She Shed or Potting Shed?

Which would you rather have? A she shed or a potting shed? Our side yard is big enough that we can add another shed on our property. Well, actually the side yard is an empty lot that we own and I'm toying with the idea of either a she shed or a potting shed. When I need inspiration I often turn to Houzz (click on the photos to see more of that project on Houzz). This luxurious she shed at Houzz made me do a double-take. It looks so serene and … [Read more...]

The Snuggery: Charming Home Tour

Today's charming home is located out east and features beautiful architecture and some amazing light fixtures. You might remember earlier this week I confessed that lighting is my decorating weakness (I'm working on it though). I was impressed not only by this home's chandeliers and lights, but its open spaces with bright and airy appeal. The project is by Stephens & Company, Inc. and the photos were taken by Wendy Mills Photography. The … [Read more...]

Controlling Cat Odor: My 10 Tips

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Skout’s Honor for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.  If you're a cat lover, you know that controlling cat odor can be a bit of a challenge. We've had kitties in our house for the past 20 years and have loved each and every one. Most of our furry friends are rescue cats and when you own multiple pets, odors can become a problem. After all these years of experience, I consider myself somewhat of … [Read more...]

Summer Wedding: Amy and Cory

My son married his college girlfriend this past summer and I finally have photos to share with you! Will you indulge me while I relive the memory here on my blog? Their summer wedding was held at Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington, Illinois. The weather was perfect, the bride was beaming, and my son looked rather dapper in his tuxedo. All photos (except the beach photo) were taken by The Wedding Studio. These two met while attending … [Read more...]

Lumberjack Party: Bear’s First Birthday

This past November was a special month because my beautiful grandbaby celebrated his very first birthday. My daughter Bridget chose a lumberjack party for his birthday celebration theme which was really cute. I meant to share the event with you all earlier, but then got busy with holiday planning. The party was held at a cute little cabin in Riverside, Illinois and it was decked out with lumberjack decorations. (This post contains affiliate … [Read more...]

A Collection of Bathroom Vanities

You know, I've blogged about bathrooms before and I've talked about claw foot tubs too. But I've never focused on bathroom vanities and I think it's time to feature them. I'm sharing a collection of bathroom vanities in a variety of styles. Bathrooms and kitchens can make or break the deal when it comes to buying or selling a home and changing your vanity is a great way to update your bathroom. I'm lovin' this light gray one with its marble … [Read more...]

How to Travel with Your Cat

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PerfectPortions #CollectiveBias Most people with pets identify themselves as either a dog person or a cat person. Without a doubt, I'm a cat person. My hubby and I have taken in several rescue kitties over the years. We've kept a couple, and the rest we've domesticated and given to friends or family who want them. It's no secret that cats … [Read more...]

Colorful Bathrooms: 15 Inspiring Examples

Bathrooms tend to be the smallest rooms in a home, and I think that may be why some people are hesitant to add fun color to their water closets. While you might not feel comfortable painting your bathroom walls a deep red (like my daughter's powder room), there are many ways to infuse your favorite shade to create colorful bathrooms in your home. Photo by Rita May If you're blessed with a claw foot tub, consider painting it your favorite color. … [Read more...]

On the Tip of My Paintbrush: E-Book Giveaway!

Refinishing and painting furniture is an easy way to update the look of any room. When you include creative elements like sponge-painting, distressing, or adding a marbled look, the refinished piece of furniture quickly becomes the focal point of any room. Once you know a few of these refinishing tricks, there's no end to what you can do with furniture. My friend Danielle at Finding Silver Pennies is a master furniture transformer and she just … [Read more...]

Storage Under Staircases: 11 Inspiring Ideas

Our old-fashioned staircase has a window at the landing, and a storage area underneath. In order to access the storage, you have to open the door to the adjacent first floor laundry room. I love that little storage nook that's cleverly concealed with a wall, but I also love storage under staircases that's fully or partially exposed. I'm sharing 11 inspiring ideas from Houzz that might prompt you to re-think what you can do with your own … [Read more...]

Summer Dinosaur Fun for Kids

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. The opinions and text are all mine. Whenever my grandchildren visit I like to have activities planned to keep them from getting bored, because when kids get bored they can get into mischief! Even when my own children were little, our days were somewhat scheduled, with time allowed for free play. This past weekend I planned some summer dinosaur fun for my grandson and … [Read more...]

Old World Kitchen Dreamware Winner!

Hey Everyone!  This is just a quick post tonight to reveal the winner of the beautiful, hand-carved cookie utensils from Polder's Old World Market. You might remember last week I posted an Oatmeal Raisin Pecan Cookie recipe that I made using hand-carved Old World Kitchen utensils. Polder's is generous to offer one of my readers the same set! Congratulations to DJ ... the lucky winner of these gorgeous kitchen utensils!! For those who didn't … [Read more...]

Winner of Antique Farm House Gift Card!

Today I'm happy to announce the winner of the $50 gift card from Antique Farm House! But before I do, I want to thank all of you who left such encouraging and complimentary comments!  You truly made my day!  I'm so appreciative of each and every one of you who reads my blog. Without you, what would be the point of blogging? And so it gives me great pleasure to give a gift in return. I thought I'd share a beautiful zinnia from my garden to … [Read more...]

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