Romantic Prairie Style Book Giveaway

Summer is a great time for reading; I'm on my third novel so far this season. I also enjoy looking at decorating books for inspiration and one of my favorites is Romantic Prairie Style by Fifi O'Neill. I think you'll love it too, so I'm hosting another book giveaway. Just leave a comment at the end of this post to let me know you want to be entered to win. But first, check out the fresh, romantic prairie style you'll find in the pages of this … [Read more...]

12 Screened Porches for Summer Fun

Summer is filled with many pleasures - warm breezes, sunny days, green grass, colorful flowers, picnics and outdoor parties, and so much more. But summer also brings a few bugs into its long, lazy days. Screened porches create a perfect space for enjoying the outdoors without having to battle the bugs. Here are 12 screened porches for enjoying summer fun! A white-painted screened porch enjoys a container garden filled with native grasses, so you … [Read more...]

Gardening Fun with New Deco Planters!

Is it ever too late in the season to plant and garden? I don't think so. Even though it's July, I'm still planting and today I'm sharing how to create cute container gardens using colorful and versatile Deco Planters. These fabric pots are water-tight and perfect for both water and terrestrial container gardens. They even come in a hanging version! I'm going to show you both container gardens - water and soil. (This post contains affiliate … [Read more...]

Fun Colors in the Home

White is a color often used in today's decorating world. White kitchens for example, have been trending for a while. But I know many of you crave color in your house so today's post is all about fun colors in the home. Whether soft and subdued or bold and bright, it's always fun to add a pop of color in a room. Blue walls create a lively backdrop for a cottage style kitchen table adorned with a white and yellow buffalo check tablecloth. This is … [Read more...]

Country Style Decorating

When I was first married, I decorated our little rental home with Asian influences. I loved ginger jars, oriental paintings, and black lacquered furniture. My sister on the other hand, was decorating in country style and the more she talked about it, the more I was drawn to it, too. Country style decorating has evolved over the years (just look at past covers of old Country Living magazines) and encompasses a wide range of influences ... from … [Read more...]

Country Kitchens to Love

How old were you when you started looking at decorating magazines? I was in my early 20s and my favorite magazines were Country Living and Country Home. I've always loved country style decorating whether it has a farmhouse, cottage, or modern influence. The kitchen is my favorite room in the house and I never tire of thumbing through magazine pages looking at country kitchens.  Here's a collection of country kitchens I recently found that I hope … [Read more...]

Patriotic Home Decor Ideas

Do you decorate for 4th of July, beyond flying a flag on your front porch? If you love nostalgic Americana style, you likely have a home with a few patriotic home decor pieces. I've put together a collection of rooms in red, white, and blue that I think you'll enjoy as our national holiday approaches. (This post contains affiliate links.) A sunroom uses a pale blue to give a fresh take on patriotic decorating. Photo by Lindsey Hene … [Read more...]

Farmhouse Dining Room Decor Ideas

When you're in the process of re-doing or redecorating a room, it can be a challenge to pull an entire look together. I recently moved my dining furniture to the living room and converted the dining space to a sitting room. I haven't done a whole lot in the "new" dining room as I'm still looking for farmhouse dining room decor. I also don't want to spend a lot of money so I'm taking my time. I decided to put together a few inspirational photos … [Read more...]

Who Doesn’t Want a Summer Sleeping Porch?

It's been a little warmer than normal the last couple days and although I don't like to turn the air conditioning on this early in the year, I admit I've had to. Last night I was dreaming of how nice it would be to have my very own sleeping porch during the summer months to enjoy the evening breezes while dozing. A screened sleeping porch of course, so I don't have to deal with mosquitoes and creepy crawlers! This cottage style sleeping porch … [Read more...]

Create a Summer Mantel with Favorite Things

Summer temps are reaching into the 90's here in the Chicagoland area this week. When it gets hot like this I'm motivated to keep my decor light and cool. Taryn at Designing, Dining and Diapers asked me to be part of a summer mantel roundup and I decided to create a summer mantel with favorite things. Make sure you check out Ashley's pretty mantel at Cherished Bliss - she's the blogger on this tour just before me. (This post contains affiliate … [Read more...]

White Ironstone: A Timeless Collectible

I think most people collect something in their lifetime. Kids collect marbles and rocks. Pre-teens collect baseball cards and teens collect magazines. Adults collect any number of things from antique coins to dishes to cars and more. One of my favorite collectibles is white ironstone, due to its affordability and timeless appeal. (This post contains affiliate links.) I found this large white ironstone pitcher at the local flea market for just … [Read more...]

Pacific Coastal Style: Charming Home Tour

Today's home tour is a bit of contemporary style mixed with coastal elements. Soft colors pair with hints of gold and the occasional bold color. The resulting look is fresh and appealing. Designed by husband and wife team of Studio McGee, I think you'll thoroughly enjoy today's Pacific coastal style home tour! The living room is soft and relaxed with simple window treatments and a playful patterned rug. Note the turned legs on the coffee table … [Read more...]

10 Examples of Painted Trim

One of the fastest and easiest ways to give your home a fresh new look is with paint.  Normally we think of painting our walls, but what about painting your trim a different color?  Although I love the look of beautiful wood trim throughout a house, I also enjoy painted trim and the way it can transform a room! A beautiful teal color sets off the windows and doors in this home with its nod to Craftsman style. The use of color gives this dining … [Read more...]

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