13 Ways to Add Coastal Style

13 Ways to Add Coastal Style

We've had the rainiest June in Illinois history, but I think the clouds are finally giving way to sunny days ahead!  Finally! It hasn't really felt like summer but I'm trying to keep my spirits up by looking at beautiful inspiration from my blogging friends. I've rounded up some of their decorating talent to show how to add coastal style to your home, so you can bring the season inside regardless of what the weather is doing! Glass fishing buoys … [Read more...]

Decorate Your Unused Glass Bottles

How to decorate unused glass bottles

A couple months ago I shared a post about some gray-painted glass bottles that I had purchased from a local flea market vendor. I tried making a couple myself and one of my readers asked if I could share the tutorial. If you have any unused glass bottles laying around, consider decorating them instead of throwing them out. They don't need to be vintage bottles ... just find a few with interesting shapes. When it comes to painting and distressing … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ English Style Cottage

English Cottage Dining Nook by Alison Kandler

My summer flowers are making a riotous display of color, keeping our landscape cheery despite the rainy, cloudy days we've been having. Except for today, that is. The sun is out in full force with temps in the 70s ... a perfect day! And on this perfect day I'm sharing a perfect little English cottage designed by Alison Kandler that's filled with lots of fun color! Shabby Chic Entry  The entry way makes a great first impression and hints at the … [Read more...]

Simple Farmhouse Porch

Farmhouse Porch

Welcome to another edition of Farmhouse Friday! Today my fellow farmhouse bloggers and I are sharing our farmhouse porches. This year I've made the decision to keep my summer porch simple. In fact, I'm going to simplify the inside of my house too and will be having a yard sale later in August. But for now, here's a peek at my farmhouse porch. Links to the other porches are at the end of the post. My farmhouse porch isn't very big, but I like … [Read more...]

8 Easy Ways to Create Curb Appeal

8 Easy Ways to Create Curb Appeal

One of my favorite summer activities is going for walks with my hubby and taking in the sights of pretty curb appeal created by mindful homeowners. I've never understood why some people don't plant any flowers for the season ... I guess I'm a bit of a flower freak and enjoy adding color to the landscape. You don't have to spend a lot of money to add curb appeal to your home's exterior. Sometimes a few simple touches are all it takes. This … [Read more...]

Free Summer Printable ~ Gone Fishin’

Free Summer Printable. Gone Fishin'

Yesterday was the first day of summer and for some people, summer means going fishing! When I was a kid my grandpa took me to Lake Shabbona to fish with a bamboo pole. So in honor of PawPaw, I made a "Gone Fishin'" free summer printable that you can download at the end of the post. But that's not all, I'm joining 10 other bloggers to bring you a variety of summer printables. You'll find links to their projects at the end of this post. A simple … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ Happy at Home

Cottage Style Kitchen

Today's charming home tour features Robin from Happy at Home. When I look at photos of her house, I think she's achieved exactly what her blog is about ... being happy at home. She has a pretty yet practical style, pairing vintage finds with homemade decor. Her garden is gorgeous too, and I can't wait to show you her home! Robin created a quaint patio next to her front sidewalk. What a clever way to use this often overlooked space. Rather than … [Read more...]

Decorating with Signs

Decorating with Signs. See all 12 examples.

I think most of us want to personalize our homes with things we love or items that have meaning to us. Personal items can often bring a smile to your face as you remember a special moment tied to that piece. It could be a photograph, an old vase you found while antiquing with girlfriends, or even a bouquet of your favorite flowers. You've probably noticed a trend of decorating with signs lately. Signs are a great way to personalize your living … [Read more...]

My Upstairs Farmhouse Bathroom

Farmhouse Bathroom

Today I'm sharing a few photos of my never-before seen bathroom ... at least, not seen on the blog anyway. This upstairs farmhouse bathroom of mine is nothing fancy, but I think it has a quaint little charm to it. It's certainly not your luxury bathroom by today's standards, but I've grown fond of it. I'm not sure what this room was when the house was first built back in 1875, but I'd be willing to bet it wasn't a bathroom. The sink is short … [Read more...]

DIY Mini Flags

DIY Mini Flags made with sticks and swatches of fabric

Welcome to another edition of No-Sew Sunday! I'm joining a few other blogging friends to bring you patriotic projects you can do yourself ... without having to do any sewing!  Today is Flag Day so it seemed apropos to host a patriotic theme today. Join us the second Sunday of each month at 6 pm CT for a round of no-sew projects.  My project is super quick and easy and something you can use for the 4th of July. I made a set of DIY Mini Flags using … [Read more...]

Charming Home Tour ~ Buckets of Burlap

Farmhouse sink with burlap skirt

You know that feeling when you see a picture in a magazine or on a blog and your heart skips a beat and makes you stop to catch your breath? That's how I felt the first time I saw a glimpse of Becky's inspiring home over at Buckets of Burlap. I love her pretty yet practical style and I have a feeling you're going to fall in love too, if you haven't visited her blog before. Becky has a flair for mixing textures, as you can easily see here in her … [Read more...]

12 Inspiring Chandeliers

Iron and Blue Glass Chandelier in Dining Room

I remember many years ago when we purchased a new house and had to pick out all the lighting fixtures for it. I most enjoyed choosing the chandelier above the dining table. There were so many choices available but I had a specific design in mind and stuck to that vision, which made it easier to whittle down the options. I love chandeliers but don't have one in my current home. Yes, we have a hanging light fixture in our dining room, but I … [Read more...]

Dirty Little Bottles

Dirty little bottles from the flea market

Yes, I'm actually writing about dirty little bottles because it has a cute story. This is just a quick post to share some little treasures that I found this past weekend at our local flea market. The Kane County Flea Market is held the first weekend of each month, and is one of the largest in the area. Lots of vendors, lots of shoppers, and plenty of goodies. Like these vintage bottles that I found for a few dollars. I don't know why I love old … [Read more...]