Elements of a Cottage Garden

Every year about this time I start missing my garden spaces. I look across the expanse of my snow-dusted lawn and start making plans for spring and summer. Today I'm pondering the elements of a cottage garden.   A quaint garden shade is a classic element of any cottage garden. Anything that gives your eye a focal point since cottage gardens tend to be a little on the wild side.   When it comes to flowers in a cottage … [Read more...]

Romantic Creamy White Living Spaces

Lately I've been focusing on darker colors and I do think home design is trending toward deeper, richer hues. However I will always love creamy white living spaces, whether contemporary or shabby chic style. When decorating in creamy white tones, make your living space warm and inviting with the use of texture - like the vintage worn doors in this room by designer Margaret Naeve.   White looks crisp and clean and always looks … [Read more...]

8 Built-In Ideas for the Living Room

One thing I love about older homes is the unique built-in ideas you find within their walls. It's nice to see some of the newer homes adding these custom features. Photo by Lisa Tharp Design   I started writing this post about built-in ideas for every room in the house, but I found so many great examples I decided to focus on just one room at a time. The photos above and below are the same room. Above you see the built-in bookcase, and below … [Read more...]

Snug Cabin Home Tour

You may have noticed recently that I'm discovering a new fondness for darker, cozier interiors. Today's snug cabin home tour is filled with cozy rooms in richer colors. The effect is warm and welcoming. Photo by Heidi Caillier Design   Dark gray paint covers the entryway paneling. It's like stepping inside and getting a big hug. Photo by Heidi Caillier Design   A golden couch adds a pop of color in the living room against the dark walls. Photo … [Read more...]

How Paint Adds Warmth to My Family Room

I did it. I finally worked up the courage to brush dark paint on some of the walls in my home. And let me just say that I love how paint adds warmth to my family room!   Today is the first Saturday of the month so it means I'm joining a few blogging friends for our Cozy Living series. You can visit their links at the bottom of this post to see how they enjoy cozy appeal in the month of February. I'm enjoying it with a new coat of … [Read more...]

Painted Floors for Beauty and Durability

Painted floors are on my to-do list for the month of February. The last time I painted them was many, many years ago and they're due for a new coat. I love the look of painted floors and am showcasing beautiful examples on the blog today. Photo by Rory Robertson   Depending on the look you're going for, painted floors can modern or rustic. High gloss lends a contemporary vibe while a flatter finish leans toward country style. Photo by Spinn … [Read more...]

Top Five Kitchen Trends in 2019

Kitchens typically command the highest price tag when it comes to room renovations. Projects range from a full gut job to a fresh coat of paint. But when it comes to specific features of a kitchen, five elements top the list of upgrades. 1. Kitchen Counter Top According to the recent 2019 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study, counter tops are the number one trend in kitchen improvements. And this year, quartz is the most desired … [Read more...]

Humble Cottage on Martha’s Vineyard

I have never been to Martha's Vineyard but it's on my bucket list of places to visit. Photos paint it as such a charming, picturesque place and today's humble cottage is no different. (This post contains affiliate links.) Photo by LDa Architecture & Interiors Step inside the front porch and find be greeted by a quaint and cozy daybed. What an awesome place to read, sleep, or hang out with a friend. Photo by LDa Architecture & … [Read more...]

Mason Jar Solar Lanterns and a Giveaway!

This post is sponsored by SONNENGLAS; all opinions are my own. I've found the most adorable mason jar solar lanterns that can be used both indoors and out. And what's more, I'm giving away three of these SONNENGLAS solar lanterns to one of my readers.   SONNENGLAS mason jar solar lanterns are produce in South Africa, originally developed for people in areas without electricity. I love the background story, and I love that the … [Read more...]

Country Blue Farmhouse Kitchen

Do you remember back in the 80s when country blue was a wildly popular color? That was about the time I switched my decorating style from Asian to country. Today we're touring a pretty country blue farmhouse kitchen that's both quaint and sophisticated. Photo by Hill Farm Furniture Ltd Blue and white tiles line up in quilting fashion to create an interesting backdrop for the beautiful stove.  Photo by Hill Farm Furniture Ltd Large gray … [Read more...]

Create an Earthy Table Setting with Magic Linen

This post is sponsored by Magic Linen, all opinions are my own. Last week I shared a variety of inspirational ways to decorate with linens. Today I'm featuring an earthy table setting with a linen table cloth and napkins as the star features!   Magic Linen provided the gorgeous linens for my earthy table setting. They're located in Lithuana and ship to the United States! I was surprised how quickly I received my package of … [Read more...]

Spanish City House with Rooftop Terrace

Let's take a trip to Madrid, Spain to enjoy a bit of sunshine and a beautiful Spanish city house with a lovely rooftop terrace! The first thing that caught my eye in today's home tour was this lovely arch leading to the living room. I love anything that makes a home unique, like architectural details. Photo by Coton et bois   Lots of windows is always a plus. Natural light is always more flattering than light bulbs so whenever you can leave … [Read more...]

Transitional Mantel from Winter to Spring

Winter storm Harper is blowing through our neck of the woods and I'm hunkering down with candles at the ready in case we lose power. I'm also keeping our decor simple while we paint a few rooms and pieces of furniture. In that spirit, I created a transitional mantel to last from winter to spring.   White ironstone lightens up my vintage transitional mantel while a few houseplants soften the look. The plant is Swedish Ivy and is super … [Read more...]

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