Charming Home Tour ~ The Wood Grain Cottage

Traditional Style Kitchen

Remember that song "Wide Open Spaces" by Dixie Chicks? I love that song and I love big spaces away from the hustle and bustle of traffic and people. I'm an introvert at heart and need room to spread out and breathe a little fresh air. When I saw Shayna's home at The Wood Grain Cottage and all the space she enjoys on her farm, I fell a little bit in love! Shayna's home has an open floor concept, so when you're in her living room, you can also see … [Read more...]

Farmhouse Style Storage Ideas ~ Farmhouse Friday!

Built-in Bead Board Kitchen Cupboard

If you live in an old farmhouse like I do ... you know your number one challenge is storage!  We have one closet in our house. That's it. Just one. So I have to get creative when it comes to storage ideas. And since today is Farmhouse Friday (yay!!), my blogging buddies and I are sharing our farmhouse style storage ideas with you. Let's start in the kitchen. This built-in bead board cabinet is my favorite storage unit in my house! I remember … [Read more...]

12 Inspiring Garden Ideas

Messy flower gardens make an inviting back yard.

Last year hubby and I painted the outside of our house and this year I've vowed to pay more attention to the garden spaces. Perennials need to be divided and moved around, weeds need to be kept under better control, our backyard fence needs to be replaced, and I need to redefine garden beds. I probably won't get to all of it this year but maybe a decent dent can be made. As usual, I turned to Houzz for inspiring garden ideas. Portland Landscape … [Read more...]

DIY Cigar Box Planters

Pansies in a Cigar Box

Over the years I've shared some of my favorite collections with you ... white ironstone, aqua bottles, and vintage books. But I don't think I've ever shared how much I love wooden cigar boxes. Yes ... smelly old cigar boxes! I prefer the more rustic ones and truth be told, I love the smell of a good cigar! With spring in the air I'm itching to get my fingers in the dirt and what better way to get my fix than with DIY cigar box planters? I filled … [Read more...]

My Painted Claw Foot Tub

Farmhouse Bathroom with Painted Claw Foot Tub

Something came over me this weekend and I made a snap decision to paint my claw foot tub. It was one of those moments where you wake up with the idea and then while you're in the middle of the project you suddenly panic and think, "What am I doing??" A couple weeks ago I had no inclination to change my bathroom and I'm not really sure what prompted this project, but my painted claw foot tub now has a new look! I decided I wanted a bold stroke of … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ Domestic Imperfection

Planked Wall Dining Room

Deep in the heart of Texas comes a charming home that we're going to tour today. Ashley is a DIY blogger with a young family. In fact, she just had a baby boy not too long ago, and he's a cutie-pie! Ashley has made a lot of changes to her home in the past few years and you can see all the transformations on her blog at Domestic Imperfection. Ashley's home greets you with a large front porch. It's deep enough for plenty of seating. A ceiling … [Read more...]

Inspirational Rooms from 13 Bloggers

Modern Country Style Kitchen

I have to confess, sometimes I get tired of looking at my own rooms. I suppose that's why home decorating blogs and magazines are so popular. We can live vicariously through these creative people. Thumbing through the pages of Country Living magazine, or scrolling through your favorite blogs, you can envision yourself inside someone else's charming home, lounging on their designer sofa with your feet up on the coffee table, enjoying the … [Read more...]

Decorating with Bold Colors

Home Improvement - Exterior Paint Colors on Farmhouse

Not sure what's going on but lately I've been really attracted to bold colors.  Maybe it's because the weather's warmer, the spring bulbs are blooming their flowery heads off, the sun is shining, and there's a new found pep in my step. To satiate my craving, I turned to Houzz for inspirational ideas on decorating with bold colors. Eclectic Porch by San Rafael Design-Build Firms G Family, Inc. Lots of fun color vibrates on this bungalow's porch! … [Read more...]

Light Macaroni and Cheese

Light Macaroni and Cheese

Let me say right off the bat that technically, this dish isn't Macaroni and Cheese. It's Rigatoni and Cheese ... but who's going to search for "Rigatoni and Cheese" on the internet? So I took the liberty of giving this recipe a more common name. I'm sharing this Light Macaroni and Cheese recipe as part of the first ever Taste of the Seasons progressive dinner! Visit my friends at the end of this post for the rest of the seasonal online meal! … [Read more...]

New Spring Pillows in the Family Room

Spring Pillows in the Family Room

People often ask why I like to decorate with white, and the answer is simple. Besides the fact that I love the color white and feel it always looks fresh and clean ... you can easily change up the look and feel of a white room from season to season by adding beautiful color and pattern with pillows and textiles. I recently added a touch of color in the family room. I was actually shopping for something specific for the kitchen and wandered into … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ The Blissful Bee

Eat In Kitchen Space

Spring officially arrived a few weeks ago, and now I think it's safe to say it's here to stay. Daffodils and crocus are in bloom, the days are longer, and the soft breezes a bit warmer.  It's the perfect time of year to tour the fresh and light home of Amy at The Blissful Bee. Her style is pretty and refreshing and I'm honored to share her home on my blog with all of you today! Amy's clean and pretty style starts on the front porch where she … [Read more...]

A Cozy Breakfast Table for Two

Cozy Breakfast Table for Two

On occasion it's fun to set a cozy breakfast table for two ... whether it's for you and a friend, you and your hubby, or you and whoever. In my opinion, food seems to taste better when you have a nice place setting to stage it. Isn't that why we like to go out to eat at a nice restaurant? In addition to having someone else do the cooking, it's the whole dining experience that makes the meal so enjoyable Rather than set a couple places at our … [Read more...]

Decorating with Black


In color psychology, black means power and control. It's intimidating and secretive all at once. But in my opinion, decorating with black is classic and timeless. It adds an air of sophistication to any space ... not at all overpowering when done right. (Click on photos to be taken to original on Houzz.) Dining Room by Toronto Photographers Lisa Petrole Photography A kitchen dining space gets a touch of black on the corner hutch and the dinette … [Read more...]