Christmas Extravaganza Features

Christmas is coming and by the looks of blogland, most of you are ready for the holidays! Thanks to all who participated in the Christmas Extravaganza by sharing decor, crafts, and recipes! On my blog, I shared 15 Christmas Decorating Ideas at the Christmas Extravaganza ... Like this wreath hanging from the inside of my dining hutch door. An abundance of talent was shared by many of you and I hope you've had time to visit some of each other's … [Read more...]

Halloween Decorating in a Jiffy

Since I spend so much time decorating for fall, I don't invest much energy into Halloween decorating. Although I enjoy my neighbors' outdoor decorations, my home doesn't get many spooky embellishments. I don't know about where you live, but around these parts Halloween is quickly becoming the next Christmas when it comes to decorations! In fact, in a day or two I'm gonna show you how one of my neighbors went all out! You don't want to miss it! So … [Read more...]

Fall Home Tour Week via All Things Home

Are you as excited as me about this week's Fall Home Tour? In case you didn't know, a group of us bloggers have formed an interest group called "All Things Home." From time to time we'll provide posts specific to a topic that's near and dear to your home and heart. Not only that, but we also have lots of giveaways to share with you ... like this week's hand-painted $1500 Sarasota Chest from Somerset Bay. Scroll to the very end of this post for … [Read more...]

Celebrating Everyday Life Magazine – Fall Issue!

Move over Martha Stewart! There's a new magazine in town. Have you seen the beautiful Celebrating Everyday Life magazine? It's not brand spankin' new but the Fall issue of this gorgeous home and food magazine was just released and I'm honored to be given the chance to review the September/October issue and share my opinion with you. This magazine doesn't disappoint! Several top-notch bloggers have created and photographed decorating ideas and … [Read more...]

How to Make a Paper Fan Garland

I don't know about you but I'm so happy garlands and buntings are back in fashion! Most are easy to make and add whimsical charm to any room. I've made a few so far but this is the first one I actually documented so I could share the tutorial. What's great about this paper fan garland is that you can use a variety of paper so you'll always be able to make one in just the right color. I strung this book page paper fan garland across the mirror … [Read more...]

Creatively Made Home {Home for the Holidays}

I have some good news to share with you! My friend Jen at City Farmhouse is part of the upcoming Creatively Made Home {Home for the Holidays} e-course along with 8 other highly talented bloggers!  The course begins October 15th and I'm giving away 2 FREE spots in this online course! You'll be able to watch videos chock-full of gift giving ideas, decorating projects and favorite family recipes presented by women who painstakingly create beautiful … [Read more...]

Budget Friendly Fall Decorating Ideas

Decorating your home for the autumn season doesn't have to break the bank. Fall is the perfect time for incorporating natural elements from the outside with items you already have in your home. Today at Live Creatively Inspired I'm sharing budget friendly fall decorating ideas. You may be surprised how easy it is to decorate on a budget when you use a little ingenuity. Be sure to stop over at Live Creatively Inspired for fall decorating ideas … [Read more...]

Early Fall Decorating

Funny. I'm writing a post about fall decorating when it's 90 degrees outside! Illinois is scheduled for a couple more days of sweltering heat and then our temps drop into the mid-70s by Labor Day. Since it can be pretty hot and humid even through the first part of October, it's hard for me to get in the mood for fall decorating until closer to Halloween. I'm not ready for the warmer hues of autumn just yet, so I find ways to transition my home … [Read more...]

You Don’t Want to Miss the Kitchen Details Tour!

I'm so excited to announce an upcoming home tour that showcases kitchen details!  Adding style and functionality to your kitchen doesn't have to be tricky. Learn some tips and secrets from 24 resourceful bloggers who use a little creativity and ingenuity to make their kitchens the heart of the home. On August 22nd and 23rd,  take an online tour of 24 kitchens that showcase kitchen details. My kitchen will be displayed on Thursday, August 22nd. … [Read more...]

Take a Tour of My Cottage Style Farmhouse

This week is the Summer Showcase of Homes and you can see the entire week's schedule of homes at the end of this post. The tour is online so you can view these beautiful homes no matter where you live. Today it's my day to share my cottage style farmhouse with you and I'm pleased as punch to have you here with me! My butter yellow farmhouse was built circa 1875 and sits on a dead end street in a small town west of Chicago where the suburban … [Read more...]

Cottage Style Decorating in the Entry Way

My heart is torn between farmhouse and cottage decorating style, which means I typically end up fusing the two together as much as possible. I've been doing a bit of tweaking to the entry way, adding touches of cottage style. The entry way isn't a formal entry, but rather an extension of our living room. I had to be creative in positioning the furniture to appear like an entry and not just an unused portion of the living room. Our kitty Stella … [Read more...]

Summer Showcase of Homes Starts This Week!

Tomorrow is the beginning of the Summer Showcase of Homes featuring the homes of 26 bloggers. Starting Monday, July 22nd, you can view 5 homes per day, with 6 homes on Friday.  Since these homes are from around the country, the tour is online so anyone can view it! I’m honored to say my home's tour will be available on Wednesday the 24th. Here's a sneak peek of some of these amazing bloggers’ homes that are participating in the Summer Showcase of … [Read more...]

Live Creatively Inspired

It's funny how one day life is going along as it normally would, and then the next day the scenery of your world changes! I'm sure we've all experienced this in our life's journey ... giving birth to a child for example. One day life is peaceful and you go through your daily routine and then BAM ... you give birth to a baby and the whole world is turned upside down. Before any rumors get started, I'm not having a baby! Mother Nature has already … [Read more...]

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