My Home Appearing in New Book “Creatively Christmas”

I've been holding onto a little secret for many many months and now I'm finally able to share it with all of you! My home is appearing in the new book "Creatively Christmas ~ Inspired Yuletide Decor" by Jennifer Rizzo!! I'll never forget the day last year when I opened an email from Jennifer telling me about her new book deal and asking if she could photograph my house to appear in its holiday pages. Didn't take me long to respond with an … [Read more...]

Repurposed Shutters Create Easy Wall Art

In my living room is an expanse of wall that's always tough for me to decorate. Rather than change a lot of small things on the wall, I opted for one larger item. I've used repurposed shutters to act as a back drop for ever-changing art work. A  vintage bird poster from the flea market adds color to the painted shutters.   The bird poster is hung with simple twine and wooden clothespins. I can change out the poster according to the … [Read more...]

Charming Home Series ~ Number Fifty Three

Are you ready to settle in for another charming home tour? Today I'm honored to share an older home in the city that belongs to Angela of Number Fifty Three. Angela and I have a few things in common. We love older homes. We love thrifting. And we're both monthly contributors at Jennifer Rizzo's blog! But enough of our common interests ... Let's explore Angela's charming vintage home, which I know you're gonna love! Angela's dining room is a … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ At Home on the Bay

Hailing from the coast of Maine, it's no wonder Mary's home has a pretty coastal vibe. You'll find loads of decorating inspiration in her charming home at At Home on the Bay. Mary recently moved to Cleveland but today's charming home tour showcases Mary's Maine home. Colorful pillows line up playfully on Mary's living room couch. She has a great way of mixing colors without a room looking cluttered.   Mary's entryway is fun and … [Read more...]

Strawberry Julius ~ The Perfect Summer Drink

Do you realize it's less than 2 weeks away until the summer fresh month of June? We had a short bit of snow last week (can you believe it???) and tomorrow it's supposed to be 80 degrees. That's Illinois for you! But I'm going to try and forget about that freak of snow experience and focus on summer, my favorite season, which is right around the corner! And what better way to usher in warmer days than with a refreshing summer drink? Today I'm … [Read more...]

How to Decorate with Lilacs in Your Living Room

You don't need to be a professional florist to decorate with lilacs or any other type flower. Today's floral arrangements are casual and fuss-free, allowing you to create simple bouquets without sweating the rules of formal flower centerpieces. Use flowers that are blooming in your garden, and you'll have both economical and easy flower arrangements. Grab an everyday vessel, like this enamelware pot, and fill with clippings from your lilac bush. … [Read more...]

One Pan Linguine Recipe

When it comes to comfort food, pasta is right up there on the top of my list! There are so many ways to make it ... so many things you can do with it. I don't really have a favorite type of pasta. I love them all. I recently discovered this One Pan Linguine Recipe that Martha Stewart made on her show. Honestly, I was highly skeptical that you could throw all the ingredients into just one pan and have them transformed into a quality, Italian … [Read more...]

15 Christmas Decorating Ideas ~ It’s All in the Details!

Christmas has always been a magical time for me, and today I'm so happy to share Christmas decorating ideas that put the sparkle and magic into your home. I'm joining 15 other bloggers to bring you a Christmas Extravaganza that runs December 9th-12th. You can see the full schedule at the bottom of this post to see what each lady has in store for you. And now ... onto 15 Christmas decorating ideas that are affordable and easy to do!In my home, … [Read more...]

Historic Durant House at Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve

When I was a teenager I thought someday I'd move away and live in a more exciting place than the Chicago suburbs. High school and college graduations came and went and I found myself putting down roots back in my hometown. Eventually I moved a further tad west toward the country and have learned to appreciate the simple and graceful beauty of Illinois prairies. We have many parks, bike paths, scenic country roads, and quaint little shops that … [Read more...]

Featured on Junk Chic Cottage!

This is just a quick post to say I'm honored to be featured over at Kris' blog, Junk Chic Cottage. Actually, I was featured on Saturday but I was at the Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio over the weekend (I'll be sharing photos and more on that later this week) and couldn't share this news until today. For those of you that already read the feature at Kris', thanks so much for your kind comments. I read every one of them! Over at Kris' I … [Read more...]

Win a $275 Gift Card with this Week’s Giveaway!

This week you can enter to win a $275 gift card to your choice of Home Goods, Target, or World Market! A group of fellow bloggers and I got together to offer a lucky winner the giveaway to win this amazing gift card to one of these 3 stores. If you win, you pick the store! There are several entries on the Rafflecopter form below. After you complete the first 25 entries, more chances to enter the giveaway will be shown. It takes a little time, but … [Read more...]

Simple Decorating Ideas on a Budget

If you're like me, you love to decorate your home but you're constrained by a budget. For 10 years I was a single mom but I figured out how to buy my own home and decorate it without spending a lot of money. After re-marrying, I had more money to spend but found I wasn't comfortable paying a lot of money for things I'd previously scrimped on. So I continue to incorporate simple decorating ideas on a budget in my home. Today I'd love to share … [Read more...]

Ideas to Create Curb Appeal and More!

Today I have 3 important things to share with you!  And the one you'll probably enjoy the most is at the very end so read all the way through! First: Today I'm sharing a post on how to create curb appeal over at Live Creatively Inspired. So head on over there if you want to see more ideas to create curb appeal.  From uniquely painted houses to patriotic decor ... you don't want to miss these easy ideas to create curb appeal!Second: This … [Read more...]

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