11 Entryway Ideas: Make an Impact

My old house is weird when you walk in the front door because it doesn't really have a designated foyer. I've kind of created a makeshift entry of sorts so it's okay. But I'm truly envious of homes with a designated space to greet guests. Here's a few entryway ideas if, like me, you're looking for a bit of inspiration for the entrance of your home. Wood and white always looks good together. Gleaming floors. A beamed ceiling. All that's needed is … [Read more...]

14 Charming Front Door Ideas

Perhaps the fastest and possibly easiest way to add instant curb appeal to your home lies right at your front door! A simple coat of paint or a minor architectural embellishment can pack a punch for making your home stand out on the block. Here's 14 charming front door ideas to get your wheels spinning. Purple? Yes, purple! Who else has a purple door on your block? Likely no one. This is such a playful hue and we recently talked about decorating … [Read more...]

Pink and Blue Easter Table Setting

Welcome to the Easter edition of Styled + Set where a group of bloggers share their ideas for dining and entertaining during a holiday season. Jennifer at Celebrating Everyday Life is the blogger just before me and I just love her trophy centerpiece! I've set a pink and blue Easter table setting to give you inspiration for your own holiday celebration.   Easter for me means pastel colors at the dining table; I chose pink and blue this … [Read more...]

Tennessee Classic: Charming Home Tour

Happy Sunday! Are you ready for another inspiring home tour? Today we're headed to the Volunteer State to check out a Tennesee home decorated by Pillar and Peacock. You'll find the interiors filled with what I call modern farmhouse style. Beautiful brick steps lead you up to the wide porch which is perfect for southern summers. Photo by Pillar & Peacock   Appealing wood double doors open wide to reveal an interesting light fixture in … [Read more...]

Why We’re Not Moving

About two years ago I started thinking about selling our 150-year old home and moving into newer construction. The temptation to move began shortly after our basement flooded two summers ago and we painted our home's exterior. Replacing a collapsed basement wall due to a freak rainstorm and flood, along with sprucing up the exterior with paint was a lot of work. And stressful, too. (This post contains affiliate links.)   We started … [Read more...]

Soft and Pretty Rooms for You!

I think it's safe to say that for most of us, we decorate our homes to create a certain ambiance or mood. We use darker colors to feel like a room is wrapping us in a warm hug, we use earthy elements like wood to make us feel grounded, or we incorporate pastel colors and ruffles for a little romance. Today we're focusing on the latter with a collection of soft and pretty rooms. Soft and Pretty Living Rooms White slip covers and long drapes … [Read more...]

DIY Spring Flower Arrangement

  Arranging flowers used to intimidate me, but not anymore. Look at fields of flowers and you'll realize their appearance is haphazard. I used to feel like floral arrangements had to be perfect, but realize I was wrong. You can make a beautiful spring flower arrangement with just a few tips.   Today I'm joining a group of bloggers to bring you a variety of spring crafts and DIY projects. A special thanks to Krista at The Happy … [Read more...]

Modern Country: Charming Home Tour

Modern County style is an updated, fresh approach to farmhouse style. Cleaner lines, less clutter, and a bit more color create a more contemporary look with the timeless style of country charm. Today's home by Liz Levin Interiors is located in Bethesda, Maryland, just north of Washington D.C. A comfortable living room is beautifully decorated with soft furnishings and silver accents. Coffered ceilings are emphasized with light blue paint. A … [Read more...]

Historic Homes of Yorkville, Illinois

Winter in Illinois can get a bit crazy and can change on a dime at any given time. For example, last week we received about ten inches of fluffy white snow. This week it's much warmer and that fresh dusting of snow is already melting. Before all of the cottony drifts of the white stuff had a chance to melt, I wanted to capture pictures of beautiful homes dressed in snow. Hubby and I set out photograph the historic homes of Yorkville, … [Read more...]

Decorating with Lavender

A beautiful sunset washed the sky with the prettiest pastel colors as I was driving home from work the other night. A soft shade of lavender swirled around hues of pink and pale blue. Behind it all was the glow of the sun and it was mesmerizing. The artistry in the sky inspired me to write a post about decorating with lavender. Lavender Living Room Lavender isn't typically the first shade of paint chosen for a living room, but its effect can … [Read more...]

Farmhouse Table for a Breakfast Nook

Yes! My farmhouse table from Pottery Barn finally arrived! I ordered the Stephens table last October and for whatever reason it was on back order for a while. But it's now in my breakfast nook and it was worth the wait. (This post contains affiliate links.)   My new farmhouse table is solid wood. The real stuff. And I love it.   Our previous table was a flea market find and a bit wobbly on its feet. It was a cute table, but … [Read more...]

Australian Beauty: Charming Home Tour

Over 8 inches of snow fell in northern Illinois this weekend and I'm ready to head some place warm and sunny. How about Australia? We're trekking to the land down under to tour a beautiful home by Adam Cox with both beach and farmhouse appeal! The entrance of this Australian beauty gives a glimpse of its country charm and rich detailing. The front door is uniquely amazing while the straw hats provide a down-home charm. Photo by Adam … [Read more...]

Easy Way to Increase Kitchen Storage

When you live in an old house, storage is a highly-prized commodity. In the olden days, homes were taxed on their number of rooms. Closets were counted as a room so many older houses have as few closets as possible to help keep real estate taxes down. We have one closet in our house on the second floor. It's a really long closet stretching from one bedroom to the next.  Although it's like a bowling alley for clothes, it doesn't solve our kitchen … [Read more...]

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