10 Ways You Can Create Cottage Style ~ Humpdays with Houzz

10 ways you can add cottage style to make your house a home you'll love! #cottagestyle

Cottage style seems to be growing in popularity these days and I think part of that is because people are yearning for simpler living. I have elements of cottage style in my own home ... bead board, painted furniture, and light colors to name a few. To help you see how you can create cottage style in your own home, I scoured Houzz for some pretty examples and came up with 10 ways you can create cottage style.  1. Cheery Fabrics Farmhouse … [Read more...]

Effortless Spring Tablescape

Effortless Spring Tablescape

As the weather warms I like to spend more time outdoors which means I have less time for stuff indoors. Food preparation becomes less complicated and table settings turn simpler. Today I'm sharing an effortless spring tablescape as I join a group of bloggers that are sharing a week of pretty tablescapes. At the end of this post you'll see the schedule of bloggers that are participating ... lots of inspiration for you if you're planning any … [Read more...]

A Week of Pretty Tablescapes

Garden Tablescape for the Summer

This week I'm joining a group of lovely bloggers to bring you a week of pretty tablescapes. The table tour officially starts tomorrow and to kick things off, I thought I'd share some of my favorite table settings that I've shared here on my blog. My mother always set beautiful tables at the holidays and I think her love of pretty dining tables rubbed off on me. My spring tablescape from earlier this year is one of my favorites. I used my sole … [Read more...]

Charming Cottage Bungalow ~ The North End Loft

Cottage Bungalow Porch at 4th of July

Of all the architectural styles known to man, the charming cottage bungalow is my all-time favorite! The first home I ever purchased was a cottage bungalow. You know, one of those Sears kit homes you bought out of a catalog. I remember walking in the front door of that darling house, seeing all the gorgeous wood trim and architectural details and exclaiming, "This is it!" It was listed for $61,000 and we got it for $59,000. It was the cutest … [Read more...]

10 Last-Minute Easter Projects

Pom Pom Bunny Tail Bunting

Just a couple more days until Easter and if you're like me, you could use just a few more decorations. Both my grandchildren are joining us for Easter dinner and I want to make the house as festive as possible ... but of course, I've waited until the last minute. I found a few Easter projects that can be done rather quickly and thought I'd share some of them with you. (Please visit original site to pin photos to Pinterest.) How adorable is this … [Read more...]

Vegetarian Green Coconut Curry Recipe

Vegetable Green Coconut Curry Recipe

Did you just read the title of this post and think, "What the heck is that?"  If not, then you're a better foodie than me because that's the reaction I had when I got last week's food shipment from Blue Apron. I've now received 2 shipments of food from them and so far am enjoying my experience trying new recipes with all the ingredients shipped fresh to my front door! Each week they send enough stuff to make 3 meals for 2 people. The most recent … [Read more...]

Decorating with Painted Bead Board ~ Humpdays with Houzz

Farmhouse Kitchen with Painted Bead Board

Cottage decor is one of my favorite decorating styles and nothing says cottage style like painted bead board. It lends a simple architectural charm no matter where it's added in the home. Today's Humpday with Houzz focuses on my love of painted bead board. (Click on pictures to see original photo on Houzz.) Traditional Laundry Room by Petoskey Kitchen & Bath Designers Designs by Dawn at the Lake Street Design Studio I can't believe I'm … [Read more...]

Sweet and Simple Easter Table Setting


I'm sitting here thinking of Easter as it's blowing snow outside. Every few years we get an April snow and I guess this is the year we're blessed with one last flurry of the white stuff. It promises to be in the 60's later this week so the snow will be gone soon, thankfully. I'm also sitting here thinking of how quickly Easter approached this year, with all its pastel beauty. I love the colors of Easter and sprinkled them across my Easter table … [Read more...]

Antique Farm House Giveaway!

Antique looking farm animal sign from Antique Farmhouse.

Today I'm super excited to offer you a special giveaway for a $50 gift card to Antique Farm House, which is one of my all-time favorite places to shop online! Antique Farm House features unique farmhouse style décor, vintage reproductions and home decor design sales up to 80% off retail. Their prices and shipping costs are extremely reasonable ... all the more reason to love them! (Details on how to enter are given at end of post.) My French … [Read more...]

Charming Shabby Chic Farm House ~ Heaven’s Walk


If you love farm houses as much as me, then you are going to LOVE today's featured home, which is the second feature in my new Charming Home Series! And if you love the shabby chic style, you'll love it even more! Laurie at Heaven's Walk has the most romantic and charming farm house I believe I've ever seen. She has a gift for adding soft, romantic details to every room. But why believe me?  Come see for yourself ... Laurie's front porch is a … [Read more...]

The Phenomenon of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint


For many years I've been a huge fan of painted furniture. I love that you can transform a junky old piece into a thing of beauty with just a few coats of paint. I do not, however, enjoy painting furniture ... that is until I discovered Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®. The paint adheres easily to all surfaces (I painted my claw foot tub with it) and doesn't require a lot of prep work. Score! I no longer use regular old house paint for furniture pieces. … [Read more...]

Spicy Tilapia Recipe from Blue Apron

Tilapia Veracruzana Recipe

Have you heard of Blue Apron? I just started using this wonderful service that sends you produce and ingredients to make 3 meals each week along with the recipes. You don't have to shop for anything! It's delivered right to your door. I decided to give it a try because A) I don't like to shop for groceries and B) I don't really enjoy menu planning. I do love to cook and I always enjoy trying new things. So when I found out about Blue Apron via … [Read more...]

Small Space Living Rooms ~ Humpdays with Houzz

Farmhouse Living Room

Lately I've turned a critical eye to both my living room and family room. Neither room is particularly large, but they're adjacent to each other with a fairly large doorway so the spaces feel spacious. I thought I would use today's "Humpday with Houzz" to do a little research and find small space living rooms that I like for future inspiration. Farmhouse Living Room by Atlanta Architects & Designers Historical Concepts I've loved this room … [Read more...]

Kane County Flea Market Finds ~ April 2014

Kane County Flea Market Finds

Our local Kane County Flea Market is touted by USA Today as one of the 10 top places to shop for antiques, and I have to agree. It's a pretty big flea market and it's always a highlight for me each month. As with any shopping spree, some outings are more productive than others.  In March, there weren't a lot of vendors and I didn't find much of anything, but April was better and I found some good flea market finds this past weekend for decent … [Read more...]