Charming Home Tour ~ Maison de Pax

Light and Airy White Kitchen

Would you like to live in Paris for a while? That's exactly what Texas native Rachel from Maison de Pax did with her hubby 6 years after they were married. Now they're back in the states redecorating their classic Colonial home and raising their two young boys. I especially love her kitchen, but all of her charming home is quite gorgeous. This is what Rachel's home looks like today. She painted the red brick this gorgeous, peaceful shade. I love … [Read more...]

Elements of a Farmhouse Kitchen and $350 Giveaway

American Farmhouse Kitchen

It's Farmhouse Friday!!  I love Farmhouse Friday which occurs the 4th Friday of each month and includes 5 other bloggers with farmhouse style. This month's theme is the Farmhouse Kitchen and I'm super excited about it because Polder's Old World Market is offering $350 worth of their beautiful hand-carved wooden chef utensils to one lucky winner! The entry form is at the end of this post, along with links to my farmhouse blogging friends so you … [Read more...]

My Springtime Porch and $300 Giveaway

Farmhouse Springtime Porch

Spring is in the air and I'm lovin' it!  When it's nice outside, I love to be outdoors enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. My springtime porch is where I like to relax and unwind when the weather warms up. Today I'm joining some of my blogging buddies for the Outdoor Living blog hop where you'll find lots of inspiration for enjoying the warmer months ahead. And we're giving away $300 PayPal Cash to one lucky winner so be sure to enter at the end … [Read more...]

More Historic Homes in St. Charles, Illinois

Historic Bungalow Home in St. Charles, Illinois

Last week I took you on part of my walk through one of the historic neighborhoods in St. Charles, Illinois. This week I'm sharing the rest of that walk with you. You'll see mostly bungalow style homes on this part of the tour, but I've added a couple others too. St. Charles is right next door to Geneva, which is the town where I was born and grew up. I had several friends in St. Charles and know the neighborhoods very well. In fact, the second … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ Wicks Nest

Cottage Style Living Room

The beauty of Kristy's home at Wicks Nest was first revealed to me on Instagram. I think I was following her there before she even started blogging. Her California home is light, airy, and tastefully decorated. A backdrop of white sets off eye-popping colors throughout this charming home. While it would make sense to start off this gorgeous tour with the front entry, I've decided to share Kristy's living room first. I fell in love with her … [Read more...]

My Mid-Spring Garden

Pink Tuberous Begonia

Our May weather typically swings back and forth like a pendulum between warm days and cool days, with a soft rain tossed in here and there. Today was cool, tomorrow promises warmer breezes. Earlier this week I stepped out into my mid-spring garden garden to snap a few photos after a gentle rainfall. Last weekend I managed to get quite a few annuals planted, like this beautiful pink tuberous begonia. Did you know there are over 1000 species of … [Read more...]

Where Hope Grows

Where Hope Grows movie

“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Godspeed Pictures, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #wherehopegrowsmovie http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV” This past weekend was special because it was Mother's Day and I got to spend time with all my children, all together. As the kids get older, they get busier and moments of togetherness like this become more rare. Being a mom is the best … [Read more...]

Historic Homes in St. Charles, Illinois

Brick Historic Home in St. Charles, Illinois

As the suburbs of Chicago continue to grow and spread, it seems there's always new homes popping up around our area. Most of this new construction consists of well-planned subdivisions with tract housing, providing new home buyers with the most square footage they can afford. This of course means that architectural amenities like ornate trim, custom windows, multi-floored bay windows, etc. are not included without paying for the … [Read more...]

No-Sew Landscape Burlap Swag Curtains

Landscape Burlap Curtain Swags in Farmhouse Family Room

Do you like to sew? No? Then you're in the right place because this is a no-sew blog hop with projects from fellow bloggers that require absolutely no sewing!  I get lots of questions about the landscape burlap swag curtains in my family room so I've decided to show you the tutorial on how to make them ... and no sewing involved! Here's a shot of the burlap swags in my family room. I've paired them with white Roman shades I found at IKEA. I … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ Tybee Tides

Cottage Style Dining Room at Tybee Tides

The rain is falling softly and I'm sitting on my porch swing as I write about today's charming home tour, which I'm super excited about by the way!  You get to tour an adorable, vintage cottage on Tybee Island in Georgia. I've known about the collection of rental properties at Mermaid Cottages and finally reached out to them asking if I could showcase a few. There are so many pretty beach cottages it was hard to choose which one to feature first, … [Read more...]

12 Vegetable Gardening Tips

12 Tips for Vegetable Gardening

Do you have gardening on your mind? Vegetable gardening that is!  More and more people are growing their own vegetables and herbs these days. It's fun, it's healthy, and it's rewarding to eat food that you grow with your own two hands. Whether you're just getting started growing your own veggies or you're an old pro, I've got 12 vegetable gardening tips to help you on this healthy journey. Special thanks to my fellow bloggers for allowing me to … [Read more...]

Elements of Craftsman Style

Craftsman Style Kitchen

The first home I ever purchased was an incredibly cute craftsman style Sears catalog home. Back in the early 20th century you could order an entire home out of the catalog and the components were delivered to your lot for someone to piece together.  I clearly remember the day the realtor took us to see the house. I took one step inside, saw all the natural woodwork and built-ins and said, "this is it!" We wrote an offer and a few days later the … [Read more...]

Butterfly Garland with Free Printable

Paper Butterfly Garland with Free Printable

Warmer breezes are blowing and I can hear the songs of birds and the laughter of children flowing in through the open windows. How I love this time of year! Hubby and I took a long walk yesterday and he claimed that spring is his favorite season. When we got home I decided to bring a little springtime freshness indoors by creating a pretty butterfly garland.  You'll find the butterfly template at the end of this post to download and create your … [Read more...]