooming with Color." The weekly schedule is at the end of the post, so be sure to visit their pretty blogs for spring decorating and recipes.When I think of spring color, I think pastels … [Read more...]

Finding The Heart of the Home

You've probably heard the old adage, "The kitchen is the heart of the home," but I don't think this necessarily applies to everyone. We all have our "heart of the home" ... that thing or elements that makes our home a cozy refuge from the world. This week I'm joining a few blogging buddies as we share how we pour our hearts into our home. For me, that means breathing beauty and soul into my living spaces ... filling my home with things I … [Read more...]

It’s a Farmhouse Christmas!

Christmas is just two weeks away and I haven't bought a single present yet. Not a one! But my country farmhouse is pretty much ready to go for the holidays! I've been busy decorating and today I'm honored to be on a Farmhouse Christmas tour with 8 other lovely bloggers. You can see all 9 homes today! The links to their blogs are at the bottom of this post. But since you're here ... let me share my Farmhouse Christmas tour with you before you … [Read more...]

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