Summer Mantel with Butterflies

Summer Mantel with Butterflies

We've been doing a lot of work on the outside of our house this summer, so I'm a little late in getting my summer "mantel" together. I used the quotes because technically it's not a mantel at all, but is a display shelf in my living room (we have no fireplace). But I decorate it like a mantel so ... I hope you'll humor me in calling it that. I chose a butterfly theme for this year's summer mantel. For starters, I applied a vintage butterfly … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ Dans le Lakehouse

Cottage Style Kitchen in Turquoise and White

Today's the last Sunday in July and since it's mid-summer it seems only fitting that today's charming home tour features a lakehouse!  Tanya at Dans le Lakehouse has been transforming her Lake Superior home since she and hubby purchased it a little over a year ago. They enjoy a gorgeous lakeside view and are doing a fabulous job redecorating. Tanya's colorful kitchen is perfect for a lakeside home!  Note how the artwork on the wall mimics the … [Read more...]

Farm to Table ~ Basil Pesto Recipe

Easy Basil Pesto Recipe

It's Farmhouse Friday!!  This month my farmhouse blogging friends and I are sharing the farm to table movement with you. I'm a huge fan of growing your own food, or buying local produce. Food that's fresh and unprocessed because I believe ideally, this is the type of food that our bodies were designed to consume and use for energy. My vegetable garden is very lush this year due to all the rain we've had, but most of the veggies aren't quite ripe … [Read more...]

Baby Shopping with Bridget’s New Found Money

Baby Shopping with Bridget

Have I told you the good news yet? My daughter Bridget is expecting her first child in November, and we know it's a boy! I remember when I found out the first time I was pregnant. Although I was happy, I was scared to death that I wouldn't be able to afford a baby. I think back to that time now and laugh, but back then the responsibility of raising a child was very real to me. I know Bridget has a little of that financial concern herself, so … [Read more...]

Quaint Village Homes in Geneva, Illinois

Tour of Village Homes in Geneva, Illinois

Older homes with wrap around porches and architectural detail have a charm all their own. Normally when I post walking tours of neighborhoods I choose to share the historic homes. But today, hubby and I ventured to Mill Creek subdivision in Geneva, Illinois to bring you a sampling of newer "village homes" that have quaint appeal. What I love about this neighborhood in Mill Creek is the nostalgic feel of the homes and the streets. This bungalow … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ Top This Top That

Summer Living Room in a Charming Home

Today's home tour is a special one for me. Laura's blog at Top This Top That was one of the first I started reading and as I scoured through her blog for photos to feature today, I was amazed all over again at the beautiful work she's done with her home.  Her recent kitchen transformation and her daughter's room makeover are absolutely stunning! Rather than talk about it, let me show you what I mean ... Last year, Laura painted her kitchen … [Read more...]

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan Recipe

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

Do you enjoy a good Friday night fish fry? I'm a vegetarian but I do eat fish on occasion for its health benefits. Although I love fish, I don't like it fried. The coating is usually too thick and greasy and takes away from the flakiness and flavor of fish. My favorite fish is salmon and halibut, but unfortunately it's sometimes hard to get fresh halibut where we live. Tilapia and cod are nice alternatives, and this Broiled Tilapia Parmesan … [Read more...]

10 Butler’s Pantry Ideas

10 Butler's Pantry Ideas

When I was a freshman in high school and cleaned house for Mrs. Ashby, I admired her butler's pantry and told myself I would someday have one. Her service pantry was a small hallway between her kitchen and dining room and was the first one I had ever seen. She always had a bottle of brandy tucked by the small sink and drank her libation out of an English tea cup. Since then I've always been fascinated by butler's pantries. Clemson Architects … [Read more...]

Romance with Cookies and Creme Pie

Edwards Cookies and Creme Pie

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and EDWARDS®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #EdwardsPies http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV I don't know what it is about summer, but I love cooking from scratch this time of year. Perhaps it's because I get excited about my vegetable garden and the whole farm to table movement. But honestly, after putting all that effort into a home-cooked … [Read more...]

No-Sew Summer Banner

No-Sew Summer Banner with Fun Fabrics

Are you ready for another No-Sew Sunday? I'm joining my non-sewing bloggy friends for a round-up of easy summer projects!  For me, summer means play time ... and play time means a fun, festive banner! I think you'll love this little summer banner that you can put together in literally minutes! A fun banner is such an easy way to add color in any space. Most people use them for parties, but I like them any day of the week!   Mix and match … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ Hymns and Verses

Country Style Screened Porch

Mid-July is upon us and I have to say this summer has hardly felt like summer here in the Chicago area. Rain and cooler temps have worked wonders with my veggie garden, but I'm craving warmer, sunny days. There's nothing like a beautiful home tour to break a melancholy mood so today we're touring Doreen's charming home at Hymns and Verses! Doreen has styled her living room for the summer season, keeping it light and clutter-free. She artfully … [Read more...]

Historic Homes in Wheaton, Illinois

Tour of Historic Homes in Wheaton, Illinois

One of the many benefits of living in the Chicago area is the diverse architecture you'll find as you pass from neighborhood to neighborhood. It's no secret my favorite places to walk are historic districts with their magnificent homes. I love the details you find on these old and charming beauties. This week I was fortunate to enjoy an afternoon with my daughter Bridget having lunch, shopping, and looking at historic homes in Wheaton, … [Read more...]

Stenciled Words on Books

Stenciled Words on Books via www.town-n-country-living.com

So far it's been a busy summer and since most of us are out and about during the warmer weather, I have a quick and easy decorating project for you. I love collecting books and am always looking for unique ways to display them. I've decoupaged them, used their pages for various craft projects, or simply stacked them in coordinating colors. For this project, I decided to flip the books around and stenciled words on them. Stenciled words on books, … [Read more...]