Charming Home Tour ~ Cedar Hill’s City House

This past week I've been up to my eyeballs in Christmas decor, with a goal of getting all the halls decked before Thanksgiving. Why so early? Because the week after Thanksgiving I'm joining a virtual holiday house walk with about 30 other bloggers. But for now, I'm turning an admiring eye toward Anita's city house at Cedar Hill Farmhouse. A few months ago I featured Anita's ranch home, and today you get to tour her city home! True to style, … [Read more...]

Review of 2012 Home Decor Goals

About a year ago I started blogging in hopes it would motivate me to turn my home from a hodge podge mess to a more cohesive style. Problem is, I like too many styles and needed to fine tune because I'm not that good at pulling together eclectic. So I looked at Pinterest and several blogs for inspiration. I started to notice a theme in what I was most drawn to ... soft colors in a bright and airy setting with farmhouse-cottage style furnishings. … [Read more...]

Changes for the Family Room

A little over a year ago, I found the wonderful world of blogging. I was amazed at how many fabulous home and decor blogs were out there. Two of my early faves were Mod Vintage Life and Aiken House and Gardens. From there I found others and was inspired to start my own blog. Blogging is a way for me to hold myself accountable with home projects. In order to create a blog post, you need something to blog about. Each week keeps me motivated around … [Read more...]

Comfy Chair and a Footstool

Do you have a favorite place in your home where you like to enjoy a cup of coffee, thumb through a good book or grab your laptop and feast on some blog eye candy? Here's my little corner of the world where I reflect on the concerns of the day or chat with my hubby.The chair is nestled under part of my mirror collection. The footstool is a recent makeover.This little footstool had a lacy top with gauze hanging from the sides. It was … [Read more...]

My Claw Foot Tub Gets Frenchified

This weekend marks the third time this year that I've painted the bathroom. And I'm happy to say I think I finally found the right color and the right touches. Still a few more tweaks to be made but I think I'm on the right track now. Took long enough!Here's my beloved claw foot tub. It took me years to get up the nerve to paint her. In my last bathroom post, I said I wanted to paint her, and ya'll encouraged me to do it.About 99% of … [Read more...]

French Inspired Boxes

This week I've been working on some more decoupage boxes and altered bottles in hopes of opening up a little shop on Etsy. And I have to confess, I've been procrastinating because I'm a little insecure about it. What if no one buys my stuff? What if I don't price it right? "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." Isn't that how the saying goes?I started with plain, paper mache boxes from Hobby Lobby and added script paper. I had a … [Read more...]

My Little French Crock for Utensils

My last trip to Goodwill resulted in a couple of finds that I knew could be transformed. The first project I shared was a little cherub for the wall, which you can see here. The second project is a little crock I transformed into a kitchen utensil holder, with a bit of French flair. I'm getting ready to re-do my kitchen in a French Country theme. Not a major overhaul ... just decorative touches for now.So yes, I realize this label from Graphics … [Read more...]

French Script Butterfly Wreath

"Butterflies are self-propelled flowers."    ~ R.H. Heinlein Two things I'm lovin' these days ... French Script ... and Butterflies! So when I saw a beautiful French script butterfly wreath in one of my fave stores, I really wanted to buy it. But at $36 and some change, I just couldn't bring myself to open up my wallet. After all, it's just paper, right? Still ... it was haunting my dreams. I thought about how I could make one.But then I'd … [Read more...]

Little Table on the Side

After decoupaging my kitchen stools, I had a little bit of leftover black toile paper itchin' to get pasted somewhere useful. I also had just a little bit of script paper leftover from the decoupage desk project. And well, there was my little ho-hum side table that was looking a little forlorn. I found it at the Kane County Flea Market last year for $10 and painted it white, then distressed it. It was okay, but I wasn't completely satisfied with … [Read more...]

Flea Market Stools for the Kitchen

Every kitchen island needs a couple stools where friends can sit and hang out while you finish preparing morsels of tasty goodness. My kitchen island had no stools and I didn't want to buy anything new. As luck would have it, I found two matching stools on two separate occasions at the local flea market. They were painted differently so I had to give them a makeover. Here's what they look liked after redoing them ...Old Ochre from Annie Sloan … [Read more...]

Skinny Armoire Makeover

About a year ago I scored an old skinny armoire for $40. It's a great piece of furniture because it doesn't take up much space. Although I loved the dark wood, it felt a little ho-hum to me. After all the fun I had painting and decoupaging my desk (check it out here), I decided to apply the same technique to my skinny armoire, using a blue script paper from Michael' The desk is in a different room so I didn't think this would be decoupage … [Read more...]

Why Can’t My House Look Like This?

Lately I keep looking at decor photos in order to keep myself focused on the look I really want in my home. When I was first married, I loved the Asian look. Then my sis turned me on to American Country style (I know, quite a difference). This led to a more Modern Country style ... and then I met Martha Stewart. Well, I didn't actually "meet" her but you know what I mean. Now I'm leaning toward a softer Farmhouse Cottage look. Switching from one … [Read more...]

Divine Dining

My 140-year-old dining room is screaming for a re-do. Well, maybe not screaming ... but it could use a little help. I'm happy with the colors; Martha Stewart's Quaking Aspen green walls paired with white trim, but the table and chairs could use some freshening up. The windows could use some dressing, too. Right now they're graced with a simple, white, roman shade. So I've been perusing some photos for inspiration ...This print of Carl Larsson's … [Read more...]

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