Create a Cozy Reading Corner

Today it's 80 degrees in Illinois. On Thursday and Friday the temps drop down to the 40s. This is fall weather in the Midwest. To be prepared for the temperature drop, I like to create a cozy reading corner in my house. Here's a few ideas to help you create your own special place. Photo by Lisa Burdus Interior Design A cozy reading corner starts with a big comfy chair. I've always been fond of tufted furniture, and this chair looks like it's … [Read more...]

How to Decorate with Hats!

In the master bedroom of my first home, I had a collection of hats populating one wall. I loved the look and often wonder why I haven't recreated it in my current home. While reminiscing I thought it'd be fun to gather some inspirational pictures showing how to decorate with hats. Photo by Emily Griffin Design   The entryway is an obvious place to decorate with hats. Whether propped on hooks or nailed to the wall, inside a door is a … [Read more...]

Landscape Painting Wall Art: 14 Ideas

Maybe it's the cooler days - or maybe it's the golden glow of farm fields after harvest. All I know is, I'm really drawn to landscape oil paintings lately. Here's 14 inspirational rooms that have used a landscape painting to decorate the room. A warm living room uses a peaceful scene atop the fireplace mantel. Photo by Carolina Design Associates, LLC   Note how the red of the tree in the oil painting in the room beyond matches the red of … [Read more...]

Pottery Barn Inspired Fall Mantel in Burgundy and Gray

Cupid shot me with autumn's arrow and I'm hopelessly ready for the most beautiful season. I'm also love-struck with burgundy and copper candle holders that now grace my Pottery Barn inspired fall mantel. (This post contains affiliate links.)   A gorgeous collection of burgundy, rose, and copper candle holders jumped off the pages of Pottery Barn's fall catalog and into my heart. It was at that precise moment that I knew my fall decor … [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...]

7 Romantic Shabby Chic Blogs to Follow!

Romantic shabby chic is a little bit white, a sprinkling of pastels, a few ruffles here and there, and all things vintage. A few of you have asked me to share a few shabby chic blogs to follow because you love the look as much as I do. Following are some of my favorites for you to enjoy! Shabbyfufu Janet is a Floridian with a great sense of style. As you can see, gorgeousness drips from every square inch of Janet's blog, Shabbyfufu. Here, … [Read more...]

10 Stained Glass Ideas for Your Home

The art of stained glass is rising in popularity and it's not hard to see why. Beautiful colored glass is held together by lead to create amazing pieces of art for the home. Studios are popping up across the country and in Ohio alone, the number has risen from just a handful 20 years ago to over 100 today. The art of stained glass initially took off in Europe during the 12th century, while the movement began in America when William Jay Bolton … [Read more...]

11 Red Decorating Ideas for Every Room

Red attracts attention more than other other color. It's equated with love, passion, strength, energy, and even danger. The color can be a dynamic way to enliven a tired room when done right. Here's 11 red decorating ideas to inspire every room in the house. Photo by Kathryn Ivey Interiors   Red is typically a bold color choice, but it can be soft and feminine too, as evidenced in the soft floral fabric of a club chair. The fabric reminds … [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...]

Rocking Chairs for the Front Porch

Does anything give a call to summer more than a pair of outdoor rocking chairs? Spending a bit of idle time rocking on the porch with a glass of lemonade or iced tea stirs up a nostalgic and simpler time. (This post contains affiliate links.) Photo by BraytonHughes Design Studios   A pair of white mismatched rockers on a cabin porch beckon you to slow down and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Photo by Timberland Design   A … [Read more...]

NEW French Vintage Decor Book: A Giveaway

French vintage decor is both elegant and practical. It enjoys a mix of antiques, French items, chandeliers, mirrors, and more. The new book, French Vintage Decor, shows how to effortlessly achieve this beautiful look. This post contains affiliate links. See my disclosure policy. Today I'm so happy to announce the new French Vintage Decor book by my friend Jamie Lundstrom who blogs at So Much Better with Age. Jamie has perfected her French … [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...]

Summer Mantel: How to Style

Styling a summer mantel needn't be difficult. Simply arrange a few of your favorite things in a pleasing manner using a variety of heights.   Today I'm happy to be joining other bloggers as part of the Seasonal Simplicity Series organized by Krista at The Happy Housie! We're focusing on summer mantels and you're sure to find inspiration from everyone's creativity.   The inspiration for my mantel started with a pair of rosemary … [Read more...]

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