My Home Appearing in New Book “Creatively Christmas”

Creatively Christmas, new book by Jennifer Rizzo

I've been holding onto a little secret for many many months and now I'm finally able to share it with all of you! My home is appearing in the new book "Creatively Christmas ~ Inspired Yuletide Decor" by Jennifer Rizzo!! I'll never forget the day last year when I opened an email from Jennifer telling me about her new book deal and asking if she could photograph my house to appear in its holiday pages. Didn't take me long to respond with an … [Read more...]

Decorating with Red ~ Humpdays with Houzz

Bold, beautiful red kitchen cabinets look polished and pretty when paired with black.

Red is an energetic color that represents strength and passion. It can be a tricky color to use in your home, but when done right it's beautiful. If you're not afraid of decorating with red, then you're going to love these photos from Houzz. Let me know which room is your favorite! Traditional Kitchen by Red Lion Kitchen & Bath Designers Keener Kitchen Manufacturing Red kitchen cabinets could be overwhelming, but paired with black it's … [Read more...]

A Nature Walk with the Butterflies

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on Clover

Hubby and I don't live in the nicest house in town, but we do live on a quiet street that empties into a winding meadow path leading to the forest preserve. We often take a nature walk on the path into the forest preserve making me feel truly blessed to enjoy such easy access to God's beautiful nature. This past Sunday I grabbed my camera and hubby and I took our familiar walk. I was hoping to snap a few photos of butterflies like this … [Read more...]

How to Can Crushed Tomatoes

How to Can Tomatoes

August is one of my favorite months because some of my favorite vegetables are in season ... sweet corn, green beans, and tomatoes! We grow our own tomatoes and I buy the rest at the local farm market. Then I get busy preserving them so I can enjoy their full flavor all year long (grocery store veggies aren't quite as good). Today I'm going to share how to can crushed tomatoes so you can try it yourself. It's not as hard as you might … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ Junk Chic Cottage

Chaise Lounge in Backyard Garden

Today is a special day because I'm featuring Kris over at Junk Chic Cottage! She's one of the first bloggers I started following and I love her white palette. Thinking it couldn't get any better, I was then exposed to her gardens and oh my!! It was like a flower explosion over there and I was in heaven. So please join me on this special day in touring Kris' home and garden ... Kris' front porch with its newly painted blue floor is welcoming … [Read more...]

Summer Flea Market Finds

A collection of flea market finds

Flea markets are my favorite shopping haunts but this summer I haven't been buying too much. Sometimes I'll find a ton of stuff (too much stuff, really) and other times at the market I'm just not into it. Everything starts to look the same. Does that ever happen to you? Here are this summer's flea market finds that I haven't shared with you yet. Vintage books are something I always keep my eyes open for. I look for books in pleasing colors with … [Read more...]

Flea Market Style ~ Humpdays with Houzz

Flea Market Style in the Kitchen

Welcome to another installment of Humpdays with Houzz! On Wednesdays I share inspiration and decorating ideas from the popular web site. Today is all about flea market style, which is vintage and eclectic all at once. My favorite place to shop for home decor is our local Kane County Flea Market, held once a month. Eclectic Kitchen by Venice Architects & Building Designers tumbleweed and This cottage kitchen has flea market … [Read more...]

Repurposed Shutters Create Easy Wall Art

Repurposed Shutters become Easy Wall Art

In my living room is an expanse of wall that's always tough for me to decorate. Rather than change a lot of small things on the wall, I opted for one larger item. I've used repurposed shutters to act as a back drop for ever-changing art work. A  vintage bird poster from the flea market adds color to the painted shutters.   The bird poster is hung with simple twine and wooden clothespins. I can change out the poster according to the … [Read more...]

Charming Home Series ~ Number Fifty Three

Antiques grace a dining room giving it a unique and inviting look

Are you ready to settle in for another charming home tour? Today I'm honored to share an older home in the city that belongs to Angela of Number Fifty Three. Angela and I have a few things in common. We love older homes. We love thrifting. And we're both monthly contributors at Jennifer Rizzo's blog! But enough of our common interests ... Let's explore Angela's charming vintage home, which I know you're gonna love! Angela's dining room is a … [Read more...]

How to Can Honey Lavender Peaches

Honey Lavender Peaches served with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. Mmm good!

Have you ever canned fruits or vegetables? I didn't start canning until a few years ago. I was always afraid to do it, thinking it would take a ridiculous amount of hours. Well, I'm happy to say canning food is fairly easy and it doesn't always take all day. Case in point, this recipe for canned honey lavender peaches that are oh so good! (Recipe at end of post) I canned these peaches a few weeks ago. Last night I served them with vanilla … [Read more...]

12 Examples of Farmhouse Style ~ Humpdays with Houzz

Farmhouse style in dining room and kitchen

Farmhouse decor comes in different forms and looks, much like other styles. But one thing is consistent ... rooms are functional and comfortable. To highlight the variety of farmhouse style, I'm sharing 12 examples from Houzz. Kitchen by London Media & Bloggers Ryland Peters & Small | CICO Books A rustic farmhouse table is surrounded by mismatched chairs. In a busy farmhouse, you work with things you have. And quite often, the look … [Read more...]

Simple Summer Table Setting with Garden Flowers

Garden Fresh Flowers Create a Pretty Summer Tablescape

Is it really August already? Would someone please tell Summer to slow down? I am not ready at all for Fall to roll into town! Autumn is a beautiful season, but my first love will always be Summer! We had a busy weekend but I took time to create a simple Summer table setting for hubby and me. Hubby and I are empty nesters (I can't believe I'm actually saying that!) Our marriage is in a new stage and I'm lovin' all our one-on-one time with … [Read more...]

Choosing My New Exterior Paint Colors

Front door painted in Rivulet by Sherwin Williams

This weekend was really busy and I got a lot done. Took the grandkids to the park and watched Peppa Pig together, Visited Dad in the hospital, went to the flea market, And oh yeah ... painted most of the front porch. Are you ready to see the new exterior paint colors? (I should note here that it was a 3-day weekend.) I went bold! Oh yes I did. This vivid aqua color is outta my comfort zone. But I saw a photo that inspired me to be … [Read more...]