Charming Home Tour ~ Worthing Court

Painted Front Door on Fall Porch

Have you met Suzy from the Worthing Court blog? She moved into a new-to-her house about a year ago and I'm truly amazed at all she's accomplished in her home already! She took the opportunity of moving to change her color scheme and the result is so pretty! But don't take my word for it, take a step inside her charming home ... A new door with pretty paint graces the porch at Suzy's southern home. I love that Suzy chose a door with a a large … [Read more...]

My Fall Farmhouse Tour ~ Part Two

Fall Decorating in a Farmhouse Kitchen

Are you enjoying all the fall decorating that's flooding the internet these days?  There seems to be no end of inspiration and creativity!  Today I'm joining a few creative bloggers to share our homes with you during this week of "Fall in Love with Your Home" tour. I've already revealed part of my home decorated for fall a couple weeks ago, so this is my fall farmhouse tour ... part two. My farmhouse kitchen is my favorite room in the house … [Read more...]

Relaxed and Classic Home Tour

Farmhouse Style Living Room. Classic Home Tour

Today I had planned on sharing a collection of dining rooms with you, but then I came across a beautiful, classic home tour and immediately switched gears. I hope you enjoy this gorgeous home with its relaxed style and time-honored architecture.  I couldn't resist sharing it with you! Eclectic Family Room by New York Photographers Rikki Snyder A collection of creamy and white vintage pottery lines bookcases that hug a family room window. … [Read more...]

Fall Recipe ~ Apple Sausage Cheddar Monkey Bread

Apple Sausage Cheddar Monkey Bread

That's a mouthful, isn't it?  Apple Sausage Cheddar Monkey Bread!  I came across this fall recipe when I was relaxing with a couple of my fave magazines this weekend.  I typically find my creative inspiration from magazines, whether it's decorating or cooking. Ever since I was a teenager I turned to magazines to unwind and enjoy a little "me time."  In high school I enjoyed fashion magazines; today I scour food and decorating magazines. This … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ Hunt and Host

Seating Area in a Breakfast Nook

Happy first Sunday of Fall!  I love summer and always hate to see it end, but I enjoy fall, too. I just hate what comes after autumn ... but I won't think about that right now because we have a beautiful home to tour!  Hunt and Host is a blog I recently discovered, and I immediately fell in love with Kim's style and charming home! This talented lady has transformed a once-dated home with potential into a beautiful treasure! Gleaming hardwood … [Read more...]

My Fall Mantel ~ Farmhouse Friday

Fall Mantel in a Farmhouse Living Room

Wow! What happened to the month of September?  It's the 4th Friday of the month already and you know what that means ...  It's Farmhouse Friday! We're celebrating fall decor because so many people love the fall season and decorating in the warm hues of autumn. I've added a new cow print to this year's fall mantel, along with a few other farmhouse touches. Once you're done checking out my mantel, be sure to visit my farmhouse blogging friends at … [Read more...]

Pine Cone Owls

How to Make Pine Cone Owls

This week is the Fall Ideas Tour that Kathy from Petticoat Junktion organized!  You can see links to other bloggers at the end of this post and I guarantee ... you'll find plenty of fall decorating inspiration! Today is craft day and as part of the tour, I'm sharing how to make pine cone owls! I'm going to use these little guys to help decorate my daughter Bridget's baby shower next month. She's having a boy and has chosen a woodland theme for … [Read more...]

Book Page Apples and Free Printable

How to Make Book Page Apples

For as long as I can remember, I've loved working with paper. It started with doing origami as a young child and moved onto making gum wrapper chains as an older kid. Then in junior high I became enamored with stationery and all the different patterns available. When I managed a fitness club, I loved coordinating colored memos and signs. And now, I love working with book pages and scrap book paper (even though I don't do any scrap booking). Last … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ Bless’er House

Industrial Chic Living Room

You know, when I started this charming home series over a year ago, I didn't know how long it would last. I feared I might run out of beautiful homes to feature ... but that hasn't been the case at all!  There are so many charming homes that I think this series will go on for at least another year or two!  I know many of you have been enjoying it, and I appreciate each and everyone of you who show up on Sunday mornings to enjoy a home tour. Today … [Read more...]

Add a Love Seat to Your Living Space

How to Add a Love Seat to Your Living Space. 12 Ideas!

I remember the first time I heard the word "love seat."  I was about 5 years old and I thought it was something my parents would squeeze into so they could kiss. They had recently sold a love seat to an antique store and this is when I learned my mother hated antiques. Still, the idea of a love seat sounded cozy to me and I was a bit enamored with the idea of it, even though I was just a child. I still enjoy the look of a good love seat today and … [Read more...]

Why My Kitchen is the Heart of the Home

Farmhouse Kitchen

Whenever someone asks me what my favorite room is, I always say it's the kitchen. Not just for the way it's decorated, but for what it means on a daily basis. The kitchen is where you provide nourishment for your family. It's where loved ones come together during the holidays and special gatherings. And of course you remember the saying, "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach." The kitchen provides our sustenance through food, but it's … [Read more...]

Fall Farmhouse Tour ~ Part One

Farmhouse Family Room

Welcome to my Fall home tour! As a blogger, I love this time of year because there's a lot of online parties to join. Today I'm celebrating Fall Home Tour week organized by Brenda at Cozy Little House. I enjoy seeing what my fellow bloggers are up to ... there's so much creative talent to inspire and motivate! I do hope you'll visit my fellow bloggers' home tours listed at the end of this post.  But for now, here's my Fall farmhouse tour. A … [Read more...]

Easiest Fall Wreath Ever!

Easy Fall Wreath You Can Make in Minutes

Last night the temperature dove into the 40's. In just a few days it will be back up in the 80's. The Fall season in Chicagoland is often unpredictable. It might be snowing on Halloween ... or it might be mildly warm. But one thing you can always count on is the beautiful colors of the trees as the leaves change. Shorter days signal the time to start decorating in warm colors and one of the first things I do is plant a few mums and swap out the … [Read more...]