Spring Porch Dining: Boho Chic Style

When the weather turns warmer, hubby and I enjoy dining al fresco. I like to set a colorful table for outdoor meals and decided a little spring porch dining was in order.  I transformed the front porch into a romantic boho chic dining area with Moroccan-style lanterns and jewel-toned place settings. (This post contains affiliate links.)  When you're done checking out my outdoor spring tablescape, visit my blogging friends whose links … [Read more...]

Create a Spring Vignette with Favorite Things

Now that my dining room is officially transformed into a sitting room, it's time to start turning the living room into the dining room. Next steps are painting the walls, fixing the chipped up floor, and changing some of the wall decor. Since I don't want the room to look too sparse in the interim, I decided to create a spring vignette on my dining buffet using a few of my favorite things. (This post contains affiliate links.)  I love, … [Read more...]

12 Spring Table Setting Ideas

Hello Friends!  I had every intention of sharing a new spring table setting with you today, but I've been a bit under the weather lately and needed to get some rest over the weekend. But good news ... I'm sharing a collection of 12 spring tablescapes to inspire your spring or Easter gatherings. I love a pretty tulip centerpiece. They make such a pretty display on any spring table. I combined pink and white tulips from the store, but you could … [Read more...]

Spring Home Tour 2017: Welcome Friends!

Today is Spring Home Tour Day sponsored by HomeGoods and co-hosted by Country Living magazine!  I'm joining several bloggers to showcase our homes decorated for spring, and I'm throwing in a few decorating tips along the way. Special thanks to Rachel at Shades of Blue Interiors for organizing this event. (This post contains affiliate links.) If you read my blog regularly, you know that I decided to turn my dining room into a sitting room. It's … [Read more...]

12 Spring Decor Projects

Last night we got hit with snow, but fortunately it wasn't near the 7 inches of fluffy stuff the weatherman predicted. It looked more like two inches to me. And since our weather is warming up in a couple days, the snow will be gone soon. Crazy Chicago area weather! All this makes me crave spring all the more, so today I'm sharing 12 spring decor projects you can make. They're all fairly simple to do. (This post contains affiliate links.) Let's … [Read more...]

My Spring Porch and Entryway

Welcome to a tour of my spring porch and entryway! My house was built circa 1875 in a small farming town that is growing into a popular Chicago suburb. The town has more than doubled its size since we moved here. Today I'm joining the Seasonal Simplicity Spring Tour that features other bloggers showcasing part of their homes decked out for the season. Thanks to Krista at The Happy Housie and April at House by Hoff for organizing this week's … [Read more...]

Spring Mantel Ideas to Inspire You

The other day while out for my morning run I saw eight robins! Normally they don't come back until mid-March but it's been unseasonably warm so I wasn't surprised to see them. Spring is almost here and I'm getting the house ready for two online spring home tours that I'm participating in. March 9th is the first tour and March 15th is the second one when I'll reveal my new sitting room. To get in the mood, I'm sharing a round-up of spring mantel … [Read more...]

11 Spring Decorating Ideas

Spring is perhaps my favorite season for decorating the house. I love cracking open the windows to let the spring breezes flow in, bringing with them the wonderful scent of lilac and apple blossoms. Spring cleaning doesn't feel like a chore; instead it feels like performing a little therapy on the house, purging it of winter germs. To further inspire, I have a roundup of 11 spring decorating ideas for you to enjoy this weekend.A beautiful … [Read more...]

Farmhouse Kitchen Dressed for Spring

Are you lovin' the longer days of spring as much as I am? It's incredible how a few more hours of daylight can put a pep in your step. I'm pretty sure I have seasonal disorder syndrome so when the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, I'm a happy camper. It's even better when everything starts turning green and the magnolia trees and forsythia bushes are in bloom. I brought a little of that spring time freshness into my farmhouse kitchen … [Read more...]

Home Tour: Celebrating Spring with Pops of Coral

So happy to announce that we've got a special edition of Farmhouse Friday for you today!  We're featuring our spring home tours and we all have a little something special to share. For me, that something special is the color coral. It's not a color I normally choose, but I'll explain how pops of coral came to occur in my humble home this season.  I'm also excited to say that Country Living Magazine is hosting our spring home tour!  It's been my … [Read more...]

Spring Decorating: 6 Tips to Bring the Outdoors In

Today I'm doing 2 things.  One - I'm sharing 6 tips for creating a cohesive spring decorating look in the dining room.  And two - I'm joining some of my favorite bloggers for a spring tour and each one of us is providing a tip or how-to. Special thanks to Rachel at Shades of Blue Interiors for organizing the tour! The links to everyone's spring decor is at the end of this post, but for now,  here's the plan I followed to add a bit of spring in my … [Read more...]

Easy Spring Banner: Make It in Minutes

Everything is coming to life out in the yard and to celebrate spring, I have a quick and easy spring banner for you. The past few days have consisted of moving a few things around the house and bringing a little of Mother Nature indoors. Later this week I'm sharing how I've spruced up my old farmhouse for the season. I'm so excited that the days are longer; even the grass is turning green!  My projects need to stay simple so I can spend time … [Read more...]

How to Make Speckled Eggs

Since the kids are grown and have all flown the coop, we no longer dye eggs for Easter. I do love the speckled eggs you get at home decor stores, but sometimes they can be ridiculously expensive. A small bag can be $10 or more and I just can't see paying that price for something that's gonna be out on display for a week or two. So I decided to make my own speckled eggs for a fraction of the cost. The best part of making your own speckled eggs is … [Read more...]

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